From February 6th to the 8th, New York’s Jacob Javits Convention Center played host to the New York Comic Con, one of the largest pop culture festival/conventions in the United States and an all-around awesome time for fans and professionals alike. I was able to head down there for the weekend and I had a blast.
There was something for everyone: whether you’re a fan of Battlestar Galactica or Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Both Joss Whedon and Tara Strong were present, the former to promote Dollhouse and the latter to promote her novels), Batman or Bakugan, or even something that doesn’t start with a ‘B’, you could find it at the convention. There will be a ton of pics to come, but for the moment, there’s one event that took place on the first night that definitely deserves a mention here and was of huge importance to a ton of fans of a hero who hasn’t gotten her due.
On Friday the 6th, the World Premiere of the new Wonder Woman film went down at the New York Comic Con, hosted by a panel including writer Michael Jelenic, director Lauren Montgomery and the legendary Bruce Timm (best known for his work on Batman: The Animated Series). I had been lucky enough to be given tickets, and to be quite honest, I probably wouldn’t have gone had I not been invited. Wonder Woman is a character who has never been given a definitive origin story, and who has frequently been cast aside while Batman and Superman got the glory.
Well no more!
When I say that this movie is awesome, it’s really an understatement. It’s not only a brilliant take on the origin of Wonder Woman and the Amazons, but it’s a great story that makes the character into a strong, powerful woman without a hint of stereotypical ‘man-hating’, and keeps the idea that she is a fish-out-of-water in the mortal world without falling into naivete. The dialogue is snappy, the action intense (and I mean intense–this is stuff that you don’t usually see in the DCU) and the voice talent is perfect, featuring Keri Russell, fan-fave Nathan Fillion, Oliver Platt and more. Amazing stuff.
The DVD and Blu-Ray are out on March 3rd, 2009, as we were frequently reminded by panel host Greg Noveck (he also offered the handy mnemonic that 03/03/09 can be recalled as ’3×3=9′, so carry that with you).
If you’ve enjoyed the DC Animated series’ and features thus far, you will NOT want to miss this. They have finally done justice to the iconic character. Check it out!
NEXT TIME: Con pics and reviews! Plus info on the latest action figures and toys!