Joining the Wonder Women panel at the DC In DC in Washington DC were actors Candice Patton, Caity Lotz, Danielle Panabaker, Camren Bicondova, Jessica Lucas, Erin Richards, executive producer Sarah Schechter, writers Julie Benson and Shawna Benson, Mariko Tamaki and Shea Fontana and artist Agnes Garbowska.
You can watch the whole panel on the feed. But there were a few notable bits of news I was previously unaware of.
They talked about actors having control of characters when there are multiple directors on television shows, Camren being asked “would Selina do that” to reply “yes, yes she would.” Sarah Schechter talking about how actors know who their characters are and everytime Melissa Benoist has said that “she’s right”. And about challenging preconceptions, “saying ‘why did the woman walk in the room if she’s not going to say anything’ and the guys are just like ‘ohhhhh’”….
How there’s a different perspective on women’s costumes from women producers, “we added a skirt… she was wearing nothing.” Danielle Panabaker talked about pushing back on extreme cleavage in costumes, Camren Bicondova talked about a Gotham scene in which they both were written as torturing a man in their underwear, so as not to get their clothes dirty, but a scene they knew was there to be titillating, execs asked them if they were comfortable with it, they said they didn’t want to do like that, and said that were fine.
Julie Benson talked about when creating the current Batgirl & The Birds Of Prey comic, talking about moving away from the “boobs out, butts out” and making the clothes functional and making sense, lacing up the cleavage on Black Canary.
Mariko Tamaki talked about her discussion with a Wonder Woman artist who had her deep sea diving and in a bikini, rather than an appropriate diving costume. She pushed back and got different bikini designs back and had to say “step away from the bikini”.
But also we learned that a focus group of children was responsible for the DC TV women superhero characters not wearing high heels, like some of them do in the comics. The kids said that “you can’t fight in those” and that they should wear running shoes. And that’s why the characters are generally seen wearing flats across the Arrowverse shows.
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