Joss Whedon was attached to write and direct an adaptation of Wonder Woman, but the fell apart in February 2007, which worked out because A) he got to do The Avengers, and B) it sounds like his Wonder Woman story was terrible. In a recent interview, Whedon says that his take on the character would have the Amazonian princess be a naive globetrotter who is overwhelmed by man’s inhumanity to man, but thanks to love-interest Steve Trevor, she learns how to deal with it. I understand Whedon didn’t want to make Flying Buffy, but I’m a little disappointed that a guy who knows how to write strong female characters would plot a script where the female lead can’t find her way without a man telling her to basically grow-up.
Hit the jump for what Whedon had to say about his Wonder Woman movie.
She was a little bit like Angelina Jolie [laughs]. She sort of traveled the world. 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. And 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. 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.
So the plot is basically Buffy telling Dawn again, “The hardest thing in this world, is to live in it,” but Buffy is now a man and Dawn is a hapless superhero.