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Booth's Blog: Wonder Woman: A World War 2 Feminist Icon!
By Emily Booth, Monday 7th April 2014
As our most faithful horror hounds already know, its not all psychos and slashing on the channel. Although we do love our blood and gore dearly, the pre 9pm slots see big name cult TV shows take the reigns such as Star Trek, but the one which we are LOVING at the moment (as are you so it seems!) is Wonder Woman.

So I thought I’d take this opportunity to explore this powerhouse of fanciful female flesh and was surprised to learn of her origins, as well as her future with a huge movie project recently announced!

Were you aware she was created during the throws of World War 2 making her first appearance in All Star Comics back in 1941? That’s one fit 73 year old.

Developed by American psychologist and writer William Moulton Marston she was a conscious representation of the eras unconventional and liberated woman, and came to be a superheroine that ultimately won her battles through equality and love rather than violence. I like this William Marston, ultimately he envisioned a better world through the leadership of women not men. And while she had the strength of Superman, she fought off bullets with bracelets!

Basically she reveled in all things feminine, but could kick the arse of Superman himself. We may be stuck in the World of Man, but it’s Wonder Woman leading us forward. And suddenly very real images of Malala (the girl shot by Taliban gunmen for wanting an education) are conjured up in my mind – ok the right to wear hotpant’s is probably far from Malala’s mind, but still - Wonder Woman has the potential to be a potent metaphor for the female fighting in a mans world.

So from her World War 2 beginnings, this force of Amazonian nature soon made it to the TV networks with the gorgeous curvaceous Lynda Carter in the titular role back in the 1970’s. As a former Miss World who better to play the all American, Nazi fighting superheroine complete with star emblazoned hotpants? Since Lynda Carter became a sex symbol for the nerds, and an icon for the girls and gays, all attempts to return her to the small screen since Carter’s time have failed!

But then, back in Dec 2013 it was announced that a new mega action blockbuster listed only as ‘Untitled Superman – Batman Project’ had cast its key actors. While DC entertainment / Warner Bros remain tight lipped about releasing any plot details we do know the stellar cast now attached to this movie which won’t hit the big screen till May 2016! Henry Cavill returns as the Man of Steel, with Ben Affleck playing Batman and Gal Gadot (Fast and Furious) as Wonder Woman and the superb Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor!

It’s a long wait for the movie version of Wonder Woman to hit theatres, but its usually the original that holds the real essence of a character so why not let yourself get lassoed by this lady of liberty and watch The New Adventures of Wonder Woman weeknights at 9am for early birds or 6pm for those avoiding the news.

Till next time!


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