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Sunday, September 30, 2012 

ABC's Good Morning America reduced Wonder Woman to Superman's "sidekick"

I missed this initially, but as I now discovered on ScienceFiction.Com's review of Justice League #12, ABC's Good Morning America described Wonder Woman very peculiarly as Superman's "new sexy sidekick", as though she were never a famous icon in history:
The biggest gripe most Wonder Woman fans have is that this all seems to be an effort to strengthen Superman. Good Morning America displayed the graphic to the left where Wonder Woman isn’t even named, but refered to as Superman’s “New sexy sidekick.” Wonder fans are rightly outraged. Wonder Woman’s greatest strength is that she is Wonder Woman. Not Superwoman, not Batwoman, not She-Hulk, not Miss Thing (although, aside, I am delighted that a character by that name is coming), not the female derivative of a male character. She was created whole as her own stand-alone character, one of very, very few female heroes to be such. Even Black Canary debuted in Johnny Thunder’s strip and is widely known as Green Arrow’s longtime girlfriend, him being a headliner, her being a member of the Justice League/supporting character. Wonder Woman occupies a unique space in the world of super heroes… I’m desperately hoping she doesn’t become The Yoko of the Justice League.
Alas, with DiDio and Johns in charge, it's always bound to happen. The video of ABC's insult is over here (via DC Women Kicking Ass), and while I can't view it in my region, some of the comments on the sites I found it through tell that DC's staff told ABC that WW has been chasing Superman since 1988, even though she was far from doing that! It just symbolizes how the mainstream press cares zero about WW any more than the rest of the medium to the point where they'd reduce her to the status of a tagalong partner, which is very likely what all involved at DC were quite fine with doing.

Still, the recent sales charts show that sales for the issue remained pretty stagnant, so clearly not many were impressed with ABC's own distortions either.

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That's pretty bad if that's how they view Wonder Woman. Not to mention insulting. Talk about a total critical research failure. Yeesh. You'd think they'd actually research the character so they know what they're talking about, but that would make too much sense.

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