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I'm so-o-o tempted to take up knitting again, because that's the only way to get my hands on this badass Wonder Woman shawl. For those of you more in the practice of knitting, its designer, Carissa Browning*, has made the pattern available for free through Ravelry. When you go to that page, look at all the many variations people have made using the pattern! And, since you're going down the rabbit hole, go look at the RBG-inspired Dissent Cowl she made too.
I tried to keep this pattern as simple as possible so it would be accessible to a wide range of knitters. However, some fairly basic short-rows were required to get the logo right. With that said, I think an advanced beginner, or even an adventurous newbie, could still handle it.
(*You might remember Carissa's name from her awesome Yip Yips Stockings.)
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Before Cathy Lee Crosby (1974), Lynda Carter (1975), and Gal Gadot (2017), Ellie Wood Walker was Wonder Woman! In 1967, Batman producer William Dozier created this short film as a pitch to Warner Brothers. From IMDB:
Unlike "Batman," which was campy adventure, "Wonder Woman" was going to be a straight comedy series, along the lines of "Captain Nice." The resulting short written by several writers on the Batman series failed to win Dozier that approval.
Watch as an off-the-shelf Barbie gets a superhero makeover in this delightful tutorial. Includes a list of materials used and a very relaxing voiceover. Read the rest
Brazilian illustrator Leandro Franci shared this fantastic Wonder Woman gif on his Tumblr. It depicts Diana’s big “No Man’s Land” fight sequence, which is one of the best (if not the best) scenes in the film. Franci has a ton of other great, geeky art on his Tumblr, including a series featuring the women of the X-Men:http://leandrofranci.tumblr.com/post/157077351606/jean-grey-d
Recreate Diana’s iconic fishtail braid with this tutorial. Be warned, however, you might need arms of steel (or a friend) to make it happen.
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Fandor points out that despite the fact that the comic book characters were created around the same time, we got seven Superman movies and nine Batman ones before Wonder Woman was finally allowed to make her big screen debut. Read the rest
In this great piece for Vulture, pop culture critic and Wonder Woman aficionado Angelica Jade Bastién digs into Diana’s Prince comic book origin story. Unlike Batman and Superman, whose backstories are both iconic and straightforward, Wonder Woman’s origin is a little weirder and a little less familiar to mass audiences. Traditionally, she’s molded from clay by her mother, Queen Hippolyta, who leads the Amazons on the all-female island of Themyscira; Diana leaves Themyscira when Captain Steve Trevor crash lands on the island and needs an escort to take him back to the world of man. Like many comic book characters, however, Wonder Woman has seen her origin—not to mention her personality, ethos, and biographic details—shift over the years. And Bastién argues that in this case, those shifts aren’t just part of the normal ebb and flow of comic book storytelling; they also specifically relate to Wonder Woman’s relationship to feminism. Bastién writes:
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Due to the fact that she’s so intrinsically tied to the feminist movement, Wonder Woman is also often burdened with having to represent all facets of womanhood in ways other female superheroes, like Black Widow, Storm, and Captain Marvel, have not, which has created a more muddled sense of who she is. Charting the tangled lineage of Wonder Woman’s origin is to chart the history of American feminism itself and how female power is negotiated in a world that abhors it. At the beginning of her history, Wonder Woman carried the echo of the suffragette movement and first-wave feminism.
Wonder Woman earned $100.5m in its first weekend at the box office, breaking the record for a woman director and taking in $223m worldwide. Patty Jenkins's only previous feature film was the very different Monster, an award-winning biopic of serial killer Aileen Wournos. Critics say Wonder Woman is also the first DC universe movie that isn't a grim, tedious trudge through the dark end of superhero fandom. Read the rest
The new Wonder Woman movie is easily the best thing in the DC Extended Universe so far. And it turns out it fits quite nicely with the vibe of the 1970s TV show too. Read the rest