ByRandy Micah Smith, writer at
I have a deep love for the superpowered, the superhuman and the supernatural. This translates not only to a deep and abiding love for ancien
Randy Micah Smith

Okay, so for any and all who know me (from real life, or from being among the earliest fans of my friends' Facebook page, The Superpower List), I am a fan of nearly any and all Superheroes. Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Daredevil, Justice League, X-Men, Teen Titans, Avengers, Legion of Super-Heroes, Fantastic Four, the Incredibles, etc, etc. So, I sort of take offense when folks take part in making fun of a certain superhero. At least, I do when they don't deserve the flack they're taking.

For example, the Wonder Twins.

These two heroes have not gotten a break ever since their tenure among the Super Friends, alongside the likes of Invisible-Plane Wonder Woman, Giant-Seahorse-riding Aquaman, Black-Lightning-ripoff Black Vulcan, and those other three whose names unfortunately elude most mainstream superhero fans (Apache Chief, Samurai and Eldorado, for anybody besides me, who also cares). That said, these two, if taken into any serious capacity (and hopefully barring the further use of their ridiculous catchphrase 'Wonder Twin powers, activate!'), are not to be messed with.

A pair of fraternal twin siblings from the alien planet Exxor, Zan and Jayna possess the power to shapeshift any time they make physical contact. Zan could assume any form composed of any phase of water (whether solid, liquid or gas, and in any number of different shapes), while Jayna could assume the form of any animal (including extinct and alien creatures, as long as they weren't sentient--couldn't turn into another humanoid shape).

And the two had a telepathic bond between them, so they could be in constant contact with one another, and really coordinate themselves on missions. Not to mention, if the two were unable to make physical contact, their blue 'Space Monkey' Gleek could make physical contact between them both and serve as a conduit for their powers. So, somebody remind me, what about their powers was lame?

Okay, I understand that the use of powers and skills was sometimes absurd on The Super Friends (see above examples with Wonder Woman and Aquaman) but that doesn't make the folks involved lame. It just means they were misused, to ridiculous and laughably absurd effect. Having said that, I think that a reboot is in order. I mean, they tried to make it work a couple of times by reinserting the Twins back into modern works, but it doesn't seem like any of it has stuck or will stick. Personally, I think it's time for a genuine change.

And the idea of a change isn't so much my concern about their looks (as they tried in Justice League Unlimited); personally, I think a modern version of their original appearances (like Superman got in the New 52 and Man of Steel) would do just fine. Rather, there should be a big change with their origins, and how their powers are portrayed. I mean, I know they weren't meant to be main characters, but personally, I don't see why they can't be. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Hawkman, Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, even the much-maligned and underestimated Aquaman (who I also plan to address soon) all have their own comics.

So, what's wrong with these two getting their own comic, and a movie? I mean, I personally would love to see the origins of why they left their home planet Exxor, as well as some attention paid to their individual personalities (like their actual MOTIVATION for joining the Justice League or the Teen Titans, rather than them just being 'extras' to help move a story along). Plus, their powers could use a rework, like requiring twin-telepathic contact, rather than physical contact, so they could shapeshift anywhere, as long as they were in telepathic range of their twin (if that was done, you could even keep their goofy catchphrase, and have it said mentally rather than physically, and it might even come off as kinda cool). There could even be a quirky story about shapeshifting powers being common on Exxor (similar to Martian Manhunter's race), which would do well to explain just how the heck Gleek looks like a blue version of an Earth monkey.

Now, I know that there was recently a rumor of a Wonder Twins movie coming out in the near future featuring Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher. The idea, based on your tastes, may be generally good, or generally bad (I, myself, would like to see it done, but those two actors wouldn't be my first choices). Still, whether it happens or not, I would like to see SOME reintroduction of the Wonder Twins back into the mainstream. And not as little goofy side-parts on freaking 'Teen Titans Go!'. And not as little background speaking roles on 'Justice League Unlimited'. And CERTAINLY not in any capacity like on The Super Friends. I want some actual respect paid to them, as befitting characters with such great potential.

I mean, really. In a universe where the heroes are basically painted as nothing short of 'gods', capable of lifting buildings and moving faster than the average person can blink, why should these two come across as anything less?


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