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Monday, November 07, 2011 

Brian Azzarello's unimpressive addition of a "motivation" for WW

LA Times' Hero Complex interviewed Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang about the retcon they've written for Wonder Woman, including turning Zeus into her father:
CC: If you went to the average person on the street and showed them a picture of Wonder Woman they would recognize her immediately. Ask those people her origin story and some of them might know the clay story but many, many others would not know that at all. That’s not a problem you have with Superman or Batman; everyone knows their origin. By making her the daughter of Zeus, we’ve gotten a big driving force behind our story. It gives her a motivation and it’s a key to character that we now feel is very important. She’s a child of the gods who defends us from them, in the same way that Superman is from another planet trying to save humanity and Batman is the orphan who is protecting us from the criminals who killed his parents.
Chiang makes it sound as though the deities are the villains whom the human race must be protected from, and as was told earlier, that's just the problem with this rendition: it's all being done at the deities' expense, not the least being Zeus himself.

Aside from that, I find it funny how they can ask what the average folks on the street would know about WW, but not whether they'd actually read any of the Amazon princess's older stories. Isn't that supposed to be their main concern, in encouraging people to read the books, which would help give them some insight into how things were done? Or, maybe they're worried that, if they do encourage people to read the older material, they'll decide they prefer the older premises and origins over the new ones being used now.

And as mentioned before, giving WW a father in Zeus doesn't make it any more imaginative, and only makes it sound more ordinary.

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