When the [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870) trailer debuted at Comic-Con, many of us were pleasantly surprised with our first real impression of Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot received a lot of early flak when she was first cast, but any fears that she would not adequately embody Diana Prince were mostly put to bed when fans saw her in action.
There is one person who is not happy with the newest incarnation of Wonder Women, however, and that's prolific DC writer Grant Morrison, who is writing the upcoming graphic novel Wonder Woman: Earth One. He recently spoke to Nerdist about his own take on the iconic character, and how it's at odds with her popular "warrior woman" persona that we saw in the trailer.
"I sat down and I thought, 'I don’t want to do this warrior woman thing.' I can understand why they’re doing it, I get all that, but that’s not what [Wonder Woman creator] William Marston wanted, that’s not what he wanted at all! His original concept for Wonder Woman was an answer to comics that he thought were filled with images of blood-curdling masculinity, and you see the latest shots of Gal Gadot in the costume, and it’s all sword and shield and her snarling at the camera. Marston’s Diana was a doctor, a healer, a scientist. So I went back to those roots and just built it up again."
He's definitely not wrong in his characterizations of the scenes; Wonder Woman does look mighty and snarling during what looks to be impressive fight scenes, and a lot of people appreciate that. However, Morrison doesn't see Diana as "one of the guys," and finds her strength in her rejection of stereotypically masculine traits like brawn and blood. He elaborates on the differences he sees:
"What would a society of immortal women that’s been around for 7,000 years have done? They wouldn’t still be chopping men’s head’s off; they’ve got art and architecture and philosophy and poetry and it’s got nothing to do with men. So Yanick Paquette did this amazing design job, where there are no phallic objects. The only phallic objects are like these Greek towers that are almost like this haunting echo of the culture they came from."
Honestly, his take on Themyscira sounds fascinating to me, and I'm always for an attempt to shake things up and alter what has become the dominant narrative. He is even going so far as to take out any fight scenes, so he's really tossing out the rule book.
"Wonder Woman’s Invisible Plane is now shaped like a vagina, it’s the most incredible thing. It opens up in the back and it has a little clitoris hood, everything is a female-based design. It’s all based on shells and natural stuff. He’s created this entire newly designed world for the Amazons. And for the first 48 pages, there are no men — it’s just women talking to each other. And then halfway through the book, we’re building up to this big fight, and then I thought, 'No, I’m not.' This book isn’t about fights, there’s not going to be any fights. So we threw out the rules of traditional boy’s adventure fiction. It’s the most exciting book I’ve done in years, it changed everything I’m thinking about the future."
While I do appreciate Morrison's novel approach to the character (especially while returning to her roots), I also don't want to entirely give up on Gadot's take that we'll see in Batman v Superman. One of the things I love about every comic universe is the possibility for different identities within one character—it's the beauty of alternate universes and multiple ages of heroes.
In short, I think there's room for both of these Wonder Women to exist, and I will happily watch/read both of them come 2016.