I was going to write a post expanding on my thoughts of yesterday re: a Wonder Woman movie, but I find that I don't really care enough about the character to do a full plot summary. I know other people do care about her and want to see her treated right in an adaptation, with a plot that respects the history and potential of the character.
Me? I just want a cool movie.
Yesterday, my plot went like this:
Base the entire plot around a MacGuffin hunt. Somebody broke into the Magic Golden Dungeon on the Island of Beautiful-Women-Who-Are-Totally-Not-Lesbians-But-Even-If-They-Are-That's-Perfectly-Fine and stole the Golden Lasso of Truth so they can use it in some nefarious plot (to hypnotize the President, force a scientist to make a superweapon, etc., etc. i.e. the usual crap). Diana has to go out into the world to get it back.I didn't take thirty minutes to write that plot; it was more like five. A comment was made to me that chase-the-MacGuffin is a tired old wheeze, and that the audience deserves more. OK, how about this:
Somebody broke into the Magic Golden Dungeon on the Island of Beautiful-Women-Who-Are-Totally-Not-Lesbians-But-Even-If-They-Are-That's-Perfectly-Fine and stole the Golden Lasso of Truth so they can use it in some nefarious plot (to hypnotize the President, force a scientist to make a superweapon, etc., etc. i.e. the usual crap).
Queen What's-her-name tells Diana that she has to go out into the world to get it back. Diana doesn't want to, since she knows enough about the 21st century cultures of the outside world to dislike them. While Queen What's-her-name is arguing with Diana, Wonder Girl [is she still a DC character?] decides to go get the Lasso herself, in order to redeem herself after her recent disappointing performance in the Amazonian Games of Skill and Endurance Which Are Sort Of Like the Olympics.
Diana rushes through the magic portal after Wonder Girl [Betsy? Cassie?], but Wonder Girl scrambled the codes when she went through, so Diana lands in some random place. The three plot lines are: 1) Wonder Woman trying to find Wonder Girl and/or find the Lasso (because if you find one, you find the other); 2) Wonder Girl trying to avoid Wonder Woman and find the Lasso first (because she thinks it's all just a game, doesn't appreciate how serious it all is, etc., etc.); 3) Bad Guys trying to do Something Bad with the Lasso while sidestepping and/or defeating Wonder Woman and/or Wonder Girl.
Climax: Wonder Girl is a little older, a little wiser, ready to take on the responsibilities of true heroism. Wonder Woman realizes the world doesn't suck quite as much as she thought and is worth saving. They join forces to defeat the Bad Guys.Now, I realize this is a hackneyed, predictable plot, but what the hell. It's been interesting to think about this, especially for a character I don't usually think much about, but ten minutes is all I want to sink into this. Unless you really, really love Wonder Woman, an in-depth, plot-driven character study that explores and explains her isn't the Wonder Woman movie you want to see.
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