I asked this on Twitter yesterday in light of the online buzz for Jesse V. Johnson’s Wonder Woman demo reel – I’m sorry, “Female Super Hero Fan Film” – but, what’s with the whole “Wonder Woman Vs. The Nazis” thing? I know that she is a product of the Golden Age and all, but it feels as if the character is seen as a period piece by non-comic-readers more often than not – The 1970s TV show was set in WWII, Joss Whedon’s mythical unmade movie was set in WWII, and now this demo reel. I don’t get it, to be honest. What’s with the seeming reluctance to allow Wonder Woman to be contemporary?
Twitter response included the suggestion that Nazis simply made the best villains for such a powerful character, but I’m not sure that I buy that – Otherwise, why don’t we see more Superman in WWII stories? For some reason, Wonder Woman – a character whose “stranger in a strange land” concept, mixed with the mythological aspects and the feminist angle, would seem to offer an amazing amount of material in any time period – feels oddly trapped in the past. Hey, DC Entertainment: You should really work on breaking this surreal preconception of the character.