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2013 Wonder Woman Movie Fan Casting: Pauley Perrette as Doctor Poison

With Gal Gadot cast as Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder's 2015 sequel to Man of Steel, and more pre-Justice League actors being lined up for cameos, my old fan casting project is becoming ever more irrelevant (even in the inherently ephemeral context of fan casting.) I figure I better try to make this a more regular affair than seasonal/twice-yearly if I want to throw out surprisingly time consuming filler material say my piece before the film industry materializes actual performers.

To that end, I'll steal a suggestion from regular commentator karl (from 2011!) and offer NCIS featured player Pauley Perrette as the original Golden Age Wonder Woman's first masked super-villainess, Dr. Poison. Princess Maru was a cross-dressing Japanese spy who took part in Villainy Inc. before being forgotten for half a century. She was reinvented in the modern era as an extra creepy mad scientist who experimented on herself to create a death's head grin that would not allow her to betray em…

2013 “131 Ares” by ColourOnly85

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Part of "The 215 Project 200 DC Characters."

I Want to be EvilAmanda Waller @ DC BloodlinesBlack Manta @ JLDetroitCaptain Atom @ POTADespero @ The Idol-Head

Justice #12 (August, 2007)


"I head the team that goes to Cheetah's city. Superman should not have put me in charge of this. I don't know how long I have left. How long before the Centaur's Poison undoes the blessing of the gods?" Hawkgirl, Hawkman, Batgirl, the Flash and Plastic Man went with Wonder Woman to the African-style plain, but she sent them away to evacuate. Diana sensed that they were being hunted, and wished to draw out and distract the Cheetah while the others did good.

The former Priscilla Rich lunged at the former Amazing Amazon, tearing her armor. Diana removed her helmet to show the poison's handiwork, giving her cracked obsidian "skin" like molten rock and a wicked case of alopecia. "You can't hurt me anymore, Priscilla... Did you really think I would be patient forever? Did you really think I would let you take away the very people I left Paradise Island to serve? Did you... Cheetah?"

See what she did there? See, Brainiac was going to turn ev…

2006 Wonder Woman: From Bruce Wayne's private files in the Batcomputer

Pencil art by Doug Braithwaite painted over by Alex Ross from the back pages of Justice #5 (June, 2006.) Text by Jim Krueger writing as Batman:

Her name is Princess Diana. Sometimes she hides her nature and identity, if such a thing were possible, under the name Diana Prince. By combat and contest she was chosen to represent an island nation of Amazon women who claim to be descendants of the Greek gods. She was one of the first members of the Justice League of America, and lives not to fight, but to work for peace. It is a mistake many make to categorize her as a warrior. She is far more than her training and skill suggest.

Evidence of her divine lineage includes a number of gifts, like those in myth, given by the gods. She carries a 'Golden Lasso." It is unbreakable, and those confined by it are compelled to speak the truth. Its nature, by my inspection, is not scientific, but mysterious. I can find no reason for its properties. She wears bulletproof bracelets that she uses to…

2013 Wonder Woman Movie Fan Casting: Rhona Mitra as The Cheetah

Rhona Mitra is an actress who has often been fan-cast as Wonder Woman, which works on a purely superficial level. She has toned model looks with a sculpted face and action movie chops. Unfortunately, she's just not very charismatic or inspiring, which I think are far more essential qualities for the Amazing Amazon. Mitra is also prone to "good guy" roles, which just makes her subdued personality come across that much flatter. I honestly think she needs a nice, ridiculous, over the top villainess role to get in touch with her inner Liz Hurley. Mitra would probably most enjoy Barbara Minerva, so she could put on glasses and fake intellectual for a few scenes to feel better about hamming it up for the cat suit. I'd prefer her as the Alex Ross version of Priscilla Rich. That way, if the performance gets dicey, the creepy suit can do more of the acting for her.

Diabolic Movie Fan Casting
Chronos @ Power of the AtomCommander Blanx @ The Idol-Head of Diabolu

Justice #11 (June, 2007)


Metamorpho, Red Tornado and Martian Manhunter all teamed up on Giganta, but she would not fall, and instead took the battle outside with Hawkman and Hawkgirl joining the fray. Green Lantern John Stewart freed everyone from Brainiac's mind controlling bugs, including Wonder Girl. Giganta persevered, until Elasti-Girl sucker punched her.

Wonder Woman didn't visibly contribute to the burly brawl, and it even looked like Superman freed her from some rubble at one point. The Armored Amazon almost tangled with Solomon Grundy, but Green Lantern's destruction of Brainiac's mind-controlling technology removed the need. Wonder Woman was consoled by the rescued Steve Trevor, but did not remove her armor. Per Princess Diana's standard operating procedure, Donna Troy was nowhere near her. Wonder Girl joined the Teen Titans and other heroes in liberating the innocents trapped in Scarecrow's creepy city, instead.

"Chapter Eleven" was plotted and painted by Alex Ros…

Justice #10 (April, 2007)


"This is a costly and compromised war. You are like me, but must disguise yourself as one of them. It disgusts me to look at you." Giganta was dressing in a black evening gown for a formal celebration of the Legion of Doom's presumed victory, as Gorilla Grodd continued to lecture her. Soon enough, the Hall of Doom was raided by heroes garbed in protective armor against Brainiac's miniature mind-controlling robotic worms. Wonder Woman's was especially hideous amongst a motley collection of fashion faux pas, and further couture demerits for Giganta destroying her elegant wear in favor of growing into her usual leopard print. At least Giganta was in the fight for the duration, whereas Cheetah joined other lesser Legionnaires in being tied up with Plastic Man (literally.)

Outside, possessed teen heroes, including Wonder Girl, fought the Doom Patrol. Donna choked Elasti-Girl with her lasso. Wonder Woman spent some time tangled up in Clayface before he was called awa…

Justice Volume Two (2007)

"The first name I ever knew was 'daughter.' I remember my mother holding me in the dawn. I remember the sea. And I remember her telling me that I was a gift. And that I was beautiful." Hippolyta never wanted Diana to compete in the contest to become Wonder Woman-- Amazonian ambassador and champion for the world. Against the queen's wishes, her princess donned a mask and won the contest, but also broke her mother's heart with the deceit and the dangers ahead. "I swore I'd never wear a mask again."

In battle with the Cheetah, Wonder Woman's face had been slashed open in three places by claws dipped in the centaur's poison called "Heracles' Lament." Cheetah had exchanged some of her own blood for it from the goddess of the underworld Persephone. Princess Diana struggled against claws and fangs at her backside, until she reached her Lasso of Truth and ensnared her foe. A tear fell from Priscilla Rich's eye as her humanity w…

Justice Volume One (2006)

Missiles streaked through the skies, striking major cities the world over, killing everything in their eruption's wake. In Metropolis, Superman barely saved Lois Lane before setting her somewhere safe... except no place was safe, and Superman's Girlfriend was soon no more. The Man of Steel called on his super friends.

Wonder Woman, holding back a wall from collapsing on children, answered "I hear you, Superman. The same thing's happening in Rome. I don't know. I don't..." The Amazing Amazon's legs began to turn into stone, and the malady continued upward, until her face was a mass of fissures. "Hera help me. S-superman...?" Diana died first among her fellows, her smoldering corpse still leveraged against the wall.

An omniscient commentator criticized the heroes' performance as the Earth itself perished:

Some might say that I am being unfair. That mankind molded you into the beings you are. We made you into gods, like a potter would a piec…

2013 Wonder Woman Spec Short by Rainfall Films

Director: Sam Balcomb
Producer: Jesse Soff
Production Co: Rainfall Films

The Amazon warrior from Themyscira does battle with men and monsters in this new short project from Rainfall Films. Starring Rileah Vanderbilt, the film was a passion project from all involved; a unique take on the DC superhero beloved and respected by millions around the world. I came upon this through a write-up by Devin Faraci, and agreed with his assessment.

2013 DC Super-Pets Character Encyclopedia! Jumpa Entry

Kangas were giant space kangaroos that could leap from planet to planet. Smaller kangas were ridden like horses by the Amazons of Paradise Island. Wonder Woman's kanga was named Jumpa, and was were created by William Moulton Marston and Harry G. Peter in Sensation Comics #6 (1942.) More recently, Jumpa has become Princess Diana's representative in the DC Super-Pets children's book series, starring in "The Fastest Pet on Earth." Her entry above was written by Steven Korté and drawn by Art Baltazar. The full color magazine sized 128-page book is available for just $7.95 in paperback or $18.95 in hardcover from Picture Window Books, a capstone imprint.

DC Super-Pets!
Skitters @ DC BloodlinesSpot @ Power of the AtomTibbar @ Justice League DetroitZook @ The Idol-Head of Diabolu

2010 Wonder Woman Minimalist Movie Posters by Nakul & Anthony Ocasio


What a Wonder Woman Full World


DragonCon 2013 Wonder Woman Cosplay photo by Pat Loika

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Click for full gallery. There's some fun group and "versus" shots where this model battles Marvel's Hercules, plus parade shots of another cosplayer.

2011 Red Panzer fanfic character poster by Jeff Chapman


What a Wonder Woman Full World

Courtesy of The Chive (which may not be safe for work, depending on their handbra policy.)

2012 Wonder Woman color art by Stjepan Šejić

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"this one is a weird mix of a strangely sucessful body rendering versus supremely lazy designwork on my sied.. but hey... got work to do so the newxt few days imma be burying myself in ghosts n stuff... also.. shes got yer can opener right there!...FOR A CAN OF WHOOP-ASS!"Stjepan Šejić
Martian Manhunter @ The Idol-Head of DiaboluBatman & The Huntress @ DC BloodlinesAquaman @ Justice League Detroit

Justice League of America #2 (May, 2013)

Colonel Steve Trevor had gone to great lengths to create the Dark Hunter cover identity for Oliver Queen, and hoped his swift turn of bad fortune could be chalked up to bad luck rather than a leak. A.R.G.U.S. found Queen near dead at the edge of the Kielder Forest in Northumberland, England after a twelve hour communications blackout, and he didn't convey much of his findings before passing into a coma. Amanda Waller insisted that facing the Secret Society of Super-Villains would be the perfect trial by fire for the new Justice League of America. Trevor worried for the safety and unity of an untested team, not to mention that they'd at least have more intel if they waited for Queen to come out of surgery. Tensions and accusations mounted, with Waller determined that the JLofA was needed immediately and if Trevor couldn't follow orders, she would find someone who would.

Most of the members of the new Justice League of America met at their new headquarters in Washington, D.…

2013 “Death And Return Of Superman Pitch” by Max Landis

Writer/Director Max Landis' fan film "The Death and Return of Superman" was an internet hit, not to mention very funny and ultimately insightful. A year after its release, Landis claims to have been approached by DC to do an actual comic version of the basic premise for the New 52 as a weekly series with Greg Pak, but scheduling got in the way. Instead, Landis shared his aborted ideas for the project in a forty-three minute verbal telling (with NSFW language.)

I get a kick out of Landis' YouTube videos, because he's a natural raconteur with a gift for telling a story conversationally. On the other hand, I'm glad the project never made it further than this, because while there are some neat touches, this tale falls into the same trap as most Doomsday stories. In essence, the entire DC Universe gets thrown under the bus to make Superman look better than anyone else, but since that only works when you game the plot, picking apart the holes is child's pla…

1994 Wonder Woman redesign by Brian Bolland


2012 Derby City Comic Con Wonder Woman sketch by Mike Norton

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"Great sketch from Derby City Comic-Con in Louisville, KY on June 30, 2012."Mike Norton
Miss Martian @ The Idol-Head of DiaboluGreen Lantern Guy Gardner @ DC BloodlinesGreen Arrow & The Atom @ Power of the AtomAquaman @ Justice League Detroit

Wonderwear I

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Since I've been torturing readers of my Martian Manhunter blog with my horrible old redesign attempts for months now, I decided it was about time that I inflict the same trauma across my other blogs. Above is a series of tiny color tests for different Wonder Woman costumes, as well as a slew of wretched reworking of her breastplate/symbol. Though undated, the text at left is a complete list of characters introduced in the 1993 "Bloodlines" crossover through that year's DC annuals (including the Batman ones left out of the trading card set because that license was at another company.)

Pooping on the DCU
Batman @ Justice League DetroitHawkman @ Power of the AtomMartian Manhunter @ The Idol-Head of DiaboluNightwing @ DC Bloodlines

Justice League of America #1 (April, 2013)

Five years ago in London, Professor Ivo met with a mysterious figure to discuss all the "super-heroes;" the Justice League, Green Arrow, Zatanna, Hawkman; that were turning up with increasing routine. "Well, then. I guess they'll call us super-villains..."

Cut to the present, as "The Dark Hunter" ran through the Kielder Forest in Northumberland, England. He had been skewered by a tree branch, and was pursued by what appeared to be a Justice League intent on his death. The Dark Hunter was convinced that he was going to die, but not yet. "I never believed I'd amount to anything worthwhile. I played right into what the world said about me. But I can prove everyone wrong. I can do better. I've been trying to." The fugitive entered hypovolemic shock, and asked a greater power for help that didn't come. "So I do what I did the last time. I tell god to go screw himself. I'll find my own way home."

Years ago, U.S. Homeland…

2007 Cheetah color art by Terry Huddleston

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"Super Friends Cheetah."The Great Wall of Villains
Black Manta @ Justice League DetroitDeathstroke the Terminator @ DC BloodlinesGorilla Grodd @ The Idol-Head of Diabolu

2011 Queen Hippolyta fanfic character poster by Jeff Chapman


2013 "First Impressions" short film

What happens when your day job gets in the way of your new relationship?

Starring Hailey Bright, Chester See and Doug Jones

Directed by Leo Kei Angeleos

Written by George H. Ruiz & Leo Kei Angelos

Produced by George H Ruiz

Original music by Glen Cheney

Wonder Woman in “The Time Traveler of Terror!” (August, 1960)

In a vast library at Military Intelligence, Col. Steve Trevor showed Lt. Diana Prince a book of disasters, including the sinking of Atlantis, the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in Pompeii, the 1871 Chicago Fire, and the 1889 Johnstown Flood. Each picture happened to feature a devious onlooker—a lean man with a disproportionally large bald head, prominent apple cheeks, goatee, and arched eyebrows. The often underestimated Trevor shows his brilliance here, as this will be totally relevant to the story, and not just a convenient narrative device to prepare readers for the book’s second-half adventure. It just so happens Steve has to leave “Di” to meet with Wonder Woman, who can’t quite put her finger on something fishy about the pictures, unintentionally shaming military “intelligence.”

The Amazing Amazon and Col. Trevor flew in her transparent robot plane, wherein he fake proposed and she claimed she’d be glad to, “When I’m no longer needed to combat evil!” Ladies, use that line the next tim…

2012 Will's War Episode 7- "Wonder Woman: How To Make A Kick-Ass Movie After Justice League"

This is a solid enough plea, if a bit broad, base and oversimplified. Then again, my own take was a bloated manifesto, so what do I know?

Sensational Comics for October, 2013

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Wonder Woman
1:25 Superman Variant cover by CLIFF CHIANG
1:25 Wonder Woman Variant cover by AARON KUDER
1:100 B&W Variant cover by TONY S. DANIEL
“We Can Be Heroes” Blank variant cover available
On sale OCTOBER 9 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with six covers. Please see the order form for more information.

Beginning a bold new series that details the relationship between The Man of Steel and the Warrior Princess as rising star writer Charles Soule is joined by fan favorite artist Tony S. Daniel to tell the tale of a romance that will shake the stars themselves. These two super-beings love each other, but not everyone shares their joy. Some fear it, some test it—and some will try to kill for it. Some say love is a battlefield, but where Superman and Wonder Woman are concerned it spells Doomsday! This issue featu…

Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con 2013 Wonder Woman color commission by Johnny J. Segura III

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"A commission I got at Wizard World New Orleans. I was asked to do my own version of Wonder Woman." I got myself a Miss Martian commission at this year's Comicpalooza, if you're interested. If you'd prefer to keep it Amazonian, another piece I found online that's a bit too saucy/NSFW to post here, but that you may like: Heroine Twister Commission.