Wonder Woman is as iconic as Batman and Superman, often hailed as the third to complete the DC trinity. She represents women in the super hero world and today, some of us here at Defective Geeks talk consider her lack of presence in popular media (i.e. blockbuster summer movies) a very important topic of discussion. On our podcast, we’ve questioned why every time a network attempts to create a new Wonder Woman television show, it is canceled before it ever airs. We’ve questioned why it’s so hard for writers to bring her back to life in her own standalone series or movie. As we eagerly await what will happen to the character in the next Superman/Batman movie by Zack Snyder, I was sent this book called Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World’s Most Famous Heroine by author, Tim Hanley.
“She isn’t a great character despite her contradictions but because of them. Wonder Woman has so many facets and incarnations, and within them lies a character who is both bizarre and brilliant. To forget her past is to miss what makes Wonder Woman such a great hero.”
This book is pretty amazing.
I read it and realized that I knew nothing about Wonder Woman’s true history and why she was created. Hanley’s research on the character was thorough and had several revelations for me.
I admit, I can probably discuss the Marvel superheroines in more detail even though I tend to fan worship Wonder Woman as the epitome of superheroines. Just in the first few pages of this book, I learned about William Marston, the man who created Wonder Woman and made her famous in the pages of comic books and how his particular views on women translated through Wonder Woman. Marston believed in “female superiority” but he admired all facets of femininity, calling women soft but strong at the same time. Hanley explains Wonder Woman’s origin in a very fascinating but easy to read way.
From there, the book goes through every reincarnation of the character in comic books, her role in feminism and why she embodies the complicated world of womanhood throughout the years.
I love knowing that she truly is an original symbol of sisterhood among women.
Without rewriting what Hanley already wrote in the book, all I can say is that this book definitely opened my eyes and I have a better understanding of the character and what she stands for. I recommend this book to all you comic book lovers out there as a great way to get to know Wonder Woman. Despite her lack of presence in our television screens at the moment, she has a very rich history that is worth knowing.
Perhaps once we understand the lady better then one day, it won’t seem like such an Amazonian task to bring her back to life as a standalone superheroine.