Although Wonder Woman still hasn't made it to the big screen, iconic actress Lynda Carter offers her advice on how to make the Amazonian Princess a modern-day hero.
Often thought of as one of DC's more troublesome franchises, Wonder Woman is yet to make it to the big screen. But with 'Batman vs. Superman' around the corner and a Justice League movie rumoured to be in the works, it's about time we saw our favourite Amazonian Princess take to the streets once more. But while many think that Wonder Woman is too 'tricky' it looks as though Lynda Carter isn't one of them…
As the last person to play a live-action Wonder Woman (even if that was back in the '70s), Lynda Carter isn't exactly impressed with recent efforts to resurrect the Amazonian Princess… and in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, she didn't exactly mince her words.
"They miss the point of Wonder Woman," she explained. "I think they try to just make her a female version of a male superhero. And that's not what she is. She is an Amazon Princess and she's got really strong sisterhood values. She's smart, and she just happens to be beautiful and super strong, and she has these great cool things like these bracelets and boomerang headband and non-lethal kinds of ways of dealing with people. She's just saying, like, 'Get a grip!' all the time… She slaps the hands of the bad guys."
Of course, Wonder Woman is often cited as a tricky hero to get right. But with Marvel soon releasing a movie starring a gun-toting raccoon and a talking tree, you have to wonder why that is…
"Maybe they need a female writer who gets it," said Lynda. "I've often tried not to say that, but I think it's the truth. It's like 'Hellooooo guys, get a female that understands what that's all about.' You look at any society that suppresses women, and it's violent. Look around the world. … There's a humanity that they're missing. There's got to be a sweetness, a kindness, a goodness in the character. The rest takes care of itself."
I can't help thinking that perhaps Lynda Carter's vision is a little naïve… that's not to say she doesn't have a point, but I don't think the problem with Wonder Woman is that she's female. Rather, it's the over-the-top, camp comic book style that she's become associated with. Now, that's not necessarily a bad thing - I have fond memories of watching reruns of the '70s TV show. But you can see why that particular style might have trouble meshing with the more realistic heroes that DC has become known for. Let's face it, even the alien Superman was a lot more gritty and 'real' than the comic books.
But perhaps all we need is a fresh perspective on the old character. It's what happened with 'Man of Steel' and I don't see why it can't happen with Wonder Woman. And while we're growing increasingly used to heroes with tragic backstories, perhaps it would make a nice change to find one who merely wants to make a difference. After all, isn't that what Wonder Woman is all about?
What do you think of Lynda Carter's advice? Would you want to see a new Wonder Woman movie? Let us know what you think in the comments below…
Ryan Leston is a comic book movie geek from Cardiff who can't wait to hear more about the rumoured Justice League movie. His favourite DC film is The Dark Knight and he was hugely impressed with Henry Cavill as Superman. Follow Ryan Leston on Twitter or Facebook.
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