As director of Marvel's upcoming tentpole The Avengers (which happens to be one of the most eagerly anticipated films of 2012), Joss Whedon should rightly be on top of the world. But there's one project he still seems to be kinda sad about: his failed Wonder Woman film project.
In an interview with Rookie, where he talks a bit about The Avengers and a lot about his upcoming Much Ado About Nothing film based on Shakespeare's comic play, Whedon once again touched on the Wonder Woman film project that ultimately failed to get off the ground, and about how he viewed the kick-ass golden-lasso-wielding Amazon beauty:
She was a little bit like Angelina Jolie [laughs]. She sort of traveled the world. She was very powerful and very naïve 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.
If you recall, Joss Whedon, the king of kick-ass female empowerment on TV (see Buffy The Vampire Slayer's Buffy Summers and Firefly's River Tam, Dollhouse's Echo, among others), had been signed by Warner Bros. back in 2003 to write and direct the long-anticipated Wonder Woman movie. Sadly, the whole thing fell through in 2007, when both Whedon and the studio had different views on how to tell Princess Diana's story.
However, there's still some hope for a big-screen adaptation of DC Comics' most iconic superheroine after all! Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn, who may next be working on that other long-gestated sci-fi project, Logan's Run, is really keen to get his shot at the Amazon princess.
And if Zack Snyder's Man of Steel movie turns out to be successful, maybe the WB will look more kindly on finally getting Wonder Woman off the ground.
So let's keep our fingers crossed.