In February, Chad & I had a couple of blog posts on postmodernity, sexism, and the Wonder Woman t.v. series re-boot.
On Sunday night, Amanda informed the rest of the Joss-pel Coalition on twitter that the David E. Kelley’s failed pilot was up on youtube.com. A-Mac warned us it was bad, and she was not kidding. For anyone that follows me on Twitter, that following hour, I probably tweeted some of most random (but truest zingers) about such a bad show. For one thing, rather than Diana Prince, David E. Kelley made the decision to turn our heroine into Jack Bauer of 24, thus further proving my theory of the Bauerization of our imaginations. The dialogue sounded like it was written by a third grader (no offense to our third graders out in the audience). Worst of all, the storyline, very first episode, you make it about a White-Savior complex? Really? That was just too much for me.
In one of the cheesiest promotions of feminism, Diana Prince kinda, sorta, half-heartedly protests the latest business plan for her company– dolls of Wonder Woman, and Prince decries this move, albeit for only three minutes, that she is a human being and not a doll to be objectified. #EpicFail!
Kelley should have stuck to lawyer shows, which he is good at, perhaps even making Prince an attorney of some sort; Wonder Woman as a business person was just not believeable.
Unfortunately, this travesty for DC Comics (basically any t.v. series wishing to base itself off a comic book) made Amanda remind us of Joss Whedon’s run-in with Warner Brothers studios. Imagine the impact of a successful lasso-wielding Wonder Woman in theatres, on the level of a Batman Begins, only Whedony. Wouldn’t it be nice to have had a Justice League movie (sans Brandon Routh as Superman) and an Avengers film, both written by Joss Whedon? Sigh. Only in a perfect world.
We can only dream though. Only dream.