Reading comics is always a double-edged sword. When I was a teenager I recognized the ridiculous nature of the artwork with regard to the women as artists draw them. I also recognize that they’re drawings. That doesn’t mean that for some they won’t be something of a challenge, though. Well, last week a new design was announced for Wonder Woman. It’s not the first time her costume has been redesigned, but it is the most drastic. The thing about it, though, is that it’s both realistic and functional. It’s also far more modest than anything that she’s worn in the past, outside of an all white full body costume at some point that I’d never seen before. I only wish that it had gone further with the modesty, but such is life.
Now, let me just say that I’ve never been that big of a fan of Wonder Woman. The character is one that I only knew about because when I was young I’d watch Super Friends. When the FX network was kicking off, they would show the old Batman show, followed by The Green Hornet, and I seem to remember watching the old Wonder Woman tv series there as well.
I also read some JLA and saw her again in the Justice League cartoon. Otherwise, I really had no interest in the character.
That being said, I think that the new costume is the right direction for DC Comics to take her. It’s something that adds a big more strength to her character and will earn her more respect.
Like many of you, I saw Iron Man 2 this weekend. It was actually the midnight screening on the local (real) IMAX at Celebration Cinema. I had a great time with this movie, and felt it was far more fun than the original. It also had a greater sense of pace and handled a good number of leading characters very fairly and even handed, with much dignity for them all. Even Black Widow was handled with proper respect for the character. Having read some Black Widow comics, I was fully prepared for the character to be a very poor representation of the original, and was pleasantly surprised.
All of the action was turned up a few notches, and there wasn’t a very poor and generic villain that nobody had ever heard of this time around. Instead, we had two villains to worry about. An odd business tycoon that served as the generic villain of this film, but then an actual member of the Iron Man rogues gallery: Whiplash. About time, Favreau. The first film felt too much like Ang Lee’s Hulk by the end, with a villain that nobody really knew about, nor cared about enough to love to hate. Granted, he wasn’t that extreme, but you get the idea.
What did I mean, about movie being better than the first?
The X-Men films have, to say the least, been a mixed bag. When Bryan Singer’s X-Men premiered, it was unlike anything that the world had seen or expected of a filmed version of the comic book. It was fun, the characters were mostly well done, and it had some added emotional weight to it. X2: X-Men United continued that journey, although I still have no idea what mutant is controlling Xavier. I didn’t recognize him from the comics, and spent a long time trying to figure out who he was supposed to be. X-Men: The Last Stand was a tour-de-force of mutants, with death running rampant. My only regret was that Phoenix was not visually what she could have been. The end of X2 foreshadowed her appearance, and the film never delivered on that promise.
Holy crap! I forgot that the Wolverine trailer was hitting this past weekend, but boy is it a doozy. I watched it with absolutely no preconceptions about the content of the motion picture itself.
I was happily surprised to see that they have, in fact, incorporated story elements from the official Wolverine origin that was told a few years ago in the six-issue mini-series called “Origin.”
This trailer is also very epic, with a lot stuffed in, but it is definitely epic, and the footage of Wolverine as a child has me looking forward to it more than I was before.