Tits or GTFO: David Finch Doesn’t Want Wonder Woman to be a “Feminist”

For those of you that don’t know, here’s a brief history of where Wonder Woman came from: Wonder Woman was created by psychologist William Moulton Marston. He lived in a polyamorous relationship with his wife and another woman. Both women served as the creative basis for the Amazon that we now know and love. Moulton wanted a new type of superhero that relied not on strength or violence, but rather, love. His wife commented that the superhero should be a female. In addition to having a hero different from all the male heroes out there already, Moulton wanted Wonder Woman to be the perfect embodiment of a liberated, powerful woman. His point of view was succinctly summed up in an issue of The American Scholar:

“”Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power. Not wanting to be girls, they don’t want to be tender, submissive, peace-loving as good women are. Women’s strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness. The obvious remedy is to create a feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman.”

It’s important for you to know some of this background so you know why the following is just plain jackassery:

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David Finch captures Wonder Woman’s assets.

David Finch, part of the new husband-and-wife creative team for Wonder Woman, said in an interview with Comic Book Resources that

“Really, from where I come from, and we’ve talked about this a lot, we want to make sure it’s a book that treats her as a human being first and foremost, but is also respectful of the fact that she represents something more. We want her to be a strong — I don’t want to say feminist, but a strong character. Beautiful, but strong.”

DC’s treatment of Wonder Woman has long been less than stellar. Princess Diana has been treated like the little sister who tags along after her big brother and his friends. She was allowed to fight Nazis, but she also was the secretary of the Justice League. She is destined to be “beautiful as Aphrodite, wise as Athena, as strong as Hercules, and as swift as Hermes,” but she had to give up her powers to remain in Man’s World. She opened a boutique store while learning new fighting skills (ala Batman). She’s kicked ass solo across the universe. She’s held her own fighting with some of the baddest motherfuckers of the comic book pantheon.

Jim Lee's current rendition of Princess Diana.
Jim Lee’s current rendition of Princess Diana.

Her origins have been revamped, her story relaunched, her line discontinued and her appearances constantly seem to be an afterthought –but one thing  remains: Diana Price is a fucking Princess. She is an Amazon. She believes that women are just as valued as men and can perform to the same duties as man. She’s a feminist.

finchWW2 Princess Diana is awesome in every sense of the word. But nerds, we’ve made “feminist” a bad word somehow. It’s polarizing. It’s divisive. And David Finch (of the less-than-stellar ‘Batman: The Dark Knight’ and JLA fame) is afraid to use the term. He’s afraid to use it to describe a “beautiful but strong” woman. He’s afraid to call the quintessential feminist a feminist. Oh, but wait — David says frequently during the interview that he’s “running his mouth off” and that he’s “certainly not co-writing” with his wife — he’s just doing the art. So what does Meredith have to say about the Amazon Princess?

She’s really a female icon from way back in the ’70s when females were stepping up and taking such powerful roles. Being able to take on that quintessential female superhero who represents so much for myself and for millions of people out there — especially at a time where comics are coming more into the mainstream — I feel like it’s really special, and that’s really where I’m coming from when I’m writing this. I want to always keep who she is and what I believe her core is central to what I’m doing.

Meredith is not her husband. In the interviews, she seems to have a really good idea of where she wants to go with Wonder Woman. Most of the time I’m right in line with her. I can tell she’s a fan of the series and she’s almost enough to get me excited about her taking over. Also, how awesome is it that a WOMAN is writing Wonder Woman? Except she’s got a husband who’s afraid to talk about Wonder Woman’s core being. A husband that she says she’s willing to lean on if she gets stuck. A husband who has already had issues with Wonder Woman before when his JLA cover spawned a movement among fans to point out how ridiculously sexualized these women are. A husband who is also the artist. Those thoughts scare me. David offered an explanation, if not really an apology, that doesn’t make a lot of sense via twitter:

I agree with The Outhousers that David’s statement indicates that one cannot be a human being, fallible and real, while at the same time being a feminist. The running off at the mouth defense is not good, because that’s when our heart is revealed. Cover art and sexualization is subjective, so it can go under the “Fool me once” heading. However, this is Finch’s second run-in with misogyny involving Wonder Woman. Please don’t fool us twice, David.

Al Miller
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  • http://www.theflounce.com AlexisO

    I loved this article!

    • botenana

      Thanks!

  • blackangelDL

    I agree with Finch.

  • Kelly

    Great post. My problem with this new rendition of Wonder Woman is that she has massive boobs, and what looks to be the sweet face of a young girl. Wonder Woman, is a woman. And an AMAZON! How about giving her curves in the way of muscles? After all, she is going to kick some ass! (And be feminist.)