Tony Daniel on Superman/Wonder Woman

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Superman/Wonder Woman is DC’s forthcoming and much buzzed about series at this moment with the first issue of which hits shelves October 9th. With that said, they have made it clear their approach for this book and what audience they’re trying to attract, but do they really know the right way to go about it? Not too long ago this is conversation was taken from artist Tony Daniel, and some did not like what he had to say in relation to attracting female readers with romanticism.

Tony Daniel had this to say:

“It’s funny, because in Chicago I was talking to Bobbie Chase and Bob Harras about making a book, I wasn’t referring to creating this book, but I mentioned maybe, can we create a book that targets a little bit more of the female readership that’s been growing. And maybe a book that has a little bit of romance in it, a little big of sex appeal, you know, something that would, for lack of a better example, that hits on the Twilight audience. You know, millions of people went to see those in the theaters because it has those kind of, you know, subject matter.”

SMWW_Cv1_5ah9adv520_-610x945During the Q&A portion, a panel attendee named Liz asked:

Liz: When you were talking about Superman/Wonder Woman, what caught my ear was, you’re making it romance and romantic to catch the women. My question is, that’s not all you’re doing, right? [Laughter and applause from the audience]

Daniel responded: Are you asking if you’ll see like, Superman butt shots? I’ll be sure to keep it even.

Some are just blown away about how Tony treated this woman at the panel. She asks if he’s doing more than he described which came off shallow, and he responds with a shallow response. All women readers want is opposite sex eye candy? That is the question that pops into your head when you hear this and there are no words… just no words that can describe how oblivious he is to what the fans want from this story. You feel bad for all the creative talent that you appreciate at DC, but they’re being destroyed by these comments like these and lose support the company has built up.

Jideobi is the Comic Editor at Analog Addiction where he writes all things comics and comic related(especially if X-Men). Also follow him on Twitter @Siphen0.

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