What’s a problem I had with Wonder Woman? Plot holes. In Superman, I kept waiting for the blatant plot holes I’ve stereotypically always associated with comics. While there were some improbably convenient moments (stumbling upon a suspicious conversation, for example) there weren’t many holes in explanations or justifications. In TinTin, there were a couple suspiciously convenient moments, but that also seems customary among most children’s books or films. In Wonder Woman, the plot holes jump out from the get-go. From misnaming Greek gods with Roman names to a mysteriously acquired invisible plane that disappears for entire issues at a time: Wonder Woman’s plots have more holes than Swiss cheese.
Sloppily created, I wondered initially how Wonder Woman survived the test of time to become such an icon for feminism. Then I understood that beginning from such poor drafts, the only place to go with Wonder Woman was to improve the character, the plots, and the representation of the character herself. Beginning with the inspiration Marston drew from the suffragette movement and his college experiences, Wonder Woman was an attempt to portray feminism as seen through male eyes in the 19th century. With roots like that, Wonder Woman has all the potential in the world to continue expanding and presenting a more feminist friendly character with better plots and character development beyond a hastily created romantic interest. But then, that’s just my opinion. What’s yours?