I love Batman. I even love Superman.
Like many of my fellow Millennials, I grew up watching Batman: The Animated Series and Superman: The Animated Series. Bruce Timm and Paul Dini did incredible jobs bringing the DC characters of these storylines to life in a way that could be enjoyed by children—and even more so by adults.
So, when I say that I’m tired of seeing so many Batman and Superman movies, I mean nothing against those characters or those films. No matter how upsettingly disappointing Superman Returns was, or how much the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy seemed to be going out of its way to seem as little like superhero films as possible.
I am only tired of seeing Superman and Batman films because they are only two out of the “DC Comics Big Three.” So where’s my Wonder Woman movie?
It’s not that Wonder Woman hasn’t been on our screens before* (though no, I’m sorry, Lynda Carter doesn’t count as Wonder Woman any more than Adam West counts as Batman).
Like all of her Amazon sisters (I won’t go through the many versions of her backstory, but you can look that up just about anywhere), Wonder Woman (Princess Diana) is tall, extremely beautiful, strong, a trained warrior, and immortal. Not all female role models have to portray realistic body images (certainly most male superheroes do not). Diana herself is stronger than some Kryptonians (beyond rare in the DC universe), can fly, and is very difficult to injure.
The world of comic book movies needs a Wonder Woman movie. She is my favorite DC superhero, in part because, unlike Superman or Batman, she has the strength of character to kill people. Sometimes it means beheading a monster (she is an immortal warrior princess), and sometimes that means snapping the neck of an evil human who is already in custody. Because she’s a badass who is determined to do the right thing.
I think that it was on Cracked.com that I read someone speculate that Gotham City was plagued by so many villains because they were all fleeing from Wonder Woman. It’s a lovely thought.
So, again, where is my Wonder Woman movie?
Or perhaps the better question is what are the major obstacles (aside from just normal getting-anything-done-at-movie-studios-is-a-real-pain obstacles) to getting a Wonder Woman on …