Dina Gachman writes
Sookie isn’t the sole hero of the show (plenty of people tune in to see Alexander Skarsgård’s brooding Eric and Joe Manganiello’s growling Alcide), but she’s definitely the center of Bon Temps’ crazy universe. Besides being able to kick ass and talk tough, she’s funny, whip smart, and identifiable. Imagine seeing a powerful, self-deprecating, intelligent Wonder Woman that you could sit down and have a beer with.
Since no one can seem to get Wonder Woman right, it seems like Sookie might not be a bad character to look to for some inspiration, since so many execs are obviously stuck.
This makes me wonder if Gachman actually watches the show, or if she's cemented the book-version of Sookie, from Harris's Southern Vampire Mysteries series in her mind. TV-Sookie has an unfortunate over-reliance on waiting for men to rescue her, whereas book-Sookie was somewhat more self-reliant while also being infinitely more aware of her limitations. Meanwhile, "funny, whip smart, and identifiable" are things that one rarely sees written about TV-Sookie, and one is much more likely to read about Jessica or Pam if we're looking to True Blood for great examples of female characters.
I have been a Southern Vampire Mysteries fan for years, and a True Blood fan for just as long. It is my firm belief that one day we will all look back at True Blood as an enormous missed opportunity for creating a truly-interesting female super-powered protagonist, especially given the source material. I do hope that any film executives still considering revamping Wonder Woman for a movie disregard Forbes' advice here. The last thing Wonder Woman needs is to be relegated to an eye candy role while various half-naked men snarl at each other about how "Sookie Diana is mine."
Stepping away from Warner Brothers' controlled properties at the moment, I still hope for a new woman superhero movie.... in a new era where female troops are being officially allowed to enter combat arms for the first time in the United States, how about a revamped look at a Captain Marvel movie to tap into that zeitgeist? Io9 has already made this case, and the case for such a movie still seems to be building. Make Carol Danvers a decorated combat veteran volunteering for a special missions unit in order to better serve her country. You get parallels to Iron Man and Captain America's origin stories which will help her fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and blend with the current team dynamic.
We live in an era with more female combat veterans than at any prior point in our nation's history. What other way to both honor them and tap into a national mindset than create a female combat veteran superhero? You avoid the corniness of Wonder Woman's lasso and alien origins and instead have a human character grounded in our nation's recent history. It could really be fantastic.
Forget a Sookie Stackhouse inspired Wonder Woman. Give me a Kara Thrace inspired Carol Danvers.