Inspired by San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, this is blog has decided to take a long hard look at the cursed Wonder Woman movie. The amount of talent that has been assembled or has screamed to be a part of such a project is overwhelming.
First off Wonder Woman is probably the hardest property in comics to translate to screen. She is a strong, fierce, determined woman who battles Greek gods wearing a bustier and star-spangled panties. Also he ties men up to make them tell the truth. What really is the wonder in this woman?
Wonder Woman was created in 1942 by a William Moulton Marston, was an American psychologist, feminist theorist, inventor and comic book writer. Marston was stuck on how to make a female superhero after DC was dominated by so many male counterparts. Inspired by his wife and live-in mistress, Marston created Wonder Woman in their image. The lasso, dominance over men and Amazonian heritage would come later.
Marston’s story and creation of the character I think would make an amazing and freaky bio-pic.
Wonder Woman’s origin has been shaped and reshaped over the decades. The original origin has Steve Trevor crash landing on Amazon island, Themyscira and Wonder Woman standing up for him with the other Amazons and eventually returning him to the real world. Other origins have come later, WW being the daughter of Zeus and an emissary of Olympus to Earth.
George Perez’s 1985 interpretation of the character is still considered the most revered. He put Wonder Woman’s mission to establish peace between the Greek Gods and human beings.
Wonder Woman is the most famous female superhero. As superhero movies have become such a mainstay in Hollywood, Wonder Woman has become a hard nut to crack. Who do you cast as this heroine? What kind of character is she in the real world? Is the cheesy classic 1970s TV series intimidating? How do you make this character real without a major wardrobe malfunction with the outfit?
What a lot of people don’t know (besides comic geeks like me) is that there are many alternative Wonder Woman costumes besides the classic one. (1960s kimono wearing Wonder Woman anyone?)
In August 2010, Wonder Woman’s costume was redesigned by artist Jim Lee (left) to accent the times as well as hopefully make the character more believable.
This is the version that Warner Bros should concentrate on when developing their film.
Five years before the Wonder Woman makeover happened, director Joss Whedon was assigned to bring the heroine to the screen. Wonder Woman was going to be Joss’s next project after Buffy. He wrote two scripts and had How I Met Your Mother star Cobie Smulders in mind for the lead role. He would later cast her in his Avengers film. Joss had a real love-hate relationship with the project as producer Joel Silver and the studio had no idea what they wanted:
Joss Whedon in his Maxim interview: “I have no idea the status of the movie and, honestly, I never did. I was told they were very anxious to make it. I wrote a script. I rewrote the story. And by the time I’d written the second script, they asked me…not to. [Laughs] They didn’t tell me to leave, but they showed me the door and how pretty it was. Would I like to touch the knob and maybe make it swing ? I was dealing with them through [producer] Joel Silver who couldn’t tell me what they wanted or anything else. I was completely in the dark. So I didn’t know what it was that I wasn’t giving them. I’ve moved on.”
What could have that movie been like?
Since then almost every dark-haired actress in Hollywood has shown an interest in playing Wonder Woman. Every Halloween, we catch some new celebrity dressed up as Wonder Woman. Kate Beckinsale is a fond memory. Oh and who can forget Kim Kardashian’s WW costume with ugly black pantyhose.
Actresses Kate Beckinsale, Christina Hendricks, Beyonce, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Gina Carano, Lake Bell and Erica Cerra have all gone on record saying they would love to play Wonder Woman. Do they have the chops to play the Amazonian? If not, who does?
Drive director Nicholas Winding Refn has gone on record saying he wants to make a Wonder Woman movie with Mad Men star Christina Hendricks. Rush Hour director Brett Ratner has touted that he wants his fantasy woman Olivia Munn to be Wonder Woman. Fans have their own ideas.
Warner Bros is going to need a visionary person to really steer the Wonder Woman ship. One who isn’t afraid of taking bold risks and making a kick-ass serious Wonder Woman film. Who is my suggestion? Why not a woman? Gloria Steinem would be proud if a woman directed her favorite superhero. My suggestion is Kathyrn Bigelow.
There was this same confusion about bringing a hero into reality when they thought about adapting Captain America to the screen. Look to that film for how to turn an iconic unrealistic costume into reality.
Also look to movies like Thor and Clash of the Titans on how to structure a world where gods and humans interact. Why not consult George Perez, Jim Lee and new Wonder Woman writer Brian Azzarello?
Also if you are going to make this film please for the love of God cast Lynda Carter as Hippolyta.
If Warner Bros wants a Justice League movie in it’s future then it needs to figure out how to crack the Wonder Woman walnut! In the gallery at the bottom of this article we look at some of the web’s most interesting Wonder Woman casting choices and what a poster from that fan’s film would look like.
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Catherine Zeta Jones