Thursday, December 5, 2013

Wonder Woman's Woes

Though Israeli actress Gal Gadot has recently been cast as Wonder Woman in director Zak Snyder’s upcoming Batman vs. Superman, Noah Barlatsky is tired of seeing William Marston’s iconic Amazon play second-string to her male counterparts:

“Marston’s gender essentialism can be off-putting to contemporary readers, and his complicated equation of feminity with both submissiveness and strength—and his consequent compulsive use of bondage imagery throughout his work—discomfited readers at the time and ever since. But the fact remains that Marston was able to imagine a woman as not just a superhero, but as the superhero. Marston’s Wonder Woman didn’t spend her time encouraging Superman to be awesome, because she was way too busy being awesome herself.”

(Image: Adrianne Palicki starred in producer David E. Kelley’s 2011 Wonder Woman pilot for NBC, but the network opted not to move forward with the series, Warner Bros.)

No comments:

Post a Comment