Thursday, March 17, 2005

Wonder Whedon

Buffy' creator doing 'Wonder Woman' LOS ANGELES, California (Hollywood Reporter) -- "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator Joss Whedon is preparing to bring to life another formidable female character in his latest movie endeavor. Whedon as signed to write and direct "Wonder Woman," a live-action film adaptation of the DC Comics character, for Warner Bros. Pictures. (Warner Bros. and DC Comics are units of Time Warner, as is CNN.) "Wonder Woman is the most iconic female heroine of our time, but in a way, no one has met her yet," Whedon said in a statement. "What I love most about icons is finding out what's behind them, exploring the price of their power." He added: "There is a woman behind the legend who is very fascinating, very uncompromising and in her own way almost vulnerable. She's someone who doesn't belong in this world, and since everyone I know feels that way about themselves, the character clicked for me." According to the lore of the comic book, Wonder Woman is the superhero name of Diana, an Amazonian princess from Paradise Island, an uncharted island to which the Amazons fled to escape domination by the ancient Greeks and Romans. She has super strength, bracelets that deflect bullets and a golden lasso that ensnares victims and forces them to tell the truth. She has, at times, even had her own super vehicle, an invisible plane. Wonder Woman was created by educational consultant William Moulton Marston and first appeared in All Star Comics in 1941. Because of her popularity, she got her own self-titled comic series six months later. Lynda Carter played the heroine in the TV series that ran on ABC and CBS from 1976 to 1979. Warner Bros. is known to have been eyeing a Wonder Woman feature for some time. Whedon created the influential WB Network/UPN drama series "Buffy" and its spinoff "Angel." He is in postproduction on the Universal Pictures feature "Serenity," which he wrote and directed based on his short-lived Fox drama series "Firefly." His other writing credits include the features "Toy Story" and "Alien: Resurrection," and he is penning the Marvel comic "Astonishing X-Men."
This is really exciting to me. I think Whedon is a phenomenal writer who does a great job writing in the comic book genre. A lot of Buffy's appeal was taking a pretty dumb and cheesy idea (a cheerleader vampire slayer?) and making it appealing, refreshing and fun. A lot of it has to do with creating engaging personalities -- many of the people who're Buffy fans actually like the show because of the supporting cast. Whedon is also a good experimental writer. Some of the best episodes of both Buffy and Angel are the ones where the thought outside of the box -- and ended up spawning quite a few copycats. Who could forget the Buffy musical 'Once More With Feeling' or the Emmy winning 'The Body'? That being said -- Wonder Woman? Doesn't it just make you wonder what it is that Whedon has about strong, dominant female personalities? Dominatrix fetish perhaps?


Blogger James said...

I think Whedon is going to suck in this. He needs to make a non-Buffy character work on screen - someone who doesn't exert a S&M control over every man she meets because of Whedon's weird reverse sexism control fantasies, someone who has serious frailties without sleeping with her enemies.

Wonder Woman is the archtypal feminista - she can pull that off without being a man or deferring to men. I just hope that the casting includes someone who can act as well as fight on screen. If they get Jennifer Garner, I won't see it. Angela Basset though... She'd be great!

3/19/2005 02:39:00 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

See, I think Whedon can do it. I mean, yeah Buffy had some 'defined by men' moments, but overall, she was a fairly strong female character who exuded 'girl power' without being in a completely man-hating or man-devoid environment. Plus she had some interesting frailities to deal with, including seeking a father figure and having to care for her sister when her mother died...

Angela Basset would be an awesome Wonder Woman. But I hope Whedon goes with a no-name actress. That way the movie won't get bogged down with big names...

3/21/2005 11:26:00 AM  

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