Grant Morrison, the prolific DC Comics writer behind the likes of All-Star Superman and Batman, is writing the Wonder Woman: Earth One original graphic novel in which he tells the Nerdist he doesn’t like the latest Batman Vs. Superman trailer that features Wonder Woman.
Morrison remarks, the creator of Wonder Woman William Marston’s “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.”
Morrison also insinuates that an advanced society shouldn’t be violent as he questions: “What would a society of immortal women that’s been around for 7,000 years have done?”
His answer: “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.”
I have to say, I don’t agree with what Morrison is insinuating as, for one, we actually haven’t seen the Batman Vs. Superman movie, so we don’t know why Wonder Woman is actually fighting. My question to Morrison would be: What would an advance society do that’s being attacked and/or forced to defend themselves? Sit around and paint? I would argue an advanced society would actually have evolved warfare to the point where it’s most efficient and lethal. So if the Amazons were hand-to-hand combatants, they would obviously be the best at it.
I also have to take issue with Morrison insinuating that men are violent and the cause of violence. That’s just not true. Women can be just as violent as men.
Here’s the blurb from the interview:
It’s finished now and it’ll be coming out soon. 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.
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.
Wonder Woman’s Invisible Plane is now shaped like a vagina, it’s the most incredible thing. It opens up in the back and it has a little clitoris hood, everything is a female-based design. It’s all based on shells and natural stuff. He’s created this entire newly designed world for the Amazons. And for the first 48 pages, there are no men — it’s just women talking to each other. And then halfway through the book, we’re building up to this big fight, and then I thought, “No, I’m not.” This book isn’t about fights, there’s not going to be any fights. So we threw out the rules of traditional boy’s adventure fiction. It’s the most exciting book I’ve done in years, it changed everything I’m thinking about the future.
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