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Published October 28, 2013

The Domination of Male Heroes: Where is Wonder Woman?

The past five years of summer blockbuster movies have been dictated by male dominated super hero lead roles. Don’t get me wrong, Thor and his power of gray skull can invade my home theater anytime. But where is the warrior princess of the Amazon? Where is the American feminist icon that I pretended to be and looked up to when I was a young girl?

My frustration is building! Although females haven’t been left out completely, female audiences have yet to see a super heroine movie. Is it because the film industry can’t handle an empowered woman that can save the world just as good as a man?

Wonder Woman in her satin tights, fighting for your rights, has all the strength of Superman and the beauty and allure of a runway top fashion model. She is an American icon that stands tall for the old red, white and blue with her 6″0 amazonian stature sporting her magic tiara, unbreakable bullet proof bracelets and her lasso of truth.

“Of all people you know who I am. Who the world needs me to be, I’m Wonder Woman.” Infinite Crisis #1

Is a screenplay of a strong bad ass female too much to comprehend or too intimidating for male screenwriters to create? Are they afraid that an action packed movie of a strong female lead will not put out enough testosterone energy to the male audience in order to make millions of dollars at the box office? Wonder Woman has consistently been passed over by the film industries while Iron Man, Superman and Batman have continually gotten sequels.

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Wonder Woman is conveyed by film makers as a “tricky” character to portray on the big screen. What is so tricky about her? One of the excuses is that Wonder Woman has connections with the Greek Gods and Greek mythology, but so does Thor! And yet, a sequel to Thor is coming out! Let’s face it, it’s because she is a woman.

Wonder Woman is only one of seven American comic books that has been consistently published since its American origin in 1942.
Wonder Woman is only one of seven American comic books that has been consistently published since its American origin in 1942.

Wonder Woman is only one of seven American comic books that has been consistently published since its American origin in 1942. Wonder Woman is also the only one with a female main character that has endured and shape-shifted for the past 71 years in American history. Rumors have surfaced that Hollywood is afraid of taking the risk of it being a major box office flop like Cat Woman. I was hoping that after the major success of Hunger Games, that would nudge the film industry to make a move with this project and quit with the excuses of why they haven’t been able to release a motion picture. Katniss is the closest super heroin female audiences have at this point to look too. In fact, Katniss would make a great modern day sidekick for Wonder Woman instead of Wonder Girl that was introduced in the 1960’s.

Men have had their hay day and it’s time to bring strong super powered women to the fore front. Kevin Tsujihara, CEO for Warner Brothers has recently said Wonder Woman is his top priority. Okay, where the heck is she? And to lead to more disappointment, Marvel’s Kevin Feige, who was behind the success of the Avengers franchise, confirmed there are no current plans for a female superhero coming out before 2017. Are you kidding me? Really? I understand the disappointment the film industry’s release of previous female lead roles haven’t done so well at the box office.

But why does Wonder Woman have to pay for Cat Woman’s or Electra’s crimes? Man of Steel didn’t have to pay for Green Lantern’s failures. Besides, even though Wonder Woman and Cat Woman are both from DC comics, Wonder Woman can stomp that kitty into the ground, hands down! I have all the confidence in the world that the super strength Amazon princess skilled in hand to hand combat can do the same thing at the box office. Hollywood is starting to come off as sexist among the female movie goers. Are they ignoring the fact that Katniss grossed more at the box office than Man of Steel?

With the attempted adaptation of Joss Weldon’s version on the big screen being rejected and David E Kelly’s television rendition that didn’t even make it to pilot, doesn’t even leave a glimmer of hope for anything coming out anytime soon. It seems that Hollywood is having a hard time coming up with the 70’s version played by Lynda Carter. Maybe male screenwriters should move over and let the females take over. After all, it was Wonder Woman that said, “All women can do wonders if they’re put to the test.” (Wonder Woman – Season 1, Episode 2). A modernistic sensational short film that recently came out on YouTube must have shocked the faces of Hollywood executives and screenwriters when Rainfall Films released their version of Wonder Woman.

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I absolutely loved it and the short film has gotten rave reviews for their attempt to show Hollywood that there’s nothing tricky or that hard to embrace the concept of Wonder Woman. With over 4 million hits since it’s release is a big IN YOUR FACE to the powers that be in the film industry! This short film rocks!

Starring Rileah Vanderbilt as the icon super female hero and directed by Sam Balcomb, she flawlessly takes on a group of faceless SWAT team men and an army of giant sized minotaurs making her quintessential short film debut a smash hit. It’s a must see and definitely worth checking out. From the famous words of Siskel & Ebert, “It’s a two thumbs up!”

Maybe film industry executives and screenwriters can take a clue from the words of Wonder Woman herself:

“A new journey to be started. A new promise to be fulfilled. A new page to be written. Go forth unto this waiting world with pen in hand, all you young scribes, the open book awaits. Be creative. Be adventurous. Be original. And above all else, be young. For youth is your greatest weapon, your greatest tool. Use it wisely.” Wonder Woman #62 by George Perez

At the rate that Hollywood is dragging their feet, it seems a film version of Aquaman will hit the theaters before Wonder Woman!

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  • Hope Thompson


  • Trying to educate the world one SLICE OF HISTORY at a time! Hope Thompson is a freelance journalist focused on hidden history, Southern & Appalachian folklife, and Native American culture. She is a native of North Carolina and has been writing for this space for four years. She currently works in state government finance and owns a graphic design business. All my articles.

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