SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for “Wonder Woman” #31, on sale now.
James Robinson has returned to DC Comics, where the Eisner Award winning writer has been tapped to tackle a story pitting Wonder Woman against a villain he believes may become the Amazonian demigod’s Lex Luthor or Joker. That’s not to say that he doesn’t think Giganta is great, too; the super-sized supervillain appears in Robinson’s first issue of Wonder Woman, and despite a seemingly easy defeat, he says the oversized villain plays a much larger role in the overall “Children of the Gods” story arc. And, of course, Robinson also teased some details about Wonder Woman’s brother Jason, who makes his comic book debut in the next few issues.
Now, one of a select few creators to write Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman in their eponymous solo titles, Robinson also discussed the impact of Patty Jenkins’ game-changing film starring Gal Gadot, Lynda Carter’s performance on the 1970s’ TV series and comic book runs by George Pérez, Phil Jimenez, Greg Rucka and Liam Sharp on his understanding of the iconic William Moulton Marston creation. It should also be noted that Robinson loves the oft-maligned white costume/superspy era of Wonder Woman by Denny O’Neil and Mike Sekowsky.
Robinson also discussed collaborating with artists Carlo Pagulayan, who is delivering interiors for the “Children of Gods” arc, and Emanuela Lupacchino, who is drawing interspersed “Times Past” stories which are not unlike the ones he created with Tony Harris for their acclaimed series, Starman.
CBR: Is Wonder Woman a character you’ve been wanting to writing in her own series for some time? And did you have any trepidation taking on this assignment considering the current hype surrounding the character?
James Robinson: The answer is yes, to both of your questions. Of course, I had trepidation. As someone pointed out to me, I am now in a relatively small and illustrious group of creators who have written the Trinity (Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman) in their own respective titles as opposed to writing Justice League or even Action Comics or Detective Comics, where even though they are the star, their name isn’t the title of the book. That was every exciting. But at the same time, following Greg Rucka’s amazing run, and with the eyes of the world on Wonder Woman in a way that I don’t think anybody anticipated, based on the film being such a phenomenal piece of work and everything that it was, yes, I had trepidation.
Wonder Woman has always had a very ardent, passionate and focused following, and I did not want to undo all of the wonderful things that Greg, Nicola Scott and Liam Sharp did, but I also wanted to make the book mine for the period of time that I am on it. While it was absolutely a little bit daunting, and I was nervous, as I have written my scripts and got more into it, I think I have risen to the occasion. Hopefully, it’s a run that people will like for what it is and for the story that I want to tell, and the story that DC wanted me to tell, too.
Were there any other runs with the character that you read or re-read in preparation?
Honestly, I do know the character pretty well. We all have different runs of the character that we hold to. One of my favorites run is when she was quite de-powered, white clothing version (by Denny O’Neil and Mike Sekowsky). I loved that version. I also loved the first season of the Lynda Carter TV series when it was set in the 1940s. They had a year or so of the Earth-Two Wonder Woman, and she encountered Justice Society characters. As people who know my work know, I love Earth-Two and the Golden Age DC characters. That’s another version that I loved. And of course, the George Pérez and Phil Jimenez runs. There really have been so many great arcs with Wonder Woman that I have followed and enjoyed.
But Wonder Woman is now somewhat of a new character – all of the DC characters are, thanks to the New 52 and Rebirth – so I really didn’t look at anything other than what Geoff Johns had done and Greg had done and other creators since the New 52 was launched, because I didn’t want to muddy my vision with too much of the old stuff. But at the same time, I couldn’t help it. As you’ll see when you read the entire arc, there are still elements of the Pérez run and the Phil Jimenez run that I touch on or at least acknowledge in my own way.
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