Erika’s BatWondy dreams are smashed to blue and red bits.
BatWondy fans everywhere — OK, maybe just me — were brokenhearted today when DC announced that Superman and Wonder Woman are officially an item. Justice League writer Geoff Johns described it as “the new status quo,” and Jim Lee’s cover for issue #12 suggests that Wondy keeps a toothbrush at the Fortress of Solitude.
I hate everything about this idea. Aside from being predictable and bland, it dashes any hope, at least for now, that Batman and Wonder Woman will rekindle the romance that stirred so many hearts just a few short years ago. Continue reading “BatWondy Nation Weeps”
Connecting with writers and artists we admire is something V. and I have enjoyed immensely since starting this blog. They often turn out to be as gracious as they are talented, and artist Celina Hernandez is no exception. Among other things, Celina does the delightful art for Brian Andersen’s Reignbow and Dee-Va, and So Super Duper — two comics you should definitely check out. Just for Girls Gone Geek, she illustrated this BatWondy image, which is just plain beautiful. What I love about this piece is its powerful simplicity. Bruce is practically enveloping Diana with love, and (squeal!) she’s caressing his face. I’d barely recovered from our 12 Days of BatWondy series, and this has sent me right back to Swoon Island. In any case, we’re very happy to share this lovely, romantic moment with the world. Thank you, Celina!
V. and I knew we weren’t the only BatWondy fans out there, but we were surprised and delighted by the outpouring of support for this super-union. It’s not just an American thing or a woman thing. Even non-geek friends lit up when they saw some of our featured images. What is it about Wonder Woman and Batman together that sets people’s hearts aflutter?
The idea of opposites attracting definitely comes into play. Wonder Woman sees the best in humanity. Batman assumes (and sees) the worst. Wonder Woman is a warrior with an open heart, while you need a crowbar and a stick of dynamite to pry Bruce’s open. Diana had an idyllic upbringing in paradise. Bruce witnessed his parents’ murder in Crime Alley. She’s warm and empathetic. He’s a cold, calculating genius.
Yet, there are common threads. Both possess an immense sense of duty, and they have chosen to use their gifts and great privilege to serve others. This shared intensity and commitment to doing the right thing has sometimes put them at odds. (See: Lord, Maxwell.)
For all-too obvious reasons, many comics fans see Diana and Clark as the ideal couple. Snore. Putting Batman and Wonder Woman together is riskier because they are so different, but potentially much more exciting. Occasionally, their differences would cause tension and conflict, while leading to some epic makeup sex. Neither would let their love affair interfere with fighting evil, but it would add an intriguing touch of complexity. Chances are they’d keep it a secret from their colleagues, and I can just imagine Superman trying to read between the lines at JLA meetings.
The writers of the Cartoon Network’s Justice League and Justice League Unlimited shows certainly got it. The BatWondy flirtation was a recurring theme, and it was front and center in one of the best episodes, “This Little Piggy.” Circe turned Wonder Woman into a pig. With bracelets. In addition to helping Zatanna crack the case, Batman ended up singing “Am I Blue” on a nightclub stage — and admitting that there was a little somethin’ somethin’ between him and the Amazon.
Both Batman and Wonder Woman are overdue for real love. Thanks in part to his playboy persona and commitment issues, Bruce’s romantic past is a hot mess. The man has some serious baggage named Selina and Talia. You know one of these shady bitches would eventually step to Diana the wrong way — and we’d love to see them try it. Wonder Woman would maintain her trademark grace and dignity … to a point. But unless you’re packing magic, it’s a bad idea to pick a fight with someone who can serve you like Maria Sharapova. On an Aegis platter.
As for Diana’s relationships, unless you’re counting Steve Trevor from back in the day or Nemesis (I don’t) Diana hasn’t really had a Great Love story. It’s not that she needs a partner, male or female, to define her, but it’s an odd omission for a marquee character. If you’re going to pair her with a man, Bruce is the obvious choice. (If the love interest is a woman, it’s gotta be Artemis, but I doubt DC is gonna take it there anytime soon.)
On a completely shallow note, Batman is one of the sexiest guys in the DCU. Wonder Woman is so beautiful that even some of her fellow heroes have stammered in her presence. They’d be all tall, dark and gorgeous together, and it just feels right. We think Bruce and Diana could have one of the most compelling relationships in comics, one that’s every bit as heartfelt as Lois and Clark’s. And much steamier.
It’s so obvious, DC! Quit stalling and hook ‘em up in 2011. Do this right, and you’ll make a lot of fans very happy. Go, BatWondy, GO!
These illustrations by Forever Jaded are like Powerpuff Girls meet the Justice League. So freakin’ cute! I can see a whole Bruce Loves Diana cartoon series, complete with a catchy theme song by a Japanese pop group.
Romance and longing gazes are great and all, but few things on the planet are better than some skin to skin making-out. If DC can have decayed zombies ripping out major human organs, then we can get some Bruce and Diana loving on each other in their birthday suits. The editors aren’t working for the MPAA or some such shit. Paging Ed Benes.
Sweet mother of Artemis, this is sexy. Check Diana’s sultry pose, the way she leans in and gets all Marilyn Monroe with it. This image, by Amorimxx via Deviant Art, gives us juuuust enough to wonder whether she’s going to kiss him or whisper some sweet nothings about what’s gonna jump off in the JLA satellite later on. And Bruce, you aren’t fooling anyone with that steely gaze and the cryptic body language. Give in! Give in!
Since it was Nicola Scott’s art from Wonder Woman: Blackest Night that got us all hopped up to begin with, it’s only appropriate to include this pop art homage to one of her loveliest panels from that series. Remember, back in WW:BN, we learned that Diana had a deep, if unspoken, romantic connection with Batman. Not unrequited, just unspoken — and mutual. I mean, look at this, people! There is so much genuine tenderness going on here, and Bruce even took off his damn cowl to gaze at Diana with just the slightest smile. Diana is a peerless warrior, but in this picture, she’s simply a woman who is (dare I say it?) in love. This quietly intimate moment gave me goosebumps.
In my perusing of the interwebs, I have discovered that much of the fanart for the BatWondy movement is from all over the world. Yes, Batman and Wonder Woman are icons. They are as recognizable as Coca-Cola. But, I find it of particular interest that people everywhere are intrigued by the union of the two.
This particular artist hails from Bolivia, and I think this pencil is playful and endearing. I really love how Bruce has Diana pinned against the wall, even though we all know she could toss him across Gotham City with her pinky-finger. He knows it, too. She doesn’t because she likes it. Every smart woman knows how to make her man feel good, and does so willingly.
Who knew action figures could be so romantic? Arnold Ho posed BatWondy perfectly on his Flickr page. It’s intimate, yet somehow heroic. And don’t they look happy together? Well, as happy as Batman can be.
… V. is still thinking about Diana and Bruce kissing. I must have been swayed by all the BatWondy tabloid propaganda. Don’t judge me!
With the tonnage of being super-heroes weighing on their respective shoulders, this moment of whimsy is adorable to the tenth power. I love how Wonder Woman demurely floats in to lock lips with her man. Bruce still has his stoic swag fully intact, aside from the cape gripping, of course. Hints of passion like that happen to be all kinds of sexy. Me thinks he likes it … maybe he even loves it.
P.S. This makes me miss the classic Wonder Woman costume SO MUCH!
Hera bless the Internets. While DC isn’t ready to commit to BatWondy, fans of this superpairing sure are — and they’ve got the fan art to prove it. These two have inspired quite a bit of creativity, and we’ve culled some of the best for your viewing pleasure. This Photoshopped image from The Heretics Blog, which also pokes fun at celebrity culture, is a cheeky delight, Batman’s smug/sexy facial expression says it all. I think this scenario would make a great Justice League subplot. Imagine Bruce and Diana dodging the press and being coy with their colleagues: “Clark, I’m in the Batcave all the time on official JLA business, and we heroes don’t work banker’s hours. Just because you saw me leaving the Wayne mansion this morning doesn’t mean anything.”
I have heard the cases against a Batman/Wonder Woman union. While some may have their valid points, I remain unconvinced. There is no other potential comic book hook-up hotter than Bruce and Diana.
Imagine it! They would finally able to awaken the fire they’ve had for each other all along. Diana’s feminine confidence could move the mountain of suppressed emotions in Bruce. Perhaps it would start something like this …
As part of our ongoing campaign for DC to make Wonder Woman and Batman a proper supercouple, V. and I are launching the Girls Gone Geek Twelve Days of BatWondy. We’re of the opinion that these two are perfect for one another, and after so many moments of innuendo and imagined make-out sessions, it’s time to close the deal. There is only so much teasing a fangirl can stand.
This first wordless image, by Amilcar Pinna, is one of my favorites. It conveys their personalities (Bruce stoic; Diana regal) and their heroism while implying togetherness. I can imagine Diana saying, “Sorry I’m late, dearest. Cheetah. Your plane or mine?” Gorgeous.
Blackest Night: Wonder Woman #3
Writer: Greg Rucka
Pencils: Nicola Scott
Inks: Jonathan Glapion
Colors: Nei Ruffino
February 3, 2010
Nicola Scott’s rendering of Wonder Woman makes me want to go to the gym in the worst way. I mean that as a compliment, because Scott manages to make heroines’ bodies womanly, strong and distinctive without ever slipping into G-cup exaggeration. Her art is the best thing about this third and final chapter of Blackest Night: Wonder Woman, which is a bit of a letdown after the action-packed, emotionally charged second issue. Frankly, I started to feel a little sorry for Mera, who, as a Red Lantern, was reduced to incoherent rage and red goo-spewing. Not a good look. (Spoilers ahead)Continue reading “G3 Review: Blackest Night-Wonder Woman #3”