A radical departure from how William Moulton Marston’s classic superheroine has been depicted throughout the decades, Valley’s animated short casts Princess Diana of the Amazons not as a regal envoy nor a ferocious warrior, but as a stunning badass in a funky, ’70s-styled oasis where her tiara’s been exchanged for a chunky headband, her patriotic bathing suit has been replaced with a red t-shirt and what looks like some beach-appropriate, star-spangled boyshorts, and where her invisible plane has been traded in for an All-American hot rod complete with personalized plates. Valley’s aesthetic twists seem completely at odds with what we think of as Wonder Woman and yet what we see rings absolutely true. Perhaps Hollywood has found the Wonder Woman angle that’s so famously eluded filmmakers for all these years?
See for yourself in this 30 second preview and keep an eye on Cartoon Network’s DC Nation programming to see the complete work.
I long for a good Wonder Woman movie. While I appreciated the Lynda Carter series, it had 70s cheese all over it (like the Six-Million Dollar Man, etc.), which — granted — was less cheese than Batman ‘66.
What I want to see on the big screen is a Wonder Woman like the ones we saw in JL/JLU, New Frontier, and Young Justice.
I want it to be a WWII period piece, a la the Captain America movie, only now Agent Carter is the (super)hero.
I want myth and science and sexism and battles against all of those in the person of Diana.
I am reminded of something I saw on the Intertoobz awhile back, where someone’s daughter was invited to a “princess party,” where the little girl dressed up as a princess. This someone’s daughter dressed up as Wonder Woman. When confronted by the host’s mother, she clearly stated, “Wonder Woman is a Princess and a Superhero.”
(There’s also a fantastic rejoinder to this on Scott Lynch’s Livejournal, but I can’t link because LJ is down for scheduled maintenance. If anyone can get to the post and link it in the comments, I’d appreciate.)
Aw, for the hell of it…
[UPDATE]: LJ finally unscrewed itself, so here’s the faux teaser script for a WW movie written by Scott Lynch (Locke Lamora).