Wonder Woman redesign – hating on America?

You just had to expect the major news outlets to have a field day when the patriotism of a hero they never really cared about became threatened.  From FOXNews.com:

Wonder Woman may have finally been given a pair of pants, but has she been stripped of her patriotism?

The new and allegedly improved Wonder Woman (a.k.a Diana Prince), has been given a head-to-toe makeover by artist Jim Lee, replacing her signature American flag decorated briefs with skintight black pants and purging the super hero of all her trappings of Americana.

Wonder Woman’s original red, white and blue costume, which practically screams America through its stars and stripes covered bodice and belly, was a product of World War II-inspired patriotism, explains Charlie Jane Anders, Managing Editor of io9, Gawker Media’s blog about comics and science fiction.

And therein lies the problem with major media outlets covering comic book events.  They simply have no idea what they are talking about.  They don’t see comics as an ongoing storyline created to sell books to readers.  They see the character as just kind of hanging around to be used on the side of a lunchbox when needed.

Wonder Woman is not a patriotic American character.  Captain America is a patriotic American character.  Wonder Woman is an Amazonian warrior, sent to live in man’s world as an ambassador.  That doesn’t mean that she’s hailing the red, white and blue, as the last time I checked the ‘world’ was bigger than simply ‘America’.  The only reason Wonder Woman had the American flag wrapped around her figure was because the character was created in 1941 when pretty much every comic character was doing the propaganda bit to help morale during World War II.  It didn’t need to make sense in the Golden Age of comics.  America was #1 and that’s where all the heroes were.  Hell, during that period, we got this:

Inappropriate in today's society.

Wonder Woman stayed in her stars and eagle all these years because she was an iconic character, and it was easier just to not worry about it rather than try to deal with exactly what is going on now.

But unfounded American patriotism in comics – especially lingering from the Golden and Silver Ages – are all over the place.  Take, for example, the JLA.  The League is an international force of heroes stationed in a satellite orbiting Earth.  Hell, for a while their HQ was on the moon!  Why then are they called the Justice League of America?  Why not just the Justice League?  The JSA is different.  Many of those characters are either old time characters from the Golden Age or legacy characters, many with patriotic themes themselves.  The name Justice Society of America fits in that case.

But no, Wonder Woman’s costume change is not a cry against American patriotism.  It’s a redesign of a horribly outdated outfit that works better with the story presented.  Because that’s what Wonder Woman is – a character in an ongoing storyline.  And who the hell cared anything about Wonder Woman before this whole thing happened?  And who even knows the storyline that caused the change?

Get over it, people.

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4 comments

  1. Fox News is just doing what they do best: inciting their conservative fanbase to hate everything that doesn’t vomit an American flag, country music, or Rightist ideas. Mass Effect was the digital rape simulator; Wonder Woman is now a communist. I’m sure Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly will offer their amazingly-unbiased opinions on other bits of popular culture that they think is ridiculous, all the while pushing their shitty books on air and shilling membership to their payers-only fan clubs.

    In essence, fuck Fox News. Fuck all cable news, for that matter.

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