Wonder Woman’s villains may not be as iconic as those of Superman or Batman. That’s why writer Brian Azzarello has created new opposition for the Amazonian. Brian Azzarello spoke with CBR about his plans for Wonder Woman and her new villain. Here are some highlights from that interview:
*Readers will learn more about Wonder Woman’s nemesis First Born in the upcoming Villain’s Month issue. Azzarello believed Wonder Woman needed a more worthy foe than the ones previously paired with her.
*Orion will be seen again in the future.
*Azzarello stated that Superman would not be appearing in his books.
Read below for the full transcript. Beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the latest issue.
CBR News: Last week, Wonder Woman was forced to make an incredible choice to prevent First Born from becoming the new God of War. But — she really didn’t have a choice, did she?
Brian Azzarello: Wonder Woman killed War to prevent First Born from killing him. If First Born would have killed War, he would have been the new God of War and First Born plus God of War equals bad news.
And now that makes Wonder Woman the new God of War.
Yep. By default.
Hades quipped that Diana would make aninteresting God of War. Would you agree?
Yeah, I wrote the line, so I guess I agree. [Laughs]
While she remains every bit the Amazonian warrior we’ve come to expect over the years, your run has managed to humanize Wonder Woman and show her as a caring, compassionate character. How will she handle her new role amongst the gods?
It’s obviously an interesting thing for someone like Wonder Woman to become the God of War. I don’t know that anybody wants to be the God of War. If you actually talk to a soldier, they’re doing what they do out of a sense of duty. You want war to be the last resort.
Despite her killing War, Wonder Woman decided not to kill First Born, though she injured him at the same time. That’s good news for fans of the character, and it looks like we are going to learn more about him in the upcoming Villain’s Month one-shot. Can you take us back to his creation and why a monster like First Born is the right choice for Wonder Woman’s nemesis?
I thought she needed a monster. I thought she needed a foe that was worthy of her and her power. She’s in the Trinity, for chrissakes. She’s one of DC’s greatest and most powerful characters, and she’s got these villains that are beneath her that she shouldn’t have a problem dispatching. But look like what they’ve done to Cheetah, now. They’ve elevated that character.
But rather than take old ones, which I just wasn’t interested in doing, I wanted to do something new. That’s what been driving me and Cliff [Chiang] — to do something new. We’re not doing old Wonder Woman stories. We’re not referencing old Wonder Woman stories. Those stories are great. Most of them are available in trade, and you should get them and read them and enjoy them, but what we’re doing is new. We’re creating new characters in new situations in a new world.
The First Born issue is actually the next chapter in the story that we’ve been telling. Is it a standalone issue? Yes, but it’s also the next chapter of the story. Again, we’re following the plan.
And that plan included introducing the New Gods to the New 52. I especially love the interplay between Diana and Orion. Will he be sticking around for the foreseeable future?
Yeah, he’ll be around.
I guess the same can’t be said for Lennox, who died at the hands of First Born in “Wonder Woman” #22.
Well, he’s done in this story, but it’s comics — [Laughs]
With Lennox, Orion and First Born, you’ve introduced some powerful men into Wonder Woman’s life these past two years. But we’ve yet to see Superman, who is currently Wonder Woman’s love interest. I know you don’t love the Superman/Wonder Woman relationship but are we going to see the Man of Steel in “Wonder Woman”?
Superman’s in enough books. No, he won’t be appearing in my book.
By not being so tied to the ongoing continuity of the New 52 — The Flash isn’t showing up to help rescue Zola and Zeke — does that allow you and Cliff the flexibility to tell the stories that you want to tell?
We’re allowed to do it because we’re doing something right. [Laughs]
We pitched this thing, this story, and we’re following the pitch. We’re not surprising editorial. We’re doing what we set out to do. We’re on a mission.
How long will the mission last? Do you have an end date to your run on “Wonder Woman” planned?
[Laughs] You’ll have to wait. I don’t want to give you a number, but I do have an ending.