This week, our Sunday Scribblings prompt is Wonder. If you decide to write a post based on this week’s prompt, be sure to go back here and share your link so everyone can see how you interpreted things! Here’s what I did with it…
Being a DC Comics kid from way back, the word “Wonder” always takes me straight back to Wonder Woman.
For as long as I’ve been a fan of Superman, I’ve also been a fan of Wonder Woman. Of course, my first exposure to the Amazing Amazon was in the form of the Wonder Woman TV show starring Lynda Carter as the title character and her alter ego, Diana Prince.
And, yeah, I know she’s 69 years old now. But if you don’t still have a crush on Lynda Carter, you’re probably lying to yourself.
Later in my childhood was when I started getting into comic books. Sadly, I didn’t get into the Wonder Woman title like I did Superman or Batman. At least, not at first.
Wonder Woman would cross over into Superman’s stories from time to time. And I was interested enough in the Justice League to see how she interacted with the rest of the big name super-heroes in the DC Universe. Unfortunately, I’m just not as familiar with the stories that have come out of Wonder Woman comics over the years.
But I have been aware of Wonder Woman’s basic origin story for a long time. And the way it’s always played out in my head is basically the way it played out in 2017’s Wonder Woman film. Wait… I’m getting ahead of myself.
Several years before Gal Gadot was cast as the Amazonian princess so she could appear in Batman v. Superman and long before Patty Jenkins was attached to direct Wonder Woman’s first solo appearance on the big screen, I had it in my head that I could write a Wonder Woman screenplay.
I never actually did, but the main idea was basically that it would start out pretty much like the actual movie began. Steve Trevor crashes in the water off the coast of Paradise Island, or Themyscira. Diana witnesses him hitting the water and saves him, just as she did in the movie. I also would have had the ultimate villain of the story be Ares, the Greek god of war.
But that’s where the similarities kind of end. In my mind, the story would have taken place in the present day. Again, this was before they set up the back story of Diana joining the fight during World War I. I would have had Diana keeping Steve a secret from the rest of the Amazons, knowing that it was forbidden for a man to set foot on the island. I also would have made it so they could not understand each other at first, with Diana speaking Greek and Steve speaking English.
I stopped thinking about my own version of Wonder Woman’s origin once she was introduced in the movies. So I’ve forgotten a lot of the details of how that story would have gone. I know that more of the Greek pantheon would have played a role in things, not just Ares.
But I’m okay with never following through on that one. Because it was super exciting to see Wonder Woman make her first appearance on the big screen, standing between Superman and Batman. And as far as I’m concerned, Gal Gadot is spot on casting.
With everything going on in the world right now, I can’t say I’m in a hurry to get back to watching movies with crowds of strangers in cramped seating. But I may be willing to do so once Wonder Woman 1984 premieres.
If you’re interested in a YA novel featuring Wonder Woman, check out Wonder Woman: Warbringer. It’s part of a series of novels that really aren’t connected, but take place in the lives of DC characters as teens. So Warbringer tells the story of an adventure that Diana finds herself drawn into before becoming Wonder Woman. It’s pretty good.
Do you have a favorite version of Wonder Woman? Let me know in the comments!
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