DC has just made an announcement that ensures that the first weekend of June will be all about Wonder Woman. On top of the release and premiere of the Warner Bros. movie Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017, DC has set June 3 as Wonder Woman Day.
Over 2000 comic book stores are going to participate in this celebration of Princess Diana of Themyscira. In addition to the comic book shops, retailers such as Barnes & Noble, Walmart, Costco, Amazon, and Books-A-Million have already pledged their support. Amazon will be offering digital promotions, and the others will offer a mix of in-store and digital exclusives. The Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products are also going to be offering online promotions through the Warner Bros. store.
For those who love comic books, there are also going to be two free comics that will be given away on Wonder Woman Day. DC is reprinting the first issue of the current Wonder Woman run and also offering up DC Super Hero Girls Wonder Woman Day Special Edition, which has an excerpt from the third graphic novel in the DC Super Hero Girls series.
The History of Wonder Woman in Comics
Wonder Woman day caps off the year-long 75th-anniversary celebration of her first appearance in comics. Princess Diana first appeared in All Star Comics #8 in October of 1941. She was created by William Moulton Marston, a prominent psychologist and writer, and artist Harry G. Peter. Wonder Woman’s appearance was said to be based on Olive Byrne, Marston’s girlfriend who lived with him and his wife for a long period. Olive Byrne also was the niece of Margaret Sanger, one of the most influential feminists of the 20th century. In 1916, Sanger and Olive’s mother Ethel Byrne were arrested for the illegal distribution of contraception. They had dared to open a birth control clinic and were sent to jail for it.
Since her first appearance graced the pages of DC’s comics in 1941, Wonder Woman has been in continuous print except for a brief break in 1986. She’s been through numerous resets, revamps, and reboots. Unlike Superman and Batman, her male counterparts of the DC comic iconic trio, Wonder Woman has only had one television series to her name. The upcoming Wonder Woman film is her first as well. There were talks in 2005 for Joss Whedon – who is taking over director duties on Justice League after Zach Snyder stepped away – to direct, but after years of stalling, Whedon left in February of 2007. He bemoaned the lack of enthusiasm for the project in an interview.
“I would go back in a heartbeat if I believed that anybody believed in what I was doing. The lack of enthusiasm was overwhelming.”
Now, finally, Wonder Woman is appearing on the silver screen, and according to critics and fans, the movie is a delight
Wonder Woman (2017) Debut Impresses Fans
Industry players are watching Wonder Woman with interest. This is the first female-lead superhero film since Elektra in 2005. If early reviews are to be believed, however, Warner Bros. has a certified hit on their hands. On the aggregate review site RottenTomatoes.com, Wonder Woman has a 97 percent approval rating. Early tracking shows that her first outing is on its way to command at least $65 million on its opening weekend, placing it alongside Marvel icons Thor and Captain America in their first movies.
Wonder Woman is also being helmed by Patty Jenkins, best known for directing the Academy Award-winning biopic Monster, starring Charlize Theron and Christina Ricci. If Wonder Woman performs well at the box office, it should increase Marvel Studios’ confidence in their upcoming female-lead film, Captain Marvel and possibly lead to other female superhero films in the future.
Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot as the titular character and costars Chris Pine and Robin Wright.