With all the hype around Warner Bros’ release of their DC Universe movie schedule, it’s no wonder that people are especially excited about the prospect of a ‘Wonder Woman‘ film, especially all those who have been hounding Hollywood for a proper female superhero film. Which is understandable, since there has yet to a be a respectable stand-alone super heroine in films, even with how long characters like Wonder Woman have been around. With that in mind, it seems Lynda Carter, who fans will remember as TV’s ‘Wonder Woman’ in the late 70s, was recently interviewed with her thoughts on what she’d like to see in the upcoming movie, the character, and why she thinks it has taken Hollywood so long to make a ‘Wonder Woman’ movie.
“Ultimately, she’s about truth, and it’s all heart with her. She’s a strong female force. … She’s strong, but she’s so much more — not everybody gets that … Most important, I want her to have a heart and a strong sense of humor.”
Of course, if the ‘Wonder Woman’ movie is anything like the rest of the DC Cinematic Universe, Carter may not get her wish about the sense of humor. But I appreciate that she sees the characters as mulit-dimensional, and hopes Gal Gadot interprets the character as such. In regards to her opinion on why it’s taken Hollywood so long to launch a female superhero movie, Carter had the following to say:
“I think females baffle men, and so, that’s made it difficult to get a Wonder Woman movie made.”
To which she might be right. Historically comic book fandom has been mostly male, which in turn has led to many of the driving forces behind all these superhero films, the original fans of the comics, being male. Potentially, this might have made it difficult for them to hone in on how exactly to make a female super hero movie, and how it would appeal to a broad audience.
Of course the whole point might be moot once Warner Bros finds a director and screenwriter for ‘Wonder Woman,’ for only then will we be able to discern the direction the project is taking. Will ‘Wonder Woman’ hold up against her male counterparts? Will she be everything Lynda Carter hopes for, and tried to bring to life during her own turn as the Amazonian Princess? We’ll see when the move comes out in 2017.