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The DCAU is literally 97% perfect. The only thing I would have updated in the costumes. Their Wonder Woman was 100% perfect but deserved more screen time. Here is some notable commentary on her portrayal:
"We Amazons are warriors born. Want to test me?"
-Wonder Woman (to Green Lantern) in "Secret Origins"
Greg Rucka on Wonder Woman (circa 2003):
“Diana's always been an amazing character to me, for so many reasons. [For example], she is an exile from her own world in a way; she can't really go back to Themyscira and live there happily ever after. She's the only Amazon to have left and have spent a substantial amount of time in the Patriarch's World. The other element is that she's the only Amazon to have been born on Themyscira—Diana is the last soul the patron goddesses were harboring and Hippolyta said 'I want a child,' so Diana is absolutely unique. The mandate is just—all these paradoxes in the character. She's an Amazon. Amazons are warriors, they're a martial culture. They can promote belief in peace in part because they've been living in absolute seclusion and isolation for so long and also because if you mess with them, they'll kill you. It's easy to dictate peace when you're the baddest [warriors] on the block. Diana comes from this culture where she's bred for war, but is able to reap the rewards of 3,000 years of peace—the art, the science, the philosophy. Add to that these divine elements—like the wisdom of Athena and so on—and you've got this person who has all these ingredients and they are, in many ways, pulling her in different directions, but she somehow manages to unify them all for a single direction.
“She's not going crazy, she's not neurotic—you look at every other superhero ever and they are all malfunctioning in some way. In some way, they are internally malfunctioning—Diana really isn't, even with all the paradoxes and conflicts, she may be the most well-adjusted superhero out there. At least when I look at her, that's what I see: she's somebody who knows what she's about, has absolute conviction in what she believes, and is willing to fight for those things she believes, be it with words or swords (courtesy of Comic Book Resources).”
Grant Morrison on Wonder Woman (circa 1998): “The world views Wonder Woman kind of like the way they see Superman, but slightly more suspiciously. Superman’s an alien, but he’s almost like the American flag—he’s really integrated into the culture and the way we think about superheroes. (courtesy of Wizard Magazine).”
Rich Fogel: She’s a little bit younger and more innocent than we’ve seen her in the past. She is literally the princess who’s fresh off the island—she’s never been off Themyscira before—and so she has a shock of culture coming out into Man’s World and her expectations of how people should behave towards her are different. It makes her a lot of fun to deal with because she’s haughty, but she’s also innocent. And, she also has issues with her mother.
Bruce Timm on Wonder Woman #1: “ (courtesy of Starlog Magazine).”
Shaun McLaughlin on Wonder Woman: “She’s royalty. She’s royalty from someplace who decided to make her way in this world. By royalty, I don’t mean she’s untouchable or above everybody else (courtesy of[website name removed]).”
Bruce Timm on Wonder Woman’s design #1: “There was no special trick to designing Wonder Woman. Over the years, I’ve gotten pretty good at designing female characters. She’s pretty straightforward. There wasn’t any previous comics version that I used as a template, but I tried to simplify some of the details on her costume for animation purposes. She’s your typical Bruce Timm gal, a little taller and broader in the shoulders, but what you would expect (courtesy of Starlog Magazine).”
Bruce Timm on Wonder Woman #2: (courtesy of Justice League: Justice on Trial DVD).”
Bruce Timm on Themyscira (circa 2002): “I don’t want to overuse that aspect of Wonder Woman; I want to explore different facets of Wonder Woman’s personality. The two Wonder Woman story arcs we’ve done [in Season One] probably had too much to do with her Amazon past. They’re both good stories, but we’ve put a moratorium on Hippolyta and the Amazons for the time being (courtesy of Starlog Magazine).”
Dwayne McDuffie on Wonder Woman’s detractors #1: (courtesy of DwayneMcDuffie.com).”
Gail Simone on Wonder Woman’s detractors: “It is also a sad fact that a significant number of big name writers don’t care about Diana at all, which baffles me. Great gimmicks, great origin, great character…I don’t get it (courtesy of DwayneMcDuffie.com).”
Dwayne McDuffie on Wonder Woman’s detractors #2: “A lot of that is the same reason, [Gail]. A fair number of guys who write this stuff are either disinterested in women with power, or actively opposed to it. I think you’ve written something about that somewhere (courtesy of DwayneMcDuffie.com)?”
In designing Wonder Woman for Justice League, the creative team stuck mainly to the modern, Post-Crisis incarnation of the character—the one that first appeared in the relaunched Wonder Woman #1 that debuted in 1987. Here, the world of Diana and the Amazons was written to be closer in tune with the original Greek and Roman myths while, at the same time, incorporating elements from the previous versions of the Wonder Woman mythos. However, while this version of the character was used as a starting point, the similarities ended there, as her origin was adapted to fit into the premiere episode; meaning that elements such as the contest to decide which Amazon would become Wonder Woman and Diana’s sanctioned mission as Ambassador to Patriarch’s World were eliminated. As of this writing, however, it is unknown exactly how close this version of the character follows this model, as the creative team has not yet revealed much regarding Diana’s origins (we can, however, assume that she was molded from clay as she was in the comics, thanks to a piece of throwaway dialogue from "Maid of Honor"—when Princess Audrey teased Diana for having “feet of clay,” Diana’s response was, “You have no idea”).
(As for the Wonder Woman costume itself, it was revealed in "Hawk and Dove" that it was designed and forged by Hephaestus for her mother Hippolyta to use, but it is uncertain if she used it herself before Diana stole it from the temple of Athena [see here]. As Wonder Woman was met as an unknown quantity by the others in "Secret Origins," it is safe to assume that there was no World War II-era Wonder Woman before her—save for herself in "The Savage Time," of course. In fact, based on this knowledge, perhaps it was never intended for Hippolyta at all, as Diana's patrons could have been planning for Diana to assume the role of Wonder Woman, one way or another, from the very beginning. This "will of the gods" theory has weight, considering that 1) it could not have been part of a competition to choose an Ambassador because the Amazons were content to let humanity be conquered, and 2) if it was truly stolen, Athena would have set upon Diana for its theft.)
This relationship has evolved as well, from an almost sense of awe when dealing with him (“Batman designed this ship; if its sensors say something is there […],” "The Brave and The Bold") to a mutual respect and what appears to be a complete understanding of his personality and motivations (“He doesn’t handle loss very well,” “Don’t let him fool you; your death hit him as hard as it did any of us,” "Hereafter"). In fact, this fascination with the Dark Knight led to her being the only member on the team to figure out his secret identity (save for Superman—who has known since the three-part "The World’s Finest"—but he cheated by using his X-ray vision) in "Maid of Honor." It is possible that this admiration could stem from attraction, but
As a member of the Justice League, Wonder Woman provides additional muscle to the lineup; which is significant in this incarnation, as Superman is the only other original member that possesses significant physical strength (J’onn J’onzz’s has been downplayed in favor of his telepathic and shape-shifting abilities). In addition, she is adept at providing cover for her allies, utilizing her “bullets and bracelets” routine (made famous by the 1970s live-action Wonder Woman series) to deflect artillery fire, lasers, and Green Lantern-style energy beams and constructs ("Injustice For All," "Secret Society"). Also of note is her golden lasso, which has proven useful in the of seizure weapons ("Injustice For All"), the restraining of opponents ("The Enemy Below," "The Savage Time"), and even the redirecting of missiles ("Maid of Honor"). Overall, her strong presence in the Justice League follows the lead set by her modern interpretation, which is a relief considering that older versions of the character were treated as little more than glorified secretaries that took the minutes of each meeting.
As the final DC Comics icon to be adapted for their animated universe, Bruce Timm and the creative team found themselves under a considerable amount of pressure to adapt Wonder Woman with the same respect and precision that they had previously done with Batman, Joker, Superman, and countless others. And while difficult decisions were made regarding what to change and what to maintain, I can say with no doubt that their labors have wielded success, as they have created a Wonder Woman that has removed the chaff from her background but, at the same time, stayed true to her origins, her heritage, and her ideals.
The is similar commentary for many Justice League Unlimited Characters here:
Or maybe these Black Wally West and Latina Donna Troy rumors mean DC is going to diversity the founding Titans for development in other mediums...
Either way, the Titans seem more closely connected to the Justice League than they are now.
Would you like to see a team of Titans with Justice League ties?
The other name mentioned is that of Christian Cooke (ROMEO AND JULIET) who is said to have tested for Ben Grimm/The Thing, which is probably a better fit than the aforementioned Josh Gad.
Looks like we still have hope of getting a good cast for this film.
I don't think Batman can beat GL or Flash unless we know his contingencies. Like what is this lightning rod thing someone mentioned? Scans? MaybeBatman can prop Superman up with better gear? Then again, Flash can react in Femtoseconds and GL can tear through almost everything with ease, not to mention he fights analytically.