New feminist Wonder Woman comic has hero enslaved as traditional, Christian wife who must reject the Bible to escape

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A new Wonder Woman comic book has the hero trapped in her mind as a traditional, Christian wife who is verbally abused by her husband.

"Wonder Woman #8," written by author Tom King, places Wonder Woman under the constraints of a villain who has bound her with the Lasso of Lies, a powerful weapon much like her own, which he uses to manipulate her mind.

Please note that this article contains many spoilers.

While tied up with the magical lasso, the reader learns that Wonder Woman is trapped in her mind, living as a Christian wife in a pseudo-1950s landscape with cell phones.

Her husband is an abusive military officer who immediately takes issue with his wife's inability to deliver dinner on time. After reminding his wife, trad Wonder Woman, that he is "going out with the boys," she insists that she is "going to be better" for him.

The comic jumps back and forth between the real world and the one created to torment her. In her traditional-hell landscape, Wonder Woman's thoughts are invaded by Bible passages that poison her mind. 1 Timothy 2:9-15 is used, which talks about women being encouraged to dress modestly and decently, learning in quiet, and not having authority over a man.

Ephesians 5:22-24 is later cited, which says, "Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior."

Later in the comic, Wonder Woman's husband complains about the temperature on his steak, and when asking her why she isn't eating, she says it's because she's trying to lose weight.

"I do need to watch my figure," she states.

After becoming enraged when Wonder Woman asks him when he will be home, the tormenting husband tells her that she may not be able to cook, but at least she looks good.

"I shouldn't have asked. Have fun. I have so many chores around here to distract me. As much as anything can distract me from you," she said painfully.

"You can't cook, and you never know when to shut your mouth. But dammit, you do look all right in that outfit," the husband said while embracing the emotionally damaged woman.

Preview for Wonder Woman #8
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Eventually, Wonder Woman escapes her mental prison but not before one more painfully written interaction with her husband. While sending her spouse into a spiral by burning his eggs, Wonder Woman is mentally battling more Bible passages.

Titus 2:3-5 is then quoted in the comic as "women, likewise, are to be reverent in behavior. Not slanderers or slaves to much wine."

"They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children," it goes on.

She scolds her husband in their final interaction for not listening to her.

Eventually, Wonder Woman's mother appears in her hallucination to remind her that she is a strong, powerful woman who can accomplish anything.

Inspired by her mother, Wonder Woman breaks free from her confines and, while holding the villain by his throat, yells, "I do not believe your God!"

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With dialogue narrating how Wonder Woman's will can never be broken — unlike even the toughest of men — the story comes to an end in both worlds.

In the trad world, Wonder Woman's husband is left with a departing note from his now-estranged wife.

"Steve. My mother came by. I'm leaving with her. I am not coming back."

"The truth is, I'm not who you think I am. I am only who I think I am."

"P.S. The house is a little messy. And you're going to need a new vacuum."

Steve is revealed as looking stunned while reading the note. A caption adds, "We pushed her as far as any man has ever been pushed."

"But from the clay from which she is made, it will not crack."

As That Park Place reported, a former DC Comics artist who worked on Suicide Squad and Justice League of America comics announced he would boycott the company over the recent tones in the Wonder Woman series.

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'Wonder Woman 1984' director says President Trump partly inspired movie's villain but, 'It's not about being political'

The villain in the upcoming comic book movie "Wonder Woman 1984" is partly inspired by President Donald Trump, but the film's director insists, "It's not about being political."

Patty Jenkins directed the 2017 blockbuster "Wonder Woman" that made over $821 million at the international box office, and returns to direct the sequel, "Wonder Woman 1984."

While discussing the upcoming DC Comics sequel about the superhero from the island nation of Themyscira, Jenkins gave some insight into one of the movie's villains, Maxwell Lord, played by Pedro Pascal of "Narcos" and "Game of Thrones" fame.

Jenkins was asked by Screen Rant if President Trump was an inspiration for Maxwell Lord.

"He's one of them," Jenkins said. "I mean honestly, the funny thing is he is [an influence], but I'm not trying to make...We even have the president in this movie, and I've gone out of my way not to make it look like Ronald Reagan."

"I don't want to get political, it's not about being political," Jenkins asserts.

"So, yes, Trump's definitely one of the people that we looked at, but it's any of those kind of mavericks of business success that was big in the '80s," she said. "Who went on to be major players in our world in potentially questionable other ways."

"Yeah, I don't have an agenda to have a political message to send to the world, but I think that the world all needs the same political message," Jenkins adds. "Everybody needs to look at themselves right now, and our politics, our belief system of excess."

The 49-year-old director said that the villain is also based on disgraced financier Bernie Madoff, but when he was younger.

The official DC Comics website bio of Maxwell Lord:

Though he may appear to be little more than a greasy businessman, the manipulative Maxwell Lord has been the ringmaster of the Justice League, the world's greatest spymaster, and an apocalyptic threat to metahumankind.
Like many of the most successful and influential people in the DC Universe, Maxwell Lord IV was born into money. His father was the CEO of a highly profitable but morally suspect pharmaceutical company, and when he killed himself upon discovering that they were releasing carcinogenic products, his surviving son resolved to put the family coffers to better use.

With the aid of an alien computer he had discovered on his own expeditions, Lord took it upon himself to establish a new Justice League of metahumans and capable vigilantes: one which would not just represent America, but function internationally. Maxwell Lord also discovered that he possessed the ability to manipulate the minds of others. Unfortunately, the use of these powers came with a deadly side effect that aggravated a brain tumor, causing him to bleed from the nose and eventually leading to his presumed death.

One scene in the "Wonder Woman 1984" trailer shows a large wall that stretches for miles being obliterated, whether that is a reference to President Trump's border wall that he has made one of his paramount campaign promises is not specified. There is also a fight scene that takes place in the White House where Wonder Woman battles Secret Service agents.

The movie's other villain is Cheetah, portrayed by comedic actress Kristen Wiig.

"Wonder Woman 1984" was scheduled to be released in June of this year, but was delayed to October because of the COVID-19 pandemic closing U.S. movie theaters.

Wonder Woman 1984 – Official Trailer