Before the Amazing Amazon’s return to 1984 take a nostalgic look at her adventures from 1996 in the DC Comics legendary collected works of Wonder Woman by John Byrne Book Two!
When the legendary comic book writer/artist John Byrne took over the helm of creatively driving the adventures of the Amazing Amazon, the man that had redefined the DC Comics modern era of the Man of Steel, after Superman’s world was rocked following the events of the Crisis on Infinite Earths the imprint decided to turn Byrne loose on one of the other premiere properties leading to a comparatively new direction for Wonder Woman. It was more than just a cosmetic reimagining, Byrne dove deep into the heroes mythology.
Though George Pérez had initially given Diana her most dramatic reimagining and reintroduction into the Modern Era after the heroine had been theoretically erased during the aforementioned Crisis, Byrne assumed the lead on the title after the landmark centennial issue, and navigated Diana into all-new territory. After a stint where the heroine had abandoned her familiar star-spangled attire and tiara, Byrne brought the Amazon princess back in her traditional warrior garb, though highlighted particular innovations in her design.
Celebrating the iconic creators run in the collected volume Wonder Woman by John Byrne Book Two several elements of DC Comics third most iconic pillar harken to her cinematic interpretation and even hint at the storyline that is speculated will be unraveling when Diana returns to the big screen in next year’s highly anticipated blockbuster sequel Wonder Woman 1984. Byrne simplified the lines across her suit, but also gave Wonder Woman the now established standard length and look of her ceremonial bracelets.
During his tenure on Wonder Woman Byrne elaborated on much of the mythology that Pérez had worked into Diana’s origins, cementing her legend in Greek myths and lore. John Byrne was also extremely diligent about her placement in DC Comics pantheon; even though she had served a term as a member of the Justice League International, Wonder Woman had been much of an outsider among her contemporaries, and it wouldn’t be until much later that aspects of her story would be retconned in order to more significantly place her at the cornerstone of the universe.
Wonder Woman by John Byrne Book Two examines her place in myth as Diana is a vessel of faith, hope and love — and her theology, much based in myth is peeled back like an onion. At the center of it all is Byrne’s interpretation of the Amazon’s most relentless and dangerous adversary. The artist introduces the most feral and ferocious Cheetah, perhaps the version that may be the inspiration behind the villain’s upcoming cinematic appearance in the next film. With all the excitement building this is the perfect opportunity to get caught up before 1984 hits theaters.
Wonder Woman by John Byrne Book Two collected volume is on sale now from DC Comics.
The first images are making their way out across the myriad spectators who anxiously await any bit from the set of the follow-up to one of the biggest blockbusters of 2017! WONDER WOMAN 1984 is taking shape!
The star of 2017’s Wonder Woman Gal Gadot couldn’t have anticipated her meteoric rise to super-stardom. The actress known for her more aggressive wilder turns as a supportive player in action hit franchises like The Fast & The Furious emerged from the bedlam of the screeching automatic car pile up, and ascended to the darkly shadowed spires of Gotham City. Gadot stepped into the role of one of the most iconic characters in popular culture, alongside two other monoliths in the epic brawl Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Few would argue that the starlet was indeed in fact one of the highlights of that film; even eclipsing its two titular leads, but arguably Wonder Woman is one of the personalities within the DC Comics pantheon that fans had long been hoping to see realized on the big screen. Gadot’s interpretation of the Amazing Amazon far exceeded anyone’s expectations. When the character made her own headlining feature debut, the response was extraordinary and under the guileful eye of director Patty Jenkins the film garnered remarkable reviews and set records at the box office.
The inevitable sequel is currently in production and although Wonder Woman 1984 as the title might suggest sees our timeless heroine emerges in a snapshot era, as opposed to battling a contemporary foe. From the first images, the Cold War setting may exactly be the catalyst that brings Diana, the warrior princess from an island paradise out of a self-imposed exile and back onto the world stage. After the events of the first feature, and as referred to in Justice League Diana goes underground after her battle with Ares and the loss of the love of her life.
Interestingly enough Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) is apparently playing a significant role in the next adventure though how Trevor fits in has been kept under wraps. Jenkins had promised fans when she signed onto the project that if there’s a will, there will be a way to bring Steve Trevor back into the fold. What has gotten out in the media is the appearance of Gadot and Pine’s WW1984 co-star, Kristen Wiig who has been cast as Barbara Minerva, well known to comic book fans as the alter-ego of Wonder Woman’s arch enemy The Cheetah!
With San Diego Comic-Con just weeks away, fans are hoping that Patty Jenkins will make a special announcement and introduce the first teaser trailer to what will undoubtedly emerge as the most anticipated sequel in DC’s arsenal. It was in 2015 when the first images from BvS were revealed giving us a glimpse of Gadot in her now famous armor. The next chapter in the expanding DC Cinematic Universe Wonder Woman 1984 will arrive in theaters November 1, 2019. That may feel like a longtime to wait, but in the meantime Aquaman and Shazam! will both hit theaters in 2018.
Topping the box office this weekend and you just can’t get enough of this princess of power you may want to check out the recently re-released animated adventure that reexamines Wonder Woman’s origins and will satisfy everyone who loved the new film and wants more!
With Wonder Woman blazing a trail across the blockbuster box office and winning an all-new generation of fans with a big-screen adventure that has been a long time coming, it’s a good time to get caught up on what made the Amazing Amazon such an indelible icon for 76 years. The DC Comics super heroine stands as part of a pillar, the trinity above the rest of the pantheon, of which all others are measured up to. While Superman, Batman and the rest of the members of the Justice League represent our modern mythologies, Wonder Woman’s — Princess Diana of the Amazons — origins are deeply rooted in those mythic legends.
The current blockbuster film’s director Patty Jenkins has said she’d been waiting a long time to make her Wonder Woman movie and it’s evident in the care to the exploration of Diana (realized on screen by Gal Gadot) as a fully realized individual on her own very definite heroic journey. It makes for an intense origin story especially with Diana’s own connectivity to Greek mythologies. That same excitement of adventure is captured in the animated DC Universe Original Movie Wonder Woman now re-released in a special “Commemorative Edition” in time to celebrate the character’s 75 year history.
This animated film was first released in 2009 and stands up very well, especially given the number of films in the series that DC Entertainment has continued to produce since then, many of which have presented rebooted versions of the heroes to connect with their current comic book interpretations. This “Commemorative Edition” release includes the 74 minute full-length feature as well as an all-new special feature that explores the topic “What Makes a Wonder Woman”. The animated feature, like the current blockbuster, borrows heavily from the most popular era of the heroine’s backstory written by George Pérez.
The big bad introduced in the animated feature is also Ares (voiced by Alfred Molina) who is the burden of the Amazons to keep watch over less the God of War escape and unleashes his brand of evil on the world. We know how the story unfolds, and a champion must be selected to escort Air Force pilot, Steve Trevor (fan favorite Nathan Fillion) back to Man’s World after his aircraft crashes on Paradise Island. A willful Diana (voiced by Keri Russell) requests the duty of being that envoy, but is kept from participating in the trials of selection, but when one of her Amazon sisters insists that Diana compete but not reveal her identity, a series of events are set in motion!
Diana of course proves herself the fierciest warrior among them, and her mother Queen Hippolyta has no choice but abide by their traditions, but while the Amazons were engaged in the competition, the God of War has seized on the opportunity to make haste with his escape! The world now needs a wonder woman more than ever! Though set in a very contemporary time, many of the same allusions to the desparitites between the sexes exist as well in the animated Wonder Woman. Diana can not understand why Trevor’s secretary plays helpless to attract his attention, and proves her own capability immediately.
The film’s climax, a glorious battle on Washington D.C.’s most historic monunets and the Capital is epic in scale, even if director Lauren Montgomery may have felt she needed more soldiers, more Amazons, more monsters and tanks — it just plays wonderfully and will resonate deeply with fans who just experienced the new blockbuster. The take away is simple, Wonder Woman is a figure that works in any media with a story that captures the imagination and generates an feeling of great hope. After all that is the character’s greatest strength — her ability to inspire across all sections. Wonder Woman’s time has arrived and it only took 75 years for the rest of us to catch up.
Check out the animated DC Universe Original MovieWonder Woman Commemorative Edition available now in Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD for $19.99 is rated PG-13 and released through Warner Bros. Animation. The package features an all-new documentary with commentary from Patty Jenkins and scenes from the new blocknuster feature film in theaters now, along with some of comics greatest creators connected to the Wonder Woman legacy.
The most anticipated film of the blockbuster season shatters all expectations! WONDER WOMAN does more than crack the glass ceiling on action films, it busts it wide open and brings the DC Comics trinity full circle on the big screen.
(WARNING: Spoilers Ahead!) This article makes several allusions to major plot points in the new Warner Bros. Pictures release Wonder Woman.
After a gratuitously remarkable introduction in director Zack Snyder’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, all eyes were on actress Gal Gadot who was saddling up to the big boys and going toe-to-toe as the third part of a pop-culture trinity, weaving her way into this summer’s most anticipated blockbuster Wonder Woman. DC Comics has been languishing behind the competitor Marvel Films when it comes to establishing a cohesive cinematic narrative, though under the guidance of executive producers Snyder and his wife and producing partner Deborah, the pair may have finally set the train on its tracks, and it took the Amazing Amazon to light the way.
The Stuff of Legends
What has always made the character of Wonder Woman so compelling is her backstory which is rooted deeply in theological mythologies, as the daughter of the Queen of the Amazons she is raised on an island populated only by a society of woman, isolated from the prying eyes of men, as a warrior destined to protect the innocent from the ravages of the worst of injustices: WAR! Wonder Woman’s origins have been revamped, retooled, and reedited throughout her more than 75 year history as a cornerstone character of the DC Comics pantheon.
Introduced as a backup feature in All-Star Comics #8 released in 1941, Wonder Woman would begin her groundbreaking episodes in pulp fiction and comic books, and would also set herself apart from other heroes — one of the first to carry the moniker of “woman” and not that of “girl”. Created by William Moulton Marston and first designed by artist H.G. Peter, Wonder Woman trail blazed a path that had traditionally been paved by her male counterparts.
Where Superman is an alien, the ultimate immigrant on our planet, who derives his superhuman abilities from his exposure to our sun, and Batman is a darkly obsessed billionaire adventure delving out his own brand of justice, Diana is an obviously otherworldly figure with extraordinary gifts bestowed upon her by the gods, but at her core she’s a beautifully incarnated piece of the very planet that she has dedicated herself to protecting. Diana is undoubtedly the most human of all characters.
For nearly a century Wonder Woman has established herself as an icon, representing not only as an obvious force in feminism, but also for the disenfranchised and the innocent — for those who can’t speak for themselves — and with her lasso of truth by her side, Diana has fought for truth, justice as a champion of love and equality. This (of course) only scratches at the surface of this heroines more impressive resume, but begs the question: Why did it take so long to bring Wonder Woman finally to the big screen?
The answer may be something of debate depending on who you might ask, but consider the perfect storm of events in our own culture, and the evolving tide of social civil rights, and it becomes crystal clear. The time for Wonder Woman is now!
She’s a Wonder
Director Patty Jenkins own journey to bringing Wonder Woman to life, is itself mythic. The acclaimed filmmaker made her own distinction directing actress Charlize Theron to her Oscar win in 2003’s Monster. Jenkins wasn’t the studio’s first choice for turning this into a feature film. After her initial appearance in BvS which set in motion the expanded DC Comics Cinematic Universe, the task had fallen to Michelle MacLaren in 2013, but she left after citing “creative differences”, and with pre-production in full swing, Jenkins was lassoed in to realize a script by Allan Heinberg.
Basically an origin story, Wonder Woman opens up with Diana (Gal Gadot reprising her role) receiving a distinct attache case from a friend containing a unique item — a recovered photograph of Diana inside the square of a small village flanked by a group of freedom fighters at the conclusion of a campaign during World War I — although Diana doesn’t appear to have aged all that much since that day. The mystery surrounding that moment, first glimpsed in BvS sets up the story for the film…
A very willful child, Princess Diana escapes the confines of her school books and classroom to marvel at the glorious sight of the Amazon warriors engaging in their defensive training, led by her aunt and the general of the armies Antiope (Robin Wright). Though bred for combat, the Queen of the Amazons, Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen) doesn’t want her daughter engaging in battle, at least not anytime soon, preferring that Diana be a child — the only child born on their sheltered isle of Themyscira, a paradise cloaked and sheltered from the world outside.
But Diana cannot be contained! She sneaks out at night after her bedtime to train with Antiope, and when the pair are discovered, the queen has no other resolve but to comply, and requests that Antiope train Diana to be the best among them. True to her word, the general develops Diana into a fiercely strong and capable combatant, but when a small aircraft crashes just off the edge of their waters, Diana rescues the stranger piloting the ship, brining Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) onto the island. Unfortunately the intelligence officer is being pursued German agents!
A battle between the German invaders and the Amazons ensues and in the melee, Antiope is shot — the bullet’s intended target: Diana! The attack on the island stirs Diana to take action when Trevor reveals that the world is at war and a final initiative is preparing to launch led by the merciless German agent Erich Ludendorff (Danny Huston) and his chief collaborator, Doctor Poison (Elena Anaya). Diana, convinced that Ludendorff is the reincarnation of Ares, the God of War, whom the Amazons are sworn to defeat. Determined to wield the God Killer sword, she orchestrates hers and Trevor’s escape from the Island to return to the war and destroy Ares.
And so begins Diana’s journey to becoming Wonder Woman. Although Hippolyta is not in agreement with Diana’s course, she knows it would be impossible for her to detract her daughter from her mission, and the queen reluctantly gives her blessing, but warns Diana: “The world does not deserve you.” With those words, Diana begins her quest and sets to sail for Man’s World and the world war awaiting her with Steve Trevor at her side. The pair arrive in London circa 1918 and begin to strategize their next steps to prevent Ludendorff from exacting his dreading plan, and Diana fulfilling her destiny to stop the God of War.
A New Hope on the Big Screen
Director Patty Jenkins perfectly navigates our heroine from the more than lush and etherial confines of her legendary Paradise Island — a perfect utopia dedicated to the highest arts of culture, philosophy, of body and mind — and displaces the young and naive princess into the middle of the 20th Century and a world in chaos. Diana is uncomfortable with the way that the men govern from behind the safety of their bureaucracy, and the women are relegated to the background often silenced. None of it rings true to the princess, who becomes very frustrated when it’s obvious they aren’t capable of figuring things out on their own. This dimension is perfectly realized by Gadot, who balances impertinence and patience as she becomes more familiar in her new environment.
When Diana can no longer tolerate the brutality and injustice she is witness to, as men, women and children become victims of Ares influence and the war escalates, she reveals herself as a superpower to be reckoned with. The instance that Diana becomes Wonder Woman in the film, is singular more exciting than the first time that Superman takes flight in Man of Steel — it is the moment that will make the audience cheer with abandon and joyful that finally she has arrived! For the rest of the film you are invested — you’re with her!
Choosing to extrapolate Wonder Woman as a period piece will remind savvy audiences of the similarities to its Marvel Films contemporary Captain America: The First Avenger which also ultimately launched the combined universe with Avengers. In the case of Wonder Woman it makes for an interesting palette and less romanticizes the narrative, which becomes much more visceral and real, a far contrast to the character’s brightly colored comic book interpretation. For fans, the favorite interpretation of the heroine during writer/artist George Pérez’s run on the comic, the film pays great homage to his creative contribution.
With the exception of only one little thing, which may turn out to be an important plot note, Wonder Woman is without a doubt (and so far) the best of the DC Comics Films, although the truth is that the bar was set pretty precariously. Wonder Woman had no where to go but to rise above the cacophony of its two predecessors, and although it climatic confrontation with the “big bad” will no doubt inspire similarities to MoS and BvS the greatest difference is how deep and textured the emotional arc of this film is.
Now about that “one little thing” — it’s a minor detail, but one that I felt would have been integral to the script, especially considering the fate of the film’s hero Steve Trevor, is the final moment that the two characters share. During the ensuing confrontation and climax of the film, they are reunited, and Trevor confides in Diana — professing his true feelings for her — before taking command of the German army’s ultimate weapon. Unfortunately Diana can’t hear everything that Trevor is saying, her ears ringing from Ares’ onslaught.
When it all begins to sink in, I half anticipated Steve to use his long held term of endearment for Diana, but alas there is no “angel” in sight. Like I said, it’s a small thing, but I needed it. It didn’t diminish my excitement over seeing our heroine rise to the occasion and save the day, and when the credits finally rolled I found Wonder Woman was deeply satisfying, exciting and powerful — and a long time coming! She will unite us all, indeed!
See the trailer here:
Wonder Woman directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine and Robin Wright is now showing in theaters everywhere and is distributed by Warner Bros.
After the Amazing Amazon finally makes her big screen debut this summer, many will ask why did it take so long for DC Comics WONDER WOMAN to get the attention she so rightly deserves!
It’s incredible to imagine that it’s taken 76 years since her conception for Wonder Woman to make it to the big-screen in a solo adventure of her own, but pretty soon (June 2 as a matter of fact) the Amazon Princess will finally emerge out from under of the shadow of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and step into the spotlight! And it’s about time!
The latest cover of Entertainment Weekly has placed Gal Gadot the modern day embodiment of the DC Comics legend front and center, and the set piece of the issue is a story by Nicole Sperling who spoke with Patty Jenkins the director who inherited the reigns of the blockbuster feature. Jenkins explains her connection to the character and what it has meant to her to bring Wonder Woman’s origin story to theaters.
The film stars Gadot as Diana the Princess of the Amazons, a tribe of warrior women who live outside of the realm of “Man’s World”, but when one lands on their shores (co-star Chris Pine as Steve Trevor) and brings war to paradise, Diana is compelled to fulfill her destiny to become the most integral part of the DC Comics pantheon and a founding member of the Justice League — Wonder Woman!
Her journey to the big screen didn’t come without its own set of hurdles, but Wonder Woman is already proving she’s got what it takes with advanced word on the film incredibly favorable. Some critics have gone on the record saying that Wonder Woman will be the “best DC Comics movie so far!” After the lukewarm reception that both BvS and its follow-up Suicide Squad received by fans and critics alike, this is a good sign especially as the cinematic DC Comics Universe launches!
The article takes a close and detailed look at Wonder Woman throughout her 76 year history and how she’s evolved with every generation as an icon and symbol not only for feminism, but for all people!
Read the full article in this week’s Issue of Entertainment Weekly available on stands now and digital download, and Wonder Woman hits theaters this weekend on June 2.
With so much riding on and the growing anticipation for one of this summer’s most films, WB and DC Entertainment is banking that Wonder Woman will be on everyone’s mind. So to get fans ready for the arrival of the Amazing Amazon on the big screen (not once, but twice in 2017) on Saturday, May 6 otherwise known nationally as Free Comic Book Day retailers will be filling bags with these offerings from DC Comics.
Special “Free Comic Book Day” Editions of Wonder Woman’s early year as a super heroine is explored in the Wonder Woman Special Edition #1 by Greg Rucka and for the young reader DC Super Hero Girls #1 features a chapter from the graphic novel “Summer Olympus”. Don’t miss out on these wonderful adventures on “Free Comic Book Day”.