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.

Anything to add Bastards? Sound off below.

Source: Blastr

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  • Jamie Wainio

    (sniff sniff) what’s that I smell? I do believe that is the scent of BULLSHIT

  • Josh Evans

    I’m appalled.
    Build up such a case about being unable to do her justice and then promise an Aquaman film?

  • matt

    In short you don’t want to make the movie…stop lying, resign and let someone else make the movies then

  • Lars Petersson

    “Of course waiting to get it right didn’t stop Catwoman, Green Lantern, Batman and Robin, Jonah Hex et al from getting made.”

    And what do they have in common?
    They were friggin’ awful travesties that should never have been made.
    Do you *really* want a WW movie to fall into that category?

    Also, I seem to recall that violence towards women (Yes, even superheroes) tend to push the age rating higher…

  • Irondouche

    This is infuriating. There are so many awesome possibilities with WW that it makes my brain boggle.

  • Simon Byrne

    there are a number of actresses out there who could pull off playing WW and as for the story arcs they have managed to use a number of them in the DC animated universe and they have all worked so why not use them in the silver screen. it just seems like they are avoiding making a female superhero because their previous attempts have failed

  • Mark R

    HOW many renditions of Superman did we have to go through before we got “Man of Steel”? How many people did we try before we got Christian Bale’s Batman?? So, why the big worry on getting Wonder Woman “perfect”? Get to working on it and figure it out!!

  • Brett Van Boven

    An Aquaman movie would be SO much harder to do right than a Wonder Woman movie, mainly because…who really wants an Aquaman movie? Sure if they somehow pulled it off it would be cool but….no one’s really pulling for it.

    Also, I’d think the biggest issue with Wonder Woman is she’s a woman and DC/WB (or any company) would have a hell of a time portraying her and selling it to the audience. If you over “sexualize” her women will be pissed off. If you under do it nerdy men everywhere will be up in arms. Not to mention, and it hurts me to say this as someone who would love a cool Wonder Woman movie,…would a female protagonist really sell at theaters? Even if you got the biggest female “draw” in Hollywood, I don’t think a major female lead would sell at the theaters to many other people. I’d love to see it but…a solo film probably won’t happen soon.

    • hectorhall82

      Umm.. I guess the Resident Evil movies, Aeon Flux, Tomb Raider, Ultraviolet, etc. didn’t happen then…

      • Brett Van Boven

        They did. And I personally, as I said, would love to see more female leads. But…lets look at those movie. Aeon Flux and UltraViolet did (monetarily) and were received horribly…as they probably should’ve been.
        Milla Jovovich is a great female lead in any movie, particularly an “action” flick, but the RE movies have topped out at $60million domestically. Not exactly Comic Book Movie money.
        Tomb Raider is probably the best received action movie with a female lead I can think of. Haywire with Gina Carrano was also a solid female-led movie, though not as successful.

        All I meant is it is obviously much harder to sell a female character in a usually male-dominated genre. I’m all for this happening, just sucks that they’d probably have to attach a big name like Jolie to make it do well in the theaters, as apparently she’s the only female anyone will pay to see. I’m all with you on this one, don’t worry.

        • hectorhall82

          Well, the Kill Bill movies did pretty good!
          And the ones I listed were just a few off the top of my head. Here’s a longer list of action films with female leads:

          I’m just saying I don’t agree at all with the argument that a female-led action movie just doesn’t sell. With the right combination, any movie can do well.

          • Brett Van Boven

            lol. i forgot how terrible IMDB lists are. The fact that “The Call” is on there before anything we mentioned or Aliens or Kill Bill (which actually, if any movies prove female leads are badass its those), is hilarious.

            Either way, yeah, agreed. It’s just going to be an uphill battle for DC/WB, and I hope they decide to put some time and thought into doing this instead of taking an easier way out with another less interesting franchise.

  • hectorhall82

    All they really need to do is adapt the original 6 issues of George Perez’s Wonder Woman run, combined with Steve Trevor being younger & a romantic interest in some way, similar to the Wonder Woman animated move. BUT, keep Ares dark & menacing like Perez’s version of the character. You might also want to update the environment, such as changing the period from the Cold War to modern day, like the first Iron Man movie did.

    I really don’t see how this is that difficult… *smh*

  • Joel Conley

    I guarantee Joss Whedon had it right and they let that slip away.