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Grant Morrison Doesn't Like Wonder Woman

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As a blog that is very much interested in comic books and comic book mythology but also, for the most part, very anti-militarism, I thought Grant Morrison's comments about Wonder Woman in Batman vs. Superman were interesting: 

I sat down and I thought, “I don’t want to do this warrior woman thing.” I can understand why they’re doing it, I get all that, but that’s not what [Wonder Woman creator] William Marston wanted, that’s not what he wanted at all! His original concept for Wonder Woman was an answer to comics that he thought were filled with images of blood-curdling masculinity, and you see the latest shots of Gal Gadot in the costume, and it’s all sword and shield and her snarling at the camera. Marston’s Diana was a doctor, a healer, a scientist. So I went back to those roots and just built it up again.

What would a society of immortal women that’s been around for 7,000 years have done? They wouldn’t still be chopping men’s head’s off; they’ve got art and architecture and philosophy and poetry and it’s got nothing to do with men. So Yanick Paquette did this amazing design job, where there are no phallic objects. The only phallic objects are like these Greek towers that are almost like this haunting echo of the culture they came from.

Wonder Woman’s Invisible Plane is now shaped like a vagina, it’s the most incredible thing. It opens up in the back and it has a little clitoris hood, everything is a female-based design. It’s all based on shells and natural stuff. He’s created this entire newly designed world for the Amazons. And for the first 48 pages, there are no men — it’s just women talking to each other. And then halfway through the book, we’re building up to this big fight, and then I thought, “No, I’m not.” This book isn’t about fights, there’s not going to be any fights. So we threw out the rules of traditional boy’s adventure fiction. It’s the most exciting book I’ve done in years, it changed everything I’m thinking about the future.

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Gal Gadot is an Israeli actress and was enrolled in the IDF, as are nearly all Israelis. Israel is more than likely the most militarist country on the planet, with one of the most robust militaries on earth and one that is vastly disproportionate to its population and size. Gadot's look and background certainly resonates with her depiction of Wonder Woman.

I saw the animated film of Wonder Woman, which came out a few years ago and it portrayed Diana as coming from an island of women that purposefully secluded itself from the rest of the world. People who seclude themselves often are paranoid and, if done right, a militant Wonder Woman could actually be very interesting. Imagine that she comes from an island of women so disenchanted with the male world around them that they directed their powers inward, snarling at the male world around them as they progressed. It's not the ideal Morrison hopes for but it is certainly interesting and I think it would resonate with many women.

Characters criticizing her militarism likewise would be a good counterweight. Wonder Woman's love interest in that animated movie sharply criticizes the seclusion of the Amazonians, saying "as if less communication between men and women is what the world needs!"

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