'We're hungry for people who do the right thing': why we need Wonder Woman in 2017

Comic book author Greg Rucka says the live-action adaptation carries on the legacy of the comic book characterization.
This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Gal Gadot in a scene from Wonder Woman in theatres Friday. (Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Entertainment/Associated Press)

The new Wonder Woman film is released this weekend, but the character's origin goes back 75 years as a DC comics character. Comic book writer Greg Rucka began writing for the Wonder Woman comic book series in 2003, and last year, Rucka signed on as a full-time writer for the latest instalment in the series called Rebirth, which aims to bring the character back to her core values.

The new film is directed by Patty Jenkins, known for her work on the Oscar-winning Monster, and stars Fast and the Furious actor Gal Gadot in the title role.

Rucka talks to q guest host Gill Deacon about how the live-action adaptation carries on the legacy of the comic book characterization.

"The [value] I give most primacy to is compassion and empathy," says Rucka describing Wonder Woman. "I think those are the traits that most differentiate her from all these other superheroes in this ever-growing canon of super-powered beings that fly around the world and can lift up tanks and toss them."

Rucka also talks about why he believes the movie will be a success, the history of the Wonder Woman character and how he approached being a man writing a character that is a symbol of strength for women.

— Produced by Vanessa Nigro


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