Almost suspiciously announced after the small teaser of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in WB's [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870) trailer, comic book legend Grant Morrison has begun talking about future plans for the character in the DC Comics Universe. With the upcoming Wonder Woman: Earth One under his pen, Morrison looks to scale back on the gore-fueled definitions of Strong Female Characters, with a specific eye for what the character's original creators intended.
In an interview with Nerdist, the writer explained his plans for Wonder Woman, and why they may not be quite like the modern representations of the character:
I sat down and I thought, “I don’t want to do this warrior woman thing.” I can understand why they’re doing it, I get all that, but that’s not what [Wonder Woman creator] William Marston wanted, that’s not what he wanted at all! His original concept for Wonder Woman was an answer to comics that he thought were filled with images of blood-curdling masculinity, and you see the latest shots of Gal Gadot in the costume, and it’s all sword and shield and her snarling at the camera. Marston’s Diana was a doctor, a healer, a scientist. So I went back to those roots and just built it up again.
With the hot topic of gender equality and the fight against pigeonholing female characters as flat archetypes, Morrison's concerns are not unfounded. The original Wonder Woman was a peace-keeper who looked for solutions before using force.
It's true: Diana has undergone some drastic changes to her decision-making throughout her lifetime as a character, and while each incarnation of Wonder Woman has been different, Morrison feels like the Feral Warrior depiction of the character lacks the qualities of humanity and decision-making that she was originally celebrated for. What's more, that will expand to the entire Amazonian society, building a world that thrives off of culture and art for Diana to inevitably protect.
What would a society of immortal women that’s been around for 7,000 years have done? They wouldn’t still be chopping men’s head’s off; they’ve got art and architecture and philosophy and poetry and it’s got nothing to do with men. So Yanick Paquette did this amazing design job, where there are no phallic objects. The only phallic objects are like these Greek towers that are almost like this haunting echo of the culture they came from.
Originally inspired by suffragette activist Margaret Sanger, Wonder Woman was a curious otherworlder who stood as something more than just a catch-all Barbie character for girls and boys. Wonder Woman took an interest in the sciences, provided help for the military, actively involved herself in other cultures in order to learn about them, and kicked bad guy butt when she had no other choice.
In a welcome expansion on female comic book characters, this paints Wonder Woman as a capable, dangerous warrior who would much rather resort to thought and peaceful solution as opposed to certain other versions of her character. Morrison had a few choice words for fans on his new take and the controversy already surrounding it:
I mean, you can do the Amazons as a bit strange and aloof, because they could defeat Man’s World if they felt like it, because their science is so advanced. But at the same time their culture is quite frozen, which is why Diana wants to get away and see what else is out there. But that’s how I see it. I think it’ll be quite controversial.
Wonder Woman: Earth One has been finished, and is "coming soon", according to Morrison.