At San Diego Comic-Con, we finally got a brief look at the big-screen debut of Wonder Woman. Fans, of course, fell to arguing immediately, and among the con side, you will apparently find Grant Morrison.
To be fair, Morrison is being taken a little bit out of context in his Nerdist interview. He’s not throwing shade at Gal Gadot: He dislikes the whole “warrior woman” take on the character in the first place. Which he explains talking about his Wonder Woman: Earth One:
I sat down and I thought, “I don’t want to do this warrior woman thing.” I can understand why they’re doing it, I get all that, but that’s not what [Wonder Woman creator] William Marston wanted… you see the latest shots of Gal Gadot in the costume, and it’s all sword and shield and her snarling at the camera. Marston’s Diana was a doctor, a healer, a scientist. So I went back to those roots and just built it up again.
To give you an idea of the tangent Morrison goes on with this, he immediately talks about how everything on Paradise Island is based on the lady bits. Including the Invisible Plane:
Wonder Woman’s Invisible Plane is now shaped like a vagina, it’s the most incredible thing. It opens up in the back and it has a little clitoris hood, everything is a female-based design.
On one level, you can see Morrison’s point, although he’s kind of glossing over the complicated soup of motivations Marston had for creating Wonder Woman, not to mention what actually made it onto the page. On another, the nice thing about a well-done superhero is that they can be interpreted in multiple ways. There’s room for both the DC Cinematic Universe’s well-armed Amazon, and Morrison’s invisible flying vagina.
There has to be. We cannot live in a world where you can’t get away with saying “Grant Morrison’s invisible flying vagina” and not seriously be talking about something that exists.