The folks at Warner Bros. and DC get a lot of flack for all the superhero movies they don’t make — but here’s one we can all thank the suits for putting the kibosh on.
Various versions of a potential Wonder Woman movie have been bouncing around development for years, but there was apparently one we’d never heard about. Until now.
Apparently comedy director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) pitched an action-comedy version of the iconic hero that sounds like a weird mix of The Tick and Justice League. But not really in a good way.
Here’s an excerpt from the IGN piece breaking the news:
The idea for Feig’s film would’ve involved a Wonder Woman who “keeps hitting the glass ceiling” of the superhero world. Conceived as a lighter action-comedy, this Princess Diana of Themyscira has to contend with male heroes like Batman and Superman who are perhaps not as forward-thinking regarding their female counterpart as they should be. (I think the word “jerks” might’ve come up.) Feig compared this Wonder Woman to the suffragist Cicely Hamilton (who wrote the 1908 “feminist” play Diana of Dobson’s).
Sure, comedy superhero movies can work when they’re done right — but c’mon, do we really want the first (modern-day) Wonder Woman movie to be a slapstick comedy playing on played-out sexism tropes? No! We want to see her kicking ass and taking names, a la Zack Snyder’s recent Man of Steel. Feig’s a heck of a director in the comedy genre, but still, it just doesn’t feel right.
Considering DC’s frequent disarray — and newfound hope that Snyder’s rebooted universe can compete with Marvel — it’s not much of a surprise the studio nixed this bizarre offshoot. So, bullet dodged.
What do you think? Could this actually have been a good idea?