5 ways the world is celebrating 75 years of Wonder Woman
It's the diamond anniversary for one of the most beloved and compelling characters in comic book history.
Wonder Woman, the lasso-swinging, butt-kicking superhero who burst onto the comics scene in late 1941, is celebrating her diamond anniversary. In recognition of 75 years of saving the world from villains of every kind, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. have lined up a vertiable parade of events, comics, tie-in products and one very big movie.
“Millions of fans already know her from comic books, television and her big screen debut in ‘Batman v Superman,’ but the upcoming year building to her first solo film will be the most dynamic and exciting in the character’s history,” Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara said in a statement.
Below are just a few of the highlights planned in celebration of the world's favorite Amazonian warrior princess.
1. A new standalone film
After a well-received introduction in "Batman v Superman," Wonder Woman will next appear in her own standalone film in 2017. Israeli actress Gal Gadot will once again take on the role of the warrior princess, with American actors Chris Pine and Robin Wright in supporting roles. Based on the limited teasers for the film that have been released, the plot will apparently jump back and forth from the present day to the early 20th century.
"It's all her heart – that's her strength," Gadot, who originally had aspirations to attend law school in Tel Aviv, said of the superhero. "I think women are amazing for being able to show what they feel. I admire women who do. I think it's a mistake when women cover their emotions to look tough. I say let's own who we are and use it as a strength."
Speaking of strength, Gadot says she put on 17 pounds of muscle for the role with a training regimen that included kung fu, kickboxing, swords, weightlifting and jujitsu.
"In the standalone movie we are telling the growing-up story," Gadot told the LA Times. "Diana becoming Wonder Woman, and this was a story that was never told before. When she starts this journey, she's very pure. She's more naive, she's this young idealist who does not really understand the complexities of life and the complexities of men."
2. The Invisible Jet is coming to Comic-Con
Of all the tools at Wonder Woman's disposal, one of the most loved by fans is her invisible jet. In the comics, the plane features a cloaking technology that enables both the fuselage and its occupants to become undetectable by radar or the human eye. In celebration of the 75th anniversary, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. have announced that they will bring their own version of Wonder Woman's jet to this year's Comic-Con in San Diego.
While we're not exactly sure how they're going to pull this off, we wouldn't be surprised if at least by day, they pull a page out of the Smithsonian's playbook and spoof the idea. At night, however, there are promises the whole thing will be lit up, so perhaps lasers or one giant hologram will be utilized.
Sadly, while Comic-Con attendees will get a chance to see Wonder Woman's jet in all its implied transparent glory, audiences flocking to next year's standalone film featuring the heroine will not. "There is no invisible jet," DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson told People. "Not in this iteration." Alas.
3. A leading role in 'Injustice 2'
At this week's E3 conference in Los Angeles, NetherRealm Studios showed off the sequel to their 2013 hit "Injustice: Gods Among Us." The fighting game, similar to the popular "Mortal Kombat" series, allows players to choose from over two dozen popular characters from the DC Comics universe to go head-to-head. In addition to standard one-on-one matches, the game was also praised for its engrossing story mode. For the sequel, NetherRealm Studios is once crafting a strong narrative, with Wonder Woman hinted to play a starring role.
“In 'Injustice 2', we are introducing new features that will change the way fans play fighting games,” said Ed Boon, an American creative director at NetherRealm Studios. “We’re always interested in pushing the genre forward, and allowing players to customize and level-up their favorite DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains is a significant leap.”
Slated for release in 2017, the game joins other widely anticipated titles from Israeli-American creative director Neil Druckmann's "Last of Us 2" to Japanese game designer Shigeru Miyamoto's "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild."
4. A new comic-book series
Written by celebrated American comic writer Greg Rucka and illustrated by British artist Liam Sharp, "Wonder Woman #1" offers new details on the Amazon warrior princess' origin story.
“Drawing Wonder Woman isn’t just drawing a comic, it’s drawing an icon – the most famous and recognizable female superhero in the world,” exclaimed Sharp. “To get to draw her in her 75th year, with a new storyline scribed by no less than Greg Rucka, makes this without a doubt the most important drawing gig of my 30 years in comics.”
According to early reviews, this reboot of the comic-book character is off to a fantastic start, with critic Jesse Schedeen for IGN calling it a "bold new path" that's also "utterly gorgeous."
5. The 'Wonder Woman Barbie' and other tie-ins
In celebration of San Diego Comic-Con and Wonder Woman's 75th anniversary, Mattel has created a doll inspired by Israeli actress Gal Gadot's take on the character. The limited-edition figure features such details as the heroine's signature bracelets, tiara, royal blue cape, shield and golden lasso. But it's not just toys that are getting in on the fun! Converse has announced a limited-edition "Wonder Woman" sneaker. Italian fashion house Valentino has some interesting Wonder Woman-inspired coats, purses, shoes and vests. And American retailer Walgreens has announced a collection of Wonder Woman-themed beauty products.
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