DC exec explains why a Wonder Woman movie hasn't happened (yet)

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Jul 17, 2013, 5:06 PM EDT

Warner Bros. brand manager for superheroes Diane Nelson reveals the trouble with adapting Wonder Woman, along with a few other heroes she thinks we'll see on the big screen eventually.

Everywhere you turn lately, there are articles, tweets and fan videos about Wonder Woman. She is more a part of the collective cultural consciousness than ever. And it's not in spite of the failed attempts to make a Wonder Woman movie/TV show, it's because of them. People want Wondie. Big screen, small screen? Doesn't matter.

So what's the holdup?

Well, if you ask DC Chief Diane Nerlson, it has a lot to do with the fear of getting Wonder Woman wrong. She told The Hollywood Reporter:

We have to get her right, we have to. She is such an icon for both genders and all ages and for people who love the original TV show and people who read the comics now. I think one of the biggest challenges at the company is getting that right on any size screen. The reasons why are probably pretty subjective: She doesn't have the single, clear, compelling story that everyone knows and recognizes. There are lots of facets to Wonder Woman, and I think the key is, how do you get the right facet for that right medium? What you do in TV has to be different than what you do in features. She has been, since I started, one of the top three priorities for DC and for Warner Bros. We are still trying right now, but she's tricky.

While Diana has had multiple alterations to her origin over the years, we can't help but feel like this is a bit of a copout. We've had missteps with both Batman and Superman over the years. Stuff like Superman III and Batman and Robin is inevitable. The longer DC waits, the harder it's going to be to meet expectation. And, speaking of expectation, most people are already kind of assuming that DC's going to fall flat on its face with a Wonder Woman movie anyway. What we're saying is, pass or fail, better to give fans what they want and get it done.

Lest we leave you on a sour note, Nelson also spoke about other DC properties she thought should and would be adapted.

Sandman is right on top. I think it could be as rich as the Harry Potter universe. Fables. Metal Men. Justice League. And yes, I'm going to say it: Aquaman.

We will take all of the above, thank you very much. Metal Men and Aquaman, especially, were an unexpected inclusion. Neither gets enough love, and both would be perfect for a bit of self-referential humor.

Just get to Wonder Woman first, all right?

(via Comic Book Movie)