Wonder Woman '77 writer Marc Andreyko discusses the new series that just debuted as a digital-first comic.
Were you a fan of the Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman?
Absolutely, I loved the show. I used to spin around like a m ad man hoping to change my clothes.
With the BATMAN ’66 series being such a success, were you excited to get your hands on a classic property of your own?
Oh yeah, absolutely. When I was having lunch with Hank Kanalz a little over a year ago I said to him “You know, now that you have BATMAN ’66 , when is WONDER WOMAN ’77 coming out?” And he looked at me with a raised eyebrow. Then cut to six months later, I get the email saying “Hey, we want to do this. Do you want to do it?” and I was like “Of course I’ll do it! Yes! No one else can!”
Will WONDER WOMAN ’77 be a retelling of the TV series, or will it be new adventures set in the same universe?
It’s all new adventures set in the same universe. Unlike the original TV show, we have an unlimited special effects budget. So I get to bring in villains from the comic book that never got to appear in live-action.
Who else from the TV series can fans look forward to seeing in WONDER WOMAN ’77? Will there be new characters as well?
Mainly it’s going to be the regular characters: Diana Prince, Wonder Woman, and Steve Trevor. There will be some other characters from the run popping in now and again, but they’re the primary focus of the series. And yeah I’ll be introducing all sorts of classic villains from Wonder Woman’s rogues’ gallery that never got the chance to appear in live-action. So that will be a lot of fun… and no I’m telling you who any of them are!
What sets this Wonder Woman title apart from the others? What is different about this Diana as a character?
Well one, it’s set in 1977 *laughs* which definitely sets it apart visually. And two, the Lynda Carter portrayal of Wonder Woman is the reason why it’s so iconic and why for most people in the world, that’s what they think when they think Wonder Woman. So there’s an elegance, a regalness, an accessibility ,and just a respectfulness that Lynda brought to that portrayal of Wonder Woman. It’s an iconic portrayal of an iconic character so it’s complementary to all of the other different versions of Wonder Woman that are out there now, but still very faithful to the amazing work that Lynda Carter brought to her interpretation of the character.
What’s your favorite superhero TV show currently on the air?
Currently on the air, I would probably have to say The Flash, because The Flash is so joyful and fun and he’s this hero who, even though he’s been shaped by tragedy, he enjoys being a superhero. There are so many superheroes who are burdened by their destiny to fight evil, and the Flash actually looks like he’s having fun doing it. And the crossover they did with Arrow was fantastic, that really did a nice job of showing the contrast between those two characters. It reminded me of the old Warner Bros. cartoon with the giant bulldog that has the kitten who rode on his back, and the kitten would claw at his back. It was like Barry Allen was this kitten clawing at his back and being adorable and Arrow is like “Kid, you’re bothering me.” So that was great.
Comics are having a real renaissance in TV and it’s so interesting to see so many of the properties come to life. I have to say, the last couple episodes of Constantine really found its voice and raised its bar, and I hope that it comes back because it is becoming a really good show.
With the upcoming solo movie announced, Wonder Woman has been getting a lot of media attention. What would you like to see for the character going forward now that she’s in the spotlight more?
What I’ve found the most interesting about Wonder Woman is that she is this warrior, this Amazon, but like any good warrior she wants to use violence as a last resort. She wants to resolve conflict in ways that don’t issue that, I think that’s where she stands out in the canon of superheroes. She can kick ass with the best of them and she’s a force to be reckoned with, but that’s never her go-to place. It’s never even in her top ten list of ways to resolve conflict. I’ve been really aware of that watching the show, that there was very little of Wonder Woman punching people out. It’s been a great challenge in the best sort of way as a writer to write Wonder Woman and have her resolve the conflicts with the least amount of violence and destruction. I think that’s a really good message to have, especially in this day and age when you see all these horribly violent things happening. Just because you have a power doesn’t mean you need to use it to resolve a conflict. I think that is ultimately a really great message.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Also, too, remember it is the seventies so we have lava lamps, bell bottoms, pet rocks, and all that stuff. So break out your fondue pots and get your digital Wonder Woman *laughs*.