In a recent chat with Deadline, before he headed out to SXSW on a bus with some members the Much Ado About Nothing cast, Joss Whedon talked about his new flick, wrapping on the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot, his passion for smaller projects, and his attempt at a Wonder Woman movie for Warner Bros.
His candid recollection of the Wonder Woman movie is depressing to say the least, and speaks to the current disarray WB finds themselves when it comes to their superhero properties,
DEADLINE: How much do you keep an eye on Warner Bros with their DC properties?
WHEDON: I don’t keep that close an eye on it. But I loved Batman Begins so much and thought Christopher Nolan nailed Batman in a way that nobody ever had. It couldn’t be more different from The Avengers, and the Marvel and DC universes are different animals. If they actually crack the code which has not been done in terms of creating a shared sensibilities where all the movies are interesting and come together, I’m going to be thrilled. I have no fear that we’re going to be stepping on each others’ turf.
DEADLINE: You’ve had a history with DC. Do you think anyone will ever pull off Wonder Woman?
WHEDON: It’s not easy. It’s not a simple trick. The Marvel properties with the exception of Batman who has often been described as the Marvel character in the DC universe are much easier to translate to a modern audience. Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern are so far above us and their powers are amorphous and that makes it 10 times harder. Even when you’re doing a fight, it’s harder to write a fight for Thor than it is for Captain America because he’s that much stronger. I loved what I was doing on Wonder Woman. Clearly I was an excited party of one. I wrote the movie, I felt good about the characters, the structure needed work, I did another outline, they read it and were done. There wasn’t even a phone call.
Man, if they were unwilling to pursue Whedon’s Wonder Woman script, which I’m sure was a damn good one considering his track record with strong women characters, you have to wonder what they’re looking for in a big screen adaptation of the Amazon? And, this has me worried about they’re continued want of a Justice League movie. Those recent rumors of a Batman/Superman team-up flick didn’t fill me with a lot of hope, either. Why is it WB and DC are such a mess, and Marvel and Disney seem to have struck gold? There’s clearly interest in a Wonder Woman movie, did you see the sweet fan trailer from last week?
Jump over to Deadline for the whole interview. Do you think WB will ever figure out their superhero woes, or will they continue to reboot the Superman and Batman franchise ad infinitum?
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