Joss Whedon Talks about His Version of Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman by Brian Murray 
Last week, Joss Whedon, sat down for a lengthy and interesting interview with Rookie, and from it, we got some great info of the superhero-variety. Whedon (who we all know is at the helm of only the biggest superhero movie ever, The Avengers - opening May 4, 2012), took a break from his post production work on that film to talk about one of his upcoming projects, a re-telling of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. The article is interesting simply to read how Whedon decided to make Much Ado on a whim, while on a break from The Avengers shoot.

However, during the interview, Whedon was also asked about his attempt at writing and directing a film version of Wonder Woman, which he was all set to make for Silver Pictures and Warner Bros. back in 2007. Unfortunately, that movie, like many other attempts before it, never escaped from development hell - Whedon claims no one at Silver Pictures liked his script. So, in the Rookie interview, he gives us a thumbnail sketch of what his Wonder Woman would've been like.

Angelina Jolie - Whedon's Wonder Woman inspiration

"She was a little bit like Angelina Jolie [laughs]. She sort of traveled the world. She was very powerful and very na├»ve about people, and the fact that she was a goddess was how I eventually found my in to her humanity and vulnerability, because she would look at us and the way we kill each other and the way we let people starve and the way the world is run and she’d just be like, None of this makes sense to me. I can’t cope with it, I can’t understand, people are insane. And ultimately her romance with Steve was about him getting her to see what it’s like not to be a goddess, what it’s like when you are weak, when you do have all these forces controlling you and there’s nothing you can do about it. That was the sort of central concept of the thing. Him teaching her humanity and her saying, OK, great, but we can still do better."- Joss Whedon

I've always thought Wonder Woman would be one of the more difficult superheroes to bring to the big screen. Besides her rather convoluted origin story the movie must reboot, the film makers also have to battle the legacy of the beloved 1975-1979 TV version starring Lynda Carter. I have to wonder if Whedon, who is known for his compelling female characters, can't pull it off, what chance does anyone else have? Any ideas on how a Wonder Woman film could be made that stayed true to comic book origins while making it relevant to modern audiences? I'm sure the folks at Warner Bros. would love to hear it.

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  1. This movie will never be made I suspect. Everyone wants something from Wonder Woman and I don't think anyone can bring those disparate desires to film properly. Couple with Hollywood's obsessive mindset that female action films can't sell makes this one far more likely to get another TV attempt.

  2. @Nick Yep, agree, I could see it working on TV, maybe as a 'Smallville'-type concept. Thanks for the comment.


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