Monday, October 07, 2013

"Wonder Woman" Meets "Fifty Shades Of Grey" ?

"We need to get 'Wonder Woman' on the big screen or TV", said Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO Kevin Tsujihara in a recent interview.

Tsujihara said that the lack of superhero movies at Warner Bros. other than the "Superman" and "Batman" franchises had been a "missed opportunity', but that the studio has "huge plans for a number of other DC properties..."

This news comes after The CW, Warner Bros. TV, and DC Comics tried to 'crack'  the story of "Wonder Woman" for a new TV series, based on the DC Comics' character, in the realistically 'grounded', dramatic style of  ratings winner "Arrow".

In the "Amazon" pilot script by Allan Heinberg ("Grey's Anatomy") the focus is on 'budding' young 'Diana of Themyscira', and the powerful 'Amazon' female warriors she grows up with, before she realizes her destiny as the world's superhuman 'Wonder Woman'.

The best known adaptation of the 'Wonder Woman' character was the three-season live-action series in the 1970's, starring actress Lynda Carter as the 'Amazon Princess' and her alter ego, 'Diana Prince'. 

The original 'Wonder Woman' was created by William Moulton Marston, (aka 'Charles Moulton') who saw the educational potential of comic books and in 1941 was hired as a consultant for "National Periodicals/All-Winner Comics" (DC Comics). 

He created his female superhero, in a field dominated by male characters, inspired by his mistress Olive Byrne, who lived with him and his wife in a 'polygamous, polyamorous' relationship.

Having 2 children with both women, Marston said that his women served as independent exemplars for WW, whose comic book adventures would be illustrated by 'Harry Peter'.

"Wonder Woman is psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who should, I believe, rule the world," 
Marston said, defending his character's look and depiction of sado-masochism, with stories highlighted by women tied by either a 'magic lasso' (of truth), chains or ropes.
"Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power", said Marston. "Wonder Woman satisfies the subconscious, elaborately disguised desire of males to be mastered by a woman who loves them".

For Marston, Wonder Woman was not primarily a role model for girls, but the vehicle through which he could get young boys familiar with the idea of being dominated by submissive women.

"Women are exciting for this one reason — it is the secret of women’s allure — women enjoy submission, being bound," Marston said.

"This I bring out in the 'Paradise Island' sequences where the girls beg for chains and enjoy wearing them".

Nearly all the early "Wonder Woman" comics included a full-length bondage panel. In one 1948 story, there were no fewer than 75 panels depicting bondage.

"The only hope for peace," said Marston, "is to teach people who are full of pep and unbound force to enjoy being bound."

"Only when the control of self by others is more pleasant than the unbound assertion of self in human relationships can we hope for a stable, peaceful human society.

"Giving to others, being controlled by them, submitting to other people cannot possibly be enjoyable without a strong erotic element …"

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Wonder Woman DC Comics Play Arts Kai Variant Action Figure:

"...this 'Wonder Woman DC Comics Play Arts Kai Variant Action Figure' features the 'Amazon Princess' based in her post-'Crisis' appearance, with armor redesigned in a light-weight and stylish form. Boasting bright metallic red and gold colors that complement this form, 'Wonder Woman' simultaneously displays strength, beauty, and infinite resolve. This fully-articulated action figure comes complete with the 'Golden Lasso of Truth', her Amazonian shield and a stand for display..."

"Wonder Woman 52 ArtFX Statue":

"..the 'Wonder Woman 52 ArtFX statue, shows she's always ready for battle, as 'Diana' wears her iconic costume as interpreted by illustrator Jim Lee in DC Comics' 'The New 52'. Along with her stars-and-stripes bodice, she rocks in full pants and tall boots. Wonder Woman's left hand is balled into a fist at her waist, always near the short sword at her back, while her right hand rests over her 'Lasso of Truth'. Of course, no 'Wonder Woman' would be complete without her bracelets and tiara! The Amazon princess features intricate sculpted details in her unique outfit, from the stars-and-eagle design on her top to the subtle armor and paneling on her pants and the creases in her boots. Standing 7 1/2-inches tall in ArtFX+ 1:10 scale, Wonder Woman is sculpted by master artist Atelier Bamboo. She has magnets in her feet for perfect stability on her included display base that features the 'Justice League' logo..."