What took so long? Ever since the Wonder Woman film was announced and subsequently went into production, that was the question on the minds of tons of people around the world. Why, in fact, has it taken so long to make a full length feature film starring one of the most beloved characters in the history of comics?
The answer lies in the way society has approached women wanting to be taken seriously in the entertainment industry. In Hollywood's early days in the 1920's and even through today, sadly, it has almost exclusively been a "boys club" and that's kept a lot of potentially great projects from being made. However, I think that Wonder Woman is about to change that not only for good but for the betterment of Hollywood.
When Wonder Woman first appeared in 1941, the character was wildly successful and it gave little girls and young women a reason to get into superhero comics outside of the Superman and Batman titles that had appeared in the years before. She came at a time of great turmoil in the country and at a time where women around the country were starting to prove that they can do the same jobs that men had been doing for years when they had to while the men were off fighting in World War II.
During that time, it should've proven that a character of this magnitude could carry a radio show, serial, etc but those things were still going to Superman and Batman. After the war ended and the 1950's began, Wonder Woman's importance as a superhero was greatly diminished as she was made to look like every other housewife in America at that time. Constantly more concerned with the men in her life and how best to serve them rather than to take matters into her own hands and be the hero that she is.
It wasn't until the 1970's that Wonder Woman finally got a chance to shine when a 1974 television film was made starring Cathy Lee Crosby which also led to a Wonder Woman television series that ran from 1975 until 1979 starring the incredible Lynda Carter. It was a time where it appeared that there was hope for the future of the character in film especially being that the adaptation of comic books to films would explode starting with the 1978 Superman film starring the late Christopher Reeve.
After the release of Superman: The Movie in 1978 and its subsequent sequels, nothing was still done to develop a Wonder Woman film although ideas for it had been pitched on numerous occasions with the most notable being the early 2000's when Joss Whedon pitched an idea to Warner Brothers for a Wonder Woman film and it seemed like it might happen until Warner Brothers ultimately passed on it.
When the DC Extended Universe launched with the 2013 release of 'Man of Steel', hope for the character's on screen future was brighter than ever before when it was announced that Gal Gadot was cast as Wonder Woman in the followup to Man of Steel entitled Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. As a longtime fan of all of these characters, I was excited, but nothing blew me away more than when it looked like Doomsday had Batman dead to rights until who other than Wonder Woman dropped in to not only save Batman but ultimately steal the show in the film.
Sometime during the production of Batman v. Superman, a live action Wonder Woman film was finally announced slated for a 2017 release. Set to direct the film initially was Michelle McLaren until she left due to creative differences with Warner Brothers which opened up the opportunity for director Patty Jenkins who took over and made the film that is now two weeks away from release. All I can say is that it's about time and soon enough, we won't have to wonder when it'll happen anymore.