Wonder Woman has been the focus of a lot of discussion in recent weeks and months. The Game Awards announced her as their 2018 hero, making it clear that she is more than just an icon to some – but others were left feeling they had nothing to offer beyond “She’s my favorite.” What was the decision behind Wonder Woman being chosen?
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A reader hopes that Warner Bros. is now going to take its DC Comics games seriously with the announcement of a Wonder Woman game.
I’m not going to lie and say I stayed up all night on Thursday and Friday to watch The Game Awards. It looked to take about four hours in all, which is ridiculous for somebody who has to get to work in the morning. If it was anything like previously, it was probably simply a dreadful combination of advertisements inside advertisements within advertisements, so I’m glad I was able to jump to the nice parts when I woke up the following morning.
I’m happy I didn’t stay up late since the announcements weren’t extremely interesting. That’s probably more Covid’s problem than anything else, but other from Slitterhead and Star Wars: Eclipse, nothing really grabbed me (until I found out Quantic Dream were making it). Even though they didn’t show much, Wonder Woman was by far the most thrilling announcement for a DC Comics fan.
Wonder Woman is the perfect superhero to turn into a video game, as has been pointed out for years, including on the Inbox, because she has a variety of powers, kills when necessary, and while her rogues’ gallery isn’t the best, she’s always fighting gods and monsters from Greek mythology – so has a built-in range of cannon fodder enemies. They would’ve made a game of her years ago if it weren’t for the fact that… she’s a woman. But, happily, things have progressed in recent years, and we are now receiving one.
Diana has always been a favorite of mine since she is a complicated character who strives to preach peace and love while still having a temper and not adhering to Batman’s no-kill rule. She wants everyone to get along, yet she’ll pound heads if someone stands in the way. She’s virtually as powerful and indestructible as Superman, but she’s a superior combatant with no specific flaws, so she’s potentially more deadly.
It thrills me not just because a wonderful character is finally getting her due (particularly considering how poorly she was treated in Injustice), but also because it indicates that Warner has heard the concerns that all they do is develop Batman games and is now seeking to diversify their portfolio.
To be fair, Wonder Woman was probably commissioned as a result of the success of the first film, which was followed by the bizarrely awful Wonder Woman 1984, but if that’s the case, I’m sure they’ve also started work on an Aquaman game, which made even more money (over a billion, I’m surprised to learn – apparently China really liked it).
It didn’t do as well, but a Shazam feature might be on the way, since it received positive reviews and has a lot of clear promise. Suicide Squad was almost certainly approved based on the first film, so I believe Warner is using the same approach. To be honest, nothing I’ve seen of Rocksteady’s game so far has impressed me. In terms of action, it seems to be quite basic, and I’m sick of seeing ‘bad’ versions of the heroes instead of their actual manifestations.
That’s the main thing I’m looking for with Wonder Woman. That they will present her as a decent and virtuous figure, which is plausible given the film’s success. Then they can do the same with Superman (see the new program on to see how the character should behave) and finally put to rest the notion that Superman is “boring.”
If these games are a success, I hope they have the confidence to create games based on characters whether or not they have a movie in the works. Green Lantern is in desperate need of a fantastic game, and Blue Beetle (who does have a film in the works) would fit in well.
To be honest, I’m not sure how you’d depict Flash’s abilities in a game, but there are a slew of others that would be simple and fun, such as Atom, Green Arrow, Stargirl, the Teen Titans, John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Zatanna, Black Canary, Etrigan the Demon, Adam Strange, Deadman, and Metamorpho.
And before someone argues they’ve never heard of any of them, as if that’s a reason not to create them, think about how many Marvel superheroes you’d heard of before they got their own movie. Even before the MCU, most people had never heard of Iron Man.
I’m probably being unduly optimistic here, but I’m hopeful that the Wonder Woman game signals Warner’s willingness to embrace all that DC Comics has to offer, and I’m excited to see where we go from here.
Ishi, a reader
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