You might have thought that would be the end of it when Director Patty Jenkins shut down James Cameron’s unnecessary trashing of Wonder Woman, wherein he managed to hold himself up as a feminist standard. But he was back at it again earlier this week, so now someone else has stepped up to tell him to stay in his lane: Wonder Woman herself, Lynda Carter.Carter took to Facebook to advise James Cameron that maybe his narrow view of what a “groundbreaking” woman means when it comes to movies could stand to be expanded:“To James Cameron -STOP dissing WW: You poor soul. Perhaps you do not understand the character. I most certainly do. Like all women–we are more than the sum of our parts. Your thuggish jabs at a brilliant director, Patty Jenkins, are ill advised. This movie was spot on. Gal Gadot was great. I know, Mr. Cameron–because I have embodied this character for more than 40 years. So–STOP IT.”As Vivian pointed out in parsing … [Read more...] about Lynda Carter Herself Sticks Up for Wonder Woman Against James Cameron
DC recently announced a Wonder Woman prequel series that will explore the history of the Amazons, which sounds pretty sweet. Less sweet is the fact that a female comics creator pitched a Wonder Woman prequel series a while back, never heard a response about it, only to hear the news that one was not only happening, but that it was happening based on a pitch from a male writer.According to io9, DC announced a new series “called The Odyssey of the Amazons, set in Amazonian society years before the birth of Wonder Woman” that will follow them as they venture away from Themiscyra and out into the world, fighting mythological monsters along the way. It will be written by Underworld creator, Kevin Grevioux, who plans to “tie the origins of the Amazons in with powerful warrior women across different cultures.”In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he said: We were looking at the great epic poems, like the Iliad, Jason and the Argonauts — what if we … [Read more...] about Wonder Woman’s Amazons Finally Getting An Origin of Their Own — How Much Does Who Creates It Matter?
Back in October, the United Nations joined forces with DC Comics in a partnership to raise awareness of their Sustainable Development Goal #5, which focuses on gender equality being a key component in a better, more sustainable world, and made Wonder Woman an honorary ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls. Some people weren’t thrilled with that decision, and now it seems that they’ve gotten their wish. Wonder Woman’s UN campaign is at an end.Wonder Woman was named an honorary ambassador in a ceremony featuring Gal Gadot and Lynda Carter, while several dozen protesters held up their fists with their backs turned on the proceedings in silent protest of the decision, finding the selection of Wonder Woman problematic because of her attire, her “Americanness,” and the fact that she’s a “white woman.” You can read all of my thoughts about that HERE.According to The Verge, UN spokesperson Jeffrey Brez said that, while Wonder … [Read more...] about Wonder Woman No Longer Honorary UN Ambassador For Empowerment of Women, Will Always Be That Around Here
This is a situation many of us have dreamed about, and now it exists in sketch form.In a nod to the Amazons’ all-female lifestyle—hey, it was the cinematic Wonder Woman that first had Diana say, “men are essential for procreation but when it comes to pleasure, unnecessary”—Saturday Night Live‘s “Themyscira” sketch imagines two modern lesbians landing on the paradisical island, uncertain if they’re faced with feast or famine.Although we would love it if Diana’s canonical bisexuality were to make it to the big screen, at least this sketch is a thing that is now part of our world.Here is some nice news:People are saying good things about Thor: Ragnarok and especially good things about Tessa Thompson and I cannot WAIT for this film. *grabby hands* (via Comicbookmovie)Elijah Wood would like to star in a Y the Last Man TV adaptation and I would like Elijah Wood to star in a Y the Last Man TV adaptation. (via … [Read more...] about Things We Saw Today: Gal Gadot, as Wonder Woman, Makes out With Kate McKinnon on SNL
Google has released its Halloween Google Trends data, revealing the most searched-for costumes in the United States. Wonder Woman is, perhaps unsurprisingly, the #1 most searched costume, followed by Harley Quinn in second. The rest of the list is primarily generic costumes, like “unicorn” or “vampire,” but Moana comes in at #12, It/Pennywise the Clown comes in at #16, and Batman comes in at #17.Here are the full top 20 most Googled costumes in the United States:Wonder WomanHarley QuinnClownUnicornRabbitWitchMousePirateZombieDinosaurPrincessMoanaNinjaSuperheroMermaidItBatmanMonsterVampireDollYou can also see the data broken down by state. You’ll see that Diana is #1 in 24 states, while Harley Quinn tops the list in five states plus the District of Columbia. Delaware is the only state where It/Pennywise was the #1 search, while Vermont and Wyoming went in search of throwbacks. Vermonters’ #1 costume search was Catwoman, and in Wyoming they … [Read more...] about Everybody Wants to Be Wonder Woman for Halloween!
Director Patty Jenkins struck back at James Cameron on Thursday night following his widely derided remarks about her summer smash Wonder Woman.“James Cameron’s inability to understand what Wonder Woman is, or stands for, to women all over the world is unsurprising as, though he is a great filmmaker, he is not a woman,” Jenkins said in a Twitter post on Thursday night.“Strong women are great. His praise for my film Monster, and our portrayal of a strong yet damaged woman was so appreciated. But if women have to always be hard, tough and troubled to be strong, and we aren’t free to be multidimensional or celebrate an icon of women everywhere because she is attractive and loving, then we haven’t come very far have we.”Jenkins, whose superhero adaptation has grossed more than $800m worldwide over the summer, was responding to an interview Cameron gave to The Guardian that that went live earlier on Thursday.In the interview Cameron, whose tentpole … [Read more...] about Patty Jenkins hits back over ‘Wonder Woman’ remarks
James Cameron has provoked widespread anger after he claimed that summer smash Wonder Woman was a “step backwards” for the depiction of women on screen.The director of Avatar, The Terminator, Titanic and Aliens sparked a furious response among netizens following his comments in an interview published on Thursday.“All of the self-congratulatory back-patting Hollywood’s been doing over Wonder Woman has been so misguided,” Cameron told The Guardian. “She’s an objectified icon, and it’s just male Hollywood doing the same old thing!“I’m not saying I didn’t like the movie but, to me, it’s a step backwards. Sarah Connor was not a beauty icon. She was strong, she was troubled, she was a terrible mother, and she earned the respect of the audience through pure grit. And to me, [the benefit of characters like Connor] is so obvious. I mean, half the audience is female!”After the interview appeared online it did not take … [Read more...] about James Cameron ‘Wonder Woman’ remarks spark social media fury
Emily Carey, who plays the young Diana in global smash Wonder Woman, will star in the live-action family feature Anastasia: Once Upon A Time.The feature is a retelling of the Anastasia Romanov story and marks the second production between Swen Group, the Latin American giant that recently established a US distribution arm, and Conglomerate, the Florida-based production company behind Walt Before Mickey and the upcoming Little Mermaid.Anastasia: Once Upon A Time begins in 1917 as the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II flees Lenin’s troops through a time portal, emerging in 1988 when she befriends a young American girl. Carey will star alongside Kendall Vertes as Tana and Aliyah Moulden from TV show The Voice, who will write and perform original songs. Blake Harris directs, as he did on Little Mermaid.Although rumours of the real Anastasia’s escape endured for years, in reality she is believed to have perished with her family at the hands of the Bolsheviks in 1918 … [Read more...] about ‘Wonder Woman’ star joins Anastasia Romanov project
Dir: Patty Jenkins. US. 2017. 140minsAlmost as much an anti-war drama as a summer popcorn romp, Wonder Woman takes its time putting its title character centre stage in all her Amazonian splendour. But when it does get down to superheroine business, this latest DC Comics ‘extended universe’ outing packs a decent punch and, in Israeli model Gal Gadot, introduces a star with real franchise potential. Gadot has a considerable presence in her own rightThe two previous DC extended universe entries have been, by superhero standards, strong but not spectacular performers, with Suicide Squad taking $746m worldwide and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (in which Gadot’s Wonder Woman made a brief appearance) $873m. This female-driven and female-directed third entry – which Warner Bros opens through most of the world over the first weekend of June - could match or even top those numbers by tapping into the current gender equality discussion - and perhaps by reaching out … [Read more...] about ‘Wonder Woman’: Review
The studio and producer Joel Silver have been developing a big-screen rendition of the DC Comics superhero, with "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator Joss Whedon writing the script and attached to direct. So why does the studio want another "Wonder Woman" script? Sources said the purchase is a pre-emptive measure aimed at taking the spec off the market to protect itself against the possibility that any similarities between the scripts could be fodder for future legal action. It is understood that the Jennison-Strickland script is set against the backdrop of World War II, while Whedon's script is set in the present day. Silver has no interest in making a period "Wonder Woman," sources said. But as the spec script made the rounds, it landed at Silver Pictures, and executives there were impressed by Jennison and Strickland's writing. "Wonder Woman" has long been in the hopper as a feature at Warners, and it went through several writers before Whedon came on board in March 2005. Jennison and … [Read more...] about Another ‘Wonder Woman’ for WB