You'd think that after three quarters of a century on the page, Wonder Woman would be one of the most popular #comicbook characters around. And though it might be the case, it doesn't seem like it translates to financial viability for movie studios, who have long denied the Amazon princess her time to shine on the big screen.
#JossWhedon, who eventually wrote and directed The Avengers, talked to Empire Magazine about trying to make his #WonderWoman dreams come true. The project was really close to his heart, but he never managed to see eye to eye with the studio. Fortunately, the character got picked up by Patty Jenkins, but it's surprising, if not infuriating, that it was so hard to get the green light for a Wonder Woman movie.
'I Worked Really Hard On That Movie'
For movies of this size and budget, there are certainly dozens of iterations that we've never even heard of because they never reached the light of day. Especially with #superhero stories, opinions will clash on the best way to adapt the source material or to bring a character to life. But the fact that it took so long for this year's Wonder Woman to be made makes it even more disappointing that even Whedon couldn't sell a similar project a few years ago.
Still, he doesn't appear too resentful:
"I worked really hard on that movie and it meant a lot [to me], but I don't know if what I was trying to do would fit in with what [the studio's] vision is. I had to take on the film that, well, nobody liked… We just saw different movies, and at the price range this kind of movie hangs in, that's never gonna work."
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Their approaches might be different, but even Jenkins, the director of the soon-to-be-released Wonder Woman, admitted it took her a long time to get the movie made:
"I met with Warner Bros. right after I made 'Monster' more than 10 years ago, and I said, 'I want to make Wonder Woman.'"
Now we can only hope that the Wonder Woman movie that did make it will have been worth the wait — and can prove to reluctant investors that female-led superhero movies deserve some screen time, too.
Wonder Woman is set for release on June 2, 2017.
Are you looking forward to Wonder Woman?
(Source: Empire Magazine via Comicbook.com)