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Rucka and Williams originally were set for Wonder Woman: Earth One

Has anyone actually seen Grant Morrison and Lex Luthor in the same place at the same time?

While I don’t think there have been any official announcements about it, word is trickling out that Grant Morrison’s “putting the sex back into Wonder Woman” project is going to be Wonder Woman: Earth One. Bleeding Cool poses it as a question, but on the most recent 3 Chicks Review Comics podcast, Greg Rucka confirms it. He also says the gig was originally going to be his.

“I, at one point, was supposed to write Wonder Woman: Earth One,” he says. “ J.H. [Williams] was going to draw it.” Unfortunately, “I was told I was not going to do it. Dan DiDio called me and told me he was giving it to someone else. And I said if you take that away from me I can no longer work for you because I have taken many a job for you, sir, on the promise of doing this and now you’re taking it away and I can no longer accept your promises any more. He had his reasons for doing it; this is not me throwing stones. This is just the way things shook out.”

My first response is to wonder why there’s not room for both projects, but of course only one of them could be called Earth One. Those volumes have been doing incredibly well and are becoming a successful enough brand that it’s now a big deal to write one. It sucks that Rucka was told the gig was his only to have it taken away and given to a more popular writer. That doesn’t mean that Morrison and Yanick Paquette’s version won’t be cool, but it’s disappointing that it’ll be at the expense of Rucka and Williams getting to tell their story.

(via DC Women Kicking Ass)

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Rucka at his best wrote some solid Detective Comics stories – but nothing great (and no, Whiteout and Queen & Country were not that good). Morrison at least shows flashes of greatness with All Star Superman and We3

Wow, Didio, way to burn a bridge!

Assuming both projects were origin stories, that’s why there isn’t room for both. By trying over and over to restart these characters for the sake of making them approachable to a new audience, they’ll eventually be unapproachable for their many incarnations.

I agree with Rick.

Greg has a long track record of writing compelling female characters. It took me awhile to get that, but that’s one of the things Greg does beautifully. To throw him under the bus for a more popular writer is pretty lousy.

I was far more interested in the Rucka/Williams collaboration. Along with William Messner-Loebs, no one else has better captured Wonder Woman’s history and mythology. Unfortunately, this is just one more instance of Dan Didio burning a bridge that was better left intact. Given what Rucka has contributed to the modern canon of DC comics (including Gotham Central), Rucka deserved to hang onto the job that was promised him.

men I love DC, but stuff like this is just…meeen, whats is wrong with you DIdio? have you read the Hiketea? it was friking incredible!!!

How long ago did this incident take place? I wonder if this is tied into his reasons for leaving Batwoman.

Wow. No “wonder” creators are deserting DC by the droves.

This was a no brainer. How could you screw this up… oh, wait.

Rucka is a much more solid writer, and combined with the artistic stylings of JH Williams III it would have been a visually stunning story if nothing else. Though I like Yanick Paquette’s art, he can’t really hold a candle the quality of work that Williams III can produce.

@KaraokeFanboy: “Assuming both projects were origin stories, that’s why there isn’t room for both.”

Now tell me, did you just say that with a straight face?

Because we’ve already had two Wonder Woman reboots in the past two years.

And three Superman reboots.

Dan DiDio just keeps on giving me less and less reasons to like him.

DC Really are having issues keeping talent at the moment aren’t they? Hopefully Marvel will be there to pick up the proverbial pieces. This new 52 seems to be a DiDio/Morrison control freak that’s now taken over the entire DC

Dan DiDio is going to be the fail of DC Comics. Constantly burning bridges with writers and artists. Shame because that would have been a GREAT Wonder Woman book.

Morrison is overrated, and the fact that the want to “put the sex back into Wonder Woman” is a damn shame but not a surprise. They don’t care about the female characters in DC and view them only as sex toys rather than actual characters.

Damn that sucks. I would have purchased a Rucka/Williams ANYTHING.

“It sucks that Rucka was told the gig was his only to have it taken away and given to a more popular writer.”

Didn’t the same thing happen to Batwoman, where Devin Grayson had the gig taken away after a lot of work on the project, at which point it was given to… Greg Rucka?

Rucka remains my favorite WW writer to this day. I think it was really a mistake to take this project from him (ESPECIALLY w/ Williams art) and give it to someone else. Morrison is really hit or miss and his more recent superhero work has really failed to click with me. I have some reservation about his approach to the character, not even considering the actual execution.

Good for Rucka for standing up for himself. He’s a fine writer and deserves better than false promises and last-minute changes.

I loved how this came out at the very end of Rucka’s interview on the podcast. The rest of the segment was great, but talk about burying the lede. Anyway that’s a pretty messed story, and I think it speaks to the colder, business-like approach DC has taken in the last few years.

Having said that I can’t wait for Morrison and Paquette’s Wonder Woman: Earth One.

@ultrag

According to the internetz, Grayson was slated to write the new Batwoman series (and supposedly had finished issues) and learned somebody else was given the gig by reading about it in an article. Reports also suggest that Denny O’Neil had been advocating for a new take of Batwoman prior to Grayson’s involvement.

Honestly, I’m a little glad that Batwoman didn’t go to Devin Grayson. Personally speaking, her writing never really clicked for me.

@Amit

Her Gotham Knights was the best of the 4 Batman books at the time

Sorry, mr. Rucka, you’re a great writer, but….welcome to real world!

Are you friggin’ kidding me???? This has been my dream team for Wonder Woman for some time. Are you really telling me that it was going to happen and the Didiot F’d it in the A??? No wonder I’ve gone from buying almost every DC title to just 2 over the course of 5 years.

Never mind Grant and Lex. Has anyone ever seen Grant and BKV in the same place?

I love the work of Morrison, Lemire, and Snyder – but I have just contempt for the rest (DiDio, Johns, Lee, Harras, Lobdell)

Ah, what could have been… I would have loved to see Rucka and Williams work on that book. Yeah, I enjoy Grant Morrison depending on the stories, but Rucka is such a strong writer of female characters… I would have loved to read that particular book a lot more.

Might be worth emphasizing what seems to be the key in these events, perhaps unnoticed since it’s in the middle of the story: “I have taken many a job for you, sir, on the promise of doing this.”

In other words, FWIW, this wasn’t just Rucka getting a project and then seeing himself dropped from it before getting out of the gate in favor of someone else, although I think that would still be a reason for resentment.

This, however, was Rucka (I see no reason to doubt his word) having earned a project, through taking on other assignments with the clear implication that saying “yes” to them would eventually be rewarded with this project (WWE1), and THEN getting it and then having it taken away.

That, I think, is just plain scummy. Under those circumstances, you would almost have to decline to work with someone again, because he has plainly indicated that he will not honor the commitments he makes and that’s not a viable working arrangement.

@Wraith

I agree

Another case of DC mistreating and alienating creators – not surprising news at all. Though I’m thankful for Rucka’s honesty

Wow. Conservatism at its finest in the modern comic book industry. Watta buncha weenies.

I realize that Didio bashing is like an autonomic reflex for some people, but projects get reassigned from one writer to another all the time in publishing, TV, and film for all kinds of reasons. It’s part of the business and I’m sure Rucka understands that. Hell, he basically admitted as much (“He had his reasons for doing it; this is not me throwing stones. This is just the way things shook out.”). Didio didn’t do anything to him that countless editors have done to countless writers and artists for countless years. The only difference is that Rucka’s established and successful enough that he could afford to walk away from the table. That’s good for him, but that doesn’t make Didio a dick for making a commonplace business decision.

@ kalorama You’re another one of the DiDio apologists aren’t you? Be a lamb and push off.

I don’t want Grant Morrison’s WW: Earth One. I WANT RUCKA & JHW III’S WWl: EARTH ONE!!!!

I’m just not a fan of Morrison’s. I know I’m in the minority here but I have never been that impressed. His Batman run was all over the place even after rereading it a few times. Did not even care for All Star Superman that much. Gotham Central is one of the best books of the past 15 years and Rucka would have been great here.

“Putting the sex back into Wonder Woman”?

Yes. Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marsden, who was in a loving polyamorous relationship and had a fetish for being dominated by women. As a result, many of these themes appeared in the early series. And not in a sly, subtle way either. Themes of dominance and submission, kinky ‘games’ and themes of bondage appeared in almost every issue for decades.

So yes. “Putting the sex back into Wonder Woman.”

When do you think they’ll put a personality into Wonder Woman?

As much as I like Rucka’s work, Morrison is a way better writer – so, that’s fine.

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