The Comic Connection: Issue #13

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Welcome to the thirteenth edition of the Comic Connection! The main point of its existence is to share and discuss, to Connect through Comics. Its centrepiece is the Weekly Question, a question I will pose dealing with anything Comic related. Then I turn it over to you and to Twitter to offer any feedback/your opinion on the topic with your answers being featured on next week’s posting. I’ll also share some cool comic-related fan art along with links to my favourite blogs and people to follow on Twitter. With that said, let’s revisit last week’s question:

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Last week I asked “What DC characters would you like to see appear on Arrow Season 2?” To see my answer on the topic visit HERE. As for what the rest of you had to say…

@SidekickReviews: All your ideas for season 2 Arrow characters are well thought out and intriguing. Of these options my favorite is Chesire. It would be hard to see a trusted ally die but this series has shown it’s willing to sacrifice a great character with lots of potential to tell it’s story.

@unlikelynerd: Hal/ Green Lantern because of my love for the team up book. I know the cg is too much for tv but I can dream.

@GuyFromEarth616: I want Katana and Vixen. A mention of Batman or Gordon in a conversation would be nice too.

@robbrichardson: I think Nightwing would fit the tone perfectly especially considering the amount of Bludhaven nods. / also, stick Ryan Reynolds in as Hal Jordan. Doesn’t have to be GL but he could wear the ring and the bomber jacket.

@Raving_Ranter: Victor Sage aka Question…that way we can have all the lovely Vic & Helena feelings again. 🙂 /

@RustedMecha: Maybe introduce the Suicide Squad, Amanda Waller, NIghtwing, etc. Possibilities are really endless here. / Season 1 was chock full of DCU surprises and goodness! Still rooting for Suicide Squad

@DrHypertime: what character on #Arrow? The Question- Vic Sage style of course.

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“What direction would you take Wonder Woman in – TV Show or Movie?”

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CW revealed that they are still working on bringing Wonder Woman to the small-screen but is this the right decision? Last time I did this type of question it was about Daredevil and I (along with the majority of people) heavily leaned towards TV show. This time, however, I’m leaning in the opposite direction. Why do I think she should have a movie franchise instead? I’m glad you asked:

Opening Statement

The TV Show wants to solely focus on how she became Wonder Woman ala Smallville. That’s right, the show would be season after season (at least initially) of her before she ever became Wonder Woman, a prospect that is in stark contrast to CW’s other show Arrow. The reason they’re probably going this route is the cost factor, something that I’ll touch on in the next section. Cost, while always a factor, is something a movie can have a much larger budget. But having a big budget doesn’t necessarily equal an amazing movie, you’ve got to have a great story to justify it as well.

Storyline

I would have her beginnings be a combination of her classic one mixed with a variation of her New 52 origin. I’d start the movie off with the whole “born from clay” event but would later reveal that her mother was actually ashamed of who her father was so she made up the story to hide this shame. Who is her father? Instead of Zeus I’d make it none other than the God of War himself, Ares. Having Ares be her father would add that extra bit of rage in the Amazon that she would have to constantly keep in check or be consumed by it. Steve Trevor crash landing on the island of Themyscira would occur as would the usual contest to crown the emissary to bring him back to “man’s world”. The twist I would utilize would be that this seemingly random event was all orchestrated by Circe and Ares, who are now lovers.  Ares wants his daughter off the island to spare her life from the fate that is about to befall the Amazons seeing her as his potential successor. His plan lies in Themyscira itself, which I’d make into a nexus point allowing access to Tartarus by way of a secret route. Ares plans on opening this route but in doing so it would destroy the entire island. Circe is aligned with him but has a secret agenda of
her own: her goal is to use the hidden route to send a devastating blast of energy to Mt. Olympus and destroy the home of the Gods. Meanwhile, Diana goes to “man’s world” with Steve Trevor and encounters his fiancé who will one day become classic villainess, Silver Swan later on in the franchise. Silver Swan would grow increasingly jealous of the way Diana and Trevor interact with one another, a jealously that will drive her to the darker side of thinking. Diana would also befriend an archeologist while in the city after she witnesses Diana in action, an archeologist named Barbara Minerva. Eventually, Diana would learn about Ares’ master plan from a mysterious woman. This woman is another of Ares’ children, one who he has shunned due to her righteous demeanor and lack of rage. Her name? Donna Troy. Diana would return to Themyscira to encounter all-out war on the island with the forces of Ares battling her fellow Amazonian sisters. She saves the day and kills Ares while Circe manages to escape, hatching a plan for another day. Future installments would see events such as Doctor Psycho debuting (a rich handsome industrialist with a  terrible secret: he’s murdering his competitors while using his psychic powers to hide his real physical form), Barbara Minerva becoming Cheetah, Silver Swan’s villainous transformation completed, and the debut of Cassie Sansmark (another daughter of Ares being manipulated by Circe to attack Wonder Woman).

Production Values

Full scale battles between an army of Amazons and their foes, mythological creatures, superpowers, invisible jets, magic, and other special effects can be expensive. Smallville had to limit the use of powers to keep the budget down which was fine as this was a pre-Superman version. Superman had a larger fan base than Wonder Woman so the public was more accepting of that fact. Wonder Woman doesn’t have that luxury so she has to put her best foot forward. We don’t want to see a watered down version of our heroine. To do her justice and her stories justice we need a budget worthy of her, we need effects that don’t look cheap, and we need the money of Hollywood.

Closing Argument

The direction you can take her in is limitless unless you have a small budget to factor in. If that’s the case you are more likely going to get the glorified adventures of Diana Prince and not the epic stories of Wonder Woman. Arrow pulls it off because he is a character grounded in reality but Wonder Woman is anything but a grounded character. To create something that does the character justice she needs to have a movie franchise not a TV show. The movie franchise would also be helped by her exposure in the Justice League movie whereas a TV show would in no way have the same actress connected to it, already starting with a negative before a single frame hits your TV screen. Listen up DC, the fans deserve a Wonder Woman movie! It’s about time…don’t you think?

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Comic Art Spotlight

Here I thought I’d share some of my favourite comic-related works of art from Andre Szymanowicz. To check-out more from him, go to his DeviantArt page HERE.

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Blog Quote Bubble

In this section I’ll highlight the various WordPress based blogs that I recommend:

House of Flying Scalpelshttp://houseofflyingscalpels.com/
Cover of the Week, Iconic Panel Art, and awesome reviews.

Sci-Fi Jubilee http://scifijubilee.wordpress.com/
Really nice in-depth reviews from a perfect gentleman residing in the UK.

Sidekick Reviewshttp://sidekickreviews.wordpress.com/
Blog I go to for excellent The Walking Dead and Arrow episode reviews.

Ramblings From A Comic Newbie http://newbiecomiclife.wordpress.com/
Cr8zyGurl brings us a blog with a refreshing perspective. She’s new to comics but that only makes her entries even more interesting.

The Indigo Tribe http://indigotribe.wordpress.com/
A blog about all things Green Lantern including reviews and musings.

Arousing Grammar http://arousinggrammar.com/
Great reviews that are a nice hybrid of commentary and full-page comic art.

The Pure Moodhttp://thepuremood.com/
Reviews and thorough articles are the makeup for this blog that also has a podcast element to it.

Comic Book Junkiehttp://comicbookjunkie.wordpress.com/
Previews of the coming week of comics, Cover VS Cover, and more.

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twitter-logoRecommended People To Follow On Twitter
@Comic_Maven
@tommylutz
@Kooliebear
@TweetsoftheBat
@paul_bowler
@Superherologist
@JulzHendricks
@BlueJaigEyes
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That wraps up the thirteenth edition of The Comic Connection. Have any comments? Anything you wanted to share? You know what to do.

2 thoughts on “The Comic Connection: Issue #13

  1. I only watched the first half of ARROW, and it was not for me. I don’t really have anything original to say about it, I just thought it was very lackluster, and not at all the Ollie I know and love.
    Once again, I agree with you! WONDER WOMAN works best as a movie. I love the old TV series, but her story is one that somebody really talented could streamline into something special, like Goyer and Nolan did with Batman. The story you propose is really interesting! “Wonder Woman is anything but a grounded character.” That’s the thing I agree with the most. I hate all this talk about ‘grounding’ Superman or the Flash or Wonder Woman…that’s what makes DC superheroes so great! They really are larger than life! I pray nobody ever tires to ‘ground’ the New Gods! I’m not sure what I would do with a WW movie, but I’d love to see one! Maybe just adapt Rucka’s run!

    • I’m happy to hear you like my proposal. Anyone know how to contact DC and get this deal done? 🙂

      As for the “grounded” issue, I agree with everything you wrote. Sometimes superheroes just need to be superheroes but the movie producers always want to cater to the general public. That’s why Marvel has been so successful: they’ve gradually gotten more “comic booky” in their movies. We started with a man inventing a suit of armor (Iron Man), went to a man transformed by an experiment (Hulk), brought in the Norse Gods/other realms (Thor), and then moved to life in outer space (Avengers). Now Marvel has primed their audience for talking raccoons (Guardians of the Galaxy) and magic (Doctor Strange). Bit by bit they have gotten the audience to except each leap in believability by doing it gradually. Job well done there Marvel!

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