8 Things You Didn’t Know About The Recently Canceled Comic
Earlier in January, DC announced the abrupt cancellation of Wonder Girl by Joëlle Jones, after only seven issues. No reason was given for this decision. Of course, the fandom took the news badly. There’s been a lot of talk about Yara Flor’s time in DC history being unfairly cut short, especially since she’s one of the few POC women leading a DC comic right now.
The cancellation announcement anticipated that Yara’s story would continue in The Trial of the Amazons: Wonder Girl #1 and #2. However, many believe that Yara deserves her solo story regardless of her role in this crossover. Hopefully DC will heed fan opinions and have Yara back on the pages soon. For now, there is still a lot to learn about this series.
8 It was entirely created by Joëlle Jones
Joëlle Jones is an American artist known for her work in several DC series, such as Catwoman, Supergirl: Being Super, Fablesand Madam Xanadu. Although she has also worked with Marvel, she has had an exclusive contract with DC since 2016. In addition to creating visual art for comics, Jones also writes her own stories. In fact, Yara Flor is an original character of her own creation.
Wonder Girl is Jones’ first solo series as a writer, but she also co-wrote women killer with Jamie S. Rich. The comic follows Josie Schuller, a picture-perfect wife from Stepford who secretly works as a hitman for the mob, and it was published by Dark Horse Comics. Luckily for Jones fans, Netflix is currently working on a women killer adaptation directed by Diablo Cody, starring Blake Lively.
seven Wonder Girl is Yara Flor, a young Brazilian woman
The real name of the new Wonder Girl is Yara Flor. Just like Diana is the daughter of Zeus, Yara is also a demi-goddess. His mother is an Amazon from the Amazon rainforest and his father is an Amazon river god. However, Yara doesn’t know any of this in Wonder Girl first numbers. She’s just a girl living in the United States who visits Brazil with the aim of learning more about her own heritage.
Wonder Girl tells the story of Yara before she became a heroine. In the first issue, she is just a normal girl on a trip to Latin America. But once you arrive in Rio de Janeiro, things get complicated. Yara finds herself on the path to discover the truth about herself: she is the protagonist of a prophecy that shakes the Amazon world.
6 Yara Flor is the Wonder Woman of the Future State
Although Yara becomes Wonder Girl in Prime Earth, readers first meet her in Dark Nights: Death Metal #7 as Future State Wonder Woman after Diana Prince sacrifices herself for humanity. She only appears for a moment, and she’s never mentioned with the Wonder Woman moniker, but her outfit says it all.
It’s not before Future State: Wonder Woman let readers learn more about Yara Flor, the mighty demi-goddess. Future state: wonder woman features Yara as she travels to the underworld to save Potira the Amazon from the god of death. This story showcases Yara’s courage and her solidarity with her Amazonian sisters, two essential qualities for the next Wonder Woman.
5 Wonder Girl’s Weapons Have Latin American Roots
Her divine heritage enhances Yara’s strength, speed, and reflexes. But, on top of that, she’s an excellent hand-to-hand combatant. Yara’s weapon of choice is her sword. According to Jones, this weapon is based on the tip of an Amazonian spear found at an anthropological site to give Yara a real connection to her Brazilian heritage.
In addition to her sword, Yara wields the Golden Boleadoras, a rope throwing weapon, inspired by a tool used by the Incas and Mapuches to capture cattle in pre-Columbian times. Yara Flor’s creator said the Golden Boleadoras are Yara’s own version of the Lasso of Truth. However, she also says that the Boleadoras are even more powerful.
4 Yara’s outfit is inspired by Barbarella, Balenciaga and… Beyoncé?!
According to Joëlle Jones, Yara’s physical image was based on the beautiful Brazilian model Suyane Moreira. However, Yara’s outfit was also inspired by other fashion icons. For example, her golden metallic boots come straight from Balenciaga’s design, but they also remind comic book fans – and Jones herself – of Barbarella, the main character of the homonymous comic book series.
The author explained that she approached Yara’s costume with care, making sure to make it revealing but not skimpy, a balance she found in Beyoncé’s outfits. On this, she commented “[Beyoncé’s] performance costumes, to me, have such power behind the silhouettes. If there is sexuality in it, she owns it; it’s hers.” Beyoncé’s commanding presence and powerful demeanor were major fashion inspirations for Yara Flor.
3 Yara Flor is not the first Wonder Girl
Yara Flor isn’t the first Wonder Girl in DC continuity. The coat belonged to two different women before her. First, Donna Troy, an orphan Wonder Woman brought to Themyscira after saving her from a fire — and whose origin story changed several times. Next up is Cassandra Sandsmark, a demi-goddess who uses the sandals of Hermes and the gauntlet of Atlas (and who actually appears in Jones’ Wonder Girl.)
Although she is the third woman to win the title of Wonder Girl, Yara Flor is just as important as the first two iterations of this heroine. His well-crafted Brazilian heritage makes him a great example of positive Latinx portrayal in comics, especially for Brazilians. Hopefully fans will get to see her in new titles soon.
2 The Wonder Girl TV show was also canceled
By the end of 2020, The CW has announced plans to produce a new Wonder Girl series with Yara Flor as the main character. The show was meant to follow Yara as she discovers her own power and takes on the role of Wonder Girl. Writer and producer Dailyn Rodríguez was already working on the script.
Unfortunately, the project was canceled a few months later and The CW moved on to new shows, such as the recently created Noemie and The Powerpuff Girls live reboot. About its cancellation, Rodríguez commented on Twitter that unfortunately “it wasn’t meant to be”. Too bad, since the Wonder Girl The series would have been the first Arrowverse series with a Latinx lead character, as well as the first featuring a member of the Wonder Fam. Hopefully Rodríguez’s storyline won’t be forgotten for good.
1 There’s still hope for more Wonder Girl
Unfortunately, fate was not kind to Yara Flor. So far, the new Wonder Girl has missed two great opportunities. First, her CW series died before she started, then her solo series was canceled. However, comic book fans know that nothing lasts forever, especially considering the multiverse. Although Wonder Girl has been officially cancelled, Yara Flor will appear in the next Wonder Woman event, Trial of the Amazons.
On top of that, Yara is a compelling character. Many fans relate to her story. Even though she’s a recent addition to the comics, she already has a decent fan base fighting for her character. Although Joëlle Jones has yet to comment on Yara’s future, she clearly loves the character. There’s reason to believe Yara will return as Wonder Girl sooner or later. She wouldn’t be the first character to have a glorious return after a bad time in DC Comics history.
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