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The scene-stealing Wonder Woman, from the page to the screen

After making an impressive debut in ‘Batman v Superman’, the crusader in a bustier is finally getting her own movie.

Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice features Wonder Woman in an extended cameo that has become one of the highlights of the critically panned movie. The female superhero will headline her own film in June 2017. DC comics and Warner Brothers have already started the build-up with a first look at Wonder Woman’s birthplace, the island of Themyscira, home to a tribe of Amazonian female warriors.

Image Credit: Clay Enos/DC Comics.
Image Credit: Clay Enos/DC Comics.

Gal Gadot will reprise her role as the crusader in a bustier in the origin movie, which will focus on the evolution of Diana Prince into a heroine with extraordinary powers and abilities. Wonder Woman is being helmed by Petty Jenkins, the acclaimed director of the Oscar-winning movie Monster (2003).

The pop culture obsession with Wonder Woman started soon after maverick psychologist William Marston created her in 1942. Marston wanted a heroic character who embodied the qualities of love and peace rather than conflict and machismo. The Wonder Woman comics initially had heavy undertones of bondage, which were gradually toned down as the comic character turned into a feminist icon.

Wonder Woman’s first appearance on a comic book cover in 1942.
Wonder Woman’s first appearance on a comic book cover in 1942.

The first Wonder Woman movie was made in 1974. The direct-to-home film, starring Cathy Lee Crosby, featured the superheroine as a super sleuth. The film, in which Crosby dons a demure version of the flesh-baring Wonder Woman costume, didn’t do well.

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Cathy Lee Crosby, the original Wonder Woman.

Then came the Wonder Woman TV series (1975-1979). Set during WWII, the show had Lynda Carter as the lead in a racier costume than the 1974 movie. Carter’s Diana Prince, who transforms into Wonder Woman by spinning, gained iconic status. The spinning trick was later incorporated into DC comic titles and animated appearances in the Justice League TV show.

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Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman spin.

Wonder Woman appeared more recently in The Lego Movie (2014), along with other superheros from the DC universe. The brilliantly animated movie has Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman (voiced by Cobie Smulders) as Lego crime-fighting figurines.

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The trailer of ‘The Lego Movie’.

Wonder Woman’s influence has been far-reaching. In a skit from Jim Henson’s The Muppets, Miss Piggy appears as “Wonder Pig,” a spoof of Lynda Carter’s superheroine.

She is cited as feminist icon, so when MAC cosmetics launched a limited edition Wonder Woman makeup collection, activists were not amused.

MAC cosmetics: The Wonder Woman Collection.
MAC cosmetics: The Wonder Woman Collection.

DC Comics has been slow to make a full-fledged movie on the popular character, but it has moved swiftly to prevent her appropriation. A French organisation campaigning against AIDS came out with a public service advertisement in 2004 starring Superman and Wonder Woman. The superheroes were shown wasting away on a hospital bed in a bid to convey the message that everybody is susceptible to AIDS. DC Comics successfully filed a motion to have the advertisement removed, citing copyright issues.

The controversial campaign poster.
The controversial campaign poster.

We can expect many more gifs and mash-ups in the wake of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and then some when the movie featuring the popular heroine finally sees the light of day.

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Advice from an ex-robber on how to keep your home safe

Tips on a more hands-on approach of keeping your house secure.

Home, a space that is entirely ours, holds together our entire world. Where our children grow-up, parents grow old and we collect a lifetime of memories, home is a feeling as much as it’s a place. So, what do you do when your home is eyed by miscreants who prowl the neighbourhood night and day, plotting to break in? Here are a few pre-emptive measures you can take to make your home safe from burglars:

1. Get inside the mind of a burglar

Before I break the lock of a home, first I bolt the doors of the neighbouring homes. So that, even if someone hears some noise, they can’t come to help.

— Som Pashar, committed nearly 100 robberies.

Burglars study the neighbourhood to keep a check on the ins and outs of residents and target homes that can be easily accessed. Understanding how the mind of a burglar works might give insights that can be used to ward off such danger. For instance, burglars judge a house by its front doors. A house with a sturdy door, secured by an alarm system or an intimidating lock, doesn’t end up on the burglar’s target list. Upgrade the locks on your doors to the latest technology to leave a strong impression.

Here are the videos of 3 reformed robbers talking about their modus operandi and what discouraged them from robbing a house, to give you some ideas on reinforcing your home.

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2. Survey your house from inside out to scout out weaknesses

Whether it’s a dodgy back door, a misaligned window in your parent’s room or the easily accessible balcony of your kid’s room, identify signs of weakness in your home and fix them. Any sign of neglect can give burglars the idea that the house can be easily robbed because of lax internal security.

3. Think like Kevin McCallister from Home Alone

You don’t need to plant intricate booby traps like the ones in the Home Alone movies, but try to stay one step ahead of thieves. Keep your car keys on your bed-stand in the night so that you can activate the car alarm in case of unwanted visitors. When out on a vacation, convince the burglars that the house is not empty by using smart light bulbs that can be remotely controlled and switched on at night. Make sure that your newspapers don’t pile up in front of the main-door (a clear indication that the house is empty).

4. Protect your home from the outside

Collaborate with your neighbours to increase the lighting around your house and on the street – a well-lit neighbourhood makes it difficult for burglars to get-away, deterring them from targeting the area. Make sure that the police verification of your hired help is done and that he/she is trustworthy.

While many of us take home security for granted, it’s important to be proactive to eliminate even the slight chance of a robbery. As the above videos show, robbers come up with ingenious ways to break in to homes. So, take their advice and invest in a good set of locks to protect your doors. Godrej Locks offer a range of innovative locks that are un-pickable and un-duplicable. To secure your house, see here.

The article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of Godrej Locks and not by the Scroll editorial team.