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Tuesday, August 15, 2017 

Simone actually disapproves of using Azzarello's take on WW as a basis for the film

I'm guessing the discussion Gail Simone was leading on Twitter that's gathered together here only took place because she's largely out of DC Comics' employ now. But, it does prompt fascination:
Simone took to Twitter to respond to a few fans who had been asking for her take on the Wonder Woman movie and the revamping of the character on the pages of DC Comics' New 52 runs. It was there where Simone shared her disapproving perspective of changes made to the character's origins.

Namely, Simone's main issue is the New 52 introducing Zeus to the heroine's origin story. "Of the many reasons to hold a grudge against the New 52, the role of Zeus in Wonder Woman's birth is top of my list," comic book writer D.M. Higgins wrote under the Twitter username Superdames Comics. "It's now in the movie."
On that, I can certainly agree it was uncalled for to use Brian Azzarello's retcon, which, for all we know, was probably intended to serve as a component for the screenplay to build on in advance. The origin of being created from magical clay holds up far better, and just think of how imaginative it could've been to see a daughter conjured up from clay on celluloid.

But I miss the part where she pans the guy's retcon of the Amazons themselves into one-dimensional savages, which was definitely no improvement over the repellent miniseries "Amazons Attack", where they were depicted going on an anti-male rampage. It's one thing to complain about an unimpressive retcon of WW's own birth origin. It's another to ignore the harm done by turning her tribal colony into something so vicious that Bill Marston never intended them to be.

So unfortunately, if she can't lament the misuse of the Amazon society of Themyscira, then I'm not sure we can buy that her complaint about the retcon used in the film is sincere.

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The idea of WW as a statue brought to life was itself a retcon. Originally, in the WWII-era comics, Diana was the daughter of Queen Hippolyta. The 1970's TV series also used the Golden Age version of her origin.

And, AFAIR, DC originally portrayed the Amazons as peaceable beings, who only fought if provoked.

Wonder Woman issue one (June 1942) showed how Hyppolyta sculpted a statue of a young girl that she named Diana, which was then brought to life for her by Aphrodite. Diana was always the daughter of Hyppolyta, but because Hyppolyta sculpted her, rather than birthing her. The statue origin was there from the beginning; it was not a retcon. The same story showed how Hyppolyta and the other Amazons had been similarly sculpted and brought to life by Aphrodite. The creation of Diana from earth has strong Biblical resonances, but there is no indication of any brother named Yves or Steve taken from her rib.

In some silver age stories, Hyppolyta was portrayed as the daughter of Ares, god of war, making Diana his grand-daughter.

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