Brutally Honest: DC's 75 Year Old Boys Club?
When I first caught a glimpse of the logo that DC Comics plans to use for their merchandise to commemorate their 75th Anniversary, I thought nothing of it- then I did a quick double take. The logo that will be representing and commemorating the last 75 years of DC Comics was definitely missing something. Oh yeah, where the hell is Wonder Woman? The new logo featuring silhouetted images of Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, and the Flash will appear on DC Comics merchandise and will celebrate the last 75 years of DC comics. Granted, the decision to place Green Lantern and The Flash on the logo does make some sense. Both the Flash and GL first appeared in comics in 1940, respectively, approximately 70 years ago, and over the years have became prominent characters in the DC Universe. Tack on the fact that DC Entertainment is finishing up post production on their Green Lantern movie starring Ryan Reynolds and that Marc Guggenheim recently turned in the script for The Flash movie, it sort of makes sense that DC left out their most iconic female character off the logo.Or does it? Maybe there was no room for her?
Kelly over at CBR had a recent discussion with Sue of DCWomenKickingAss where they talked about the different reasons behind the decision to only incorporate DC's prominent male characters on their logo. The discussion began when Sue drew attention to the fact that the iconic image of Wonder Woman was clearly missing from the DC celebratory logo, and proceeded to begin a petition requesting that DC Comics "provide a second logo that includes some of its female heroes to celebrate its anniversary." I can dig it.
When I saw that Diana was missing from the logo, I thought about it from a marketing perspective. Yes, her current costume in comic books is not the same as the classic leotard non-comics readers are familiar with, but I don't think that's why they left her off the logo- considering it's supposed to be a celebration of 75 years of history and she's only been wearing pants for 2 issues. I can't help but think that it's a corporate thing. DC wants to push characters like GL and Flash onto an unfamiliar market (non-comics readers) because they're in the midst of building franchises with those two characters. I don't necessarily think it's an intentional, "hey, we don't care about the women in comics," but more like, "well, we're just going to leave her off of this."
Yet, 75 years is a long time for any company to exist, and Wonder Woman is a huge part of that history. She paved the way for the integration of female characters in comic books and she empowered young girls to think "yeah, boys can do that and SO CAN I!" In fact, if it weren't for Wonder Woman, I don't think I would be reading comics at all. What do you guys think, though? Does it matter to you that Wonder Woman is missing from the 75th Anniversary logo? What do you think is the reason behind it?
If you want to sign the petition supporting the request that DC provide a second logo to include some of its female heroes to celebrate this huge milestone, you can do so here.
Look up my favorite characters list Wonder Woman is there she is a great character.
Okay now let me say that it is not that surprising that she was left out as it was said she is not wearing her regular costume but also as a franchise she is not that big a seller she has had a boost since the soft reboot but other then that there is no reason to amp her up since not may would respond to her some argue that even Superman has lost his place as well.
A petition is not going to build her up it's people buying her book.
" It will be for comercial purposes, maybe they should do a second badge to celebrate the females as well. Marvel seem to be doing a good job of that with there female covers atm, so maybe DC should pay attention :) "If you sign the petition, linked at the bottom of the article, maybe they will
*Insert Picard facepalm here*
Sigh.... It has anything to do with DC being sexist, it was just because of the design choice of the logo. Wonder Woman doesn't have an iconic symbol like those guy do, so short of drawing in her cleavage it would just look like some generic female silhouette standing there. Flash, Superman, Batman and Green Lantern all have the big chest emblems that anyone who even knows what a comic book is could tell you who it belongs to just by seeing them.
" Sigh.... It has anything to do with DC being sexist, it was just because of the design choice of the logo. Wonder Woman doesn't have an iconic symbol like those guy do, so short of drawing in her cleavage it would just look like some generic female silhouette standing there. Flash, Superman, Batman and Green Lanter all have the big chest emblems that anyone who even knows what a comic book is could tell you who it belongs to just by seeing them. "I'm pretty sure the Wonder Woman logo on her breastplate is MORE recognizable to the average person than the GL symbol and FLASH combined.
" Wonder Woman has been consider knocked out of the "The Big Three" and replaced by Hal. No surprise he's up there. But she should at least be picked as #4 over Flash. "I hope not. Although I'm a huge fan of Green Lantern and I'm not so really a fan of Wonder Woman I wouldn't like to see him replacing her in any way. I mean... come on, it's Wonder Woman. And to the Badge: I, too, would prefer a "female" version of that badge instead of including Wonder Woman to this one. Yeah, Superman, Batman, Green Lantern and Flash are "The Big Four" when it comes to male DC-Heroes. But what about Wonder Woman, one of the biggest three in general and the biggest heroine in DC? Set her up with Black Canaray, Batgirl and... well, to be honest, I don't know who to put 4th, but yeah, make a 2nd badge, DC!
Incorporating the Flash and GL seems wrong simply because the individuals have not existed since the beginning, the mantles have, and neither of those are the original characters that kicked off the 75 years...now if it was Jay Garrick and Alan Scott that'd be different...but as it is, it seems too much like the crappy advertising DC has been prone to do with its non-comic media...they know comics aren't where the money's at so they want people to watch the movies who know nothing about the comics, ugh
Even if DC tried to push Hal in the front seat of the big names a while back with those promo photos, its not that fair, cause its the Trinity and probably of the most recognizable characters as well. Since you celebrate the success of those 75 years, it should be(if not mainly) based on the characters that helped on that.
I also noticed that a while back with some 75th anniversary t-shirts. I came across a Superman, Batman (even Alan Scott) , but nothing on WW.
I admit it wouldn't matter to me to see either WW or GL fill the third slot, but looking at the past 5 years, GL sales kinda deserves that slot. Since WW is getting her reboot, maybe in 5 years the throne will be once hers again (likely not with 2 GL movies coming out though). A second women's badge would be a great idea with Wonder Women, Black Canary, Catwoman, and Power Girl.
I can see the marketing standpoint of it, and that its a four character template. But couldn't they just put Wonder Woman in Superman's place, then have Superman flying upward in the middle? I think that'd work fine. You don't have to leave out either of the new franchises like Flash or Green Lantern. :P
but none of those characters except supergirl and catwoman is really known to non comic fans
and with superman there supergirl is pretty redundant and most people i know still think catwomans a bad guy
theyre trying to use characters everyone knows
"*Insert Picard facepalm here* Sigh.... It has anything to do with DC being sexist, it was just because of the design choice of the logo. Wonder Woman doesn't have an iconic symbol like those guy do, so short of drawing in her cleavage it would just look like some generic female silhouette standing there. Flash, Superman, Batman and Green Lantern all have the big chest emblems that anyone who even knows what a comic book is could tell you who it belongs to just by seeing them. "
im sure the Wonder Woman logo is more known then the Green Lantern logo speacilly for non comic book readers
im sure many people can tell who has this logo
"i am so pisse that they dint let Wonder Woman be on that Cover!! i mean She has been around longer then The Flash and Green Lantern (the ones who are on that logo) "
*pats you on the back sympathetically*
dont worry im sure they have some special wonder woman stuff that they just havent revealed yet
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