All of these folks got reboots before Wonder Woman ever had a single film.
- 1966 - Batman
- 1989 - Batman (Reboot)
- 1992 - Batman Returns
- 1995 - Batman Forever
- 1997 - Batman & Robin
- 2005 - Batman Begins (Reboot)
- 2008 - The Dark Knight
- 2012 - The Dark Knight Rises
- 1951 - Superman and the Mole Men
- 1978 - Superman (Reboot)
- 1980 - Superman II
- 1983 - Superman III
- 1987 - Superman IV
- 2006 - Superman Returns
- 2012 - The Man of Steel (Reboot)
- 2002 - Spider-Man
- 2004 - Spider-Man 2
- 2007 - Spider-Man 3
- 2012 - The Amazing Spider-Man (Reboot)
- 2003 - Hulk
- 2008 - The Incredible Hulk (Reboot)
- 2011 - Green Lantern
(Okay, Hal Jordan didn’t get a reboot…but he’s not even a part of the DC Trinity and even he got a movie before Wonder Woman. And so did Jonah Hex. And The Spirit. And The Green Hornet. The list goes on.)
And Wonder Woman, who is easily the most recognizable female superhero out there…still has no live action movies. And just one animated movie.
No, I will never stop complaining about this. I love most superhero movies and will eagerly see them (Hulk and Hal Jordan notwithstanding), but I really don’t think we have some sort of shortage of cisgender straight white male action guys to look up to as heroes. There is like this frantic need to put out more and more superhero films each year or reboot the ones they’ve already done, like Hollywood is afraid they’ve run out of ideas to cover.
And yet, there’s this big one right here that no one is willing to touch. And Wonder Woman is big. She’s well-known. More people have probably heard of Wonder Woman than they have of Jonah Hex, but guess which movie got made? More people have probably heard of Wonder Woman than Green Arrow, but I could bet you a Green Arrow live action movie would get made before hers (which I would watch, but that’s not the point). Hollywood won’t take a chance on a big-name, unexplored female superhero, but they will take a chance on lesser-known male superheroes and make and remake Spider-Man and Batman a million times over.
Ugh. And there is supposedly another BatReboot in the works post TDKR. And there are the Punisher films (the second of which only made $8 million domestically.) And we’re on our third Hulk. And Superman IV and Spider-man 3 were terrible. And don’t give me that crap about lady comic movies bombing, Jonah Hex (which stared a big name actor in a male role) is the biggest comic box office bomb, making back only 21% of it’s budget.
The Wonder Woman problem is obviously a DC problem, but, for me, the lack of non-white, non-dude heroes in Hollywood is one of the most disheartening trends in film rn.