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But Here’s the Problem with Wonder Woman

This story talks about yet another attempt to reintroduce Wonder Woman, this time with a new costume:

It’s a vast improvement, yes, but for all of DC’s effort to place WW in the Superman-Batman icon troika, it’s not worked yet, and likely won’t. Here’s why:

Her powers have always been a shadow of Superman’s. He’s all-powerful; she’s super-strong, but less so. He’s indestructible; she has some resistance to injury, but has to fend off bullets with her bracelets, for Pete’s sake. He can fly; sometimes she can, too, but then why has she relied on her invisible plane? And so on.

Powers aren’t everything, as Batman conclusively demonstrates. But heroes need their own act. And a magic lasso isn’t enough, unless she’s planning to join the super-rodeo. The new origin even sounds like a Superman knock-off: Her homeland (Paradise Island) and family is destroyed, and she escapes and is raised by…ordinary earthlings. Folks like you, me, and Idina Menzel.

  1. Craig Cummings
    June 30th, 2010 at 07:26 | #1

    Me thinks a good dose of radiation would work wonders for her!

  2. Brian Cahill
    June 30th, 2010 at 10:50 | #2

    Yeah, but she spins, and that’s enough for me. (It works for Stevie.) Maybe if Idina played her there could be redemption all around? I smell a B-way show.”Diana – Prince of Wonder”.

  3. Mike H
    June 30th, 2010 at 15:41 | #3

    I know certain of you would advocate for the “man of steel,” but Wonder Woman’s built like a brick s***house and – for me – that makes her infinitely superior! (tho I’ve got even better suggestions for her “costuming” – hollah, DC Comics!)

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