“Grant Morrison on Wonder Woman: Earth One’s Birth, Race, Sexuality Changes”

“Today marks the release of Wonder Woman: Earth One by writer Grant Morrison and artist Yanick Paquette, and with it comes a re-imagining of Wonder Woman’s origins and a fair bit of controversy.

For an idea of what it’s about, here’s an excerpt from the official synopsis: “Encompassing the vision of her original creator, William Moulton Marston, Morrison presents a Diana who yearns to break free from her mother and the utopian society on Paradise Island to learn about the forbidden outside world. Her dreams may come true when Air Force pilot Steve Trevor crashes on their shores, and she must defy the laws of the Amazons to return him to Man’s World.”

Morrison introduces a few twists on what you’d normally expect, changing Steve Trevor’s race, Wonder Woman’s sexuality, and the way she was brought into this world. We talked to Morrison about these changes, plus heard about what it was like to re-design Wonder Woman’s world with Paquette.

Also, be sure to check out our Wonder Woman: Earth One review.

IGN Comics: Let’s talk about the design of Wonder Woman: Earth One, like the clothing on Themyscira; their outfits seem inspired by Wonder Woman’s original costume. And things like the Invisible Jet looked very different, more animalistic, kind of alien. Could you talk about these designs and working with Yanick Paquette to develop this new but familiar look for Wonder Womans world?

Grant Morrison: Yeah, basically, Yanick came on — he was first on-board, because he came over to DC to do something with Wonder Woman — and then I got involved. Yanick and I had worked before on stuff, like Batman, together. He’s a good collaborator. But yeah, we talked about updating the look of the Amazons, because for a long time, in comics and on television, the Amazons have been portrayed in this kind of strange fashion of Greek gods and they never really moved on in the last 3,000 years…”



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