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Wonder Woman

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Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman
Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman

In my last WWW Wednesday post, I wrote about Wonder Woman in passing. Today, I would like to dedicate this post to her.

In the Seventies, Wonder Woman caused quite a stir among young men. Her most awesome costume and her raving beauty captured the imagination of male adolescents everywhere. I grew up in that era. I remember whenever an article about the stunner appeared in a magazine delivered to our home. I would hide it from my folks.

My father could never find the TV Guide that week.

When I look back, I stand by my words—the Wonder Woman of the Seventies stood as a symbol to eye candy. The series had great messages, mind you. To a growing boy, the message couldn’t be any clearer. But the show lacked a little something for women watching it. The message of empowerment. Women needed that message back then, yet TV did not conform to providing any impressionable example.

Fast forward to today. Warner Bros. tapped The Avengers writer Joss Whedon to work on the project sometime ago. He had some outstanding ideas. One of them:

“The whole idea of a woman who is basically more powerful than any man—and who will always be that, and comes from a society of women who are more powerful than men—is an interesting theme that I think can be very contemporary.”

The ideas weren’t enough to make the studio flip the green light.

In addition, Megan Fox, whose name floated around talks as the Amazonian goddess, had dissed the project:

“Wonder Woman is a lame superhero. She flies around in her invisible jet and her weaponry is a lasso that makes you tell the truth. I just don’t get it. Somebody has a big challenge on their hands whoever takes that role but I don’t want to do it.”

Megan Fox as Wonder Woman
Megan Fox as Wonder Woman

Thank goodness for that. I could never see Megan Fox as the statuesque crime fighter. What needs to happen is the studio has to attach a producer such as J.J. Abrams to the project. Then we might actually see a true, contemporary rendition of Wonder Woman. This superhero is much too important to candify again.

To me, Wonder Woman not only stands for truth but also inner strength. She’s the superhero most likened to Superman. She’s also an unblemished superhero. An incorruptible soul. Some call her naïve. I’d prefer to think of her as unpretentious. Her solutions to problems come in the form of truth.

I would love to see Wonder Woman on the big screen. Look how Captain America became such a success.

What about you? Any thoughts about a big screen debut for Wonder Woman? How about if she knew martial arts like Black Widow, would that seem like a good idea? Let me know below.