This has to be, in my opinion, one of the coolest bits of Wonder Woman news. For the first time (in my memory, anyway), Wonder Woman was named by IGN as the Best Comics Series of 2013! IGN had this to say:
It refused to do things so many other mainstream comics do. It didn’t crossover with other books. It never changed course to take part in an event. Wonder Woman’s characterization wasn’t altered to fit the more boisterous version in Justice League. Simply put, writer Brian Azzarello and artists Cliff Chiang, Matthew Wilson, Tony Akins, and Goran Sudzuka were allowed to stick to their guns, and it paid off magnificently. … Heart, humor, and hard knocks aplenty, all under the banner of one of those females they always say can’t sell comic books. There just aren’t any other comics on the stands as entertaining, consistent, and epic as Wonder Woman, and that’s why it’s the clear winner for the best series of 2013.
Wonder Woman was also nominated for quite a few other things:
- Best Comic Moment of the Year (for the events of issue 23, pictured above) – Lost to DC’s Green Lantern
- Best Single Comic Issue (again for issue 23) – Lost to Vertigo’s Trillium #01
- Best Comic Story Arc (for War) – Lost to Ragnarok Now from Marvel’s Uncanny Avengers
- Best Comic Art Team (Cliff Chiang and Matt Wilson) – Lost to Fiona Staples of Image’s Saga
It’s incredibly awesome for the book to have been nominated. I’m really excited that Wonder Woman is being finally being recognized for the outstanding quality of her stories.
Here’s to 2014 and beyond! May Diana’s star continue to rise!
Once again proving that people in Hollywood don’t understand Wonder Woman, the CW has officially announced that they are no longer developing a Amazon, the proposed Wonder Woman television series (according to The Hollywood Reporter).
“It all depends on the script. We were very careful with Arrow, and we’re being very careful with Flash,” [Mark] Pedowitz [CW’s president] said of the Stephen Amell series and Grant Gustin Flash pilot in the works at the network. “These are iconic characters, so we’re going to be very careful with Wonder Woman. You only get one shot before you get bit.”
No matter how often it is explained to me, I will never fully comprehend why it is so hard for people to get Wonder Woman right. Ah well. Better no TV series than an awful TV series.
I can’t say I’m surprised, though. Adding Wonder Woman to the cinematic universe made it that much more likely she would not be involved in any television shows.
Diamond Comics has released their official list of the Top 1000 Best Selling Comics of 2013. Wonder Woman actually made the list quite a few times! (You can find the full list on BleedingCool)
The first number is the Rank by how many individual copies were sold. The second number is the Rank by how much money it took in.
( 70 ) ( 78 ) – Superman/Wonder Woman #01
(274)(239) – Superman/Wonder Woman #02
(370)(319) – Superman/Wonder Woman #03
(425)(607) – Wonder Woman v4 #19
(599)(781) – Wonder Woman v4 #16
(610)(797) – Wonder Woman v4 #17
(634)(812) – Wonder Woman v4 #18
(679)(646) – Wonder Woman v4 #20
(712)(873) – Wonder Woman v4 #21
(743)(896) – Wonder Woman v4 #22
(761)(914) – Wonder Woman v4 #23
(782)(943) – Wonder Woman v4 #24
(799)(973) – Wonder Woman v4 #25
(837)(999) – Wonder Woman v4 #26
(845)(688) – Wonder Woman v4 #23.1 – The Cheetah
This means that every Wonder Woman titled book released in 2013, except for #23.2 – The First Born (Villain’s Month), made it into the top 1000 best selling comics of 2013. Great job! Though, I would really like to see those numbers higher every year.
Diamond also released the list of the Top 1000 Best Selling Graphic Novels/Trade Collections of 2013.
( 59 )(122) – Wonder Woman v4 TPB Volume 01 – Blood
(179)(169) – Wonder Woman v4 HC Volume 02 – Guts
(237)(452) – Wonder Woman v4 TPB Volume 02 – Guts
(326)(269) – Wonder Woman v4 HC Volume 03 – Iron
(857)(1176) – Wonder Woman v1 TPB The Odyssey, Volume 02
Every trade collection of Wonder Woman released during 2013 made it to the Top 1000. Pretty good.
I really hope that these numbers increase every year. I hope that Diana being in the Man of Steel sequel helps these numbers. I’d love to see a Wonder Woman issue get into the Top 25 one year!
Ahead of the official April solicitations, CBR has released information about Mad Magazine variant covers for many DC April issues. The variants themselves are not shown yet (probably still being worked on). Wonder Woman #30 and Superman/Wonder Woman #07 are both getting Mad Magazine variants. But what else?
Batman and Robin issue #30 will be titled Batman and Wonder Woman! It will also get a Mad Magazine variant. But I’m really excited that in April, we get THREE books with Wonder Woman’s name on the cover!
As soon as the full April solicitations are released, we’ll have more information. Hopefully, they’ll show up next week.
A couple of days ago, Elmayimbe of the Latino Review posted this on Twitter:
“Gal Gadot’s WONDER WOMAN outfit will consist of ARMOR. Not the Lynda Carter itty bitty outfit. I hear it looks dope.”
I hesitated to post this because I have no idea how credible this person is. But today, the New York Times did an interview with Michael Wilkinson, clothing designer for the movie American Hustle. His interview included a really interesting quote:
“I have been given the opportunity to tackle a wide range of genres with my work: big superheroes, gritty contemporary, epic period, science fiction. It keeps me stimulated and challenged as an artist. At the moment, I’m designing the costumes for ‘Batman vs. Superman.’ It’s an honor to be creating new looks for such iconic characters as Wonder Woman. The interesting thing is that my approach is always the same, no matter the genre or the period. I’m using the same tools — silhouette, fabric, color, drape – to help tell the story and illuminate the inner life of the characters.”
Nothing specific, other than the fact that he’s creating a new look for Diana. But that much is to be expected. I hope it blows everyone away. As soon as we catch a glimpse of it, I’m sure everyone will know!
EDIT: NewYorkTimes has posted the interview with Michael Wilkinson.
CBR has just released an exclusive first look at DC’s Steampunk variants for February 2014. Two of them feature Wonder Woman! Take a look!
What do you think? I honestly think that both of the Wonder Woman images are a little…meh. They rely too heavily on saloon girl-style clichés. The Superman/Wonder Woman variant is a little better. I wonder if DC will release a Wonder Woman variant. I like that the bodice/corset Diana is wearing in Justice League looks a lot like the Amazonia corset.
EDIT: Hitflix has released more covers, including one for Wonder Woman #28.
Hey! Look at that! More direct saloon girl clichés! Wonderful!
Variety, Deadline, and many other websites have released official information that in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel, Wonder Woman will definitely make an appearance. And, she will be played by Gal Gadot. She hasn’t had a huge number of roles, her largest being in Fast Five and Fast and Furious 6. She also played a small part in the hilarious Tina Fey/Steve Carrell movie Date Night.
While many see her as an odd choice for the role, I’m taking a wait-and-see approach. I like that she is relatively unknown, so I don’t have an bias towards her going into the movie. My biggest worry about this casting is her height. While she’s certainly not short, at 5ft 9in, she is considerably shorter than Henry Cavill at 6ft 1in and Ben Affleck at 6ft 4in. The right boots will certainly help, and creative cinematography. But I always prefer Diana to be around the same height as Clark and Bruce. She’s an Amazon. She shouldn’t be considerably shorter than these men.
Still, interesting choice. And hopefully she’ll do a fantastic job.
It’s a shame that Zack Snyder is the one directing Wonder Woman’s first big-screen appearance. He’s not a particularly talented character director (he is normally great with visuals, though), and he’s never been particular good with female characters. Here’s hoping he realizes just how important Diana is.
I must warn you, if you are planning to read this interview, make sure you have read Wonder Woman #23 first!! Spoilers abound!
CBR has a new interview with Brian Azzarello regarding The First Born and the events of Wonder Woman issue #23. The interview includes some interesting insights into the character of the First Born creation.
The one quote that interested me the most, and is entirely SPOILER-FREE is:
CBR: How long will the mission last? Do you have an end date to your run on “Wonder Woman” planned?
Azzarello: [Laughs] You’ll have to wait. I don’t want to give you a number, but I do have an ending.
On Kevin Smith’s Podcast Fatman on Batman episode #44, posted on August 14, 2013, Smith interviewed Grant Morrison. They discussed many topics, mostly revolving around Batman. However, at about the 30 minute mark, they started talking about Morrison’s upcoming Wonder Woman: Earth One book.
Grant Morrison announced that the title for the book is now The Trial of Diana Prince. It is speculated that the official title is still Wonder Woman: Earth One and that The Trial of Diana Prince is simply a subtitle.
Through the interview and like every interview he’s done, Morrison spends quite a bit of time obsessing over the sex lives of William Moulton Marston, his wife, and their lover. He talks extensively about the bondage elements, coming off seeming like bondage is the single most important element of the character.
Instantly, for me, I’m looking… You’ve got Batman, and Batman fights crime. And Superman’s sci-fi and social realism in the early days. Wonder Woman is about sex and alternative sexuality.
Really? Okay. So Wonder Woman is to alternative sexuality as Superman is to science fiction. That’s… That seems to be focusing on the wrong elements of what makes Wonder Woman such an interesting character, but okay Grant.
You’ve got like… 7,000 years, these women, they’ve been enslaved by Hercules and the greeks. They break out, they kill all the dudes. They head off and said “We’re going to create our own society free from the curse of men.” And they create Paradise Island…. And 7,000 years later, the same women are still alive cause they’ve conquered death. And the only new one that’s been born is Diana, the princess, Wonder Woman. So the idea is like… what happens like… a hundred years in, they’ve all fucked each other and they’ve built the buildings….
Smith and Morrison discuss how these women are frozen in basically the “same afternoon” because there is no masculinity. Their architecture is “haunted by the phallic memory of Hercules and the men.”
At this point in the interview, they finally start discussing the story. Diana discovers Steve Trevor crashed on the island and she runs away to “Man’s World” with him. She soon discovers it’s not just Man’s World any more; it’s men and women. However, the Amazons soon unleash the Gorgon on Diana to bring her back to Paradise Island to stand trial for her crimes. Apparently during the trial, Steve Trevor has to explain why men like porn…?
Morrison also says that he deals with Diana’s “birthed from clay” elements, since he felt that origin made her too remote from us. No spoilers on what he’s done with it. He also calls it a Disney Princess type story.
Yanick Paquette has finished 20 of the 120 pages for the story, and thus far the artwork is absolutely gorgeous.
The Guardian has another interview with Morrison about this project, where he once again goes on and on about the creator’s sex lives and Wonder Woman’s bondage elements. He explains why he’s “resurrecting Wonder Woman,” as if she hasn’t been published since the 1940s.
The more I hear about the story, the more I feel it is focusing on all the wrong elements of Wonder Woman. Yes, these are elements that were really important to the creation of the character, and who she was in the 1940s. But this just isn’t what she is now. I just don’t think this is going to be the story that brings Wonder Woman to the forefront of the public eye like Morrison seems to believe. And to be honest, I haven’t enjoyed any of the Earth One graphic novels thus far.
I’ll definitely buy Wonder Woman: Earth One. The story sounds interesting enough, despite focusing on archaic elements of her creation. But even if the story is complete nonsense, Paquette’s artwork alone will be worth the price of the book.
And my honest opinion: If this book makes anyone out there decide to delve deeper into Wonder Woman and her stories, it’ll be a success in my eyes. Anything that brings more people to Wonder Woman is good.
Still, I am worried.
No official date for it yet, especially considering Yanick Paquette still has 100 pages left to draw (in addition to his normal monthly duties). Hopefully we’ll see this book early 2014.