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Not to diss any Green Lantern fans out there, but when the hell are we going to get a proper Wonder Woman movie!

Newsarama reports on the conceptual look of the up coming Green Lantern movie, and really all I can think is that DC should spend some time on the Third party of the Big Three, instead of trying to promote a character who is much more esoteric to non-comic book aficionados.

Superman Returns wasn't the box office success Warner and DC thought it would be (bad plot and eh characterisation) and the new Batman's are everything they wanted and more.
Where are the women?
I know there's lots of eye-rolling when it comes to this sort of argument, but is it really too much to ask that super heroines be produced with the same gumption as the heroes. That they get the same kind of hype like The Dark Knight and Spiderman got?
Is it too much to ask that someone I can actually identify with on more than just the ideal level appear before me in all her glory?

Why must my idles be relegated to this: Wonder Barbie ) Not that these are bad in any way, I'd buy these for my nephews and niece if I had the cash to splurge on a Mattel Barbie doll.

But seriously folks, the girls can do more than just be a plot prop or the hero's helper. They can actually be the plot, move the action along, a protagonist extraordinaire.

What is mainstream Hollywood's fear, exactly? That men will actually identify with women, or that women will identify with women?
Both are obviously bad for Business.
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Having new friends in Uni is quite an expirience, these are new people, they've known me for only a few months with very little interaction, meeting perhaps once or twice a week, where we'd mainly continue our discussion concerning the classes we were having together.

Today was the first time they witnessed by geekness(1), because we had been discussing philosophy and pop-culture (fun!) and I mentioned the Wonder Woman Brouhaha, and to my surprise I was asked, seriously, how I, as a feminist can enjoy that kind of literature.

The whole discussion deteriorated quickly because when it comes down to it the same people who control the comic book industry are the same people who control the sex industry.
Men who want to make money, preferably money paid by young hormonally charged adolescent boys.

But that isn't the case anymore, really, there are far more of us fangrrls out there than people think (I don't know how many identify as feminist) and the majority of comic book readers I know and interact with are over 18 (though that could merely be a demographic issue concerning the swamp like nature of the overlapping sci-fi/fantasy community in Israel), so there is a far more critical aspect in my reading of comics, as well as in my discussions of comic books with the fellow fans.

To read Superman as purely the philosophically and cultural ideal man is a disservice to the character and to his creators, just as reading Wonder Woman as a pure male fantasy, catered to feed male fantasy is a disservice to her character and creator. And in any event, if that was all the "demographic" readers and buyers were looking for, there's a huge amount of free wank material available on the internet, why even bother with developing characters and intricate plot lines when you can find free porn in the style of comic books if that's your thing.

Yes, there is cheesecakery, I don't think it's the main thing in the literature, it's a style that is prevalent, but it is certainly not the whole deal. Comic books, in a twisted dramatic way, like almost every other medium, reflect reality.
To criticize comic books and merely see them as another tool of the "Patriarchal Agenda" and the objectification of women is to lose the message of what superheros represent - which is idealism.

As for the subject line - I view myself as a Radical Feminist, I don't know how much I actually live it, but my belief is that equality, of every kind, can come from the bottom, form the roots and that the system itself is flawed and must change.
I get angry when fan-people tell me that if I want "feminist comics" I should go write some myself. Or read the fringe comics that don't promote the "Patriarchial Agenda". It is especially annoying when other feminists tell me the same thing.
But why should I?
Why should I reject something in order to promote a radical agenda, when the characters I admire in this medium are in that flawed system?
Why should I remove myself this community?

Batman is cool, Catwoman is cool.
Why should I only read Fritz the Cat?

Notes:
(1) Seven books of pop-culture criticism about Buffy the Vampire Slyer, right here!
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Hey, remember the Mary-Jane Fiasco?

Well, it started a few days ago here (contains images which are NSFW) at Pink Raygun.

I've since read many, many commentaries on this thanks to [livejournal.com profile] fangirls_attack and I really didn't know what to add myself.
As often happens when living in a time-zone far away from the hub, I kinda missed the initial brouhaha of the Wonder Woman Body Paint Job.

Let me first state that I don't think porn is inherently bad, just like I don't think the sex industry is inherently bad.
Let me tell you what I do think is bad:
Exploitation and Objectification.
Yes, friends it's same old, same old once again and still, still it won't get into people thick heads that Women, especially Super Heroine Women are not sexual objects.
They can and usually are sexy, but they are not sexual.

Why do feminist and in this case the feminist fangrrls have to re-iterate this point time and time again!
Is it really a novelty?
Is it really so difficult to understand that women's bodies are not fucking separate from their brains and personality!.

Oh and yes, I take offense to the fact that Wonder Woman, the female Super Heroine, one of the Big DC Three, has been reduced, by Playboy, into a body paint.
It in fact, infuriates me!
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I'm veering off real life politics for a little, in order to draw your attention to the latest issue of Project Rooftop, which is all about the redesigning of Wonder Woman's Outfit.

Personally, I think Diana's outfit as it is now (shorts/briefs, boustiere breast plate, boots and bracelets), totally kicks ass. Despite the fact that it is probably one of the most revealing (Star Sapphire got that one), with the force of her personality she manages to pull it off and make it work.

It is in fact the force of her personality that makes her work as one of the Big Three, I think.

Diana hasn't been written well in the past twenty years, I think. Cut for length )
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Joss Whedon is no longer doing Wonder Woman and Warner Brother have bought a new script.

*sigh*

Not being a huge reader of Wonder Woman I can't say I'm feeling too crushed by all this, not like I was when I discovered that Bryan Singer decided to direct "Superman Returns" (a travesty, IMO) instead of "X-Men: United" (which was full of, well, other bad, bad things).

So Joss had an idea about a movie that the studios didn't agree with... are these people aware that this man has one of the largest (if not the largest) following in fandom, he's created most popular show of the last decade and a successful spin off, he's writing and wrote for major comic book titles... did I mention he has a huge following?!
I'd think that be keeping a man of that fannish stature would serve in the interests of these huge studios, specifically when said man is known for writing female heroines.
I must say that Joss' Emma Frost is "Astonishing X-Men" is the only Emma I ever liked and no, I do not follow blindly in the light of Joss, I'm not a zombie, the same way I don't follow blindly in the light of Neil, I have a critical mind and as readers of mine know, I'm very critical of a great many things including the creators I admire.

That being said, I have to say I find it odd, do they thing Joss changed the character too much (wouldn't be the first time, it's called adaptation), do they think the demographics of the movie goers will be compromised (which I can see happen since Joss' following consists majorly of women of various ages) and that the people (a majority if men) won't flock to see Wonder Woman like they did for Spiderman, X-Men, Batman, Superman, etc.

Yes, I can see how that would come into consideration (even if only in my warped up, socially conscious mind).

I will be going to see the movie in any event, I can't pass up for a comic book flick, but I'll probably, again, be one of the few girls to be going on my own, or dragging someone else and not be dragged as most of the other girls I know first started going to see comic book movies.

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V and Justice

V: Ah, I was forgetting that we are not properly introduced. I do not have a name. You can call me V. Madam Justice...this is V. V... this is Madam Justice. hello, Madam Justice.

Justice: Good evening, V.

V: There. Now we know each other. Actually, I've been a fan of yours for quite some time. Oh, I know what you're thinking...

Justice: The poor boy has a crush on me...an adolescent fatuation.

V: I beg your pardon, Madam. It isn't like that at all. I've long admired you...albeit only from a distance. I used to stare at you from the streets below when I was a child. I'd say to my father, "Who is that lady?" And he'd say "That's Madam Justice." And I'd say "Isn't she pretty."

V: Please don't think it was merely physical. I know you're not that sort of girl. No, I loved you as a person. As an ideal.

Justice: What? V! For shame! You have betrayed me for some harlot, some vain and pouting hussy with painted lips and a knowing smile!

V: I, Madam? I beg to differ! It was your infidelity that drove me to her arms!

V: Ah-ha! That surprised you, didn't it? You thought I didn't know about your little fling. But I do. I know everything! Frankly, I wasn't surprised when I found out. You always did have an eye for a man in uniform.

Justice: Uniform? Why I'm sure I don't know what you're talking about. It was always you, V. You were the only one...

V: Liar! Slut! Whore! Deny that you let him have his way with you, him with his armbands and jackboots!

V: Well? Cat got your tongue? I though as much.

V: Very well. So you stand revealed at last. you are no longer my justice. You are his justice now. You have bedded another.

Justice: Sob! Choke! Wh-who is she, V? What is her name?

V: Her name is Anarchy. And she has taught me more as a mistress than you ever did! She has taught me that justice is meaningless without freedom. She is honest. She makes no promises and breaks none. Unlike you, Jezebel. I used to wonder why you could never look me in the eye. Now I know. So good bye, dear lady. I would be saddened by our parting even now, save that you are no longer the woman I once loved.

*KABOOM!*

-"V for Vendetta"

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