San Diego Comic-Con celebrates the iconic hero’s 75th anniversary with a life-size model of her trusty but unseen mode of transportation.
The press release lured me with the promise of an invisible jet, more specifically: Wonder Woman’s famed mode of transport.Read more ↓
In theory, they could have just put me on an empty street corner and told me the jet was parked in front of me. I would have had no grounds for argument.
And that’s the fun of San Diego Comic-Con, which unofficially started Wednesday with a preview night for the press. The 46-year-old event attracts 130,000 attendees every year to the San Diego waterfront for a half-week binge of comics and pop culture. So I went to see the jet.
Fortunately, the Wonder Woman event, held by Warner Bros. Consumer Products, was not just an emperor’s new clothes kind of stunt. The installation, on a street corner in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, features a backdrop of the sky and clouds with what looks like half a jet protruding. The aircraft is made of clear plastic — similar to how a toy version of the jet would look, just a lot bigger.
The installation is part of a 75th anniversary celebration of the iconic comic hero. Wonder Woman had a part in this year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and she’s getting her own movie, due out in 2017. She even graces the cover of this year’s official Comic-Con souvenir book.
For Comic-Con, installations like this, which entice photographs, Facebook and Twitter posts, and, yes, news articles are some of the biggest draws. Others this year come from HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and Comedy Central’s “South Park.”
“I love everything about Wonder Woman,” she told me after the photo. “She’s the ultimate woman: strong, powerful, doesn’t need a man. She’s just awesome.”
As for the invisible jet, “It’s pretty cool,” she said. “But it’s a little hot in there.”
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