Why Wonder Woman's Grant Morrison didn't like what he saw in the new Batman v Superman trailer

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Jul 20, 2015

While most of us got excited to see Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman in action for the first time in the new epic Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con, some folks weren't happy with what they glimpsed of the iconic character in the precious few seconds we got to see her.

Like, at all.

In a recent interview with Nerdist, comic-book writer Grant Morrison claims the movie version we saw in the trailer goes against the origins of the character created by William Marston back in 1941. Oh, and if you’re wondering about Morrison’s Wonder Woman street cred, dude recently wrote the upcoming DC Comics graphic novel Wonder Woman: Earth One, with awesome art by Yanick Paquette that you can see below. Earth One is set to (surprise, surprise!) reshape the beloved superheroine for a more modern audience. 

Now, here’s what Morrison said about the Wonder Woman we glimpsed in the new trailer for director Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and about how he (Morrison) plans to bring Princess Diana of Themyscira back to her original roots in his graphic novel:

"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.

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.

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."

What do you think of Grant Morrison’s comments about Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman? And what say you about his, erm, particular take on the iconic comic-book character and her Invisible Plane?

(via Nerdist)

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