By RazzaTazz 8 Comments
England has always made an easy target for the location of a futuristic dystopian totalitarian style of society. This has been for many reasons. First and maybe primarily most of the great dystopian writers have been British - Huxley, Orwell, and More are all British. Secondly for much of the past 500 years, Great Britain has been at the leading edge of political developments, so it is easy to think of the philosophical spark for a utopia to start there, from which a dystopia could result. Thirdly it is an island and thus self contained in a sense. This saves on explanation of external relations in a dystopian world. While reading Flashpoint and its many tie-ins, the first impression that I had of the war between Wonder Woman and Aquaman was a mixture between 1984 and V for Vendetta. I was hoping for some more developments on this theme in both the Wonder Woman and the Lois Lane tie-in but there has been little else revealed. What is clear is that Great Britain is the setting for a a feministic version of a dystopian society where women are reprogrammed to be modern Amazons. Has it taken the easy route to this concept? I would say yes. With the supposed destruction of Themyscira, there has been little justification why the Amazons would choose in its place the British Isles for their homeland, nor has there been really much reason as to why the Amazons might even want this island. It seems like the writers are taking a short cut to achieve their desired end state by borrowing from the fictional achievements of others to achieve something which they didn't do much to build. Of course in the end the final state of Flashpoint will be to reform the Justice League and battle the Reverse Flash, and the exploration of the dystopian society will only be a side note, but it still feels like something is being missed in the attempt to make this into something which so far it is not.