October 15, 2013

Character Profile: Wonder Woman

The Origins of Princess Diana of Themyscira, a.k.a. Wonder Woman is a literary study of a female who brings with her the interminable strength of womanhood and the burden of a culture of her civilization. Even though she is endowed with the power of the ancient gods, her greatest power is the depths of her love and respect for everything in the world. Diana's origins in the 1940's put her into a role of establishing a new identity for women everywhere. Diana is strong, independent, and possesses a peaceful demeanor which offsets a fierce combativeness.

Diana's breaking the boundary bonds of domestication and balances the battle of female equality is what makes her likable.

Through Wonder Woman's origins we are introduced to an alegory of a woman who was sent as an emissary with the understanding that she can change the outside world. She's raised as a royal princess with all the hierarchy raised to believe that her limitless abilities are equal to a man. But once she learns that compassion can bridge the gap of outside world, the love for that same world sets her apart in conflict to her culture's aspirations. Wonder Woman has denied her own heritage believing that she and her Amazonian sisters will one day live in harmonious peace. 

Wonder Woman can get incredibly lonely.

In literature, Diana is a woman who doesn't fully understand how to love a man. Her naivety can hinder herself in any relationships making her vulnerable to broken hearts or rejection. She's never needed the love of a good man. Therefore that choice of remaining independently single could hinder her goals of first understanding the male species before uniting them in peaceful harmony.

Many superheros use violent weapons such as bladed boomerangs, power rings, heat vision, the most notable weapon that Wonder Woman uses is her enchanted lasso. The lasso is unique to Wonder Woman as she serves as a vessel of Truth when confronting adversaries. Truth defeats the lies of man's world. The lasso then serves as a symbol of connection to tether her taming ideals. Her gauntlet bands are also seen as defensive weapons to turn aside any offensive aggression made by man.

In the DC Comics story arc titled Infinite Crisis published in 2005, Wonder Woman is the first character tempted with disobeying the "thou shall not kill" commandment. In the battle she finds her friends succumbed to the powerful mind manipulator Maxwell Lord. Wonder Woman uses her lasso of truth to discover that the power that holds her best friend Superman captive. Lord's only claim that his death is the final resolution to free her mind-controlled friend. Wonder Woman's ultimate decision to take a life to save another results in her own selflessness potentially sacrificing her own immortal soul. Despite her good intentions, she is shunned by her superhero peers.

Everything that Wonder Woman stood for in the 1940's is now flipped in the opposite direction. Her belief that men and women can live in peace and harmony is not the same level as the post-modern feminist movement is. This only confuses her mission further by not only dispelling the masculine evils of misogyny, but she has to combat some of her own female gender who seek empirical power.

Wonder Woman is an ambassador for truth and harmony. It's all she can do.It's all she was raised to do.But for her alter-ego Princess Diana of Themyscira, she knows it's the measure of a woman to be free to achieve a woman's full potential.

Character Profile: Captain America

The dynamic of Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America, as an icon is that his greatest strength didn't come from 1940's science fiction. Even before Steve Rogers was a soldier just looking for a way in to the American military, he had the heart and the idealism of a true hero. He recognized that he had the responsibility to correct the wrongs happening in his time, but understood that he also had to recognize that his powers of strength, stamina, and skill is tempered with humility and service.

Steve's nobility is what makes him likable.

Through Captain America's origins, we are treated to an allegory of a man who's idealism is thrust forward into a future that can be seen as obsolete and almost extinct. He is revered as a hero to his fellow soldiers, but to his teammates in present day, he's unable to connect or relate to those around him because they didn't grow up in his generation.

Captain America can get incredibly lonely.

In literature, Steve Rogers is a man who had unrequited love that got delayed with his interment in Arctic ice. It was his love for his country that his decision to make what he believed his final act of self-sacrifice cost him more than just his own needs. Peggy Carter was kept waiting. Captain America now lives on knowing that his decision to protect the people he loves has also denied him his own true love.

Many super heroes use guns, swords, or other weapons at their disposal. But despite Captain America's origins based on military tactics in wartime, readers rarely see him posed with a gun. His main weapon of choice is a red, white, and blue shield. It's a defensive weapon. A reader might conclude that his role as a patriot representing American idealism, he's not a conquer or an invader, but a defender.

In the Marvel comics story arc titled Streets of Poison published in 1994, Steve gets accidentally exposed to a designer drug that wreaks havoc on his super soldier serum. During the story, Captain encounters young teens and preaches to them about the dangers of drugs. But instead of the teens meeting him with eventual co-operation and comprehension, Captain America is countered with the teens discord claiming that Captain was a hypocrite because it took drugs to make him big and strong. In a way, the teens were right and Cap didn't have a comeback on hand.

Everything that the Captain America in 1940's once stood for is now flipped in the opposite direction. This dichotomy only fuels his loneliness further. A man who's sole existence is to represent a country no longer has a country to call home.

Captain America continues his mission as a soldier. That's all he can do. It's all he knows how to do. But for his alter-ego Steve Rogers, he just knows that the measure of a man is by the size of his heart and by the choices he makes.

October 14, 2013

Patriotic Pairing: The Super-Powered Couple as It Should Be

It was a long time ago that I was first inspired by the possibilities to create a story script based on my favorite YouTube channel. He was mixing and matching the Marvel and DC universe and formed one of the greatest pairings in Harley Quinn and Green Goblin. It inspired me to start writing again on my own and hopefully become just as good as that person.
Thus became the unpublished spin-off series that developed in my imagination and daydreams. I researched my pairing in popular fan-fiction websites as well as Google searching to see if anyone else in the fan fiction writing community had similar inspiration. I only saw a few mash up pictures, a YouTube video that mashed up the Lynda Carter and Matt Salinger roles, and quite a number of cosplay pictures. This unique pairing would only have to come from the fan fiction community - as both characters are owned by rival publishing companies.
Captain America and Wonder Woman.
I've studied relationships for a very long time and have arrived through my own thesis have come to several observations on the dynamics of real functioning relationships. Granted that this blog is about a proposed fictional fantasy relationship, it still needs to function under the same guidelines as real-world relationships.
There are several aspects of this featured relationship that I think could make Captain America and Wonder Woman successful fictional exploration.
  1. Opposites attract. It's good for some couples to have similar world views and perspectives, but for other people, finding a mate in which traits and personalities conflict, can be an attractive connection that completes two people - making them whole. This is not to be confused with co-dependency. Offering a different context helps many couples.
  2. Physical attractiveness. There is not an exact science to what chemicals in the human brain or body causes people to be attractive. But it is a key ingredient to any relationship.
  3. Common goals/directives. Failed relationships find that peoples lives grow apart from one another. So, it is wise that long-term monogamous relationships function on the belief that the couple aims for similar aspirational achievements.
  4. Shared Experiences and Teamwork. Couples need to grow together in harmony along with their own individual growth. A great way to grow as a couple, people must share the "workload" and exemplify a teamwork strategy of partnership.
Captain America and Wonder Woman are two fictional characters who have survived over time in popular culture. Their origins were born into a 1940s era who needed beacons of hope for humanity's potential for greatness. Within that same greatness each respective characters fictional exploits lies the drive and determination of the human spirit. They exist to understand and explore our own needs for wish-fulfillment and to study the complexities of raw human existence.