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2017 Wonder Woman film is a Bible Story

Posted in Books, Entertainment, History, Literature, Movies, Princess, Religion, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2017 by urbannight

The Christianization of Greek Mythology in Wonder Woman

I had heard wonderful things about the new Wonder Woman movie.  This is after years Wonder Womanand year of the movie and T.V. industry telling us that they just couldn’t market Wonder Woman and that not enough people would want to watch a show centered around a female super hero.  It has proven so popular that I wasn’t able to see it until the third weekend it was out due to sold-out shows at the times that work best for me.  Sold-out morning showing used to never happen.  It is getting more common now.

But I spent a large part of the beginning of the show pissed off at the Christianization of the Greek Mythology in the movie.  It was very pronounced in the start and even more obvious when Ares tells his own side of it.  I really do hate it when movies butcher well-known mythology, and Greek Mythology is perhaps the most well-known in the western world.

Prometheus creating man from clay

Prometheus carving man from clay.

In Greek Mythology, Zeus doesn’t create mankind.  Prometheus shapes man out of earth and Athena breathes life into him.  Since most of the other good things were given to other creatures, he makes man to walk upright and gives man fire.  Zeus is the one who actually didn’t like mankind.   This is why Zeus created Pandora, the first woman.  Giving her a box filled with misfortune and diseases because he knows that she will eventually become curious enough to open the box and release them on mankind.  To top everything else off, in Greek Mythology, Zeus doesn’t create Amazons.  They are actually the daughters of Ares and a nymph.

But in Wonder Woman, Zeus is clearly an allegory of the Judeo-Christian God and Ares is an allegory of Lucifer/Satan.

The world is a beautiful paradise and the gods rule it from on high, at the top of Mt.

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Amazons

Olympus.  Then Zeus creates mankind for the gods to rule over and everything is fine.  Only Ares isn’t happy with man and corrupts them.  So Zeus makes the Amazon’s to teach mankind love.  And everything is good for a while, but then mankind goes back to his former ways.

Then follows a great war in the heavens in which almost all the gods are killed and a much weakened Ares ends up wandering the earth, whispering in the ears of mankind.  He is trying to prove that man is not such a wonderful creation and that humans are not good at heart.  That he has never had to corrupt anyone.  He just points things out and people are free to do as they chose.

If it isn’t obvious, I will break it down.

Zeus, like the Christian God, makes man in his own image.

Zeus makes women latter.  This is actually the same but in the movie it is more in line with the biblical creation of women as companions whereas in Greek Mythology, woman is made as a trick to destroy man.

Ares doesn’t like mankind and thinks they are not that great.  Much like Lucifer, as an angel, is not pleased with the creation of man and attempts to prove to God that man is not as good as he thinks.

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Adam and Eve and Serpent

There is a great war in the heavens in which Ares finds himself reduced and stuck wandering the earth and whispering in people’s ears, much like a fallen angel and Satan at the serpent.

It doesn’t take much to pull off the veil and reveal that the movie of Wonder Woman took the Biblical creation story and the battle between God and Satan and just switched the names out.   It also ignored a dichotomy it created.  It the world was a beautiful and peaceful place, why would the gods have a god of war?  Even after the creation of man and the gods divided duties, why would they create a god of war over people who were, at least at that time, peaceful?

Did no one else watching the movie see these problems?  I can’t be the only one for whom they just leapt up off the screen .

When you follow out this logic, Diana becomes a sort of messianic figure, an allegory for

Birth of wonder woman

Birth of Diana

Christ.  She was shaped from clay by the queen of the Amazons.  Then Zeus breathes life into her.  Now this is one of the creation stories for her in the comics.  But prior to that, she was shaped from clay by the queen but then each of the different Greek deities then gifts her with something different, like the fairies that attend the christening of Sleeping Beauty, thus making her a child of all the gods and not just the child of Zeus.    Her function is to extend the love the Amazon’s are supposed to represent and to fight for peace and to protect the world from evil influences where she finds them.

Clearly, the writers are trying to tell the story of God’s creation, of the fall of the Angels, of the actions of Satan, and of the birth of Christ.  All hidden under the guise of Wonder Woman.  I am going to guess that this could even be a subconscious reason for the movies popularity among certain groups of people.

As Wonder Woman experiences another change . . . .

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2011 by urbannight

Fox is trying to do another Wonder Woman t.v. show. The first version of the costume drew much outrage.

It was shiny, plastic, had 4 inch heels in which no woman can chase down criminals, and looked like some junk one might pull out of a plastic, envelope-like bag at Halloween and throw away a week or two later. No one even touched on the shiny, glossy lipstick that looked as much like plastic as the costume did. Or maybe hey did. Everyone said she looked too soft for the part.

Shots from the set show that FOX actually listened and altered the costume. The pants now are made out of a material that looks like real fabric of some sort.

Something a person could really wear when tracking down evil-doers.

The bodice is a little darker.

The boots now have a very low heal.

The shot of the actress is when she is running. You can see that the costume really keeps in mind the actions Wonder Woman would be performing. And the make up was toned down. It made the actress look more like Wonder Woman.

The super glossy, super sexy make-up from the first photo shoot made the actress look to ‘soft’ to play a superhero. The on-set make up was more real and, as a result, made her more believable in the part.

I think it is a great new costume.

But still people complained.

They said it looked generic.

No, it really didn’t. No where near as generic as the new costume for the comic books. People kept saying, “Don’t mess with the original costume.” It became clear they were all talking about Linda Carter’s costume.

Not the REAL original costume.

That was a full-cut skort. A word the computer does not recognize since it is pretty well out of usage these days. A skort is divided skirt, usually just above or below the knees. Although it did get shorter and shorter, you could find some as short as tennis skirts.

Back in the day, it was very practical for women who, while expected to wear skirts and dresses everywhere, might only have a bike for transportation. Full enough to look like a skirt when at work or the store or doing other day to day business but practical for cycling to and from work, store, or the bank.
It was the obvious evolution from the full length, divided, riding-skirts.

What also caught my attention was the number of people referring to the ‘movie’. Skip this movie. Who cares what a fictional character in a movie is wearing? Some people just don’t read the article before they feel the need to rip it to shreds.

This is a t.v. show. For a t.v. show to actually last longer than a season, people have to buy into its world. If people can’t get behind the costuming of the characters, they can’t get behind the characters. If they can’t get behind the characters, they won’t emotionally invest in said characters. Without that connection, the show fails.

As a result, a bad costume with hurt the show.

Red long-johns with a cheesy symbol sewn on will not pass muster with modern viewers. (Sorry Greatest American Hero)

The same with sexy, but unbelievable, costumes. People were not objecting to the sexiness of the Wonder Woman costume.

It was the fakeness of it.

The impracticality of it.

It had nothing to do with feminists objecting to the Wonder Woman running around in briefs, short shorts, hot pants, or whatever you want to call it.

I don’t think it has anything to do with feminists.

Modern viewers are going to see a female superhero running around in briefs and a bodice while wearing 4 inch heals and think, you can’t fight villains in that. That’s a broken ankle waiting to happen and one bad step running around a corner is going to remove a whole lot of skin.

We watch enough action films and shows to know that the good guys occasionally hit the ground.

Overall, I like the new costume and I’m more willing to give this new actress a chance. I don’t have cable so hopefully the station will show episodes or allow Hulu to keep the current 5 episodes on their site. Otherwise, I’m a Wonder Woman fan the show won’t reach.

But I encourage others to give it a chance too.

In Lament of Wonder Woman

Posted in Books with tags , , , , , on September 9, 2010 by urbannight

The Crunchy Urbanite wrote a blog about planning Wonder Woman’s funeral that was a good blog.  The ultimate point was that we should make sure to make our last requests for our remains and funerals ones that our loved ones can actually reasonably follow.

 It was a good blog but I couldn’t help but focus on Wonder Woman.  Some of you may have come across some of the articles a few months back (or more) that Wonder Woman is getting a makeover and a rewrite.  I won’t say reboot because to me that means a restart of a movie franchise.

 She now gets to wear pants and a jacket.  She is looking very urban and very much part of the nocturnal crowd or the underworld.  Edgy and darker.  With her new outfit, even if a friend of mine says it is too generic, you could put her down in any vampire story and she would look like she fits in.

 If I was taller and thinner, or just thinner, I would totally wear her new outfit.  But that is part of the problem with it. It no longer looks like a superhero’s uniform.  It looks like something anyone (with the figure) could wear most places.

 My biggest gripe is the change in her back story.  The writers have apparently decided that people like angst ridden anti-heroes best and they are taking her in that direction.

 The island she came from has been invaded and everyone killed.  She is the only survivor.  She goes out into the world to fight the evil that destroyed her world.  I’m paraphrasing from my memory of the articles. 

 Admittedly, the big comic book houses have changed back stories before.  But this one just irks me.  I feel like they couldn’t come up with anything so they stole Superman’s back story and gave it to Wonder Woman.

 I feel like the Wonder Woman I grew up with has died.  Admittedly, I haven’t read comics in a long time and haven’t kept up with the story line.  But now I know how my mom felt when they killed off Superman.  40, 50, 60 year olds who hadn’t read comics since they were teenagers and they all went and bought copies of it to keep in sleeves.  That was when I discovered my mom read comic books.  She never seemed the type. 

 Still, I feel like we really should be holding a funeral for the old gal (Wonder Woman, not my mother).  May she rest in peace.