Themyscira on DC's Legends of Tomorrow
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Weekly Wonder Woman: Justice League #33, Trinity #15, Wonder Woman/Conan #3

Yes, it’s Weekly Wonder Woman – keeping you up to date on pretty much anything involving DC Comics’ premier superheroine, including which universes she’s in

Justice League is out tonight, both here and the US. The predictions are it’s going to do good box office – it’s already been released in a few countries and international box office seems to be good so far, allegedly doing the best ever for a Hollywood movie in Brazil (really?) – even if pretty much every review says “it’s not great, but at least it’s not Batman v Superman bad”.

TMINE will be seeing it tomorrow, so next week’s WWW will feature a full review – and will probably be on Wednesday.

If you want to read some Justice League stories before seeing Justice League, Syfy Wire reckons it’s got the top 5 for you:

However, while a lot of them are good stories, slightly problematic is the fact that most of them aren’t Justice League storylines, just stories that involve the Justice League or Elseworld versions of the Justice League. You’d think they could do better with so many decades to work with, wouldn’t you?

Movie news

Rumours have been swirling around that Brett Ratner – the world’s most average film director but also one of the financiers of Wonder Woman and also the subject of a lot of allegations of sexual abuse, sexual harassment, homophobia et al – has been shoved off future movies, including Wonder Woman 2, at the instigation of Gal Gadot, who would have refused to sign on the dotted line for any more movies were he involved. Warner Bros has since denied the story and Deadline says there was nothing to it. Still, here’s Gal Gadot sort of denying it but not.

Gadot has also discussed how Diana differs between movies, as well as being a role model and the loss of UN ambassador status. But still on a sexism roll, someone’s noticed that Justice League‘s costumes for its Amazons are somewhat different from those in Wonder Woman. Could having a male costumier on the former movie, a female costumier on the latter be the issue?

Still, several of the Amazons themselves seem to like the change, so maybe it’s not quite so clear cut.

TV news

Two weeks in a row we’ve had some TV news, which is quite remarkable. This week, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow made a brief visit to Themyscira.

Themyscira on DC's Legends of Tomorrow Themyscira on DC's Legends of Tomorrow

A little bit before the Trojan War it would seem, but the DC Universe is not our universe, of course. It’s also not the DC Extended Universe, so don’t be expecting Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman to show up on it any time soon now.

Merchandise news

This one’s just spooky.

Wonder Woman Justice League Hot Toy

Comics reviews

After the jump, this week’s adventures of Diana in comic book land. We (thankfully) have the end of the ‘Metal’ tie-in storyline in Justice League #33. We (thankfully) have the end of ‘Trinity versus lots of other Trinities’ storyline in Trinity #15. And we (thankfully) have the latest pairing of Diana and Conan in Wonder Woman/Conan #3.

I should have probably saved that joke until next Thursday, shouldn’t I?

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Weekly Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman #34, Justice League #32

Yes, it’s Weekly Wonder Woman – keeping you up to date on pretty much anything involving DC Comics’ premier superheroine, including what she wore for Halloween

There’s been a slight gap between WWWs. Sorry about that, but work annoyingly got in the way last week. But we’re back, ready to let you know the news and review everything Diana-ish of the past two weeks. Assuming you’ve managed to free yourself from your Wonder Woman or Harley Quinn Halloween costumes – they were the most popular outfits for girls this year.

Movie news

Gosh. What a lot of movie news there’s been, thanks to the imminent arrival of Justice League – aka Wonder Woman 1.5.

Wonder Woman itself (herself?) has now not only become the most successful superhero origins movie ever, it’s also been declared by Rotten Tomatoes to be the best superhero movie of all time. But according to Gal Gadot, Diana’s very first DCEU appearance, Batman v Superman, is about to get retconned, despite only coming out last year:

None of us knew exactly, exactly, what’s the backstory of Wonder Woman. And once they decided to shoot the solo movie, [the] Wonder Woman movie, and we started to dig in and understand the core of the character, we realized that actually there is no way that Wonder Woman will EVER give up on mankind. The reason why she left the island was because she wanted to make their life better and safer. They are her colleagues, so I’m giving you a very honest answer, that it was sometimes, you know, creative processes establish something that is not necessarily the right decision. But then you can always correct it and change it. So Wonder Woman will always be there as far as she [has] concerns for mankind.

Phew. Now we can have Wonder Woman 2 after all.

Back to Justice League, though. We’ve now got

On top of that, there’s this new DC video explaining Wonder Woman’s background in the comics and the movies:

And super-exciting for Londoners! The Justice League experience opened today at The College in Southampton Row, with rooms dedicated to each of the league’s members. Gal Gadot even paid a visit recently.

TV news

Yep, this is a new one. Don’t have TV news much in WWW, do we? But Robert Kirkman – creator of the comics that were the basis of The Walking Dead and Outcast – has a new TV series starting on November 12 on AMC in the US. It’s called Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics and one episode, Wonder Woman, traces our Diana’s story from her early origins to Wonder Woman. Lynda Carter will be on it and everything. Here’s a trailer for you Americans [sorry everyone else].

Comics news

Remember that Mercedes cash-in I told you about? Here’s the Diana one, in which she and the Flash change an old man’s tyre.

I hope Mercedes think that money was well spent.

However, the most important announcement of the fortnight is that we’re getting another new Wonder Woman comic! Even more importantly, it’s the first ever comic to star just Batman and Wonder Woman, and is appropriately entitled Batman/Wonder Woman. The icing on the cake? Liam Sharp is doing the artwork.

Issue #1 is due out on February. Not long now then and given a whole bunch of people will buy pretty much anything with the Bat logo on it, I’m pretty sure it should sell well.

Comic reviews

Justice League Day #1 came out yesterday, but that’s just a reissue of the nu52 Justice League #1, so you can safely skip it.

After the jump then, a stupid Elseworld invades DC Prime in Justice League #32 and Diana finally meets her brother Jason in Wonder Woman #34. The slight catch? More lies. Oh dear. I thought Greg Rucka was off the title?

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Canada has just put years of classic TV and films on YouTube for free on Encore+

Canada has had a rich and varied history of TV over the years, with many classic shows, some of which you might not even have realised were Canadian at the time (did you think The Kids of Degrassi Street was American like I did, for example? Cos it’s not). Unlike our own BBC, though, the entire Canadian media industry seems to have no qualms about sticking its entire back catalogue on YouTube for the whole world to enjoy.

I say this because today, they only went and did this:

As of today, Canadian and world audiences will have a renewed access to memorable Canadian film and TV content from years gone by. Key Canadian audiovisual industry organizations announced the launch of a YouTube channel which provides free access – anytime and anywhere – to a wealth of iconic content in the age of digital connectivity. Visit Encore+ at youtube.com/EncorePlusMedia.

The new channel was launched at Google Canada’s offices with talent in attendance that contributed to titles now available on Encore+, including actresses Liane Balaban, Jennifer Dale, Karyn Dwyer, Sheila McCarthy, Cynthia Preston and Michelle St. John; actors Henry Czerny, Aiden Devine, Shawn Doyle, Pat Mastroianni, Tony Nardi, Michael Riley, Michael Theriault, and John Wildman; as well as producers Bernard Lajoie, and Rayne and Bernie Zuckerman.

Encore+ already offers over 300 videos across 100 award-winning feature films and television series in both official languages, including comedies, dramas, children’s and youth shows, documentaries and short films. Every week, dozens of titles will be added as part of an ongoing editorial calendar, including a number of Canadian feature films premiering on Encore+ in newly re-mastered versions. All digitizing, encoding and remastering of works is provided by Deluxe Toronto.

Among the top titles featured on Encore+, audiences will find fan-favourites that transcend generations, including Cornemuse, Da Vinci’s Inquest, Degrassi High, Due South, I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing, John A: Birth of a Country, La Petite Vie, Le Vieil Homme et la Mer, Little Mosque on the Prairie, Moi et l’Autre, Maman Last Call, Moccasin Flats, Mr. Dressup, New Waterford Girl, The Corporation, The Littlest Hobo, Watatatow and dozens of other exceptional productions reflecting Canada’s history and stories from coast to coast to coast.

Managed by service-provider BroadbandTV (BBTV), Encore+ will generate worldwide exposure and seek to stimulate demand for Canadian content and talent, particularly from young audiences who access media primarily via mobile devices.

Using a non-exclusive approach, Encore+ will complement the offerings of Canadian stakeholders already active in online distribution. This channel is a Canadian content discoverability and visibility tool, at a time when we celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

Through this industry-wide effort, the presenting partners also seek to ensure that rights holders and Canadian creators are the first to benefit from views of their works on YouTube, as well as test new business models for catalogue content.

Working closely with Canada’s film and television producers, distributors, broadcasters, unions, guilds and other industry associations, Encore+ is spearheaded by the Canada Media Fund (CMF) with support from Google Canada, Bell Media, BroadbandTV (BBTV), and Deluxe Toronto. Telefilm Canada is also a key partner in this endeavor, providing financial and promotional support.

Enjoy hundreds of Canadian productions today. Subscribe at youtube.com/EncorePlusMedia and get the latest updates on Encore+ by following on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

To cut a long story short, loads of classic shows in both French and English, including The Littlest Hobo, Due South and Degrassi High, with more to come, all of which anyone in the world can watch. Here’s a video with some of the highlights, including a whole bunch you’ve probably not seen before unless you’re Canadian but which will make you wonder if everyone’s on drugs over there.

Oh yes, and here’s season 2 of The Littlest Hobo to prove it.

And the first episode of Due South in both English and French as Direction Sud:

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Wonder Woman #33
Weekly Wonder Woman

Weekly Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman #33

Yes, it’s Weekly Wonder Woman – keeping you up to date on pretty much anything involving DC Comics’ premier superheroine, including which of her relatives have died this week 

The engines are revving on the Warner Bros Justice League promotional machine and this week is apparently ‘Wonder Woman week’. Oddly, it’s also Cyborg week – yes, they have to share.

Still we’ve got a couple of vids all about Diana out of it.

Although not Wondy-centric, there are also some new posters, one of which you can get free in the US if you book using Fandango (they’d really like it if you’d book for an IMAX viewing, too).

Fandango Justice League poster

IMAX Justice League

On top of that, we also have a new image of Diana from the movie, as well as a new TV spot that includes lots of fresh footage of Diana and the Amazons.

Diana and the Justice League

Meanwhile, Wonder Woman/Wonder Woman 2 director Patty Jenkins has (literally) just been passed the baton by Superman director Richard Donner.

Comics news

Sadly, although DC at least hasn’t tried to top Marvel’s recent venture into sponsorship from weapons manufacturers, it is lining up some sponsored comics to tie in with the Justice League. Ever felt that Wonder Woman needed more Mercedes in her stories? Well, your dreams can now come true, thanks to a set of digital comics. Hers is due in the next few weeks, but here’s the Flash and Cyborg taking the corporate shilling.

Merchandise news

There’s a new book out about Diana called Wonder Woman: Ambassador of Truth.

A gorgeous, authorized celebration of one of the most popular and enduring Super Heroes of all time—Wonder Woman—that chronicles the life and times of this pop-culture phenomenon and image of women’s strength and power, from her origins and role as a founding member of the Justice League to her evolution in television and film.

“As lovely as Aphrodite—as wise as Athena—with the speed of Mercury and the strength of Hercules—she is known only as Wonder Woman, but who she is, or whence she came, nobody knows!”—All-Star Comics #8 (December 1941-January 1942)

Created by William Moulton Marston and introduced at the beginning of America’s involvement in World War II, Wonder Woman—the fierce warrior and diplomat armed with bulletproof Bracelets of Victory, a golden tiara, and a Lasso of Truth—has been a pop-culture icon and one of the most enduring symbols of feminism for more than seventy-five years. Wonder Woman: Ambassador of Truth now tells the complete illustrated story of this iconic character’s creative journey. Signe Bergstrom examines Wonder Woman’s diverse media representations from her wartime comic book origins to today’s feature films, and explores the impact she has had on women’s rights and empowerment and the fight for peace, justice, and equality across the globe.

Wonder Woman: Ambassador of Truth brings together a breathtaking collage of images—from the DC comic books, the 1970s-era television show starring Lynda Carter, her numerous animated appearances, the June 2017 Wonder Woman feature film called “the best DC universe film yet”, and the November 2017 film Justice League. Fully authorized by Warner Bros. Consumer Products, this lush full-color compendium features inserts and exclusive interactives, and illuminating interviews and anecdotes from key artists, writers, and personalities involved in bringing Wonder Woman to life across the years.

You’ll be gratified to hear it comes with a “remove and wear tiara” on the front cover, as well. DC has a video that shows you not just that tiara in action, but also what’s on the inside.

It’s $50 (£14.99 on Kindle, and £28 on Amazon UK, though), though, so you might want to put it on your Saturnalia gift list this year.

And that’s all the news that’s fit to print this week. After the jump, we’ll look at the comics that featured Diana this week. Well, kind of. In our Elseworlds section, Batman’s a bit sad that his beloved Diana’s dead so steals Ares’ helmet and becomes the new god of war. She doesn’t really do much in that, except be dead, obviously.

Meanwhile, in proper DC continuity, we find out what Grail’s been up to of late in Wonder Woman #33, while Diana appears on tele. Still, at least we know that Clash of the Titans is canon now.

See you after the jump.

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