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One of the great What Might’ve Beens of superhero movies is Joss Whedon’s Wonder Woman, the long-gestating Warner Bros. adaptation he was set to write and direct until he walked away from the project in February 2007.
“We just saw different movies, and at the price range this kind of movie hangs in, that’s never gonna work. Non-sympatico,” Whedon explained at the time. “It happens all the time. I don’t think any of us expected it to this time, but it did. Everybody knows how long I was taking, what a struggle that script was, and though I felt good about what I was coming up with, it was never gonna be a simple slam-dunk. I like to think it rolled around the rim a little bit, but others may have differing views.”
Nearly five years later, The Avengers director provides an inkling of what those “differing views” may have been, repeating to Rookie that his Diana “was a little bit like Angelina Jolie.”
“She sort of traveled the world,” he continues. “She was very powerful and very naïve about people, and the fact that she was a goddess was how I eventually found my in to her humanity and vulnerability, because she would look at us and the way we kill each other and the way we let people starve and the way the world is run and she’d just be like, None of this makes sense to me. I can’t cope with it, I can’t understand, people are insane.”
For fans of Whedon, particularly his Buffy the Vampire Slayer, that take on Wonder Woman probably sounds perfect, if slightly familiar. As for his detractors — they’re probably busy rolling their eyes.
But wait, there’s more! Namely, romance, courtesy of Wonder Woman’s longtime love interest Steve Trevor.
“… Ultimately her romance with Steve was about him getting her to see what it’s like not to be a goddess, what it’s like when you are weak, when you do have all these forces controlling you and there’s nothing you can do about it,” Whedon says. “That was the sort of central concept of the thing. Him teaching her humanity and her saying, OK, great, but we can still do better.”