They couldn’t make an Avengers movie without first doing Iron Man, Thor and Captain America, so keeping that in mind, it would make sense that they can’t do a Justice League movie without first getting Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman to the big screen. Just one problem: try as they might, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros seem positively unable to get anything Wonder Woman greenlit, whether it’s on the big or small screen.
Well, Warner Bros. brand manager for superheroes Diane Nelson has answer as to why no one, from Joel Silver to Joss Whedon to David E. Kelly to Allan Heinberg to Nicolas Winding Refn have succeeded to get Wonder Woman on screen in any form. As 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.
That sounds nice. Of course waiting to get it right didn’t stop Catwoman, Green Lantern, Steel, Batman and Robin, Jonah Hex et al from getting made. I believe these were Joss Whedon’s words when he left the project in 2007: “I would go back in a heartbeat if I believed that anybody believed in what I was doing. The lack of enthusiasm was overwhelming.” I guess part of getting it right is to drum up at least a degree of enthusiasm.
Anyway, Nelson did have some ideas about what other DC characters we might see on the big screen soon:
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.
Hm. Not sure I want to live in a world where we might see a Metal Men or Aquaman movie before a Wonder Woman.
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