DC - Diana Prince /tags/diana-prince en Celebrating Wonder Woman Day! /videos/celebrating-wonder-woman-day <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Celebrating Wonder Woman Day!</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:summary schema:description content:encoded"><p><span dir="auto">Happy </span><a dir="auto" href="https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23WonderWomanDay" spellcheck="false">#WonderWomanDay</a><span dir="auto">! No matter where you know her from, she has always been an inspiration and icon. </span></p> <p><span dir="auto">For more ways to celebrate and to discover more about Diana of Themyscira, visit </span><a href="/WonderWomanDay" rel="nofollow" spellcheck="false" target="_blank">/WonderWomanDay</a></p> </div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/videos/celebrating-wonder-woman-day" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Celebrating Wonder Woman Day!" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Wed, 21 Oct 2020 19:54:13 +0000 Tim Beedle 466235 at /videos/celebrating-wonder-woman-day#comments Wonder Woman's Five Boldest Costumes /blog/2020/10/20/wonder-womans-five-boldest-costumes <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Wonder Woman&#039;s Five Boldest Costumes</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Alex Jaffe</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>Great Hera! We’ve all been simply wonderstruck by Wonder Woman’s golden armor in the kaleidoscopic posters released for <a href="/movies/wonder-woman-1984" target="_blank"><em>Wonder Woman 1984</em>.</a> But we also know our history—this is far from the first time Diana’s fashion choices have set the world abuzz. To maybe a greater extent than any other A-List DC Super Hero, Wonder Woman’s look has been radically interpreted time and again. <a href="/blog/2020/07/27/going-for-the-gold-inside-wonder-woman-1984s-iconic-winged-armor" target="_blank">Take a look at her costume and discover what went into its design here</a> and then read up on five of the most daring pieces in Wonder Woman’s wardrobe below. Then get your speculation engines revving on whether any of them will be seen when <em>Wonder Woman 1984</em> finally hits screens.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/wonder_woman_costume_5f8e2d8ecab888.01578426.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1037px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Leisure Suit Lariat</strong></h2> <p>Perhaps the definitive Wonder Woman storyline of the Silver Age and/or Bronze Age began in <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Wonder-Woman-1942-1986-178/digital-comic/T0854301785001?ref=c2l0ZS9saXN0L2Rlc2t0b3AvZ3JpZExpc3QvSXNzdWVz" target="_blank">Wonder Woman #178,</a></em> when Diana found herself pulled in two directions. While her people prepare for a long-awaited journey for Themyscira to ascend to a higher plane of existence, Steve Trevor, the love of her life, has been framed for murder. Ultimately, Diana chose to remain in the mortal world, abandoning her mantle as Wonder Woman and the incredible powers that came with it. She ALSO chose a brand-new wardrobe, sporting a wide variety of those mad mod outfits of the 1960s. But most memorable of them all was her pure white color scheme, visually representing the tabula rasa she had made of her life. As the first issue of the storyline asks, without her connection to Paradise Island, without her powers, "Who Is Wonder Woman?" Later, the white jumpsuit from this era would return for Wonder Woman’s “One Year Later” storyline, as the signature look of her re-established civilian identity Diana Prince.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/46812e3a8cffbf7a75d2653a9a0fca33-wonder-woman-news-wonder-women_5f8e2de6a4b228.18354208.jpg" style="width: 474px; height: 594px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Wonder Wetsuit</strong></h2> <p>As fans of <a href="/tv/wonder-woman-1975-1979" target="_blank">Wonder Woman’s iconic 1970s-era TV series</a> can attest, perhaps just as famous as Diana’s costume changes is the way she executes them. Throughout the series, an exuberant 180 degree pirouette is enough to magically change Diana’s street clothes into her Wonder Woman raiments—or whatever variety of her suit is called for. The most unique of these transformations may be her star-spangled wetsuit, complete with a tiara-patterned bathing cap which protects her carefully managed hair as she plumbs the depths of the Pacific coastline. And when a motorcycle chase is called for, Diana’s diving suit doubles as her chosen biker gear…with an added helmet for safety, of course.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/ww-costume-biker-shorts_5f8e2e03c86a11.86753953.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 549px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Belts and Biker Shorts</strong></h2> <p>And speaking of biker gear, well… Look, before you judge, understand that the '90s were a different time. All the DC Super Heroes were dressing like this, trying to out-extreme and over-edge each other. And with Diana having recently lost the title of Wonder Woman to her rival Artemis of the Bana-Mighdall, can you really blame a gal for trying something different? If you’d like to witness Diana’s journey through the wildstorm of the image-obsessed nineties, the story begins in <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Wonder-Woman-1987-2006-93/digital-comic/T0001100935001?ref=c2l0ZS9saXN0L2Rlc2t0b3AvZ3JpZExpc3QvSXNzdWVz" target="_blank">Wonder Woman #93.</a></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><em><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/wonder_woman_2010-odyssey_tpb_pg_161_5f8e2e2f063015.03983717.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1077px;" /></em></p> <h2><strong>Jim Lee’s 21<sup>st</sup> Century Woman</strong></h2> <p>It’s easy to forget after the much wider line reimagining that came with the New 52 in 2011, but one of the biggest comic book headlines of 2010 was the dramatic changes that writer J. Michael Straczynski and artist Jim Lee brought to Diana for the historic <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Wonder-Woman-2006-2011-600/digital-comic/T0946006000101?ref=c2l0ZS9saXN0L2Rlc2t0b3AvZ3JpZExpc3QvSXNzdWVz" target="_blank">Wonder Woman #600,</a></em> in both story and costume. Some frankly dubious claims were made at the time that this was Wonder Woman’s first significant costume change since her debut in 1941—though as we can clearly see from this list, no one putting forth such an idea was grasping a Golden Lasso of Truth. Once again divorced from her past on Paradise Island, Diana dug her '90s blue bomber jacket out of the closet, and paired it with a more sensible top and dark leggings (which some people went MAD over, let us tell you). In retrospect, the whole ensemble actually looks pretty nice. But it wouldn’t be long before Jim Lee drafted a redesign hewing closer to her classic look for the New 52.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/wonder-woman-costume-4_5f8e2e4647f1f0.70089578.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 506px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Golden Eagle Armor</strong></h2> <p>Eagle-eyed readers have already spotted a likely source of inspiration for the daring look showcased in the <em>Wonder Woman 1984</em> posters and trailer: the gold-plated, winged armor of writer Mark Waid and artist Alex Ross’s <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Kingdom-Come/digital-comic/T1919200018301?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9ncmlkTGlzdC9Db2xsZWN0ZWRFZGl0aW9ucw" target="_blank">Kingdom Come,</a></em> as donned by Diana during a climactic battle of the gods. Nothing short of operatic in its scope, the Wagner-invoking Valkyrie look was certainly appropriate in capturing the dramatic tone of the material…though it has a certain Hawkwoman vibe to it. If this was in fact a starting point for the 2020 film’s armor, then, if anything, it seems the costume department may have been exercising RESTRAINT in their design. But who knows? If each new poster and trailer have taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected from Wonder Woman 1984.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/rev-1-WW84-35004r_High_Res_JPEG_5f8e32f33c7b35.77909314.jpeg" style="width: 900px; height: 600px;" /></p> <p><br /><em>Wonder Woman Day is tomorrow! Join us on the official Wonder Woman <a href="https://twitter.com/DCWonderWoman" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/wonderwoman" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/wonderwoman/" target="_blank">Instagram</a> accounts as well as right here on DC24ֱ.com for a celebration of all things Amazon!</em></p> <p><a href="https://www.dcuniverse.com/news/wonder-womans-5-boldest-costumes-rev/" style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;" target="_blank"><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">A version of this article originally ran on DC Universe. </em></a><i style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Be sure to <a href="/blog/2020/09/18/dc-universe-transforms-into-dc-universe-infinite-the-ultimate-comic-book" target="_blank">subscribe to DC Universe Infinite</a> for unlimited access to more than 24,000 comics from every era of publishing, plus original titles, special fan events and more!</i></p> <p><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Alex Jaffe is the author of the "Ask the Question" column on DCUniverse.com, and writes about TV, movies, comics and superhero history for both DCUniverse.com and DC24ֱ.com. Follow him on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/AlexJaffe" target="_blank">@AlexJaffe.</a></em></p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/wonder-woman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wonder woman</a>, <a href="/tags/wonder-woman-1984" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wonder woman 1984</a>, <a href="/tags/wonder-woman-costumes" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wonder woman costumes</a>, <a href="/tags/wonder-woman-outfits" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wonder woman outfits</a>, <a href="/tags/wonder-woman-looks" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wonder woman looks</a>, <a href="/tags/wonder-womans-best-looks" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wonder woman&#039;s best looks</a>, <a href="/tags/wonder-womans-boldest-looks" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wonder woman&#039;s boldest looks</a>, <a href="/tags/wonder-womans-craziest-looks" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wonder woman&#039;s craziest looks</a>, <a href="/tags/wonder-womans-craziest-costumes" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wonder woman&#039;s craziest costumes</a>, <a href="/tags/diana-prince" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Diana Prince</a>, <a href="/tags/diana-prince-costume" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">diana prince costume</a>, <a href="/tags/jim-lee-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Jim Lee</a>, <a href="/tags/jim-lee-wonder-woman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jim lee wonder woman</a>, <a href="/tags/jim-lee-wonder-woman-redesign" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jim lee wonder woman redesign</a>, <a href="/tags/golden-eagle-armor" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">golden eagle armor</a>, <a href="/tags/wonder-woman-golden-eagle-armor" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wonder woman golden eagle armor</a>, <a href="/tags/kingdom-come" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">kingdom come</a>, <a href="/tags/wonder-woman-tv-show" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wonder woman tv show</a>, <a href="/tags/wonder-woman-tv-series" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wonder woman tv series</a>, <a href="/tags/wonder-woman-wetsuit" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wonder woman wetsuit</a>, <a href="/tags/lynda-carter" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">lynda carter</a>, <a href="/tags/gal-gadot" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">gal gadot</a>, <a href="/tags/gal-gadot-wonder-woman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">gal gadot wonder woman</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-films" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc films</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-movies" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc movies</a>, <a href="/tags/dceu" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dceu</a>, <a href="/tags/wonder-woman-comics" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wonder woman comics</a>, <a href="/tags/wonder-woman-day" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Wonder Woman Day</a>, <a href="/tags/alex-jaffe" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">alex jaffe</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2020/10/20/wonder-womans-five-boldest-costumes" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Wonder Woman&#039;s Five Boldest Costumes" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Tue, 20 Oct 2020 17:00:00 +0000 Alex Jaffe 466199 at /blog/2020/10/20/wonder-womans-five-boldest-costumes#comments Wonder Woman...By the Numbers! /blog/2020/09/30/wonder-womanby-the-numbers <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Wonder Woman...By the Numbers!</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">George Taylor</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p><a href="/movies/wonder-woman" target="_blank"><em>Wonder Woman, </em></a>the superhero blockbuster directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, made over $800 million worldwide and was embraced by millions of fans worldwide when it debuted in 2017. Since premiering on HBO Max, the wartime epic has only expanded its audience, priming Wonder Woman fans for its upcoming follow-up, <a href="/movies/wonder-woman-1984" target="_blank"><em>Wonder Woman 1984, </em></a>whose two trailers have collectively garnered over 60 million views on our official YouTube channels.</p> <p>Those are some exciting numbers, so we decided to see how far we could take things when it comes to numerals and <em>Wonder Woman </em>(our high school math teachers would be so proud). Let’s count Diana’s successes as we break down <em>Wonder Woman…</em>by the numbers!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/fullres-WW06907r_5f73d24761b598.62716586.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 648px;" /></p> <p><span style="font-size:28px;"><strong>1</strong></span> enduring global icon of power, grace and wisdom.</p> <p><span style="font-size:28px;"><strong>1</strong></span><span style="font-size:26px;"> </span>Godkiller—the divine sword gifted by Zeus to the Amazons, which can only be wielded by the fiercest among them.</p> <p><span style="font-size:28px;"><strong>3</strong></span> films so far in which Gal Gadot breathes new life into Diana of Themyscira (along with <em>Wonder Woman, </em>the other two are <a href="/movies/batman-v-superman-dawn-of-justice-2016" target="_blank"><em>Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice</em></a> and <a href="/movies/justice-league" target="_blank"><em>Justice League</em></a>).</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:28px;">5</span> </strong>finalists drawn from hundreds of actors who originally auditioned for the role of Wonder Woman for her debut big-screen appearance in <em>Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice…</em>but only one embodied the innate power and compassionate spirit of the icon: Gal Gadot.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/fullres-WW21192r_5f73d47953a384.73399467.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 627px;" /></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:28px;">5</span> </strong>key weapons and accessories brandished by Wonder Woman in the movie: the <em>Lasso of Hestia</em>, which compels anyone in its grip to speak the truth; enchanted, bullet-deflecting wrist <em>Gauntlets</em>; the unbreakable sword <em>Godkiller</em>; a <em>Shield</em> that protects and defends; and Diana’s iconic and treasured <em>Headband</em>.</p> <p><span style="font-size:28px;"><strong>~8</strong></span><sup><span style="font-size:28px;"><strong>th</strong></span> </sup>Century BCE:  Fabled era of the Amazons—the mythic tribe of warrior women whose ferocity in battle was first immortalized by Homer in his foundational epic poem <em>The Iliad,</em> and whose legend would later inspire the creation of Diana, aka Wonder Woman.</p> <p><span style="font-size:28px;"><strong>#8:</strong></span> Issue of <em>All Star 24ֱ, </em>which hit stands in October 1941 and gave Batman and Superman fans their first glimpse of a new kind of DC Super Hero, one whose power and strength are matched by her compassion: Wonder Woman, dreamed up by William Moulton Marston, under the pen name Charles Moulton, with the support of his wife, Elizabeth Holloway Marston, and memorably drawn by Harry G. Peter.</p> <p><span style="font-size:28px;"><strong>9</strong></span> months of rigorous training employed by Gal Gadot to perfect the effortless power, endurance and grace of Wonder Woman.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/fullres-WWFP0029r_5f73d26c4d9d47.58563081.jpg" style="letter-spacing: 0.39px; width: 900px; height: 503px;" /></p> <p><span style="font-size:28px;"><strong>10</strong> </span>million fans voraciously reading Wonder Woman in comics, circa 1944, across four titles: <em>Wonder Woman, Sensation 24ֱ, Comic Cavalcade </em>and <em>All Star 24ֱ</em>, the latter featuring the superhero team known then as the Justice Society of America.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:28px;">80<sup>th</sup>:</span> </strong>Upcoming anniversary of the world’s best known and most popular female superhero and an enduring symbol of equality, power and truth.</p> <p><span style="font-size:28px;"><strong>1915:</strong></span> Year Harvard-trained psychologist, attorney, inventor, columnist and Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston developed the systolic blood pressure test to detect truthfulness or deception—an inspiration for Diana’s Lasso of Hestia and progenitor to the modern polygraph, or lie detector test. </p> <p><span style="font-size:28px;"><strong>1941:</strong> </span>Year that Wonder Woman, created by William Moulton Marston and drawn by Harry G. Peter, made her first appearance in the December issue of <a href="https://www.readdc.com/All-Star-24ֱ-8/digital-comic/T0889400085001?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9ncmlkTGlzdC9Jc3N1ZXM" target="_blank"><em>All-Star 24ֱ #8.</em></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/WonderWoman1_5f73d4a6cfb223.73588743.jpg" style="width: 686px; height: 916px;" /></em></p> <p><span style="font-size:28px;"><strong>1942:</strong></span> Publication year of <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Wonder-Woman-1942-1986-1/digital-comic/T0854300015001?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9ncmlkTGlzdC9Jc3N1ZXM"><em>Wonder Woman</em> <em>#1</em>,</a> the groundbreaking superhero’s own comic book series—which has not been out of print in the seven decades since! </p> <p><span style="font-size:28px;"><strong>1960:</strong></span> Year that Wonder Woman’s role as a founding member of the Justice League was revealed in the pages of <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/The-Brave-and-the-Bold-1955-1983-28/digital-comic/T0868300285001?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9ncmlkTGlzdC9Jc3N1ZXM" target="_blank">The Brave and the Bold #28,</a> </em>written by Gardner Fox and drawn by Mike Sekowsky, in a flashback that sees her joining forces with Superman, Batman, Flash, Aquaman, Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter to fend off an alien attack.</p> <p><span style="font-size:28px;"><strong>1970s:</strong> </span>Era in which the <a href="/tv/wonder-woman-1975-1979" target="_blank"><em>Wonder Woman</em></a> TV series and <a href="/tv/super-friends-1973-1974" target="_blank"><em>Super Friends</em> </a>cartoon enthralled a child named Patty Jenkins, inspiring her dream to bring the global icon to powerful life on the big screen.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/fullres-SER107001_5f73d3a869f0a5.87199571.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1042px;" /></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:28px;">1972:</span> </strong>Year the first issue of the now-legendary feminist magazine <em>Ms., </em>edited by Gloria Steinem, hit newsstands with a larger-than-life Wonder Woman on its cover under the headline “Wonder Woman for President,” sparking the character’s return to her independent roots and her resurgence among a new generation of fans.</p> <p><span style="font-size:28px;"><strong>2000</strong></span>-year-old burial mounds unearthed in the early 1990s by a joint U.S.-Russian archaeology team at a remote Russian outpost in the southern Ural Steppes near the Kazakhstan border, revealing 150 graves of warrior women—the first evidence of an ancient people who may have inspired the Amazon myths.</p> <p><span style="font-size:28px;"><strong>2004:</strong></span> Year in which Gal Gadot represented her home country, Israel, at the Miss Universe pageant. Gadot also served two years of enlisted service in the Israel Defense Forces.</p> <p><span style="font-size:28px;"><strong>2020:</strong></span> Year <em>Wonder Woman 1984</em> is due to hit cinemas worldwide on December 25<sup>th</sup> from Warner Bros. Pictures!<br />  </p> <p><em><a href="/movies/wonder-woman" target="_blank">Wonder Woman,</a> directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, </em><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">is available for streaming on HBO Max. Not yet a subscriber? <a href="https://www.hbomax.com/dc?utm_source=dccomics.com&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=fusion_launch" target="_blank">Kick things off with a free seven-day trial.</a></em><span style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"> </span></p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/wonder-woman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wonder woman</a>, <a href="/tags/wonder-woman-movie" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wonder woman movie</a>, <a href="/tags/gal-gadot" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">gal gadot</a>, <a href="/tags/gal-gadot-wonder-woman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">gal gadot wonder woman</a>, <a href="/tags/patty-jenkins" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">patty jenkins</a>, <a href="/tags/patty-jenkins-wonder-woman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">patty jenkins wonder woman</a>, <a href="/tags/diana-prince" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Diana Prince</a>, <a href="/tags/themyscira" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">themyscira</a>, <a href="/tags/diana-of-themyscira" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">diana of themyscira</a>, <a href="/tags/chris-pine" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">chris pine</a>, <a href="/tags/steve-trevor" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Steve Trevor</a>, <a href="/tags/wonder-woman-by-the-numbers" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wonder woman by the numbers</a>, <a href="/tags/wonder-woman-history" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wonder woman history</a>, <a href="/tags/history-of-wonder-woman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">history of wonder woman</a>, <a href="/tags/wonder-woman-behind-the-scenes" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wonder woman behind the scenes</a>, <a href="/tags/hbo-max" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">hbo max</a>, <a href="/tags/wonder-woman-1984" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wonder woman 1984</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2020/09/30/wonder-womanby-the-numbers" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Wonder Woman...By the Numbers!" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Wed, 30 Sep 2020 17:00:00 +0000 George Taylor 466029 at /blog/2020/09/30/wonder-womanby-the-numbers#comments First Look: Wonder Woman Gets an Acclaimed New Creative Team /blog/2020/07/24/first-look-wonder-woman-gets-an-acclaimed-new-creative-team <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>First Look: Wonder Woman Gets an Acclaimed New Creative Team</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tim Beedle</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Friday, July 24, 2020 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/07-JUL/WW_Cv759_R2_5f1a349c54ac80.02606141.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1076px;" /></p> <p>Things haven’t been going great for Diana lately. There was her battle against the Four Horsewomen, which almost destroyed all of existence. There was the whole Warmaster ordeal, which saw Diana’s former friend become one of her most destructive villains. Heck, even after Paula finally saw the error of her ways, things didn’t exactly go smoothly for Wonder Woman, who found herself having to stop the Phantom Stranger from inflicting all manner of ghastly punishments on the clearly broken woman.</p> <p>But this week, Diana finds herself with quite a change in fortune as the blockbuster creative team of Mariko Tamaki and Mikel Janín board the twice monthly title for a spectacular—and highly anticipated—new run. If <em>Wonder Woman </em>hasn’t been on your radar, now’s the time to add it to your list, as Tamaki sets Diana against none other than Maxwell Lord—the infamous DC Universe troublemaker with whom Wonder Woman shares an infamous history. <em>Wonder Woman #759 </em>offers something of a stage setting for Diana, which this exclusive first look does a good job making clear. It also allows ample opportunity for Janín to strut his remarkable stuff, kicking off with a couple of breathtaking splash pages that show Diana and Steve taking on some very hungry dinosaurs (among other things).</p> <p>As for Tamaki? Well, you know you’re in for something great whenever her name’s on the cover, as her “Best Writer” Eisner nomination this year makes clear. You’ll have to wait until <em>Wonder Woman #759 </em>lands in stores next Tuesday to fully discover what she has cooked up for our favorite Amazon princess, but for an early taste, read on!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"></p> <p><em><a href="/comics/wonder-woman-2016/wonder-woman-759" target="_blank">Wonder Woman #759 </a>by Mariko Tamaki, Mikel Janín and Jordie Bellaire is in stores</em><em> and available digitally on Tuesday, July 28.</em></p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/wonder-woman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wonder woman</a>, <a href="/tags/first-look-at-wonder-woman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">first look at wonder woman</a>, <a href="/tags/wonder-woman-first-look" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wonder woman first look</a>, <a href="/tags/preview-of-wonder-woman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">preview of wonder woman</a>, <a href="/tags/wonder-woman-preview" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wonder woman preview</a>, <a href="/tags/wonder-woman-759" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wonder woman #759</a>, <a href="/tags/diana-of-themyscira" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">diana of themyscira</a>, <a href="/tags/themyscira" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">themyscira</a>, <a href="/tags/amazon-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Amazon</a>, <a href="/tags/diana-prince" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Diana Prince</a>, <a href="/tags/steve-trevor" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Steve Trevor</a>, <a href="/tags/maxwell-lord" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">maxwell lord</a>, <a href="/tags/mariko-tamaki" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Mariko Tamaki</a>, <a href="/tags/mariko-tamaki-wonder-woman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">mariko tamaki wonder woman</a>, <a href="/tags/mariko-tamaki-eisner" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">mariko tamaki eisner</a>, <a href="/tags/mikel-janin" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">mikel janin</a>, <a href="/tags/mikel-janin-wonder-woman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">mikel janin wonder woman</a>, <a href="/tags/wonder-woman-comics" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wonder woman comics</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-universe-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc universe</a>, <a href="/tags/dcu" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dcu</a>, <a href="/tags/comic-book-preview" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">comic book preview</a>, <a href="/tags/comic-book-first-look" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">comic book first look</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2020/07/24/first-look-wonder-woman-gets-an-acclaimed-new-creative-team" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="First Look: Wonder Woman Gets an Acclaimed New Creative Team" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Fri, 24 Jul 2020 17:00:00 +0000 Tim Beedle 453385 at /blog/2020/07/24/first-look-wonder-woman-gets-an-acclaimed-new-creative-team#comments Book Breakdown - Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed Tackles Real Issues /blog/2020/06/09/book-breakdown-wonder-woman-tempest-tossed-tackles-real-issues <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Book Breakdown - Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed Tackles Real Issues</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Mandy Curtis</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>The new Diana Prince origin story and latest DC YA graphic novel, <a href="/graphic-novels/wonder-woman-tempest-tossed" target="_blank"><em>Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed</em>, </a>is a story of a young woman separated from everything she's ever known and tossed into a modern world that seems horrifying and strange. (She's not wrong!)</p> <p>Written by Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrated by Leila del Duca, the book tells the story of a newly 16-year-old Diana—who isn't yet Wonder Woman but can't help herself from being a hero. Relocated to Queens by two aid workers after appearing at a refugee camp in Greece, Diana quickly realizes that the world outside of her idyllic home island of Themyscira is one full of hardships and wrongs that need correcting.</p> <p>Let’s break it down!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/06-JUN/WWTempest_cover_5edeeb53444ae2.69555496.jpg" style="width: 717px; height: 1075px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Cover Crackdown:</strong></h2> <p>Every incarnation of Diana is stunning, and for good reason. She might not be a full-blooded Amazon, but she's descended from gods, and her beauty always shows her ancestry. The Diana on the cover of <em>Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed</em> is no exception. She's familiar—dark hair, piercing eyes and strong cheekbones—but fresh. The Amazonian feel of her clothing and headpiece are different than we know, but reminiscent of Wonder Woman's "standard" uniform all the same.</p> <p>I particularly love the wave superimposed over her face and the way the color of the water is picked up in her eyes. On the outside, she's all calm strength, but on the inside, the seas are not calm.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/06-JUN/WWTempest_03_5edeebd9f40ce4.03639689.jpg" style="width: 717px; height: 1079px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Tell Me a Story:</strong></h2> <p>On her sixteenth "born day," Diana wakes on Themyscira excited to see what the new year will bring. But something's amiss with the barrier that surrounds the island, and refugees find themselves washed up on the mysterious island's shores. The Amazons want to help, but their beliefs that they aren't to show themselves to the outside world until the Great Evil of the Universe returns and they are summoned by the Five Mothers—Athena, Aphrodite, Demeter, Artemis and Hestia—stops them from doing so. Diana can't stand to see innocents suffer, however, and goes on a rescue mission...only to find herself stuck on the outside of the barrier and a refugee herself.</p> <p>At the refugee camp in Greece, Diana meets United Nations inspectors Steve Chang and his husband Trevor (*wink, wink, nudge, nudge*) who realize there's something more to Diana than meets the eye. They get her a visa to America and place her in Queens, New York. with a family friend, Henke, and Henke's granddaughter Raissa. Raissa wants little to do with Diana at first, but soon Diana's need to help those less fortunate than her ingratiates her into Raissa's good graces, and the two go about feeding and caring for underprivileged neighborhood children—and trying to find those who've gone missing under suspect circumstances.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/06-JUN/WWTempest_05_5edeec08a15f96.27554900.jpg" style="width: 718px; height: 1080px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Let’s Talk Art:</strong></h2> <p>Leila del Duca does an excellent job of depicting the diversity of both the Amazons and the people of Queens, but what I love most are her depictions of the Five Mothers. Instead of them all looking mostly the same or like "standard" goddesses (i.e., willowy beauties with golden hair), each have different skin colors and body types. It's easy to see where the many differences in the Amazonians come from with Mothers like these.</p> <p>Additionally, del Duca shifts almost seamlessly through the settings in the book, from Themyscira to the Greek refugee camp to Queens. They're all very different locales, and she draws each one differently but doesn't make them seem alien to each other. It adds to the element of "we are all one humanity" that's an underlying theme of the book.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/06-JUN/WWTempest_18_5edeec3912ad63.40123642.jpg" style="width: 719px; height: 1078px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Dialog Discussion:</strong></h2> <p>Diana's a smart young woman who's thrown into a strange world filled with things that can only be learned through living with and through them, and Laurie Halse Anderson does an excellent job of portraying Diana as both worldly and sweetly naive, specifically through the way she speaks. As an Amazonian, Diana can understand and speak every language on Earth, but that doesn't mean that she knows all the nuances of them—at one point, she comments that she's struggling to learn all of the slang people use in Queens. (I don't envy her! English is the weirdest.)</p> <p>And although you can't hear Diana's accent while reading her words on the page, the form of her phrases and the way she puts sentences together feels just foreign enough to help you imagine that she has one. It's a really nice addition to the story that could easily be overlooked but is obviously a sign of true talent and attention to detail.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/06-JUN/WWTempest_16_5edeec7222caa9.67406716.jpg" style="width: 788px; height: 833px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Most Embarrassing Moment:</strong></h2> <p>For 16 years, Diana's lived amongst the most powerful and most beautiful women in the world. It's enough to make anyone a little self-conscious, and for Diana—who, for the past year, has been experiencing some very not Amazonian bodily changes—it's a constant reminder that she's not quite up to Themysciran standards. She hoped that everything would go back to "normal" on her 16th birthday, but when she trips and falls <em>face-first</em> (*shudder*) into a pile of horse manure in her excitement over a present, I couldn't help but wince. Especially when people around her barely manage to hide their snickering.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/06-JUN/WWTempest_13_5edeecba22ed92.45760047.jpg" style="width: 785px; height: 307px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Perfect Food Pairing:</strong></h2> <p>This might seem like a surprising pairing for a book that takes place partly in the Mediterannean, but the food I think best goes with this story is the classic PB&amp;J. The main focus of the book is the kids Diana and Raissa help in Queens, and they make them lunch each day, including peanut butter and  jelly sandwiches. And, I feel like PB&amp;Js are such a quintessential American kid food that Diana definitely didn't eat growing up. It's a perfect thing to introduce her to while she's learning about the country and its many cultures.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/06-JUN/WWTempest_15_5edeecfbdc6299.31640798.jpg" style="width: 717px; height: 1079px;" /></p> <h2><strong>What Would You Most Like to Ask?:</strong></h2> <p>Diana has a lot of questions for her new American friends and I can't blame her. (Culture shock, anyone?) But if I had the opportunity to ask <em>her</em> a question, I'd want to know what one non-sentient thing she missed most from home. Her answer would likely give some more insight into who she is as a person—rather than who she is a hero—and I'd love to know more about that side of the woman who eventually becomes Wonder Woman.<br />  </p> <p><a href="/graphic-novels/wonder-woman-tempest-tossed" target="_blank"><em>Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed</em></a><em> by Laurie Halse Anderson and Leila del Duca is now available in bookstores, comic shops, libraries and </em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Wonder-Woman-Tempest-Tossed/digital-comic/T1880700018301?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9ncmlkTGlzdC9SZWNlbnRBZGRpdGlvbnM" target="_blank"><em>as a digital graphic novel</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><em>When Mandy Curtis isn’t reading books by Leigh Bardugo or Sarah J. Maas, she’s dreaming of busting bad guys with Wonder Woman—if Steve Trevor’s there, too, she won’t complain—and writing about YA fiction and pop culture at <a href="http://foreveryoungadult.com/" target="_blank">Forever Young Adult. </a>Follow her on Twitter at <a href="http://twitter.com/mandyannecurtis" target="_blank">@mandyannecurtis.</a></em></p> <p><em>Not sure what you just read? </em><a href="/blog/2019/04/12/what-is-a-book-breakdown"><em>Click here for the skinny on our Book Breakdowns.</em></a></p> <p></p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/wonder-woman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wonder woman</a>, <a href="/tags/wonder-woman-tempest-tossed" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wonder woman: tempest tossed</a>, <a 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class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2020/06/09/book-breakdown-wonder-woman-tempest-tossed-tackles-real-issues" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Book Breakdown - Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed Tackles Real Issues" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Tue, 09 Jun 2020 17:00:00 +0000 Mandy Curtis 452410 at /blog/2020/06/09/book-breakdown-wonder-woman-tempest-tossed-tackles-real-issues#comments Bringing Excitement, Joy and Kangas to Diana: Princess of the Amazons /blog/2020/01/31/bringing-excitement-joy-and-kangas-to-diana-princess-of-the-amazons <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Bringing Excitement, Joy and Kangas to Diana: Princess of the Amazons</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tim Beedle</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Friday, January 31, 2020 - 13:00</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-age-range field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Age Range:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">6-11</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>The creators of <em><a href="/graphic-novels/diana-princess-of-the-amazons" target="_blank">Diana: Princess of the Amazons</a> </em>want kids to know that even Wonder Woman had trouble making friends.</p><p>As one of the most popular superheroes in the world, that may seem hard to imagine, but let’s not forget that Diana grew up on an island where she was the only child. Loneliness is never easy, so it’s not surprising that Diana would resort to the sort of drastic measures she does in her new middle grade graphic novel by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale and Victoria Ying. After all, if her mother was able to make a girl out of clay, maybe Diana can too…</p><p><em>Diana: Princess of the Amazons </em>looks at the rather messy side of making friends, as the young Amazon creates a new companion named Mona who turns out to be a lot more trouble than the future superhero anticipated. It’s an imaginative, fun and vibrant new comic for kids written by the Eisner-nominated team behind <em>Rapunzel’s Revenge </em>and illustrated by the gifted and surprisingly new-to-comics Ying. <em>Diana: Princess of the Amazons </em>offers a heartfelt story that’s instantly relatable to any child who’s ever felt lonely while still boasting plenty of intrigue and excitement brought to life through Ying’s joyful pages. Recently during a visit to the DC office, we spoke with Ying about what went into creating such a charming and clever tale from Diana’s early life.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/01-JAN/Diana_cover_5e349051cf5c83.71276721.jpg" style="width: 738px; height: 1072px;" /></p><p><strong>How did you get involved with <em>Diana: Princess of the Amazons?</em></strong></p><p>It was a total twist of fate. I went to an industry gathering. I’d been invited by a friend who’s a science fiction author, and he had all these contacts in LA who wanted to get together. At the time, I was in animation, but I was leaving and trying to make my way in graphic novels. While there I met my editor, Lauren Bisom. It was like, “Oh, you’re in comics? What have you done that I’ve seen?” And I’m like, “Well, I’m actually not published yet…”</p><p>I told her about my film work and about how I was trying to get into graphic novels and working on my own original stuff, and that I was very interested in working with other writers. So, she asked to see my stuff, and I sent her my portfolio, and she just really responded to it. She said they had this project with Shannon and Dean Hale and asked if I’d be interested.</p><p>Shannon and Dean are some of my favorite middle grade and YA authors. They’ve done so many other things in graphic novels that I’m such a big fan of. Shannon Hale’s <em>Real Friends </em>is such an amazing graphic novel. I was so excited. I immediately leapt out of my skin.</p><p>Lauren asked if she could see some sketches to see what my take would be on it. So, it wasn’t an immediate offer, but she was interested in seeing how I would take on the character, and I was just obsessed with making the pieces absolutely perfect.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/01-JAN/Diana_2_5e34908cbd1b79.41731669.jpg" style="width: 738px; height: 1080px;" /></p><p><strong>So, you were a fan of Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, but were you a Wonder Woman fan?</strong></p><p>Yeah, absolutely! When Lauren approached me with this project, it was just when DC was starting to focus more on kids and middle grade comics. It’s just such an exciting time. I was just thinking, “Wow! Finally these big comic book publishers realize that there are kids hungry for that content.” Taking their original characters and creating stories for them that are more relatable for young kids—it’s exactly the kind of thing I wanted to be doing.</p><p>Wonder Woman—I just couldn’t believe that she was the character and this was the story they were telling. A lot of people were like, “What DC character do you wish you could have done?” And Wonder Woman is the only answer I had. She’s so iconic, and the way that they wrote the story is so complex. I think the Hales just have this way of tapping into true childhood feelings that’s just so unique. It was just really cool to work with them.</p><p><strong>One thing that’s really cool about <em>Diana: Princess of the Amazons </em>is that it’s a story about Wonder Woman as a child. There really isn’t a lot of precedent for that, so how did you come up with young Diana’s look?</strong></p><p>I think when we started there were a lot of things we considering. My original sketches actually had her in more of a traditional Wonder Woman costume. We took a lot of cues from the movie. The Hales really liked that scene where she’s alone and running around on Themyscira, and she’s in a more traditional-looking Greek toga. So, that’s kind of what we were referencing when we were doing it. We wanted her to feel like she was free and could run around and be comfortable.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/01-JAN/Diana_7_5e3490c7134840.42948953.jpg" style="width: 739px; height: 1080px;" /></p><p><strong>Was that true for the look of Themyscira as well? Was much of that based on the movie?</strong></p><p>A little bit. I definitely pulled from the movie, but I also looked up a bunch of reference—just all these different artists’ interpretations of Themyscira. I wanted to have it be someplace that felt big and alive, but also iconic and easy to read, especially for kids. I really worked on simplifying the look of this big, vast island to make it feel fun, but at the same time accessible and not so grand that it doesn’t feel like you could run around it and be a kid.</p><p><strong>In an earlier interview with Shannon and Dean, one of the things they called out was how good you are at drawing kangas. Did you realize that was a skill of yours before working on this book? Is it tricky to draw kangas?</strong></p><p>So, in the early days we were debating whether they should be on horseback or on kangas because in the film, they’re on horseback. Dean was Team Kanga all the way. I guess looking back on all the history of it, kangas have not been part of the Wonder Woman canon since like the ’70s. Partly because I guess people thought they were silly. But this is a world where we got to play with that because it’s not part of the official canon, so I thought that would be really fun to play with a different kind of mount. Horses are cool and I was total horse girl.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/01-JAN/Diana_8_5e3490e8e7a999.94170762.jpg" style="width: 738px; height: 1079px;" /></p><p><strong>Artists always say horses are so hard to draw.</strong></p><p>Oh, they’re impossible. (laughs)</p><p>But kangas, they’re not straight kangaroos. I wanted them to feel a little like a different creature, so I took some cues from <em>Pokemon </em>and other media where we take a familiar animal but make it a little different. In this case, the kangas have these big ruffled necks, which reminds me a little of an Eevee from <em>Pokemon. </em>I think kangaroos are actually much simpler to draw than a horse, but they’re also very simplified in this book too. I got to fudge a lot of anatomy partly because people are a little less familiar with what a kangaroo look like. (laughs) I’m like, “It just looks like that.” And people are like, “Okay.”</p><p><strong>Lark Pien colored your art for <em>Diana: Princess of the Amazons </em>and she did such an amazing job—this is such a bright, colorful book. What was it like working with her?</strong></p><p>I was done with the inks by the time the colors started coming in, and we would give notes. Only with Lark, we ended up giving very few notes. The only times I ever had notes were if my own drawing was unclear and was interpreted in a way that it wasn’t meant to be, but that was almost always my fault. Whatever Lark did, it was always so surprising. She was able to plus the work every time. It always made it better every time we saw it in color.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/01-JAN/Diana_4_5e34910000e450.56763014.jpg" style="width: 738px; height: 1079px;" /></p><p><strong>The heart of this book is about Diana’s relationship with this friend she creates named Mona and the trouble they get into. How did Mona’s look come together? Did you always know that she would look like clay?</strong></p><p>We knew we wanted her to be visually distinct from Diana. She has some dialog where she talks about feeling different, even more so than Diana. We wanted to make that very clear to the reader and to her. The whole clay-like thing—originally, I actually had her a little bit more clay-like. She had a little bit more texture to her. But I think that in the end we found a nice compromise where she definitely feels otherworldly, but at the same time the emotions and everything still read very much like a little girl.</p><p><strong>Now that the book is done and in stores, what’s something you hope that a young middle grader who picks up this book might get from it?</strong></p><p>Friends are such an important part of your existence when you’re that age—they’re your entire world. What I hope is that kids can see that sometimes friends make you do things that you don’t want to do. Maybe they take you in a direction that you don’t feel comfortable with. I hope that this book lets kids know that it’s okay to say no and to stand up for what you think is right even if it might make your friend mad.</p><p><br /><em><a href="/graphic-novels/diana-princess-of-the-amazons" target="_blank">Diana: Princess of the Amazons</a> by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale and Victoria Ying is now available in bookstores, comic shops <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Diana-Princess-of-the-Amazons/digital-comic/T1922800018301" target="_blank">and as a digital graphic novel.</a></em></p><p></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/diana-princess-of-the-amazons" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Diana: Princess of the Amazons</a>, <a href="/tags/princess-of-the-amazons" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">princess of the amazons</a>, <a 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typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc zoom interview</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2020/01/31/bringing-excitement-joy-and-kangas-to-diana-princess-of-the-amazons" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Bringing Excitement, Joy and Kangas to Diana: Princess of the Amazons" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Fri, 31 Jan 2020 21:00:00 +0000 Tim Beedle 450487 at /blog/2020/01/31/bringing-excitement-joy-and-kangas-to-diana-princess-of-the-amazons#comments Diana: Princess of the Amazons Shows that Even Heroes Need Friends /blog/2020/01/13/diana-princess-of-the-amazons-shows-that-even-heroes-need-friends <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Diana: Princess of the Amazons Shows that Even Heroes Need Friends</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Albert Ching</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Monday, January 13, 2020 - 17:49</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>In <a href="/graphic-novels/diana-princess-of-the-amazons" target="_blank"><em>Diana: Princess of the Amazons</em>,</a> writers Shannon Hale and Dean Hale and artist Victoria Ying tell the story of an 11-year-old Diana before she was Wonder Woman. It turns out Themyscira can be a pretty lonely place when you’re the only kid around, and longing for a friend of her own, Diana soon takes matters into her own hands. But when things take a surprising turn, she learns that when you literally make new friends, you should be very careful what you wish for.</p><p>DC Nation talked to Shannon Hale and Dean Hale—the team behind the <em>Rapunzel's Revenge</em> and <em>Princess in Black</em> book series—about <em>Diana: Princess of the Amazons</em>, the latest DC graphic novel for kids, and what young Diana has in common with the adult Wonder Woman.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/01-JAN/Diana_cover_5e1d1de2ac5023.46439396.jpg" style="width: 742px; height: 1079px;" /></p><p><strong>Wonder Woman obviously means a lot to people of all ages all over the world. What was important to you in telling a story for young readers with the character?</strong></p><p><strong>Shannon Hale:</strong> Wonder Woman is obviously aspirational. I’ve been a fan since I was a kid running around in Wonder Woman underoos until now as I drive my mom minivan with a large gold Wonder Woman emblem on hood. I love graphic novels in general and have seen what a huge difference graphic novels have made in turning so many kids into readers. So, a graphic novel for young readers starring a young Wonder Woman? Win-win!</p><p><strong>Dean Hale:</strong> I wanted young readers to be able to see themselves in Diana, all the while knowing who she grows up to be. That maybe they could see greatness in themselves and who they might eventually become too.</p><p><strong>What qualities does the 11-year-old Diana share with the adult Wonder Woman? And in what important ways is she different?</strong></p><p><strong>Shannon Hale:</strong> It was important to us that 11-year-old Diana is a kid. She’s not yet fully formed, she’s still trying figure stuff out and she makes mistakes. But the heart of who she’ll become is there: her generous spirit, her love for her family and Themyscira, her driving sense of right and wrong and passion for justice.</p><p><strong>Dean Hale:</strong> What Shannon said. The traits that make her a hero are all there, but unrefined and mostly unchallenged. I feel like this story gives us one of those earlier refining moments.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/01-JAN/Diana_1_5e1d1e118d1e25.98053923.jpg" style="width: 742px; height: 1080px;" /></p><p><strong>Victoria Ying’s art is compelling and, frankly, adorable. What do you love about how she brought this story to life?</strong></p><p><strong>Shannon Hale:</strong> I love how expressive her characters are! Diana feels so many different things and you know exactly how she’s feeling, every panel. And Victoria was gung-ho to draw kangas! She’s the best.</p><p><strong>Dean Hale:</strong> Victoria is awesome. She pulled off fun, emotion, action and cute in a way I didn’t think was possible. Just what the story needed. Also, KANGAS.</p><p><strong>Beyond Wonder Woman, how did you approach adapting the rest of the world of Themyscira for this story?</strong></p><p><strong>Shannon Hale:</strong> Since we’re telling this story from the point-of-view of a child, we really tried to see it in a new way—the way a kid would see it. That’s a very unique perspective on Themyscira, where everyone is an ageless adult. Young Diana will love aspects of it that adults don’t even notice and also feel the loneliness of being the only kid in the world.</p><p><strong>Dean Hale: </strong>Yes! Being able to show such an iconic place in the DC Universe from the point of view of someone who is, in many ways, both an insider and an outsider. That duality is super-interesting to me and creates a kind of conflict that I think is great for stories.<br /> </p><p><em><a href="/graphic-novels/diana-princess-of-the-amazons" target="_blank">Diana: Princess of the Amazons,</a> written by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale and illustrated by Victoria Ying, is on sale now in print <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Diana-Princess-of-the-Amazons/digital-comic/T1922800018301" target="_blank">and as a digital download.</a></em></p><p></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/wonder-woman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wonder woman</a>, <a href="/tags/diana-of-themyscira" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">diana of themyscira</a>, <a href="/tags/diana-prince" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" 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property="schema:name" content="Diana: Princess of the Amazons Shows that Even Heroes Need Friends" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Tue, 14 Jan 2020 01:49:50 +0000 Albert Ching 450157 at /blog/2020/01/13/diana-princess-of-the-amazons-shows-that-even-heroes-need-friends#comments Wonder Woman: Warbringer - Official Trailer /videos/wonder-woman-warbringer-official-trailer <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Wonder Woman: Warbringer - Official Trailer</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:summary schema:description content:encoded"><p>She will become one of the world's greatest heroes: Wonder Woman. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons, and her fight is just beginning. Based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Leigh Bardugo, this graphic novel adaptation brings to life Diana’s first adventure beyond the hidden shores of Themyscira as she fights to protect a mortal with a frightening destiny.</p><p>Discover more: <a href="/graphic-novels/wonder-woman-warbringer" target="_blank">/graphic-novels/wonder-woman-warbringer</a></p><p>Adapted by comics legend Louise Simonson and drawn by Kit Seaton, <em>Wonder Woman: Warbringer </em>is <span style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">the latest in DC's series of Young Adult graphic novels featuring your favorite DC superheroes in standalone, outside continuity stories written by some of the most popular authors in YA. Look for it at bookstores, online retailers and comic shops on January 7, 2020!</span></p></div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/videos/wonder-woman-warbringer-official-trailer" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Wonder Woman: Warbringer - Official Trailer" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Mon, 23 Dec 2019 19:58:52 +0000 Tim Beedle 449969 at /videos/wonder-woman-warbringer-official-trailer#comments Jim Lee and Daniel Warren Johnson Talk Wonder Woman: Dead Earth /blog/2019/12/20/jim-lee-and-daniel-warren-johnson-talk-wonder-woman-dead-earth <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Jim Lee and Daniel Warren Johnson Talk Wonder Woman: Dead Earth</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">DC</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Friday, December 20, 2019 - 13:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>For the past eight years, writer and artist Daniel Warren Johnson has built an enthusiastic fanbase entranced and thrilled by his alternative aesthetic, vivid imagination and quirky, unique characters in creator-owned comics like <em>Space-Mullet, Extremity </em>and <em>Murder Falcon. </em>Among them is none other than comic artist and DC Publisher Jim Lee, someone who knows a thing or two about bringing expansive, visionary worlds to life.</p><p>Recently, to mark the release of Johnson’s postapocalyptic DC Black Label book, <em><a href="/comics/wonder-woman-dead-earth-2019/wonder-woman-dead-earth-1">Wonder Woman: Dead Earth,</a></em> Lee sat down for a lively, insightful chat with Johnson, who discussed his history with comics, how he landed on telling a Wonder Woman story in his DC debut and why drawing the Batcave is a lot harder than it looks.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/12-DEC/WONDER-WOMAN-DEAD-EARTH-1-1_5dfd300d3880b5.86818851.jpg" style="width: 750px; height: 960px;" /></p><p><strong>Jim Lee:</strong> We’ve never met, right?</p><p><strong>Daniel Warren Johnson:</strong> I don’t think so. I’ve always wanted to meet you in person, but I’ve come to parties either too late or too early.</p><p><strong>Lee:</strong> Next time! I’ve been a big fan, even before I knew your name. I think it was Gerard Way that first showed me your work—it was like a little mini-comic. <em>Star Wars</em>—it was about one of the pilots. I just thought it was a tremendous feat of storytelling. It stuck with me.</p><p>Later—maybe it was Gerard again—someone said your name, and I didn’t recognize it, but then they said, “Oh, he did that Star Wars comic,” and then it all started coming together for me. Having read this first issue, this is fantastic. It was an amazing read, and this is the kind of stuff I feel Black Label should do more of—out of the box, out of continuity, stuff that you would never be able to do in the regular book. It’s not even <em>What If?</em>—it’s bigger than that. I feel like it’s a combination of <em>Dungeons and Dragons</em> or <em>Game of Thrones</em> with superheroes, with obviously a lot of manga influences, as well. Very kinetic and moving. </p><p>I got a real heavy Jesus Christ vibe out of Wonder Woman in this story—when she’s talking to Dee about loving him and associating that with the first time she saw Steve Trevor, and how she defines love. To me, it’s pure, and it’s different from how we conceive of love—and that’s the way it should be, if you’re someone who was born on Themyscira with all of these Amazonians. We would share the same vocabulary, but the meanings would be different and deeper.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/12-DEC/WONDER-WOMAN-DEAD-EARTH-1-26_5dfd3034a4b2d3.58143014.jpg" style="width: 750px; height: 960px;" /></p><p><strong>Johnson:</strong> I appreciate that. I guess I should say, “Bro, I’ve been reading you since I was like, friggin’ 13!”</p><p><strong>Lee:</strong> Like what, five years ago? (<em>Laughs</em>) What was your starting point into comics?</p><p><strong>Johnson:</strong> I was homeschooled from third grade to 12<sup>th</sup> grade. My parents are super-cool, but I was very protected from the world. My first foray into comics really was <em>Calvin and Hobbes</em>. I think part of what attracted me to it were the dynamics in the line work—Bill Watterson’s brush. It just got me really excited. I could tell that he had mastered his craft enough that he wasn’t wasting a lot of time drawing it, if that makes sense. It was just coming out of him.</p><p>That got me started on the journey, and then it was basically whatever I could get my hands on. This was like the last few years of being able to buy comics from the grocery store. My first Superman comic was the red and blue Superman. I remember my grandmother bought me one of the ‘90s <em>Superboy</em> comics, with the leather jacket. My dad said there was too much punching in it and took it away. </p><p><strong>Lee:</strong> And here you are drawing Wonder Woman gutting a Haedra!</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/12-DEC/WONDER-WOMAN-DEAD-EARTH-1-36_5dfd3078abc489.42135337.jpg" style="width: 750px; height: 960px;" /></p><p><strong>Johnson:</strong> Yep. I went the complete opposite direction.</p><p>As I became a teenager, I started getting more into manga. I started reading <em>Appleseed</em> and <em>Akira</em>, of course. In college, I started seeing more European art, as well. I always knew who Moebius was, but I never really appreciated it until I really started studying the artform of comics.</p><p>Of course, you were in there, too—<em>WildC.A.T.S.</em> stuff? Damn, dude.</p><p><strong>Lee:</strong> So how many parts is this story going to be?</p><p><strong>Johnson:</strong> Four issues. Forty-four pages each.</p><p><strong>Lee:</strong> What inspired you to come up with this idea? Because first of all, I love the lyrical beginning. I love the fact that you say that the world is apocalyptic, but you do it in a very understated way. Which kind of ties the past into the future at the same time. Very clear, very effective.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/12-DEC/WONDER-WOMAN-DEAD-EARTH-1-27_5dfd309dd50897.23948556.jpg" style="width: 750px; height: 960px;" /></p><p><strong>Johnson:</strong> Thank you. I didn’t really want to touch Batman or Superman when I was talking with Andy Khouri, because he was asking me to pitch DC stuff, and I was pitching maybe C or D-list characters. Andy was like, “Well, we’re kind of looking for the Daniel Warren Johnson take on more of an A-list character.”</p><p>Wonder Woman—I just felt like there was something there. Like you were saying with how Wonder Woman interacts with humanity and her perspective, I felt like that was pretty unique and interesting as far as superheroes are concerned. I wanted to make her look a little different, but still keep that core element of who she is. See if I could make something where I was really pushing her to her limits. I was trying to come up with a world to make Diana think, “Is what I believe truly worth it, when everybody else feels so differently?” That’s where the impetus of the story came from.</p><p>A lot of the conflict that I was drawing from was Diana and her mother, and her mother being that protective parent—overly protective. I’m a new dad myself, so I was channeling some of that energy. A lot of different stuff. I’m trying to draw from my own experience a bit. And fun things to look at—like the Cheetah with the cheetah hand.</p><p><strong>Lee: </strong>The Cheetah was brilliant! When I saw Cheetah, I said, “Anything is possible in this world!” It really showed me, “I’m going to see stuff I’ve never seen before.” Which I think is a rare gift. You don’t see that a lot in comics—people pushing things to the limit.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/12-DEC/WONDER-WOMAN-DEAD-EARTH-1-29_5dfd30b7826559.80529642.jpg" style="width: 750px; height: 960px;" /></p><p>That whole scene where goes, “You don’t know what he did to me…” It was super-powerful. Again, Diana’s response to it, everything in character. Just tremendous. I’m very anxious to see what happens when she takes this lost colony—or tries to take them—to paradise. It’s that classic tale, but done in a completely different, novel way, using one of our marquee characters.</p><p>In some ways, it’s just as applicable to what’s happening in the world now. We need heroes, we need people to look up to, and we need love. We need understanding. When you talk about, “You don’t know what I have to do, I’ve got a thousand souls I have to feed and take care of”—parents can relate to that. People in organizations can relate to that; that type of responsibility and what it does to people. There are a lot of interesting things that are relevant to today’s time, because there are people in need. There are resources that are becoming more finite. There are things that endanger us all. Who’s going to step up and lead and make a difference? That’s what I got out of that first story.</p><p><strong>Johnson:</strong> I appreciate that. I’m glad that comes through.</p><p>I’m not going to give anything away, obviously, but…it gets crazy. Issue #2 gets pretty crazy.</p><p><strong>Lee:</strong> I figure there are more twists and turns. She could have easily just been found in a cave, but the fact that she was in a canister, wearing a weird suit…</p><p>Also, I love the understated reveal: The kids fall through the ground, they land on something, then you realize, “Oh, crap. They landed on a canister. Oh, crap. It’s Wonder Woman!” Then you pull back and go, “Oh, crap. They’re in the Batcave!” There are a million ways you could pull off that reveal, and I thought it was really cool and understated, and done in a way that was really fun and interesting. Love that whole sequence.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/12-DEC/WONDER-WOMAN-DEAD-EARTH-1-2_5dfd30d62e9276.34456521.jpg" style="width: 750px; height: 960px;" /></p><p><strong>Johnson:</strong> Thank you. I purposely did not look at anybody else’s Batcave before I drew it.</p><p>It’s funny that you bring that splash up. I remember wanting a double-page spread to really sell it, but there just wasn’t enough room. I needed that space for other emotional beats and plot beats. I personally feel like the Batcave works really well in widescreen, and it’s more or less a square shape that I was dealing with. I remember at the coffee shop poring over the composition. Nothing was working. The only way to fit that stupid T-Rex in there was to have it be on the outside, basically the framing device. It was all just problem solving. (<em>Laughs</em>)</p><p><strong>Lee:</strong> This is tremendous. Are you working on your next project for us? That’s what I want to know.</p><p><strong>Johnson:</strong> The script for issue #3 is in. I’ll be working on that over the holidays. I’ll be finished drawing in May and then, who knows?</p><p><strong>Lee:</strong> How did this format give you freedom you might not have otherwise had? Did you enjoy working in the wider aspect ratio?</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/12-DEC/WONDER-WOMAN-DEAD-EARTH-1-38_5dfd30f71fda56.28609080.jpg" style="width: 750px; height: 960px;" /></p><p><strong>Johnson:</strong> That was definitely part of it. It was kind of relearning how to map out a comic book page. There’s more room and less room, all at the same time. I worked on 12” by 15,” something like that.</p><p>The different aspect ratio is definitely a big thing, but at the end of the day, that doesn’t have much sway over the actual creativity of a project. Black Label allowed me to do things like Cheetah having a cheetah for a hand. I feel like I pushed the way Wonder Woman looks a fair amount, to the point that if you were to swap my version of Wonder Woman with the DC stable Wonder Woman, people would be like, “Oh, who’s that?”</p><p>Black Label gives at least a little bit of an opportunity to draw established characters in a different way, that they might not even be recognized outside of that world, which is cool. You have this new sandbox that comes from established canon, and it has this context with it that people immediately recognize and expect, but within that context, you can really push the boundaries. It can really make for new and interesting ways to tell stories with characters that have been around for decades. Black Label does a great job of opening those doors.<br /> </p><p><em><a href="/comics/wonder-woman-dead-earth-2019/wonder-woman-dead-earth-1">Wonder Woman: Dead Earth #1</a> by Daniel Warren Johnson is now available in print and <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Wonder-Woman-Dead-Earth-2019-1/digital-comic/T2032000015001">as a digital download.</a></em></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/wonder-woman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wonder woman</a>, <a href="/tags/wonder-woman-dead-earth" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wonder woman: dead earth</a>, <a href="/tags/wonder-woman-dead-earth-interview" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">wonder woman: dead earth interview</a>, <a href="/tags/daniel-warren-johnson" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">daniel warren johnson</a>, <a href="/tags/daniel-warren-johnson-interview" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">daniel warren johnson interview</a>, <a href="/tags/daniel-warren-johnson-wonder-woman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">daniel warren johnson wonder woman</a>, <a href="/tags/jim-lee-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Jim Lee</a>, <a href="/tags/jim-lee-interview" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jim lee interview</a>, <a href="/tags/jim-lee-interviews-daniel-warren-johnson" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jim lee interviews daniel warren johnson</a>, <a href="/tags/comic-artists" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">comic artists</a>, <a href="/tags/comic-art" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">comic art</a>, <a href="/tags/art-academy" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">art academy</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-art-academy" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc art academy</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-comics-art-academy" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc comics art academy</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-black-label" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">DC Black Label</a>, <a href="/tags/black-label" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">black label</a>, <a href="/tags/diana-prince" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Diana Prince</a>, <a href="/tags/themyscira" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">themyscira</a>, <a href="/tags/amazons" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">amazons</a>, <a href="/tags/postapocalyptic-wonder-woman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">postapocalyptic wonder woman</a>, <a href="/tags/steve-trevor" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Steve Trevor</a>, <a href="/tags/cheetah" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">cheetah</a>, <a href="/tags/the-cheetah" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">The Cheetah</a>, <a href="/tags/barbara-anne-minerva" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">barbara anne minerva</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-nation-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">DC Nation</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2019/12/20/jim-lee-and-daniel-warren-johnson-talk-wonder-woman-dead-earth" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Jim Lee and Daniel Warren Johnson Talk Wonder Woman: Dead Earth" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Fri, 20 Dec 2019 21:00:00 +0000 DC 449962 at /blog/2019/12/20/jim-lee-and-daniel-warren-johnson-talk-wonder-woman-dead-earth#comments Diana, Princess of the Amazons - Official Trailer /videos/diana-princess-of-the-amazons-official-trailer <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Diana, Princess of the Amazons - Official Trailer</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:summary schema:description content:encoded"><p>From <em>New York Times </em>bestselling authors Shannon Hale and Dean Hale along with artist Victoria Ying comes a boisterous tale of growing up...as an Amazon! After years spent as the only child on Themyscira, Princess Diana takes matters into her own hands, creating a girl her age from the same clay Diana herself was made from. But has she made a friend...or a monster?</p><p>Discover more: <a href="/graphic-novels/diana-princess-of-the-amazons" target="_blank">/graphic-novels/diana-princess-of-the-amazons</a></p><p><i>Diana, Princess of the Amazons </i>is the latest in DC's series of Middle Grade graphic novels featuring your favorite DC superheroes in standalone, outside continuity stories perfect for young readers. Look for it at bookstores, online retailers and comic shops on January 7, 2020!</p></div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/videos/diana-princess-of-the-amazons-official-trailer" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Diana, Princess of the Amazons - Official Trailer" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Thu, 19 Dec 2019 20:40:11 +0000 Tim Beedle 449849 at /videos/diana-princess-of-the-amazons-official-trailer#comments