Author: Jerry Whitworth

Make It So: Wonder Woman the Movie

Make It So: Wonder Woman the Movie by Jerry Whitworth Christopher Nolan’s critically acclaimed Batman film trilogy will come to an end in July and Bryan Singer’s love letter to Richard Donner’s Superman films is being rebooted to make way for a new vision from Zack Snyder (famous for adapting comics like 300 and Watchmen to film). Comic book movies are big business and has been a wild success for Marvel Studios culminating into May’s release of the Avengers so it would make sense for DC Comics to complete the trinity and bring Wonder Woman to film (though, instead we got Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern). With the hit-or-miss nature of the film industry today and the losses studios have eaten from a decline in people watching their product in theaters, Hollywood has developed a fear of certain conventions that teeter on superstitious. One such fear is having an action film with a female lead. However, if the success of the Hunger Games is any indication, people will go to a movie as long as they have some investment or interest in the material. And Wonder Woman’s no stranger to live action, starring in a popular television series in the 1970s with Miss World USA Lynda Carter as the titular character (a recent treatment by David E. Kelley tried to resurrect the character on television before his concept was...

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John Carter of Mars: Genesis of an Origin Story

John Carter of Mars: Genesis of an Origin Story by Jerry Whitworth The Golden Age of comics was a mixed bag of genres given life on the four color page: traditional hero archetypes as that of Greek and Sumerian mythology, pulp fiction and radio costumed adventurers, and living embodiments of the red, white, and blue. Superman found his origins in the Man of Bronze, Doc Savage, Philip Wylie’s Gladiator (1930), and Friedrich Nietzsche’s Übermensch. Batman was born from the Shadow, Zorro, Green Hornet, and Roland West’s the Bat (1926). The desire for unabashed patriotism in the vein of Uncle Sam and Yankee Doodle for World War II inspired the birth of Captain America and MLJ’s the Shield. The Silver Age, on the other hand, largely derived from two sources: a rebirth of the Golden Age heroes and the popularity of Science Fiction. Where the concept of Green Lantern derived from the story of Aladdin and Richard Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung(1848), the concept blended together with E. E. Smith’s space opera Lensman series to give birth to the Green Lantern Corps. The Atom went from a pint-sized brawler to a scientist able to shrink into subatomic worlds named after “Amazing Stories” editor Raymond Palmer. And the Fantastic Four were Jack Kirby’s Challengers of the Unknown given the powers of earth, wind, water, and fire by space born cosmic rays....

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