Post by Martin Phipps Post by TMC
"It's really very jarring," notes the i09 blog. "David E. Kelley boils
down superheroes to a shriveled core of violence, arrogance and
meanness, like the worst of early 1990s Image Comics heroes."
Actually, David E. Kelley probably could have made this work.
Unfortunately, Warner Bros seem to have given him too much leeway.
David E. Kelley should have checked his ego at the door and followed
the advice of his bosses at Warner Bros, people who were more familiar
with the character. "Wonder Woman isn't vulgar," Diana's personal
assistant tells her. "No, she's perfect," Diana says. "She's so
perfect that she can't be human." Well, David, that's the character.
She's not like Clark who grew up in Kansas. She's not even like Bruce
who grew up in Gotham City. She's from an island where all the people
were women, an island with no TV or internet or cell phones or I-
pads. Okay, granted, she had been living in man's world for a long
time by this point but whereas you can take the woman out of Paradise
Island you can't take Paradise Island out of the woman. David E.
Kelly forgot that and instead gave us a super-powered bitchy Ally
The pilot is as shizophrenic as one PA calls her triple identities.
It feels far too much like a female Moon Knight rather than Wonder
Woman. We have the hero, the multi-milliionaire, and the secretary
identity. Why? And what does it matter when people know two of them,
and that they are the one person, how will they not know the third so
easily? Yet we then get elements of Batman/ Iron Man (although in
this case she has made her fortune from selling merchandise and dolls)
her costume was designed to sell action figures, so there we get a bit
of Booster Gold (hero for profit) so that undermines the character
somewhat, and elements of Superman/ Iron Man in the form of a
And from someone like David E. Kelley, who does legal shows all the
time, the whole 'Veronica Cale sells drugs to kids, but I don't have
proof' thing just seems idiotic. What would stop Cale from suing her
for billions of dollars for defamation of her company and damage to
her assets? Girl needs proof. Yes, in the end, we get that proof,
but what was to stop her contacting her lawyers before then? Lazy
writing, twould seem.
There is some serious story problems too. For example, she condemns
the two wars thing, yet the violence, including the killing, she uses
is justified? She's a vigilante, and a blinkered one too. She
interrogated a witness, in a full hospital, and breaks his arm to
force information out of him, yet David Kelley is trying to make her
the hero here, while also condemning the actions of the US government
later. Why is she allowed to kill and torture, and yet it is evil when
the government do it? I am all for condemning torture, but not for a
'It's justified when I do it' kind of approach. Similar to his
approach when killing henchman, one of whom is stabbed through the
throat with a baton, the other two that we see, are crushed between
two crates. Funny how much of an impact the Willis kid's death
provided a few minutes before huh? How sacred life was seen as....
Yet the brutal methods she uses are somehow okay.
Mixed messages here again.
She condemns the action figure with the big breasts, in a rather un-
Wonder Woman tirade, I may add. Yet in later on, she tries to seduce
a guard to allow her question a suspect, using her costume and the
aforementioned assets. It would be funny if it weren't almost sad.
There are just so many things wrong with the show. A villain who is
not threatening at all (didn't anyone see Hurley try and play the
devil years ago?), whose actions are actually far less dangerous than
the so-called heroine. Diana operating above the law is way beyond
what Wonder Woman is all about. Yes, she does not stick to earth
rules like Superman does, but she doesn't flagrantly ignore them and
go about actions that would have NATO involved.
And in the end, we get the 'she's a loner' message. Then she sets up
a Facebook account. A poignant moment is meant to be her facebook
page? Where she inputs her friend as 'Sylvester' her cat. Yeah, the
loner message feels very forced here, as she chose to be alone. She
dumps Steve Trevor to go fight crime, while making millions by
producing action figures based on her likeness.
(By the way, did it annoy anyone else that they use the 'sad' music
from Lost when she and Steve meet at the end?)
We get a a version of her costume based on the classic look, but the
problem there is that there is no real reason or explanation for it.
From the beginning, we see the suit with the trousers. Fine, I think
we have all adjusted to it by then, but in the final fight of the
episode, we get the classic star spangled costume, with the hot pants
and stars. But there really is no reason why she would wear it by
then, because she is going in to what is essentially a battle zone,
and the pants would provide better protection.
Regarding certain opinions and regarding politics, it just seemed like
David Kelley was trying to use US politics with a character who
doesn't just question the US, she questions humanity and it's
society. The entire world. Yet Kelley was trying to force his own
views of America onto the character. That would be alright for his
own character, but it absolutely does not work with Wonder Woman
unless condemning the entire world.