Wonder Woman! (DC Comics/Warner)
Wonder Woman! (DC Comics/Warner)

Wonder Woman Movie Still On, Still Being Written by Dudes

Ben Carrozza

Published: Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The on again-off again Wonder Woman movie is on again for all of you who were wondering (groan!). Producer Joel Silver told IESB.com that the film is still good to go and that writers are currently working on a script.

Silver told IESB.com first-time writers Matthew Jennison and Brent Strickland are working on a script that will be an origin story for the Amazonian heroine. He also wouldn't confirm if he had a director in mind, although hinted he might be considering Speed Racer and The Matrix masterminds the Wachowski brothers, saying that, "Andy Wachowski had an idea on how to open the Wonder Woman film."

The long rumored film which has been talked about for close to 15 years has had numerous stars "attached" to it, including Sandra Bullock, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lucy Lawless and, more recently, Cobie Smulders, Sophia Bush and Jessica Biel. Also, Buffy the Vampire Slayer showrunner Joss Whedon had been set to write and direct a version of the film as late as last year but left the project due to creative differences.

In November 2006, Whedon speculated to Entertainment Weekly why the Wonder Woman film is so difficult to get off the ground: "Besides the great origin story, there's nothing from the comics that felt right 100 per cent, no iconic canon story that must be told," he said. "Batman has it made -- he's got the greatest rogues gallery ever, he's got Gotham City. The Bat writes himself. With Wonder Woman, you're writing from whole cloth, but trying to make it feel like you didn't. To make it feel like it's existed for 60 years, even though you're making it up as you go along."

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Ali
Tue, Apr 22, 08 at 04:12 PM
Your snide headline about "still being written by dudes" along with your insertion of a 'groan' is quite remarkable in the year 2008. So what if it's written by dudes?! What's your point?! That they're "sissies"?! Spare me. Wonder Woman is a character everybody can enjoy, including "dudes" and for a lot more than just that she's hot. She's actually A LOT more interesting than Superman and Batman combined and contrary to what Joss Whedon said she does indeed have an iconic canon story -- he just chose to overlook it, for whatever dumb reason. I highly suggest you take the time to actually research the character before making any more assumptions. Wonder Woman can be a great movie if done right. Go online to amazon.com's website and order the graphic novel (ISBN #: 1401201970) of the first seven issues of the comic book (its re-boot by George Perez). It's amazing and won't disappoint. If you still disagree then by all means make all the snide remarks you want -- but try backing them up with some thoughtful substance. Thank you!
ares
Tue, Apr 22, 08 at 05:46 PM
uh i think they were making a pun with the whole "wonderful" wonder woman thing. also i think maybe they're saying it might be better if a woman wrote the comic since its liek about a woman.
hilarious
Tue, Apr 22, 08 at 07:04 PM
Ali, you just made my day. You are the epitome of overreaction.
teeveejunkie
Tue, Apr 22, 08 at 08:18 PM
Isn't one of the Wachowski's a woman now anyway?
Tue, Apr 22, 08 at 08:24 PM
What does the movie being written by a guy have anything to do with anything? Wonder Woman was <i>created</i> by a guy.
joss
Tue, Apr 22, 08 at 08:36 PM
More interesting than Batman and Superman combined eh? I guess that's the new math. It's certainly less narrow minded to suggest comic books nerds (i.e. mostly dudes) would be best suited to write "Wonder Woman" than a woman just becasue, uh...she can identify with Ms.Prince? But whatever. If Silver had any sense he'd bury this thing to the lowest levels of his production staff until someone - ANYONE - came up with a really winning script, man, woman or blue monkey. Oh wait, that's what he's doing.
Robin
Tue, Apr 22, 08 at 09:08 PM
The thing that kills me is, the Joss Whedon script they rejected *was* an origin story. Given his track record, I'm pretty sure it would've been good.
Gold Monkey
Tue, Apr 22, 08 at 10:27 PM
Repeat after me: Joel Silver... wouldn't know a good movie script... if he had his d*ck papercut by one. Thank you.
Ali
Wed, Apr 23, 08 at 12:53 AM
Uh, 'ares', your comment really makes no sense. I hardly take Carrozza's headline and article as a "pun" because it clearly isn't a pun. And secondly he's talking about the movie and the movie's script, not the comic as you suggest. Finally, the notion that the comic (or indeed anything) should be written by a woman purely because it's about a woman is a tad disturbing, especially since we're in the year 2008. The implication of what you're saying is that only a woman can write about women and only a man can write about men. Puh-leeeease.
bach ave
Wed, Apr 23, 08 at 11:26 AM
No, ares is right. Just think how much Buffy would have sucked had it been written by a man...
me
Thu, Apr 24, 08 at 10:04 AM
I hope that this movie tanks! Joss Whedon should have had the script that he wrote, re-wrote and wrote again up on the bigscreen.
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