Wednesday, February 01, 2023

All Amazon Island

Well, well, well. The DC Cinematic Universe giveth after its taketh awaying of the third “Wonder Woman” movie. Instead of another movie we’re getting a series about Themyscira. Yes, you read that right. A WHOLE SERIES JUST ABOUT THE AMAZONS. Commence hyperventilating and rending of garments (though, please let those garments be the original “Wonder Woman” movie warrior gear instead of Zack Snyder’s highly inconvenient on the battlefield midriff outfits).

The new series is described as such:

Paradise Lost: The duo describe this HBO Max series as a Game of Thrones-style drama set on the all-female island that is Wonder Woman’s birthplace, Themyscira, filled with political intrigue and scheming between power players. It takes place before the events of the Wonder Woman films.
Look, I believe not every new series moving forward needs to be a “Game of Thrones-style drama,” but right now I am obviously laser-focused on the “all-female island” aspect of the series. Like, I’m sure they’ll find some squirrely way to bring men to Themyscira. But, by its very nature, this show should just be wall-to-wall (or coast-to-coast, I mean it is an island) with awesome female warriors, period.

As this is a prequel of sorts to the films, I’m not sure if we’ll see Robin Wright as General Antiope or Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta. But I am totally on Team Antiope so I sure hope Robin returns for the new series.

As much as “Game of Thrones-style drama” means palace intrigue, another big reason GoT was an initial hit was good, old-fashioned sex and nudity. And while I’m not calling for an all-naked, all-sexytimes world of the Amazons, I am not not rooting for some all-naked sexytimes. Ahem. Just saying.

I also certainly hope the series deals head-on with how an all-female society is obviously FILLED WITH LESBIANS. Like no one is signing up to watch some bizarre good friends/roommates only island, m’kay?

Yesterday’s DCCU announcement also included information about two other female-led projects coming to the Super Dude heavy lineup. They include:

Waller: In a spinoff of Gunn’s own HBO Max hit series Peacemaker, Viola Davis will return as the ruthless and morally ambiguous head of a government task force. It is being written by Christal Henry (Watchmen) and Jeremy Carver, the creator of the Doom Patrol TV series.

Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow: Taking its cues from the recent Tom King-written miniseries, this movie promises a different take than what most think of when Superman’s cousin comes to mind. “We will see the difference between Superman, who was sent to Earth and raised by loving parents from the time he was an infant, versus Supergirl, raised on a rock, a chip off of Krypton, and who watched everyone around her die and be killed in terrible ways for the first 14 years of her life and then come to Earth. She is much more hard-core and not the Supergirl we’re used to.”

I’ve always thought Viola was slumming in her Suicide Squad-related content. So now at least she gets her own series, which come on you have Viola Davis. Give her a whole show. But the new Supergirl news, along with the GoT comparisons for the Amazon island drama, sounds like DC is going hardcore into gritty world building which, ok. I’m all for gritty female-lead shows, so bring it. Just make sure The Sapphics get what they want from Themyscira. Don’t makes lesbian Amazons angry, you wouldn’t like us when we’re angry.

1 comment:

Carmen San Diego said...

Themyscira Sounds promising but I don’t know if I trust them