Grant Morrison: Cinematic Wonder Woman Goes Against Her Comic Book Roots

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"You see the latest shots of Gal Gadot in the costume, and it’s all sword and shield and her snarling at the camera."

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's Comic-Con trailer unveiled a warrior Wonder Woman, in the shape of Gal Gadot, but comic book writer Grant Morrison — whose upcoming graphic novel Wonder Woman: Earth One will remake the character for a modern audience — thinks that take goes against the roots of the character.

"I sat down and I thought, 'I don’t want to do this warrior woman thing,' " Morrison told Nerdist about working on the graphic novel. "I can understand why they’re doing it, I get all that, but that’s not what [Wonder Woman creator] William Marston wanted, that’s not what he wanted at all!"

Marston's original idea for the character, Morrison said, was to offer an alternative to the hyper-masculinity of Superman and Batman. "You see the latest shots of Gal Gadot in the costume, and it’s all sword and shield and her snarling at the camera," Morrison complained. "Marston’s Diana was a doctor, a healer, a scientist. So I went back to those roots and just built it up again."

Morrison acknowledged that he himself had fallen into the warrior trope before resisting it: "Halfway through the book, we’re building up to this big fight, and then I thought, 'No, I’m not,' " he explained, adding, "This book isn’t about fights, there’s not going to be any fights."

But Morrison's take on the character will extend well beyond the pacifism of its lead and into the design of the world she lives in. "What would a society of immortal women that’s been around for 7,000 years have done? They wouldn’t still be chopping men’s heads off; they’ve got art and architecture and philosophy and poetry and it’s got nothing to do with men," he reasoned. "So [artist] Yanick Paquette did this amazing design job, where there are no phallic objects… It’s all based on shells and natural stuff. He’s created this entire newly designed world for the Amazons."

Wonder Woman: Earth One will be released later this year.