Illustration: Adeline Pericart
Bam! Pow! Thwack! From masked avengers to caped crusaders, what would we do without spandex-wearing superheroes fighting crime and righting wrongs? While we mere mortals go about our daily business and sleep soundly in our beds at night, an army of superheroes are working tirelessly around the globe – but mostly in America – fighting to bring peace, justice and outside-underpants to the world.
And so, in honour of their efforts, our own band of Film Ireland superheroes assemble to dish out their own critical form of justice and wreak havok on those villians who long for a world without heroes.
Eat dust evil! Superheroes are here to stay.
‘… one of the first feminist icons of the male-dominated superhero world…’
With all the strength of Superman plus all the timeless allure of a beautiful heroine, Wonder Woman has flown the star spangled flag for female superheroes since her creation in the 1940s.
Described by comic writer Robert Kanigher as “as beautiful as Aphrodite, wise as Athena, as strong as Hercules and as swift as Hermes”, Wonder Woman was one of the first feminist icons of the male-dominated superhero world.
Nobody’s sidekick, Wonder Woman goes alone, fighting for justice, peace and sexual equality along the way, making her a modern-day pin up for comic fans and a favoured Halloween costume for women everywhere.
The superheroine was named the 20th greatest comic book character by Empire magazine, ranked sixth in Comics Buyer’s Guide’s ‘100 Sexiest Women inComics’ list and in 2011, was placed fifth on IGN’s ‘Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All Time’.
Wonder Woman was created during World World II for DC Comics by American psychologist and writer William Moulton Marston. Marston struck upon the idea for a new kind of superhero who fought evil, not with fists or firepower, but with love.
Before donning the red and golden go-go boots and tiara, Wonder Woman was an Amazon champion who wins the right to return Steve Trevor, a United Statesintelligence officer whose plane had crashed on the Amazons’ isolated island homeland, to ‘Man’s World’ and to fight crime and the evil of the Nazis.
Wonder Woman uses the alias Diana Prince as her secret identity. During Marston’s run, Diana Prince was the name of an army nurse whom Wonder Woman came across when she came to earth. The nurse is desperate to return to her fiancé, who was transferred to South America, but was unable to arrange for money to do so. As Wonder Woman needed a secret identity to monitor and look after Trevor (who was admitted in the same army hospital Diana Prince worked at) Wonder Woman gave the nurse money to go to her fiancé in exchange for her credentials.
Wonder Woman is gifted with an array of superhuman powers and superior combat skills as well as possessing an arsenal of weapons, including the Lasso of Truth, a pair of indestructible bracelets, a tiara which serves as a projectile, and an invisible airplane.
The superheroine is depicted as a masterful athlete, acrobat, fighter and strategist, trained and experienced in many ancient and modern forms of armed and unarmed combat. In a nutshell, she kicks ass. She is portrayed as highly skilled in using her Amazon bracelets to stop bullets and in wieldingher golden lasso. Batman once called her the “best melee fighter in the world”, and he would know!
In the 1970s, schoolgirls (and boys) everywhere sat glued to the television to watch a glossy-haired Lynda Carter fight crime as Wonder Woman, and today, after numerous failed attempts, the heroine may still have her chance in the spotlight as Warner Bros and DC Entertainment toss around ideas tobring her to life again.
Previously, Buffy creator Joss Whedon was working on a 2007 feature, which was cancelled and followed by David E. Kelley’s 2011 failed TV pilot. However, in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, President of DCEntertainment Diane Nelson said, “We have to get her right, we have to. She is such an icon for both genders and all ages and for people who love the original TV show and people who read the comics now.”