Dear all Zimmertainment column fans,
It’s been a busy summer, and I am back!! Between interning and being between jobs, it was a tough summer but your captain of comic and movie coverage is back. His topic this week will be two items of interest to DC fans:
Wonder Woman and Supes smooching in this week’s issue of Justice League by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee and the new Justice League of America comic by Johns and David Finch at Toronto’s Fan Expo.
The importance of the WW/S relationship is one I do not want to tread on lightly. This will have major implications in the DC Universe, and may be one of the causes of the new League forming up. However, I do not see their new found love to be anything to write home about. They did the same thing in the DC Comics Presents: Superman and Wonder Woman #32, Superman Annual #11, and Action Comics #600 in the eighties while it made reappearances in 1997’s Kingdom Come and 2002’s The Dark Knight Strikes Again. It is nothing special which will go away with time.
However, thinking who would make more sense for Wonder Woman to be with would be Batman. He is a character defined by tragedy that has lost a lot while Wonder Woman is a character proud of her legacy and is a character who has received a lot. Naturally by their differences, they would be able to fit into each other’s lives better based on their psychological profiles.
This was done in WB’s animated show Justice League Unlimited where Wonder Woman began to admire Batman for who he was and not just for his strength. She saw in him a soldier who has to continue on his tragedy for the good of Gotham City and the world. There, she develops empathy and compassion that evolves into love as their working partnership develops into something different.
This shocked DC fans who expected the usual but got something different. The most DC fans would normally see would be WW/S which we are getting now. However, it was different on that show, and the pursued relationship makes me wonder about what will happen to Lois Lane?
She is the main love interest of Superman, and it does not make a lot of sense to me that if he has her, why does he care about Wonder Woman so much? That has yet to be seen.
However, another big development occurred over the weekend with the emergence of a new Justice League of America series set to replace the great and unfortunately cancelled Justice League International.
This team includes characters like Martian Manhunter, Catwoman, the new Green Lantern Baz, and Green Arrow. It seems like quite a promising book especially with its cast of characters surprisingly including Steve Trevor since given his status in Johns’ and Lees’ current Justice League arc. I hope Johns (who is according to rumors leaving Aquaman for this) is able to handle himself given his writing three books including Green Lantern.
Yet, time has proven again and again Mr. Johns can, and my hat’s off to him. My hat is off to the entire DC team that given the recent incident caused by Mr. Liefeld that they are trooping forward. Current Batman writer Scott Snyder is an excellent writer, and does not deserve to be bullied by those insecure about themselves. I hope Mr. Liefeld gets the help he needs, and he certainly seems to need it if he goes after a friend of his who is apparently a champion of his work.
Best to all current friends of Fanboy Buzz, and hoping you stay tuned to my columns set for the coming weeks.
Tommy “Zimmertainment” Zimmer.