Is there a theme to Wonder Woman´s villains...?

#1 Edited by jphulk26 (1481 posts) - - Show Bio

And if there isn´t is that why she´s not as successful?

So, I was on another discussion board and someone was saying that WW has an issue because her villains don´t thematically connect to her. For instance they were saying if you think about it, Batmans villains are connected by being twisted psychological versions of himself. They are usually born out of tragedy, but for whatever reason choose to go the other way from Bruce, and are therefore reflections of what he must fight against becoming. Totally agreed, and Batman certainly has some of the greatest villains ever written.

Now on to Superman, apparently his theme was Brains Vs Brawn. Now I didn´t even understand this one as a theme. How is that a theme even? I mean most of Supermans greatest villains are more brute strength. I mean his major 3, Darkseid, Lex Luthor and Braniac are all brain vs brawn to some degree, but what about Doomsday or Bizzarro. So I wasn´t sure what was meant by that.

So now on to Wonder Woman, Whats the theme? I have to say at first I scratched my head. I´m a defender of everything pre new 52 Wonder Woman, especially her villains. In fact I would go as far as to say she had potentially the second greatest villains set in the DC universe. Her villains for me are more interesting and diverse than Green Lantern or Flash, and they aren´t anywhere near as corny as people think they are. I even think they´re to some extent cooler than Supermans. I mean I love Lex and Braniac, but for me I get much more excited by the prospect of writing Dr. Psycho, Dr. Poison, Ares, Alkyone, Veronica Cale or The Crow Children. All have this great twisted quality to them. Its also a real challenge trying to work out how they can mess with Diana. I´ve also always said these characters are under written, there is nothing inherently wrong with the concept. Infact I thought the only mistake is that Cheetah is seen as her archenemy; now I love Cheetah, she has really grown on me since I first got into Wonder Woman; I have to admit I thought she was pretty weak at first, but then it clicked and I think she´s fantastic. The only problem is she´s not a good face for WW rogues, if you´re trying to have her taken seriously. You need a character that more connects with WW and can be a foil for her emotionally, psychologically as well as physically. One that anyone can look at and think, OK they´re totally badass. My candidates for the future of WW, who should be the posterboys and girls of her villains, Dr. Psycho, Alkyone, Ares. But I digress, as I was saying this question really stomped me. I mean what is theme connecting Dr. Psycho and Ares, and if there isn´t one is that the problem with Wonder Woman? I am so fed up of all the excuses with Wonder Woman, I could literally get really mad at the next person who says something about her bathing suit costume, or invisible jet. Its just all idiotic. But I had to say wow, for a question by a detractor this was a good one.

So I got to thinking, as I´m writing a Wonder Woman script, what connects the Wonder Woman villains I want to use in my 3 part story. There must be something unique about this set that appeals to me. A single thread that I see woven through her story. Just like Spider-Man fights mutant hybrids of animal and man, science experiments gone wrong or Daredevil fights corruption and fear, what is it about Wonder Woman and her colorful rogues that does it for me. Then it dawned on me and I figured it out. There is a thread and please tell me if I´m wrong. Two things connect most of WW best villains: it´s the classic story of Ancient Warrior vs Mystics and Magicians, but set in the modern world. Think Ares, Cheetah, Alkyone, The Gorgans, Dr Psycho, even Venessa Cale mainly uses mystic forces against WW, by being the brains and resources behind the demons who go after WW. This is another theme and I think even stronger. WW represents Peace, her villains, nearly all revel in war, discord and destruction. These aren´t villains whose motives are to take over the world or even necessarily kill WW. These are villains who for one reason or another just enjoy the very notion of inflicting pain and suffering on humanity, exciting panic, or just plunging the world backwards into all out war. Ares of course is the ultimate expression of that, but everyone from Cheetah to Alkyone to Dr. Psycho on a smaller scale all enjoy the same devastation. Now for me that is a pretty badass and unique theme. I love that not one of her villains has the obvious motive of taking over the world or money. The last theme and this is where I out did myself, cause I really searched. The last thing is Diana love of self and inner confidence being the object of obsession. Yes Obsession is a major theme amongst Diana villains. Due to lack of self-love for one reason or another, Diana´s almost natural and instinctive love of self and compassion for others, which they see gives her such freedom, sends the dark monsters of her world into a jealous and obsessive frenzy.

Dr Psycho, in love with Diana, because he hates himself; his warped love for her, and hatred of everything else drives his acts of madness. Cheetah, again, obsessed with Dianas freedom as she is a slave to the curse that has made her the Cheetah, where as Diana´s gift make her free. Veronica Cale, obsessed with Wonder Woman, cause she thinks she hasn´t worked to become WW, its just been given to her. Dr. Cyber, literally so obsessed with Diana´s beauty she wants her face, so she can plaster it to hers. Ares obsessed with the contradictions in Diana´s philosophy, and showing her those contradictions. Alkyone, some weird almost psychopathic obsession with Diana´s mother, and her wish Diana was her child. The list goes on. Again I think this maybe a theme unique to Diana´s rogues. I mean there is alot of obsession in Batman, but its a different type of obsession. Most Batman villains obsession comes from hate of the Batman or wanting to one up him. Diana´s rogues seem to have admiration, jealousy and ultimately different shades of perverted love for the character, resulting in obsession.

So what do you think, have I cracked it?

Are the themes I´ve mentioned wrong?

Maybe theres something I´m missing?

Let me know.

#2 Posted by jphulk26 (1481 posts) - - Show Bio

Yep

#3 Posted by joshmightbe (25974 posts) - - Show Bio

Do villains need a theme, none of Batman's villains seem to share a common theme aside from being (no pun intended) Bat s**t crazy yet he seems to be doing just fine. And look at Flash his rouges gallery is the biggest random freak shows in comics and he's doing pretty good.

#4 Edited by jphulk26 (1481 posts) - - Show Bio

@joshmightbe: Yeah, I know that was my immediate thought to the comment on the other post, however, I like the idea of a heroes villains having a theme that intimately connects hero to villain.

I think if you look at Batman, the theme is there of villains being twisted mirror images of The Tragedy he faced. In Superman, to some extent or another I would say the running theme is his villians like him in one way or another are Gods corrupted by their own power. Again that mirrors Superman perfectly in the sense that for whatever reason he´s a God that has managed to maintain control of his lust for power seeing himself as humanities benefactor, rather than there natural ruler, heir or destroyer. Flash is hard one, in a sense I think the theme connecting Flash´s villains is there goofiness. I loved the episode of Justice League the animated show where Flash was getting the key to Central City. I love Flash and I love when he´s depicted as more of a fun loving guy and his villains are just the party poopers. Again goofy mirror images of himself. As for Wonder Woman, Truth vs Deception, Peace vs Discord, Warrior Vs Mystics and obsession are all key themes amongst her Rogues and I really like that, because again its very distinct from Batman and Superman´s villain motivations, and also every bit as psychological Batmans relationship villains, yet every bit as urgent and potentially world threatening as Supermans villains. Her villains are bent on plunging the world into varying degrees of hostility, all due to some twisted obsession they have with Wonder Woman´s perfection and nobel mission of peace. Perhaps those themes need to be played up more, so people can see

she´s not anything at all like Superman and is her own woman.

#5 Posted by jphulk26 (1481 posts) - - Show Bio

WWWWWWWWWHHHHHHHHHHHHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY GOD WHHHHHHHHHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY? WHAT ARE YOU TESTING ME FOR; TWO FUCKING YEARS OF AZZERRELLO; WHY IS LIFE SO UNFAIR.

#6 Edited by drgnx (3601 posts) - - Show Bio

Seems some can be tied to mythology?

Gigantia -> Titan

Circe - > Circe

Cheetah - > Ware-beasts, shifters, etc (might even be something more specific)

Gods -> Gods

Winged Opponents -> Angels and Harpies

Dr Psycho -> Seems like possessions and spirit walking (NA myth but probably others too)

not sure about Gen

#7 Posted by 4_color_image (242 posts) - - Show Bio

@jphulk26:

I always assumed

Batman's Rogues are psychopaths

Superman's Rogues are Villains of Science

Wonder Woman; however muddles a bit between Myth, Doctors & randomness.

#8 Posted by jphulk26 (1481 posts) - - Show Bio

@4_color_image:

Just interested why you think Supermans villains are villains of science? I don´t really see that as the inherent connection.

You´re right about WW´s rogues though. They can seem confusing.Thats why I was so stomped by the question at first. But I do think I found a common thread.

#9 Posted by drgnx (3601 posts) - - Show Bio

@jphulk26:

A Lot of his rogues were created through since and/or use it to fight him. But this also very generic.

Flash seems elemental based.

#10 Posted by jphulk26 (1481 posts) - - Show Bio

Flash seems elemental based. Fire Water Wind Earth you mean? Not sure about that.

As for Superman, I don´t know if they are science based all of them. Alot of them are deranged God like beings. They use technology sometimes, but I´m just taking the main villains and trying to see what the thread is of each.

@drgnx said:

@jphulk26:

A Lot of his rogues were created through since and/or use it to fight him. But this also very generic.

Flash seems elemental based

#11 Posted by gokuwarrior (4399 posts) - - Show Bio

@jphulk26: her villans are great,but most writers didn't know how to use their potential.

ares is the god of war,he seeks power because he wants to ruled a world full of battles,where everyone will be his battle pet,there is his theme.

circe is resentful sorceress that wants to take revenge on the olympus for what they did to her,and hates diana because she is the champion of the gods,and is loved by the goddesses.

cheetah is a sociopath full of envy and resentment that consume her to the point that she hates every life form and fights only for her selfish interests,basically she is all the oppsite to wonder woman,everything she fights against.

veronica is a tormented and confused woman that enys wonder woman and how she is so loved by people,she wants to be wonder woman somehow.

DR psycho is obsessed with wonder woman,he seems to love her,he has an obsession with her,he wants to control her,wants to possesses her.

DR poison is just crazy,the classic mad scientist.

so wonder woman's rogue gallery is cooler than some people think and very versatil.

#12 Posted by jphulk26 (1481 posts) - - Show Bio

@gokuwarrior: @gokuwarrior said:

@jphulk26: her villans are great,but most writers didn't know how to use their potential.

ares is the god of war,he seeks power because he wants to ruled a world full of battles,where everyone will be his battle pet,there is his theme.

circe is resentful sorceress that wants to take revenge on the olympus for what they did to her,and hates diana because she is the champion of the gods,and is loved by the goddesses.

cheetah is a sociopath full of envy and resentment that consume her to the point that she hates every life form and fights only for her selfish interests,basically she is all the oppsite to wonder woman,everything she fights against.

veronica is a tormented and confused woman that enys wonder woman and how she is so loved by people,she wants to be wonder woman somehow.

DR psycho is obsessed with wonder woman,he seems to love her,he has an obsession with her,he wants to control her,wants to possesses her.

DR poison is just crazy,the classic mad scientist.

so wonder woman's rogue gallery is cooler than some people think and very versatil.

But do you think there has to be a theme that connects them? Like Batman or Superman. Thats what I´m interested in this thread. I know each villain by themself has a theme, but is there a theme connecting all her rogues, or at least the main ones.

#13 Posted by gokuwarrior (4399 posts) - - Show Bio

@jphulk26: yes there is a them that conncets them to wonder woman,they are everything that wonder woman fights against,and for different reasons,they hate her,or have an obsession with her,want to see her beaten,humiliated,lost,alone,there is the theme.

#14 Posted by jphulk26 (1481 posts) - - Show Bio

@gokuwarrior said:

@jphulk26: yes there is a them that conncets them to wonder woman,they are everything that wonder woman fights against,and for different reasons,they hate her,or have an obsession with her,want to see her beaten,humiliated,lost,alone,there is the theme.

Yeah but thats kinda true of all superhero villains in a way. What do you think of the reasons I gave? accurate/inaccurate?

#15 Posted by gokuwarrior (4399 posts) - - Show Bio

@jphulk26: you're about about them.and they really connect with wonder woman,an they aren't the reason why wonder woman is not as succesful as characters like superman nowdays,there's nothing wrong with her villans,they need to use their potential properly,and use wonder woman's own potential properly too.

#16 Posted by drgnx (3601 posts) - - Show Bio

@jphulk26 said:

Flash seems elemental based. Fire Water Wind Earth you mean? Not sure about that.

As for Superman, I don´t know if they are science based all of them. Alot of them are deranged God like beings. They use technology sometimes, but I´m just taking the main villains and trying to see what the thread is of each.

@drgnx said:

@jphulk26:

A Lot of his rogues were created through since and/or use it to fight him. But this also very generic.

Flash seems elemental based

You can make a lot of stuff fit if you stretch far enough.

Flash has

  • Captain cold - ICE
  • Weather Wizard -> lightning and wind
  • Golden Glider - can fly and seems almost ghost-like -> wind
  • Heatwave - Fire
  • Trickster - walk an air -> wind
  • Turbine? -> Wind (tornadoes)
  • Pied Piper - > doesn't fit as well, he uses sonic and harmonics -> closes link is air/wind
  • Mirror Master -> Illusions -> makes me thing of water for some reason-must be a memory of an old show somewhere
  • Zoom -> lightning (speedster trademark)
  • Grodd with Speedforce -> lightning | not sure without, maybe earth

Not all of them fit as well, chances are no-one will have a perfect themed villain base, granted I'm sure if there was an intent to have them themed. Many galleries seem to have similar power sets distributed differently, just in different proportions.

Anyways, not really committed to this, I just felt like typing ...

#17 Posted by 4_color_image (242 posts) - - Show Bio

@jphulk26 said:

@4_color_image:

Just interested why you think Supermans villains are villains of science? I don´t really see that as the inherent connection.

You´re right about WW´s rogues though. They can seem confusing.Thats why I was so stomped by the question at first. But I do think I found a common thread.

I guess Science was the wrong word. I should have said Sci-Fi most influenced by the Atomic Age.

  • Brainiac is a super computer
  • Lex is a genius
  • Bizzaro is an imperfect clone
  • Darkseid - Intergalactic/dimensional god
  • Doomsday - Created by an ancient genetic experiment on Krypton
  • Livewire - Electric based powers
  • Eradicator - Cyborg
  • Kryptonite Man - Scientist who's experiments turns him in to a villain
  • Metallo - Cyborg
  • Parasite - worker at a research plant that stumbles upon waste
#18 Posted by lilben42 (2689 posts) - - Show Bio

@jphulk26: They should make her a theme.

Wonder Woman was given her powers and saw them as a blessing and decided to use them for good. Well her villains could see them as a curse and use them for evil.

Or

Wonder Woman thinks that everyone should have free will, and peace. Her villains could think peace is dull and free will just causes problems.

#19 Posted by jphulk26 (1481 posts) - - Show Bio

@lilben42:

@lilben42 said:

@jphulk26: They should make her a theme.

Wonder Woman was given her powers and saw them as a blessing and decided to use them for good. Well her villains could see them as a curse and use them for evil.

Or

Wonder Woman thinks that everyone should have free will, and peace. Her villains could think peace is dull and free will just causes problems.

Thats a really good one actually. Only problem is it seems half her main villains share that, but not all. Same goes with the second one. But I think you´re on to something there.

#20 Posted by WDW (1551 posts) - - Show Bio

Don't ask anyone on forums you must come up with your own connection and establish it.

#21 Posted by fodigg (6210 posts) - - Show Bio

You don't necessarily need a theme for your villains. That said, she does seem to have a few groups:

  • Strong female villains (most of her older rogues gallery)
  • Men who want to control or otherwise disempower her (e.g., Dr. Psycho)
  • Evil gods and goddesses

Granted, those are rather general, but so is "has experienced trauma and gone bad" for Batman so I don't see that as a problem.

#22 Posted by batpala (342 posts) - - Show Bio

There always seemed to be an 'abused women' theme for at least the female villains. For example; Silver Swan, Veronica Cale. Also overtly powerful men and women who want to see Wonder Woman cut down to size. [Sebastian Ballestros, Dr Psycho, Veronica Cale also fits into this, Baroness Von Gunther]. Also the mythology theme: Circe, Ares, Phobos and Demos, Eris, ect.

#23 Posted by lilben42 (2689 posts) - - Show Bio

@jphulk26: I think that's the problem with WW villains some are so random. Like Dr. Cyber and Dr. Poison.

#24 Edited by Hazlenaut (2096 posts) - - Show Bio

An excellent insight on what Wonder Woman's villains are. That was helpful. Now how would the flip of how they effect if they were good.

As for the corny comment it makes me think one of her villains should be a cursed/magic doll. dismissing makes someone hold a grudge for negligence. Does she have one of those villain that grudge for negligence?

#25 Posted by waezi2 (10992 posts) - - Show Bio

I think that they primary are suppose to represent everything bad about women, like WW is suppose to represent everything good. Like Batman villains are suppose to be counterparts to Bats by being what you can become after trauma.

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#26 Edited by darknightspideyfanboy (2099 posts) - - Show Bio

@jphulk26: i thought the theme for the superman villain is that absolute power corrupts absolutely all of superman villain have great power but are corrupted by there own great power superman on the other prove this wrong by being the best person he can be but that just me

#27 Posted by dmessmer (376 posts) - - Show Bio

@jphulk26: I agree with most of your analysis, but to connect them more directly as foils to Wonder Woman I would point to one of the themes of the Perez run: Wonder struggling againstsome of her own good qualities. Other writers (even Azzarello) have touched on this a bit as well.

In the Perez run, Diana didn't want to be called Wonder Woman and often told her PR team (led by Mindi Mayer) to quit selling her beauty for fear that it gets in the way of her ultimate message. She wanted to spread her message of peace and acceptance, and was often frustrated that all of the attention was on her abilities and her beauty.

In that regard, her villains reflect her biggest fears about herself - that her own exceptional qualities prevent the fulfillment of her mission as her message gets lost amid the hype of her more superficial traits. She wants people to look past her superior fighting abilities, whereas Ares is the embodiment of that. She wants to people to see more than a pretty face, yet Silver Swan was lured into the role of villain through her desire to beautiful. She wants to show the benevolence of the Gods, but the Cheetah turns to the divine to make her a savage. She wants others to understand that her magical powers were bestowed upon her as symbols of her mission, whereas Circe uses magic to further her own goals. She wants to extend kindness and love to everyone, but Dr. Psycho was driven to become a villain because people couldn't see past his ugliness. Now, as far as Egg Fu is concerned, you're on your own (if you don't know who he is, do yourself a favor and click the link - seriously).

In one way or another, all of these villains not only represent goals that are at odds with Wonder Woman's mission (though they do that, too), but also touch upon her own anxieties about her suitability to be the bearer of her message. As much as her villains all envy her in one way or another, she seems to envy them as well - that they aren't burdened with perfection in the same way that she is.

If I might digress for a moment, that's part of why I don't like the Wonder Woman/Superman romance. It seems that being with him would only further her insecurities. It seems to me that she'd be much more likely to be attracted to a non-superpowered person who is, nonetheless, embodying the traits that are central to her mission - an activist of some kind, for instance.

#28 Posted by jointron33 (2107 posts) - - Show Bio

Ares represents war, the opposite of Diana being an ambassador of peace.

Cheetah is self centered, greedy, power hungry, and whorish, whereas Diana is humble, caring, loving, and modest.

Dr. Psycho represents mental power as opposed to Diana's physical

Silver swan is hidden beauty whereas Diana's is blatant

#29 Edited by Danieles (124 posts) - - Show Bio

If the comic's super villain its the opposite to the super hero, in this context the most feared powerful villain that wonder woman should faces a is a tender , loyal, feminine housewife lol

#30 Posted by azraelmorphyne (2 posts) - - Show Bio

Your second point seems as a focus on war and projects onto the villains a sadistic streak. While this is true, maybe some of this is about control and manipulation. Ares gains power from war, so he manipulates both sides to control the war.

Cheetah has lost control of her form.

Circe and Queen Bea control men and beasts.

Dr.Psycho developed a hypnotic control over patients.

#31 Posted by Outside_85 (11794 posts) - - Show Bio

Rise! Lazarus, Rise!

Main themes of Diana's villains have generally come down to misogyny (in the male villains) and petty jealousy (in the female villains).

#32 Edited by Saint_Sophie (6074 posts) - - Show Bio

Well you have villains based from Greek myth.. then you have those like Cheetah who clearly wants to die at the hands of Diana.

#33 Posted by agent41 (6467 posts) - - Show Bio

Well you have villains based from Greek myth.. then you have those like Cheetah who clearly wants to die at the hands of Diana.

Cheetah is not weak. And she has defeated a healthy Wonder Woman more than once.

#34 Edited by Saint_Sophie (6074 posts) - - Show Bio

@agent41 said:

Cheetah is not weak. And she has defeated a healthy Wonder Woman more than once.

Sure that wasn't fanfiction or Cheetah wasn't amped in some way? Diana's gotten pissed and left Cheetah in a pool of her own blood before. Diana's also been weakened and still somehow came out on top. That should tell you that Cheetah shouldn't touch Diana with a ten foot pole. But somehow she still keeps coming back.

Currently, Cheetah made Diana black out, but Diana was holding back so that doesn't really say much. She does her job right though. Annoy the hero, get your azz handed on a silver platter by hero and then repeat the cycle next issue they appear in. :)

#35 Posted by agent41 (6467 posts) - - Show Bio

@agent41 said:

Cheetah is not weak. And she has defeated a healthy Wonder Woman more than once.

Sure that wasn't fanfiction or Cheetah wasn't amped in some way? Diana's gotten pissed and left Cheetah in a pool of her own blood before. Diana's also been weakened and still somehow came out on top. That should tell you that Cheetah shouldn't touch Diana with a ten foot pole. But somehow she still keeps coming back.

Currently, Cheetah made Diana black out, but Diana was holding back so that doesn't really say much. She does her job right though. Annoy the hero, get your azz handed on a silver platter by hero and then repeat the cycle next issue they appear in. :)

Yes. Cheetah has defeated Diana in fights where Cheetah was not amped and Disna was not weakned. A well writen Cheetah is supposed to give her a run for her money and that is what a well writen Cheetah has done.

And let's not even talk about trackrecord because WW herself is underestimated by many for losing to street levelers more than once and it has happended to her through her career more often than Cheetah. The same goes for Superman. In fact a lot of powerhouses including have an overall bigger trackrecord of being victim of bad writing than Cheetah. But some how selective memory is always there. Preventing people from talking about all the times that A list powerhouses were defeated by inferior opponents. But they remember when that happens to Cheetah. If i had to name you all the times through comics that WW,Superman,Namor,Aquaman,Manhunter,Flash,Hulk were defeated by weaker opponents than them because of bad writen plot. We would be here until 2017.

#36 Posted by Outside_85 (11794 posts) - - Show Bio

@saint_sophie: The only time I can recall Cheetah being depicted as an equal to Diana without any kind of argumentation was the first encounter under Perez. The rest of the encounters nearly always ended up with Cheetah getting a B for effort and guts, but F for effect.

#37 Posted by agent41 (6467 posts) - - Show Bio

@saint_sophie: The only time I can recall Cheetah being depicted as an equal to Diana without any kind of argumentation was the first encounter under Perez. The rest of the encounters nearly always ended up with Cheetah getting a B for effort and guts, but F for effect.

No there are other examples like this.

Cheetah is usually portrayed as a mid tier. Way above street level but below top tiers like WW. But writing Cheetah as a top tier should be the normal since that is her intended level.

#38 Posted by Justthatkid (5953 posts) - - Show Bio

Superman - Sci-fi

Batman - Mystery/Crime

Wonder Woman - Myth

Atleast the majority of their rogues focus on those areas.

#39 Posted by Saint_Sophie (6074 posts) - - Show Bio

@agent41: I want to continue but then again, I'd be derailing the thread.

I think I'll just agree to disagree on our opinions.

#40 Posted by jphulk26 (1481 posts) - - Show Bio

Superman - Sci-fi

Batman - Mystery/Crime

Wonder Woman - Myth

Atleast the majority of their rogues focus on those areas.

I absolutely agree. But I would say this is what underpins their mythology as a whole.

Superman´s mythos is most closely related to the sci fi genre.

Batman to pulp and crime fiction, essentially noir.

Wonder Woman is steeped in mythology.

It´s part of what intrigues me most about this trio. They are all very different from each other, and even the genres of their individual stories have very different influences, yet they gel so well together. I wish their were more compelling trinity stories and graphic novels.

#41 Posted by Justthatkid (5953 posts) - - Show Bio

@jphulk26: Never really read anything atleast I believe that fused the genres in a story of the 3. So id be game for that.

#42 Posted by black_wreath (1733 posts) - - Show Bio

I usually assume the theme was Fantasy genre to Supe's Sci Fi and Bat's Noir/Crime Thriller as others said before.

#43 Posted by jphulk26 (1481 posts) - - Show Bio

I usually assume the theme was Fantasy genre to Supe's Sci Fi and Bat's Noir/Crime Thriller as others said before.

Yeah, it can be. I think that´s a better way to put it. Accept, I would say that it´s not strictly fantasy in the sense that it´s still quite down to earth. It´s not - you know - third earth, elfs and fairys. Mythological stories are stories set in our world where Demigods, Gods, demons, and humans all exist as one and usually are moral parables, where as Fantasy usually creates it´s own world, that more or less has very little to do with our own. Examples Star Wars, Never Ending Story, Lord Of The Rings. Actually Azzerello´s wonder woman was more like that, which is actually - now I think about it - why I hated it so much.

#44 Posted by black_wreath (1733 posts) - - Show Bio

@jphulk26:

Interesting, I usually and lazily just generalise Fantasy as anything involving magic or monsters (the kind that aren't undead and/or radioactive).

#45 Posted by Muffin_Sangria (764 posts) - - Show Bio

I like her villains being more eclectic. I've heard suggestions in the past suggestions that they should only use mythological villains with her but I think that limits the story too much. Maybe there's some vague theme to tie them all together, but I'm not sure what it is. I think it's kinda reaching to put a theme to all of Superman's villains as well.

#46 Posted by jphulk26 (1481 posts) - - Show Bio

I like her villains being more eclectic. I've heard suggestions in the past suggestions that they should only use mythological villains with her but I think that limits the story too much. Maybe there's some vague theme to tie them all together, but I'm not sure what it is. I think it's kinda reaching to put a theme to all of Superman's villains as well.

I don´t. Themes can be nice. I also don´t reduce all Diana´s villains to mythological, nor would I want them to be.

My suggestion was the theme connecting them was psychological. They were all guided by an obsession and distorted forms of love which were like the inversion of Diana´s love.

Superman is easy, all his classic villains, are Gods like him, except they´re corrupted by there Godlike power or intellect.

#47 Posted by Muffin_Sangria (764 posts) - - Show Bio

@jphulk26 said:

@muffin_sangria said:

I like her villains being more eclectic. I've heard suggestions in the past suggestions that they should only use mythological villains with her but I think that limits the story too much. Maybe there's some vague theme to tie them all together, but I'm not sure what it is. I think it's kinda reaching to put a theme to all of Superman's villains as well.

I don´t. Themes can be nice. I also don´t reduce all Diana´s villains to mythological, nor would I want them to be.

My suggestion was the theme connecting them was psychological. They were all guided by an obsession and distorted forms of love which were like the inversion of Diana´s love.

Superman is easy, all his classic villains, are Gods like him, except they´re corrupted by there Godlike power or intellect.

You could say that about the other Kryptonians, Lex, and Mxyzptlk, but I don't think the "godlike" description fits most the other villains like Parasite, or Metallo. I think any well written villain should twist one of the character's virtues. I wouldn't just limit it to twisted love though. There is also her sense of justice, or her passion for honesty.

Although now that I've thought about it, and looked back at the list of villains I'd like to see as her "central rouges" I realized that all of them at least have some loose connection to mysticism. I guess that's enough of a theme.

#48 Posted by jphulk26 (1481 posts) - - Show Bio

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@muffin_sangria said:

I like her villains being more eclectic. I've heard suggestions in the past suggestions that they should only use mythological villains with her but I think that limits the story too much. Maybe there's some vague theme to tie them all together, but I'm not sure what it is. I think it's kinda reaching to put a theme to all of Superman's villains as well.

I don´t. Themes can be nice. I also don´t reduce all Diana´s villains to mythological, nor would I want them to be.

My suggestion was the theme connecting them was psychological. They were all guided by an obsession and distorted forms of love which were like the inversion of Diana´s love.

Superman is easy, all his classic villains, are Gods like him, except they´re corrupted by there Godlike power or intellect.

You could say that about the other Kryptonians, Lex, and Mxyzptlk, but I don't think the "godlike" description fits most the other villains like Parasite, or Metallo. I think any well written villain should twist one of the character's virtues. I wouldn't just limit it to twisted love though. There is also her sense of justice, or her passion for honesty.

Although now that I've thought about it, and looked back at the list of villains I'd like to see as her "central rouges" I realized that all of them at least have some loose connection to mysticism. I guess that's enough of a theme.

I should again clarify. I use "love" and "God" as umbrella terms and I agree they don´t apply to every last one of their villains. However when I use God, I mean in comparison to humanity, I also mean, that what clearly defines supermans enemies and makes superman a paradox himself, is that he is this benevolent God. Why would a being with such great power ever decide to champion the cause of the helpless, the vulnerable, etc. It is Supermans unique set of circumstances that makes him this benevolent God that his villains like Lex Luthor, Darkseid and Braniac can´t fathom nor comprehend. (I know Lex has no powers but he has almost a god like intellect and considers himself the pinnacle of humanity)

I was also using "love" as a blanket term. Again I meant all those qualities and how she embraces them and weilds them with this lofty majesty. Her villians seem obsessed with this in one way or another, creating this strange love fixation with her. They´re all in some ways more stalkers trying to get her attention than straight up classical villains with some overarching agenda like "take over the world", "destroy gotham city", "kill my foe superman" or you know "steal money". It´s all more sinister with Diana´s rogues, Dr. Cyber is so obsessed and jealous by Diana´s beauty she literally wants her face so that she can be as beautiful, Dr. Psycho is so infatuated with Diana he causes havoc just get her attention, Ares seems to always want show Diana the contradiction in her mission, he seems more obsessed with that than any other goal he´s ever pursued, Cheetah literally wants to destroy Diana because she is not her, because Diana is emancipated by her powers, where as she is enslaved by hers, Venessa Cale has a similar embittered envy of Diana, and Alkyone wants to destroy Diana so as to have no obstacle in the way of her love object Diana´s mother. It may be a loose thread, but it is there. However, I believe it is purely accidental, there is no intention as I don´t think most writers of WW have even bothered to really think about her story or her villains and how they connect to her. Sad really, because there´s a lot to play around with in this theme.

#49 Posted by Willienotwilliam (297 posts) - - Show Bio

WW's villains do have themes....alot of them deal with issues of gender(if not all of them to some extent). Ares is basically war and fear. Cheetah is meant to represent jealousy. Circe seems to be a feminist anti-thesis....she is often about fighting sexism through total eradication of men while WW is more about "bridging the gap".

Alot of her stories are pretty psychological too and deal with things like truth since the creator also created the lie detector.

I think the ultimate reason WW is not successful is because DC doesn't really promote her. Granted no one is given quite as much as Batman, even WW's other counterparts get more than her. Which is ridic since she's apart of the big three. She hasnt gotten an animated series or even one movie (unless you count the animated one). I think WW needs to get all of what her counterparts get. She'll never have a story as big if she never gets the chance to experiment on different platforms. I mean the joker or any known batman villains wouldn't be so fleshed out if he wasn't allowed to play around and have failed storylines and shows and movies before finding out what fits. DC needs to stop being babies and invest in one of the characters that made them what they are today

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