When Warner Bros. announced their Comic-Con film lineup, there was a kind of quiet Easter Egg hidden within: a confirmation of the screenwriters for the upcoming Wonder Woman film. The highly anticipated movie is set to hit theaters next summer, and will be directed by Patty Jenkins, but the most important thing is, of course, who has crafted the story — one of the biggest disappointments with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was exactly that issue. While the acting and the visuals were all (well, re: the acting mostly) laudable, the story needed some help.
Originally, there were five writers brought into give treatments for Wonder Woman‘s story, with Jason Fuchs winning that bid. Though there was another writer hinted at, we didn’t know their identity. Despite the fact that IMDB is still reporting that the screenplay was written by Fuchs (and William M. Marston the character’s creator), WB’s own press release says that Wonder Woman was in fact penned by Allan Heinberg and Geoff Johns. The two have worked together before, notably in writing a five-issue arc of JLA and the relaunch of Wonder Woman. Johns is also the Chief Creative Officer of DC Comics, and has written for the CW’s The Flash, Arrow, the Justice League TV series, and more, while Heinberg is also a force in TV, having produced and written for The O.C., Gilmore Girls, Sex and the City, and more recently, ABC soaps Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and The Catch. (And while you might be quick to malign those last three dramas, you have to admit — at least for Grey’s and Scandal — they do definitely have their moments).
It seems that Warner Bros decided to go in a different direction from Fuchs, who also wrote the screenplays for Pan and Ice Age: Continental Drift, but of course we don’t know any more specifics at this time. I’m sure there will be an oral history of the script changes at some point but for now, speculate away!
For the full details about Wonder Woman, check out the press release below:
“Wonder Woman” hits movie theaters around the world next summer when Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins. Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.
Joining Gadot in the international cast are Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner and Saïd Taghmaoui. Jenkins directs the film from a screenplay by Allan Heinberg and Geoff Johns, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg, based on characters from DC Entertainment. Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston. The film is produced by Charles Roven, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder and Richard Suckle, with Rebecca Roven, Stephen Jones, Wesley Coller and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers. Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with RatPac-Dune Entertainment, an Atlas Entertainment/Cruel and Unusual production, “Wonder Woman.” The film is scheduled for release on June 2, 2017, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. www.wonderwomanfilm.com