#1 Edited by mikesterman (930 posts) - - Show Bio

In the wake of Marvel Comics' recent announcements that an African American character will take over the mantle of iconic Captain America (after the regular guy loses his super powers in battle with an arch foe), and that a woman will be Thor in future comics, I think it's time for DC Comics to get into the act before they get left behind.

The most logical and sensational choice would be for them to find a man to take over the role of Wonder Woman. Not only would this surprise readers, but define a modern paradigm for superheroes never seen before. To preserve the integrity of the character, not to mention the marketing potential of a brand name like Wonder Woman, they should make sure to preserve Wonder Woman's current costume, replete with the star-spangled Speedos, red bustier and golden bracelets. After all, just because a man will fill those high heels doesn't mean that the public won't want to see the same Wonder Woman they have grown to love and worship.

Of course, there will be some challenges, such as filling the bustier, but in an age of padded bras and other clever devices for creating illusions, that should hardly be a challenge that the DC Comics team can't tackle. The same goes for the lower part of the costume where a beer gut and a pair of hairy legs will certainly add a twist to a familiar tale and delight readers with pleasures that they never saw coming.

So is this idea as ridiculous as it sounds? Yes, but so is the stunt casting by Marvel Comics of its major characters. To be clear, it is great that the powers that be at Marvel Comics are finally paying attention to underrepresented minorities in their stories but by simply plugging them into the costumes and legends of established characters, they are not so much elevating minorities as using them to sell more comics in a progressive age.

If they really wanted to introduce minority characters into their comics, the right and responsible way to do it would be to introduce new characters that are just as powerful and charismatic as Captain America or Thor, and to develop them from the ground up as African American or female. By meddling with characters whose physical imagery has already been ingrained into pop culture psyche for more than half a century, all Marvel Comics is really doing is extending brands that are past their prime and/or trying to be politically correct in the silliest way possible.

Now Marvel Comics supporters might argue that casting minorities in the tights of major superheroes will force us to think differently about those icons, but what's the point of that? Isn't the point to define firm and powerful identities for an African American man in his own right or a woman in her own right rather than hoping that they will somehow be taken more seriously in the reflected glory of famous characters?

Does an example of the latter come to mind? Yes. Wonder Woman -- a fantastic character that stands in her own right as a member of the DC pantheon of Gods and on par with Superman and Batman. That to me is giving respect to minorities, not what Marvel Comics is doing.

Otherwise, we could well wind up with a hirsute guy in blue underwear, giving us a gratuitous view of his superhero assets while flying above our heads in an invisible plane...

Source http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5599128

#2 Posted by Justthatkid (4704 posts) - - Show Bio

Usually don't read anything from that site, how would turning Wonder Woman into a man compete with Marvel.. Maybe making him in a gay relationship with Superman who is now Black due to solar radiation so that they can counter Capt. America, and promote Batwoman a lesbian character and replace Batman with her..

"Would be genius"

#3 Posted by Knightsofdarkness2 (4460 posts) - - Show Bio

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What. The. Fudge.

#4 Posted by MideonNViscera (379 posts) - - Show Bio

We already have a Wonder Man, and he sucks.

#5 Posted by SpitfirePanda (929 posts) - - Show Bio

Not a bad satire. The author has a point that they should give minorities unique superheroes who are powerful and respected in their own right. But from a marketing standpoint, Marvel may have looked at all the women cosplaying as Thor and said "Let's do that". I wouldn't want Wonder Woman to be replaced by a man, though. Not a bright move.

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#7 Posted by BiteMe-Fanboy (8086 posts) - - Show Bio

Changing Wonder Woman or any woman super hero to a man, changing a gay character straight, or changing a black character white would cause an outrage among all the 'political correct' yahoos.

It doesn't work that way for them.

#8 Posted by Ms-Lola (4403 posts) - - Show Bio

Raaaaage.

#9 Edited by Dragonborn_CT (23808 posts) - - Show Bio

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#10 Posted by linsanel_Doctor (1344 posts) - - Show Bio

TAKE WHAT YOU WANT

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#12 Posted by the_last_kryptonian (1524 posts) - - Show Bio

This is my question.

Didn't thor briefly have a sidekick that was a female who had the exact same powers as him?

Why not simply focus more on her instead of making Thor a female entirely?

#13 Posted by swordmasterD (2336 posts) - - Show Bio

I love how you put on par with batman. Now i need to say a comic where in a random encounter they fight to a stalemate

#14 Posted by russellmania77 (15815 posts) - - Show Bio

@mikesterman: would you be mad if they made your comic book character into a woman?

#15 Posted by RetconCrisis (4528 posts) - - Show Bio

I wonder how Bat fans would react if he was gender-swapped... No more Bale voice jokes

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#16 Posted by TheCheeseStabber (8062 posts) - - Show Bio

I wonder how Bat fans would react if he was gender-swapped... No more Bale voice jokes

Unless She was REALLY Butch :P

#17 Posted by Justthatkid (4704 posts) - - Show Bio

@the_last_kryptonian: Thor isn't turning to a women, and the idea of Thor girl just sounds silly which is what she was called to my knowledge of the character.

#18 Posted by RetconCrisis (4528 posts) - - Show Bio

@thecheesestabber: If that plot twist shows up during one of his runs, then I point and smirk at all the people making fun of Gordon for not knowing he was really Bruce Wayne. Guess we're all wrong lol

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#20 Posted by joshmightbe (24709 posts) - - Show Bio

@mikesterman: Umm, there is a key difference here. Being white is not a prerequisite to being Captain America and being a dude is not something that makes you worthy of the power of Thor considering women have held the hammer before, but you do have to be a woman to be Amazon.

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#21 Posted by RetconCrisis (4528 posts) - - Show Bio

@thecheesestabber: lol

I'm on mobile so I can't post pics, but I had this one pic I had where Clark Kent took off his glasses and his face magically morphed into Bruce's.

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#22 Posted by TheCheeseStabber (8062 posts) - - Show Bio

@retconcrisis: Duh Everyone knows Thats Clark Kents secret identity :P

#23 Posted by RetconCrisis (4528 posts) - - Show Bio

@thecheesestabber: Really? :/

Guess I was pretty late on the investigation train, then. :P

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#24 Posted by TheCheeseStabber (8062 posts) - - Show Bio
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#26 Posted by RetconCrisis (4528 posts) - - Show Bio

@thecheesestabber: Best plot ever. Bruce has to internally fight himself because of the title. We'll get even more brooding and deep contemplation than any CBM has ever had before.

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#27 Posted by _Atomikill_ (4340 posts) - - Show Bio

... Wow. So, if I read correctly, a male Wonder Woman that still wears the female costume? Lol.

#28 Posted by King Saturn (225088 posts) - - Show Bio

I guess they could make Wonder Woman a black chick... then that would give the Storm Fangirls and Fanboys someone else to root for... then they could make Superman like a Mexican or something... ( insert joke here about this working because Mexican love to be out in the Sun working anyways )...

#29 Posted by TheCheeseStabber (8062 posts) - - Show Bio

@retconcrisis: At The End He accepts both sides and makes Batarangs made of Heat vision

#30 Posted by RetconCrisis (4528 posts) - - Show Bio

@thecheesestabber: Also in the last 10 minutes of the movie Lois Lane is revealed to be Talla Al Ghul and gets offed in a news van accident while carrying Lex's kryptonite bombs.

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#31 Posted by TheCheeseStabber (8062 posts) - - Show Bio

@retconcrisis: Then as everything seems quiet Bane gets up takes off his mask and it reveals hes Alfred

#32 Posted by mikesterman (930 posts) - - Show Bio

@joshmightbe: not my opinion... that's why I said this post gave me cancer

#33 Posted by mikesterman (930 posts) - - Show Bio

... Wow. So, if I read correctly, a male Wonder Woman that still wears the female costume? Lol.

Thats what I said

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#35 Posted by TheCheeseStabber (8062 posts) - - Show Bio

@thecheesestabber: Quite possibly the best sequel-driven cliffhanger of all time.

After Credit scene of a hooded man in a parka wandering the Arctic until he stumbles on penguins. He then starts narrating what they're doing in a calming voice. Pans in to reveal Morgan Freeman aka Lucius Fox is The New Penguin and he Shall narrate the Penguins March To Gotham :P

#36 Edited by Noone301994 (6995 posts) - - Show Bio

Stupid liberals

#37 Posted by RetconCrisis (4528 posts) - - Show Bio

@thecheesestabber: Looks like we've won ourselves every motion picture award in existence

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#38 Posted by TheCheeseStabber (8062 posts) - - Show Bio

@thecheesestabber: Looks like we've won ourselves every motion picture award in existence

Couldn't have happened without our lovely cast and crew

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#43 Posted by RetconCrisis (4528 posts) - - Show Bio

@thecheesestabber: Well we won every prize in the world so we ought to have gottensomething like that

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#44 Posted by TheCheeseStabber (8062 posts) - - Show Bio

@retconcrisis: But What if...one of the prizes WAS fire diarrhea !!!??!!!!! DUN DUN DUN DUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNn

#45 Posted by RetconCrisis (4528 posts) - - Show Bio

@thecheesestabber: o.o

We'll have to bring it to court then to decide which one gets approval >:/

Or we play rock - paper - scissors to split the two awards and call it independent branches; one of us gets off safe and the other gets...

an unpleasant time

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#47 Posted by XLR87T3 (3032 posts) - - Show Bio

Retardedness