Joel Silver tried for years to produce a Wonder Woman movie. He even hired Joss Whedon to write and direct, but they couldn't make it work. Now another major producer is asking DC Comics to give her a crack at Wonder Woman. Lauren Shuler Donner, producer of the X-Men franchise, has a message for DC and the studio.
"I'm campaigning to produce Wonder Woman for DC and Warners," Donner said on June 24 in Burbank, Calif. at the Saturn Awards. "They don't want it, but I just think she's the greatest character. She's right up there, as you know, with Superman and Batman, the three of them. I want to produce Wonder Woman."
The rights are back with DC and Warner Brothers, Donner says. So Donner is making phone calls, taking meetings and telling the press she wants it. "I've campaigned for it. I'm going to campaign some more. I want to produce Wonder Woman."
Donner has done well with the X-Men franchise. Maybe it would take a woman to really understand Wonder Woman. "Look, she's a goddess and a superhero. How great is that? I think you need to stay close to the myth, but the studio I know wants to make it accessible, i.e., somewhat contemporary. I think there is a way to do it."
A new Wonder Woman would be a juicy role for some young actress. Donner would hope to cast a young up-and-comer so she could make a franchise out of it. "I think so, because I'd like it to grow. I think there's a lot of Wonder Woman stories that would be great to tell. I see a couple of them."
Donner's version would even be open to women of all types. Princess Diana is usually portrayed as a Caucasian woman, but in 2010 Donner sees a multi-ethnic Wonder Woman. "Oh, definitely. I would hope all movies are. Really, I think all movies should reflect the world."
What do you think? Is Donner right for Wonder Woman?