I have given this topic some thought. (looks innocent). I would go with the fetish roots approach. (Looks very innocent.) I would sell it to the studio with this one simple line: “Fifty Shades of Grey, an erotic romance full of bondage, sold 70 million copies last year.” I believe that would get their undivided attention.
Now, here’s the problem. Wonder Woman’s fetish origins make her basically a dominatrix. Although she gets tied up a lot in the comics, mostly she is tying others up. She even had a kinky prison called Transformation Island where she kept female criminals in chains and taught them to love their chains. That’s fucking CANON, baby. Wonder Woman was a lesbian dominatrix.
That’s a problem because although I am SURE there are a lot of male comic book fans, and quite a few feminists as well, who would LOVE to see a story about a super-powered lesbian dominatrix, the heroine of 'Fifty Shades of Grey" was a straight submissive. So if you want to grab those 70 million eyeballs (well, 140 million, I guess) that bought Fifty Shades, you are going to have to make Wonder Woman a straight submissive…
I’m sure those male comic fans would go for Wonder Woman as a straight submissive too. But that kind of runs counter to her superhuman nature. She can’t go around submitting sexually to bad guys all the time, how will she bring them to justice? I thought about having her long to submit sexually to a lover in her private life, bringing up great psychological conflict for her. Perhaps she might wind up hooking up with Batman, he’s a fellow that understands psychological confiict.
But that’s not the Comic Book Way anyway. In the Comic Book Way ordinary human conflicts are ramped up to 11 by cosmic or mythological elements. So go back to her origins. I personally have always liked the Greek Gods origins. So let’s retcon. In our retconned mythology the Amazons were a group of mighty herioines who fought so bravely and so well that they conquered the ancient world. What’s more, they felt the gods were screwing up mightily, there being so much outright evil in the world, so they actually fought the ancient gods and damn near whipped their asses.
As a punishment for attacking the Gods, Zeus magically forces the Amazons to periodically become the lowest of slavegirls, serving men abjectly in the filthiest fleshpots of the ancient world for, I dunno, a week out of every month (during a certain phase of the moon, perhaps, to keep it ancient and mythological). This would keep them humble and remind them that they are only human. They revert back to their near-invincible, superhuman almost demigod selves afterward. (I like Wonder Woman super powered, a female analog of Superman).
In fact, the exile to Themiscyra by the Amazons was self-imposed, a reaction to their monthly period of submission.
Returned to the world of men, Wonder Woman enters the fleshpots of the world of men anew, craving to be used and degraded, her visits to them an enormous cause of guilt and shame, as I would set the movie in the 1950s when most people just Do Not Get this stuff. Her. Secret. Shame. Then one day, her submissive self encounters a bondage photographer named Irving Klaw. And the rest is history, because Wonder Woman’s secret identity as a submissive isn’t Diana Prince … it’s Betty Page.
Only problem with this line is, DC wouldn’t touch it with a ten foot pole.