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Joss Whedon talks his failed attempt to direct the Wonder Woman movie

Nov. 8, 2011by: Mike Sampson

In the end, Joss Whedon did get to direct his big-budget superhero movie and THE AVENGERS will hit theaters next summer. But prior to AVENGERS, Whedon had tried to get another superhero film off the ground and wasn't nearly as successful.

Back in the mid-2000s, Whedon was hired by Joel Silver and Warner Bros. to be the guy to finally bring a WONDER WOMAN film to the big-screen. Like many attempts prior, it never happened. Whedon would later say it was a "waste of [his] time." But now that the ship has sailed and Whedon is comfortably embedded with a new franchise (at a new studio), he spoke a bit about his vision.

"She was a little bit like Angelina Jolie [laughs]," explains Whedon. "She sort of traveled the world. She was very powerful and very nave about people." Why yes, that does sound like Angelina Jolie.

As for the film's central conflict, Whedon explains, "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 shed just be like, None of this makes sense to me. I cant cope with it, I cant understand, people are insane. And ultimately her romance with Steve was about him getting her to see what its like not to be a goddess, what its like when you are weak, when you do have all these forces controlling you and theres 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."

It sounds a bit like SUPERMAN RETURNS actually, a film that didn't exactly do gangbusters for Warners and DC. Silver was notoriously never a fan of Whedon's approach and even went so far as to bring a new screenwriter on to develop a competing draft while Whedon was still working on his script.

It didn't work out (and after that failed NBC series, one wonders if it ever will) but perhaps it was all for the best.

Source: Rookie

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10:40AM on 11/08/2011

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I think the new Wonder Woman comic points the way they could go with the franchise--sort of mythology meets erotic horror. It's definitely a different take, and Hollywood might not have the balls to do it, but a WW movie should get made. And it should be good.
I think the new Wonder Woman comic points the way they could go with the franchise--sort of mythology meets erotic horror. It's definitely a different take, and Hollywood might not have the balls to do it, but a WW movie should get made. And it should be good.
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10:42AM on 11/08/2011
It sounds kinda like DC's animated Wonder Woman (which was superb by the way). It seems like one of those projects that is hard to pull it off.
It sounds kinda like DC's animated Wonder Woman (which was superb by the way). It seems like one of those projects that is hard to pull it off.
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10:45AM on 11/08/2011
We'll see if Nicolas Winding Refn has any better luck.
We'll see if Nicolas Winding Refn has any better luck.
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10:47AM on 11/08/2011
It has to be dark, that's the only way the film would succeed.
It has to be dark, that's the only way the film would succeed.
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11:25AM on 11/08/2011
Wonder Woman has a bad costume, I'm sorry. It'll never work in film. She needs to put pants on. Change the costume and you've fixed 90% of makes a Wonder Woman movie unworkable.

Don't change a line, edit or second of film in Catwoman, but change the costume and that movie improves dramatically. (Although it would still suck.)
Wonder Woman has a bad costume, I'm sorry. It'll never work in film. She needs to put pants on. Change the costume and you've fixed 90% of makes a Wonder Woman movie unworkable.

Don't change a line, edit or second of film in Catwoman, but change the costume and that movie improves dramatically. (Although it would still suck.)
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12:09PM on 11/08/2011
Like others have said.. The Wonder Woman cartoon movie that came out last year was fantastic.. They should just adapt that.. Actually they should just remake it with live actors, because it was perfect.
Like others have said.. The Wonder Woman cartoon movie that came out last year was fantastic.. They should just adapt that.. Actually they should just remake it with live actors, because it was perfect.
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12:53PM on 11/08/2011
Wonder Woman is a tough cookie to crack. It's hard to see a film of her's actually get made. Not surprising that this article is about a failed one.
Wonder Woman is a tough cookie to crack. It's hard to see a film of her's actually get made. Not surprising that this article is about a failed one.
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1:24PM on 11/08/2011
No matter what you do, if Wonder Woman wears that costume everyone is going to think they are watching a porno.
No matter what you do, if Wonder Woman wears that costume everyone is going to think they are watching a porno.
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1:42PM on 11/08/2011
Call me crazy, but I think if Wonder Woman wears that costume everyone will think they are watching Wonder Woman.
Call me crazy, but I think if Wonder Woman wears that costume everyone will think they are watching Wonder Woman.
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2:24PM on 11/08/2011
Wonder Woman has potential if it has a substantial focus on Amazon and is heavily stylized like Thor.
Wonder Woman has potential if it has a substantial focus on Amazon and is heavily stylized like Thor.
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10:27PM on 11/08/2011
Whedon: "It would just be a big statement on the state of humanity! That she cannot grasp the idea of what we could do to help everyone but we never do... it's deep and stuff."

Producers: "But she'll still have big tits and run around, right?"
Whedon: "It would just be a big statement on the state of humanity! That she cannot grasp the idea of what we could do to help everyone but we never do... it's deep and stuff."

Producers: "But she'll still have big tits and run around, right?"
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