While the Wonder Woman movie, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, has reigned at the box office throughout June with women and little girls at turns cheering and shedding tears for the Amazonian princess/goddess kicking butt and saving the world, DC Comics' announcement that her long-lost twin brother will arrive in print this September seems poorly timed at best and like a slap in the face at worst. But it will likely make those men who felt marginalized by Austin's Alamo Roadhouse women-only Wonder Women screenings feel less alone.
DC's official description of the upcoming story reads:
"Taken away from Themyscira in the dead of night, the mysterious Jason (the only male ever born on the island) has been hidden somewhere far from the sight of gods and men ...but his life and Wonder Woman's are about to intersect in a terrifying way, bringing them face-to-face with a cosmic threat they never imagined!"
Readers will meet Jason, Wonder Woman's twin, in the "Children of the Gods" story arc, penned by James Robinson, in just a few months, according to Nerdist. Of course the issue with introducing the "only male ever born on the island" is that he immediately becomes special by default, when, considering her moniker, Wonder Woman is really supposed to be the special one, and that's evidenced by the box-office receipts from earlier this month and the outpouring of critical and audience praise for the film.
But introducing a mystery twin brother for Diana is not the first time writers have altered Wonder Woman's matriarchal universe. For years it was understood that Queen Hippolyte was actually born of two women when the queen, wanting a child, molded her from clay, and she was then brought to life by Aphrodite, according to Entertainment Weekly. Then, after decades with that story sufficing, writers Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang decided to inject her birth story with a literal jolt of maleness, reimagining her as the daughter of Hippolyte and Zeus. The birth story made its way into the blockbuster film, which is likely to go unquestioned by the mainstream moviegoing public.
While there's no information as to whether or not wonder twin Jason will be born of special strength or powers, general badassery remains to be seen, but it's more than likely his powers will rival that of his famous sister, because why allow her to have the glory when writers can introduce a probable male hero willy-nilly --as if Superman, Batman, and the countless other male superheroes with their own comics and movies just aren't enough?
On the upside in the Wonder Woman universe, it was announced earlier this week that Gail Simone, WW's longest-running female writer, has been tapped to pen a six-issue crossover series with Conan the Barbarian -- because there can never really be enough Wonder Woman.