How often do we hear about The Problem with Wonder Woman?
That one is actually a very pro-Wonder Woman article which addresses many of the sillier myths around The Problem, but the headline makes me crazy and the comments drive me completely round the twist. Because I see that headline, or an equivalent of it, and those comments all the time. Across social media and blogs and at conventions, all I hear are reasons why there isn’t a Wonder Woman movie yet, why there can’t ever be a Wonder Woman movie, despite the fact that she has the most independent brand recognition of any other female superhero ever.
Joss Whedon couldn’t do it, so no one else can.
Her villains are all stupid.
Her origin story is dumb.
The costume is a problem.
Steve Trevor is a problem.
David E Kelley had her sitting on a couch eating ice cream.
No one will write her right (except Joss Whedon).
No actress can play her.
No actress can wear the costume without being attacked by feminists and/or looking silly.
Movies about female superheroes always suck.
Hey didn’t you know she was all about kinky bondage stuff back in the day? Hurr hurr.
Wonder Woman isn’t RELATABLE.
I think Shoshanna at Tor is right on the money with her article – the “problem” with Wonder Woman is that most people don’t know how to deal with an unapologetically feminist character. Writers panic. Executives panic. The way that women in particular are written in Hollywood is so vastly different to the way that superheroes tend to be written, that when the two concepts are combined, fear and cosmetics companies and ice-cream tend to get thrown at the resulting mess until it goes away.
Unless Joss Whedon is doing the writing, but he can’t be everywhere at once, people.
But you know what?
Wonder Woman is not the problem.