As was famously pointed out by Brett White on Twitter, while WB struggles with a way to bring Wonder Woman to live-action out of the worry that she’d be too “confusing” for general audiences, next year Marvel Studios is releasing a film in Guardians of the Galaxy that has a talking raccoon with a machine gun in space. Does that put things in perspective?
Apparently it does, as Time Warner CEO Kevin Tsujihara has gone on record about another DC property, this time talking about the Amazon Princess herself. While speaking at an entertainment law conference about topics like WB’s return to the world of Harry Potter, the topic of the DC Universe again came up and Tsujihara was more than willing to share some opinions, and potentially, some promises.
A big fan critique of Warner Bros. in regards to DC Comics properties has been their sole focus on Superman and Batman, and Tsujihara was quick to call that a “missed opportunity,” adding that Warners had “huge plans for a number of other DC properties on TV.” As we’ve seen develop over the last couple of weeks, they’ve already announced two TV projects in addition to the ongoing Arrow at the CW: Gotham, a Commissioner Gordon origin series on Fox, and Constantine, a series focusing on anti-heroic supernatural detective John Constantine, on NBC.
Then the big possible hint came with Tsujihara’s next words on the subject: “We need to get Wonder Woman on the big screen or TV.”
As far as the public is aware, the last serious effort to get a Wonder Woman film made was by producer Joel Silver and writer/director Joss Whedon in the mid 2000s. Whedon left the project in 2007 citing creative differences and an “overwhelming” lack of enthusiasm on the studio’s part. In a 2011 interview with Rookie Magazine, Whedon laid out his take on the character, and what drew him to her.
“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.”
With Tsujihara’s new comments on the matter, and with DC’s renewed push onto new television properties, it should prove really interesting to see where the character will land. While fans (like myself) are clamoring more for a feature treatment than a television show, however the studio proceeds will definitely draw a lot of attention, especially if they’re laying the groundwork for a multimedia live-action DC Universe.
Keep an eye on GeekNation for any further developments.
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