Now as many of you know I´m writing a Wonder Woman script which is now nearing it completion?
As I´ve alway maintained there is nothing wrong with WW´s mythology, it is as timeless as Superman or Batmans. Thematically coherent and could be modernized with ease, I decided to prove that, by using Gods And Mortals, Maulton Marstons run, Ruckas Run and Simones run and reading through nearly all runs, studying Greek Mythology, as well as, closely studying stories of the heroes journey, to write my own WW story. Its taken time, and I´ve been delighted at times frustrated at others, but I really like the take I´ve given Princess Diana. She´s modern, smart, sweet, and best of all an absolute demon when it comes to kicking evil doers asses. So, I´ve updated some key Rogues of hers giving them a modern twist, her supporting cast making them psychologically more robust and believable, her mythology while intact has been given a darker edgier feel to it, made sense of that pesky invisible jet (which I always thought could be a good source of humor) I´ve even given her a secret lair, I´ve found away to explain nearly all her supervillains powers, (characters like Dr. Psycho who I love, but wad never really gave explaination for her powers) in fact the only problem I have is that I think one of the wonderful thing about Superhero mythologies is characters who have their own city. Cities that some how reflect them, their struggle, their mythology. Now WW has half of that in Paradise Island and Themyscira, but where the problem lyes, is her not having her own city that she goes to.
Like Superman going from Smallville to Metropolis. Metropolis is the Big City, the city of the future. Actually for those who don´t know named after Fitz Langs film of the same name. Its wonderful iconic and one of the reasons I believe Superman has the most complete modern mythology of any fictional character.
Then there´s of course Gotham, another fantastic creation. A dark underworld of shadows, inhabited by demons, and creatures of the night.
Both suit the purposes of the titular hero so well.
Now from what I know the only fictional City Wonder Woman was ever given was Gateway City. Which when you first here it, doesn´t sound that sexy, or give away its character straight away, but actually thinking of WW mythology is not that bad. I started to think of it as the Gate Way to mans world. I started to try and give that a character that would fit Wonder Woman´s character and by and large I have. If Metropolis is Utopia, Gotham the underworld, for me Gateway City had to be Purgatory. A place that shows the great hopes and aspirations of humanity, but exposes some of our deepest failures and weaknesses. Its a political town. Kind of a Washington DC, Boston and New York mixed together. There is where the Themysciran Embassy is placed and where Wonder Woman becomes ambassador of peace to Patriachs World. But the truth is, as much as I tried to justify it, I still wanted something sexier. Something more punchy. I especially wanted a place that didn´t rely on having the postfix city after it. Something that gave away some of its identity in its name, like Paradise Island, Gotham or Smallville. Its been killing me, so I thought I´d open it up to conversation, see what you guys think. What would you call Wonder Woman´s City? What would you imagine it to be like? and why? how would it fit in thematically with Gotham, and Metropolis? and most important of all how would it fit WW´s mythology? Just wanting to bounce off ideas.
(By the way guys to pay someone to draw up a comic version for me, so let me know if you´re interested and we can talk)