Yes, it’s Weekly Wonder Woman – keeping you up to date on pretty much anything involving DC Comics’ premier superheroine, including her motorcycle gang
So I think probably everyone’s now a little bit surprised by how well Wonder Woman did at the box office. It’s just surpassed Guardians of the Galaxy 2 to become the biggest grossing movie of the summer (so far) and is on course to beat Beauty and the Beast to become highest grossing movie of the year, if it gets a following wind. Indeed, it’s just passed the final Harry Potter movie to become the third highest grossing Warner Bros film ever.
Gosh. Small surprise therefore that Warner Bros has decided to juggle with its schedules a bit to include two more mysterious, untitled DCEU movies in 2020. With no Wonder Woman 2 in the current Warner Bros game plans, have a guess what one of those might be…
Of course, before then, we have Justice League, which might take the sheen off the whole enterprise if handled badly. Don’t like that new photo of the Justice League above? I’ve got another one on the right:
I won’t lie to you – it ain’t looking good.
Before even Justice League, though, there’s Professor Marston & The Wonder Women, which is a biopic of Wonder Woman’s creator(s) starring Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall and Bella Heathcote, with Connie Britton and Oliver Platt lending a hand to proceedings, too.
I wonder what the world will make of that.
Meanwhile, over in the comics world, DC is capitalising on the apparent success of comics that are based on somewhat dodgy lines of action figures (cf DC Comics: Bombshells) with a new digital title in August: Gotham City Garage, written by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly, and drawn by a rotating team of artists including Brian Ching and Lynne Yoshii.
Gotham City Garage is an anti-fascist anthem for the open road, starring reimagined takes on DC’s great female characters through an outlaw lens. We’re bringing Big Barda, Steel, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Silver Banshee, Hawkgirl and the first Kryptonian this world has ever seen—the mysterious girl named Kara Gordon—into a world of bikes, outlaws and elaborate tattoos.
It’s been a decade since Governor Lex Luthor saved his people from devastation and turned Gotham City into the modern utopia known as The Garden. With the rest of the world in ruins, Luthor’s city continues to thrive—but not for everyone. Order has been kept only by the LEXES technology that networks the entire population under one mindset—and if a citizen steps out of line, the Bat and his minions are brutal in restoring the status quo. So when a young Kara Gordon comes under suspicion by her LEXES superiors, she heads straight into the dreaded wasteland—where she’ll discover the fierce oil-and-gear rebels of the Gotham City Garage.
Basically, it’s all a big excuse to have the DC comics characters dress like bikers, including our Diana.
Oh dear. I don’t know what’s worse – the crop top or the fact she appears to have put on Captain America’s trousers by accident.
Wonder Woman 2‘s going to do about $4.50 at the box office, isn’t it?
After the jump, a round-up of this week’s new releases featuring Di: Trinity#11 and Justice League #25.
Diana has been infected by the virus that’s infected everyone else in the Justice League. However, thanks to the Lasso of Truth, she realises the virus is actually good and it’s the guy chasing after it who’s bad.
The bad guy turns out not to be pleased to be thought of as the bad guy – cue a big fight in space for Diana.
Meanwhile, Watchtower falls towards the Earth and the heat is enough to cause the virus to leave those it’s infected, including the two Green Lanterns. However, is their strength combined with Superman’s enough to stop Watchtower crashing? Maybe not. But thankfully, help arrives in the nick of time.
And the little virus creatures get to enter the Earth’s ecosystem and adapt. Just like the White Mercy.
Well, it’s all jolly good fun, as obvious analogies for empire go. Diana gets some good scenes and some good lines of dialogue, and there’s even a joke or two, such as when Batman acknowledges that Diana and Clark have a very particular skillset:
Yes, Batman’s not afraid of no acute accents.
But the ratio of people twatting one another to smartness is probably a little too high. Overall, quite a fun story arc, but no great shakes.
Rating: 4/7 (Artwork: 5/7)
Justice League #25
An evil that it once took the entire Green Lantern corps to destroy is woken again and it takes the entire Justice League to defeat it this time.
What does Diana do?
Along with the rest of the Justice League, fight a few of the evil thing’s army then get possessed.
Despite ostensibly being the ‘extra-sized anniversary issue’ of Justice League (Rebirth), this is really more a story about the Green Lanterns, in which Diana, Supes, the Flash and co are all guest stars. However, with Bryan “If it’s not big, why do you need the whole Justice League?” Hitch on writing duties, don’t be surprised that for this ‘extra-sized anniversary issue’, as well as his previous universe-shaking storyline, he ties it into a Rebirth multiple universe-shaking storyline.
Indeed, about half the story is actually Batman chatting away elsewhere with his captive about the nature of destiny and personal choice, as it’s revealed that there is a God who keeps reorganising the entire universe every Big Bang/Big Crunch cycle and that some things tend to stay the same between cycles:
Is it Doctor Manhattan? Or is it the Comedian? Who knows. But whoever He is, he wasn’t that interested in Diana this issue. Maybe next time.