In a recent BOF MAILBAG
, I floated out a hypothesis concerning how BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN
filmmakers – David Goyer and Zack Snyder -- might
handle the origin of Wonder Woman and the Amazons. To be honest, I’m quite sure that I’m not the only one who came up with this particular theory. In fact, it’s been discussed for months now on the BOF MESSAGE BOARD
as well as on a past BOF PODCAST
. If you’re not aware of this premise, here it is in a nutshell…
Via MAN OF STEEL, we know that for tens of thousands of years, Krypton sent explorers out into space to set up bases and colonize other worlds. We also know that these ancient Kryptonian astronauts visited Earth WAY back in the day. In fact, one of the Kryptonian scout ships crash-landed on Earth some 10,000 years ago, eventually was discovered by Clark Kent/Kal El (Henry Cavill) in MOS, and basically became this film’s version of the Fortress of Solitude. (For more detail on how that ship actually arrived on Earth, check out David Goyer’s MAN OF STEEL: PROLOGUE comic book.)
Now, let’s inject another notion into this mix known as the “Ancient Alien Astronaut Theory” – or AAAT for short. Folks who subscribe to AAAT believe that what our ancestors throughout the world thought were gods, were actually visitors/explorers from other planets. What if these ancient Kryptonians – who we know visited Earth – revealed themselves to the inhabitants of Greece thousands and thousands of years ago? Also, what if the early Grecians saw all their technology and witnessed all the superhuman things these Kryptonians could do and believed them to be “gods?” Furthermore, couldn’t Zeus, Hera, Hades, Apollo, and all the other Greek gods have actually been aliens from Krypton? And, what if these “gods,” ahem, mixed (artificially, Kryptonian style) with Earthlings to create a Human/Kryptonian hybrid race consisting of nothing but females? Or, perhaps these Kryptonian colonists settled on an island and over time, developed an all-woman civilization via reproduction, “Kryptonian Style.”
Either way, the Amazons of EARTH are born.
Wonder Woman is still an AMAZON from Earth, not a KRYPTONIAN from Krypton, and Hellenistic culture is very much a part of Amazonian society.
How is this “disrespectful” to Wonder Woman fans or to the character? Well, it’s NOT – and there’s NOTHING about it that takes away from the essence of “Wonder Woman, Feminist Icon & Role Model for Young Girls.” And it sure as hell isn’t a reason for someone to go off the deep end on internet message boards or in a op-ed on a website.
Filmmakers SHOULD have the creative freedom to make changes to comic book characters when adapting them for film. And if fans don’t like it, well, that’s just TOUGH. I HATE BATMAN RETURNS with a passion, but that doesn’t mean that Tim Burton’s take on Batman isn’t as valid as Chris Nolan’s “Dark Knight Trilogy” – which I LOVE because it perfectly captured “My Batman” on film. The fact of the matter is that what works in comic books might not always work in a live-action film. Comic book “purists” can bitch and moan and call BS on that statement, but it’s TRUE and they know it – which is probably the main reason behind the bitching and moaning!
If Giorgio says so, it's TRUE!
Let’s be frank here – it’s not like Wonder Woman has an origin or backstory that is as well-known as either Batman or Superman. In fact, the character’s origin has changed several times since she debuted in the pages of ALL-STAR COMICS #8 back in 1941. I see nothing wrong with putting on new spin on a bit of the character’s – and the Amazon’s – history, all the while staying true to the spirit of each.
And really folks, does anyone actually believe that “Regular Joe Moviegoer” – who will make up the VAST majority of this film’s audience – knows that much or actually cares about the origin of Wonder Woman? Is there anyone who thinks the mainstream audience will flip out if Wonder Woman isn’t molded from clay or isn’t the offspring of Queen Hippolyta and Zeus? Furthermore, does anyone think that this cinematic world – as established by MAN OF STEEL – is one where actual gods in the heavens exist? And yes, I can hear the retort to that now…
“But Superman is an ALIEN and aliens are just as fantastical as the Greek Gods!”
Well, not really. Just about every scientist believes that there is life on planets other than Earth – I’m not sure any of them think the same thing about gods and magical beings. Also, MAN OF STEEL was a “realistic” take on the Superman mythos and is essentially a “first contact” movie set in a world that’s pretty close to our own. Basically, the premise of MOS is how would Earth react if someone like Superman showed up on our planet.
Gal Gadot is playing Wonder Woman in the
MAN OF STEEL sequel...and she'll be wearing ARMOR.
KRYPTONIAN-based armor? We'll see!
Look, I get why fans had an online meltdown when they heard, “Warner Bros. is making Wonder Woman a Kryptonian!” Of course, all of those outlets that plastered that headline on their website were wrong, thus created a freak out that shouldn’t have ever happened in the first place. For one thing, all those articles totally misrepresented my original post on BOF – which was nothing more than pure speculation – and wrongly led their readers to believe it was a legitimate rumor. I’d probably wig out if I heard something like, “Warner Bros. is changing Batman’s origin. He’s now going to be an alien with the abilities of a Bat!” Of course, nothing like that was at hand here with Wonder Woman – all those gaskets blown were unwarranted.
The bottom line here is that none of us know what Mr. Snyder and Mr. Goyer’s take on Wonder Woman is going to be like. Maybe others and I hit the nail on the head with our “Amazons are descendants of Kryptonians” speculation.
Or maybe not.
Regardless, it’s always fun to ponder how our favorite comic book characters will be reimagined on film – unless of course one’s postulations are picked up by online outlets who unprofessionally claim it to be “rumor” or “hard news,” thus causing a major sh*t-storm on the internet, and then refuse to acknowledge that they royally F’ed up in a totally BADASS way because doing so would mean admitting to being WRONG.