You could probably bet dollars to donuts that yesterday’s announcement that DC have finally decided to play super hero catch-up with Marvel and will be tackling their own Justice League film, had about 1.3 billion little somethings to do with The Avengers currently ruling the world.
How ironic then that the first bit of news we hear about one of the team’s core characters is for Wonder Woman, a film that Avengers architect Joss Whedon unsuccessfully tried to get off the ground for years.
Well now that project will finally be moving forward under the pen of Michael Goldenberg.
Goldenberg was one of four writers on DC’s last venture into movie land, Green Lantern, which – lets be honest – was a giant jade tinted turd. Not even Ryan Reynold’s sixpack could save that one. On first glance, this definitely does not bode well for Wonder Woman, however I have some faith (just a smidgen, mind you) due to the fact that by all accounts the production on Green Lantern was completely overrun with studio meddling. Also, the fact that Warner Bros had four separate writers producing the script and well… excess cooks, ruined broth, fingers in pies and all those other sayings.
On top of that, it’s not as if Goldenberg is a hack either. It’s through his pen that Carl Sagan’s Contact and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix made it onto the screen, so clearly the man can write. Let’s just hope that Warner Bros allow him to do justice to one of the greatest female icons in comic and pop culture, and one third (the other two being Superman and Batman) of DC’s might Trinity.
For those of you not familiar with the character, here’s a quick intro:
“Wonder Woman is a warrior Princess of the Amazons (based on the Amazons of Greek mythology) and was created by William Moulton Marston, an American, as a “distinctly feminist role model whose mission was to bring the Amazon ideals of love, peace, and sexual equality to a world torn by the hatred of men.”
Known in her homeland as Diana of Themyscira, Wonder Woman’s body is a mystical creation made from the clay surrounding the fabled island. Through divine means, her disembodied soul was nurtured in and retrieved from the Cavern of Souls. Once the soul was placed into the body, it immediately came to life and was blessed with metahuman abilities by six Olympian deities.
Her powers include superhuman strength, flight, super-speed, super-stamina, and super-agility. She is highly proficient in hand-to-hand combat and in the art of tactical warfare. She also possesses animal-like cunning skills and a natural rapport with animals, which has been presented as an actual ability to communicate with the animal kingdom. She uses her Lasso of Truth, which forces those bound by it to tell the truth, a pair of indestructible bracelets, a tiara which serves as a projectile, and, in some stories, an invisible airplane.
Arguably the most popular and iconic female superhero in comics, Wonder Woman is also considered a feminist icon. She was named the 20th greatest comic book character by Empire magazine. She was ranked sixth in Comics Buyer’s Guide’s “100 Sexiest Women in Comics” list.”
The Amazonian princess is going to need a deft hand though, to balance some of the more cheesier aspects of her mythology (Why hello there, invisible plane and talking white apes!) with her gritty and unrelenting warrior side. And for Zeus’ sake, please let him not follow on from David E. Kelly’s recent failed TV adaptation attempt, where he tried to turn this Amazonian Warrior into some kind of mashup of every single character Reese Witherspoon has ever played. All 4 of them.
As to who I feel should don the golden brassiere and star spangled undies, well despite David Kelly’s insistence on ruining everything about the character, Adrienne Palicki certainly looked the part. And while Whedon was still on the film, he was developing it around Cobie Smulders. She would eventually join the cast of The Avengers as kickass SHIELD agent, Maria Hill. But having a look at some of the fan art that sprang up around that time, depicting Smulders in the costume, you can completely see why Whedon had her in mind.
But for me there’s only one choice: Lynn Collins. She looks the part 100% and proved in John Carter that she can inhabit every aspect of Wonder Woman’s dual identity of princess and warrior.
Last Updated: June 7, 2012