When I was 13, I lived my life feeling afraid, ashamed, and abandoned by the world. I was feeling afraid that no one would like my all around “other”-ness. I was feeling ashamed because I received a constant barrage of messages telling me that everything about me was wrong. I was feeling abandoned by the world because I couldn’t find any accessible or permanent safe spaces. The only thing that ever seemed to bring me joy were the creative and performing arts. But I was told that even they weren’t permanent or accessible to me. So I continued feeling afraid, ashamed, and abandoned by the world. Until I didn’t.
One day I grew up and grew tired of trying to fit in and please everyone. I began embracing my ‘other’-ness. I began challenging ALL of those unnecessarily critical messages, and I began creating my own safe spaces. I found that joy can be accessible, and it can have a sense of permanence. Most of all, I found that I was ‘stronger than I (or ANYONE) believed, and that I had greater powers than I knew’! But it wasn’t until 2020 that I found the key to it all; True power. The power of healing.
Like the saying goes, “With great power, comes great responsibility!”. So I felt an incumbency to bring the healing power I experienced to the world, through the eyes of Bobby Barnes. I am endeavoring to bring his Wonder Boy to life. His story is my story. His lessons are my lessons, and his healing is my healing.
What you will see in his origin will be largely autobiographical. But I think you will find him to be universal. We all have a sense of other-ness, have received messages that something about us is wrong, and have felt abandoned by our surroundings at one point or another. However, Bobby does something many of us do not. He uses his trauma to powerfully and magically transform himself, his life, and those around him into a world full of the miraculous. He constantly puts into motion Wonder Woman’s creator, Dr. William Moulton Marston’s words that “Every crisis offers extra desired power”. By using Wonder Woman’s main two messages of Love & Fair Play (, or wisdom as I like to call it), Bobby will exemplify for us what true Grace means via his mission. A mission of healing and transformation for the world.
I have written “The New Adventures of Wonder Boy” pilot episode to be a three parter. It will essentially be a film and/or ‘Made for TV Movie’. This project will set the tone for the healing mission that he IS, how he stands for it, and how he will deliver it to us. He will be tested at every turn. His adventures will take him to places he could have never imagined, and his challenges will be on all fronts; Physical, intellectual, spiritual, and even emotional. In order for him to succeed, his greatest weapon in these challenges must always remain uncorrupted; His authenticity and the beauty of his soul.
And therein lies the challenge for us all. Our world today keeps throwing down new gauntlets and keeps challenging us in ways that we never thought imaginable. As of recent, it’s been politically, socially, intellectually, physically, financially, emotionally, and even spiritually. All all at once. We are all in need of healing and transformation more now than ever before.
Each of us is different. We all have different things that could potentially call for or require healing. We all have different catalysts through which that healing can or should be delivered. For me, the arts was always my healing delivery. Which is why I have chosen to write, act, move, draw, and use any of the other creative arts at my disposal, to bring this joy to life. My intention is that Wonder Boy will assist people to find their own catalyst, and aid in bringing forth this new wave of healing.
This story is all based on Phil Jimenez’s Bobby Barnes. I place him around the age of 13 (12 and a half to be exact), because I saw a direct reflection (and multiple parallels) of Phil’s character in my own 12 to 13 year old self. And in the story I write, he finds his divine mission at the messianic age of 33. My hope is that this story inspires each and every one of you to find your own divine inner ‘Wonder’ hero. And that everyone who consumes this project is embraced, empowered, and ensconced by the power of unconditional love. That it pours over you, so that you can walk with true power, true wisdom and exude true grace. And that when your inner ‘Wonder hero’ emerges, they will be healing to you. Because healing belongs to all of us!
As Bobby says, “#LeadWithLove”,
Brian J. Patterson (aka your current live action Bobby Barnes)
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