No Wonder for Whedon

Joss Whedon has bagged out on the Wonder Woman movie, he said Friday on the fan site Whedonesque.

"I had a take on the film that, well, nobody liked," he wrote.

Whedon, creator of the cult smash Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series and the short-lived space opera Firefly, had been developing the big-screen version of the DC Comics heroine along with Warner Bros. Pictures and Silver Pictures. Those two companies will continue on with the project.

"We just saw different movies... The worst thing that can happen in this scenario is that the studio just keeps hammering out changes and the writer falls into a horrible limbo of development," Whedon continued in his post. "[The studios] had the clarity and grace to skip that part. So I'm a free man."

Whedon is still working on the comic series Runaway for Marvel, as well as a new Buffy comic, and is readying Goners, a supernatural thriller he is writing and directing. He reportedly earned $2 million for writing the Wonder Woman script.

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this sounds similar to what happened to the original buffy movie. i understand why whedon stayed with that one and didnt put up a fuss about the changes - i mean at the end of the day, he was still getting HIS MOVIE made, and that's thrilling for any scriptwriter. i'm glad to see that this time around he's bowing out gracefully so he doesn't get stuck in that position again.

pirate_coonass....i'm not sure if truer words have EVER been spoken. the man is a veritable genius with a heart of gold. hollywood needs FAR more people like him.
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Let's see... Whedon created Buffy, Angel, Firefly, and after the TV studio wimped out on the last one, got a major movie deal which (very untypically) was every bit as good as the TV series which spawned it.

Now, Warner Brothers (who gave us Animaniacs) and Silver Pictures decide that they know more about mythopoetics than the guy who can make it work whenever he tries. Now, let's look back at the major studios' inglorious record in interpreting Wonder Woman for either the large or the small screen. Lynda Carter came away from the 1970s TV project all right, thanks largely to what was holding her costume up in the right places, but the plots stunk and the acting was globally undistinguished. They didn't even get anywhere with an animated version of the comic.

Now, who has more credibility? Face it, Whedon could make art out of toilet paper commercials. WB can't even make art out of art.
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Wonderwoman, along with virtually every other DC character in history (outside of Batman) SUCKS. Not even regular sucks. ROYALLY SUCKS. You don't believe me? All I have to say is two magical words: INVISIBLE AIRPLANE. Dumbest 'thing' EVER.
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I hope his WW script draft is leaked somewhere ... I'd like to read it.
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Well I'm not surprised.
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I'm glad he's not doing it. I don't like it when television writers go to work on a movie production, they incorporate their television style into the movie. I don't like Buffy, and I only liked Firefly a bit, so I don't know if I will like his WW story.
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He was wise to walk away from this instead of being sucked into a "suggestions" war with the studio. I'm sure WB wants the film aimed at adolescents instead of a more mature take on the WW story. From WB's track record in this genre I'll probably take a pass on this one.
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Well if Whedon quit it does raise serious questions about how this movie (if its made) will turn out. I had only heard a little about it, but my question is if they make this movie who are they gonna get to play the role of Wonder Woman?
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I was looking forward to this movie with Whedon at the helm.
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No! He would have Made a great Movie.
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I was never really a Wonder Woman fan until George Perez and company redid the series in the late 80's. His artwork and the newer version of the origin was beautiful. If they'd kept it like that for the movie it would have been excellent, but I don't think Whedon was going to do anything like it, so I'm not sure his leaving is a bad thing. And please, don't let them do anything to the wonder woman costume. Granted, it may be tacky, but it IS part of what makes her character. They just need to find the right story and the right actress to play her. As someone already said, give the writing job to someone familiar with the character and the comic.
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Yay for Whedon. Demonstrating artistic integrity AND dropping a stinko IP. I have a lot faith in the guy, but if he'd pulled something decent out of "Wonder Woman" it would have been a miracle on the order of parting the Red Sea.
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this licks testes
how unlike a studio to fook things up royaly
no wonder they churn out an endless supply of soulless rubbish
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NOOOO i was excited about a Whedon film
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Man that sucks. I would like to see a Wonder Woman movie. As long as they update that costume a bit!
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I hope this means that Joss will have some time for the Spike Movie, pleeeeeeeeese Joss!
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The really interesting thing to note here is that Whedon is kind of a feminist and is known for writing strong, independent female characters—he's even said so himself—so you would think this would be a perfect fit.



The fact that the studios didn't like his take on WW indicates that either he's changed his stance on women, or that the studios are run by chauvinists. Hmmm…



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I agree that Joss should have been allowed to take a chance and put his own spin on the source material...but just remember the last time that happened with a comic/movie was ang lee's flop "Hulk". The problem with movies as art is that its a business, and the problem with movies as a business is that its art.
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I'm glad JW knows not to stay on a doomed project & got 2 mil. Comic book movies are so bland, why can't they take a chance? That's how art is made. If it's just about making money then promote WW items & don't even have a movie. I read Joss wanted WW out of uniform for most of if not all of the film, that probably didn't wash with the suits. They want the 70s Lynda Carter outfit so everyone will remember. Can't take any chances.
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As someone who reads comics for a hobby, I say this sucks. So does Goyer off of Flash. DC is making a big mistake. Apparently, the new WW movie is having fly chariots...and Steve Trevor. *ugh*
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That bites. WW now has a HUGE chance of becoming another bad attempt at superheroes *cough*Catwoman*cough*
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Boooo! Whedon was the best guy for the job!
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He should make a Captain America movie & have him fight the taliban, terrorists & Canada
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wow...........WB lost a good moovie AGAIN
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Total bummer - especially after reading his series Astonishing X-Men. I would've loved to have seen his take on Wonder Woman.
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Oh the one hand, I'm disapointed Whedon quit and that Warner Brothers and he couldn't see eye-to-eye, looks like they'll make another mediocre comic movie now. On the other hand, considering the piss-poor work he did on Astonishing X-Men, maybe this is for the best.

The Goyer news, however, is heartbreaking. THAT would've been an awesome film. Seriously, what the hell is going on with Warner Brothers and DC?
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So the script was dropped but he still made 2 million? Man, have I chosen the wrong career! :S
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Well DC has dropped the ball again not only this but David Goyer is no longer attached to The Flash Movie which will now be directed by Shawn Levy WHO?

Well hes directed the Pink Panther remake and Cheaper By the Dozen so expect a massive suckfest.A character like Wonder Woman needs a Name like Joss Whedon to give it credibility.
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Joss is amazing, but now I'm excited about what else he has planned. I reckon he has another TV show up his sleeve, and it just feels like the right time for it...
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Actually I´m quite relieved. I didn´t like the changes he was going to make to the character and I wouldn´t like to watch another fiasco like Superman Returns. I hope the project goes on, but they should hand it to some people that actually know the character, as they did for Batman Begins.
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His idea was probably original and fantastic!

Their idea was probably another Cat Woman in another outfit! :@ GRRR!!!
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Oh, this sucks. I really thought he would make it good.
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I hated to hear this, but Im not too surprised. I remember how much he hated how the original Buffy movie turned out, it was nothing like the vision he had of it. I have no doubt he will move on to better projects.
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I was so hurt when I found out about this. It's a sad day in the DCMU! Well Marvel is still on top.
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I'm glad. I just didn't see Whedon as the right choice.
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sounds good
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That's terrible, Whedon is amazing.
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That's a shame. Anyone who knows his work knows Joss Whedon's version of the movie would probably have been way better than whatever crap the studio will hammer out now. Talent just isn't appreciated in this day and age.
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As much as I enjoy Whedon's work, I was not certain his particular style of humor would have fit in with this particular character. We'll just have to see whot hey get to finish the project now and how they can do justice to the character.
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this is horrible news! i was so looking forward 2 this movie. :(
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Well, at least he got out before it turned to crap. I was sure Whedon was gonna make this a must-see film. HEY! Why not a Buffy movie instead? :)
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If they want the script to be like Wonder Woman as she appears in the comic books, the film is going to be hokey and a bomb. If they want to make a good Wonder Woman film then they are going to have to re-write her origin - after all this is not 1939 when people were more innocent and gullible.
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oh noes, WW blew it
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If he sticks to comic books, I don't mind. I don't forsee myself seeing Wonder Woman in theaters anyway. I mean, I would have had he still been writing it, but now, failing Jeph Loeb no one will save it for me from waiting for DVD.



Why not just hire back "Chyna Doll" as Wonder Woman and send it straight to Sci-Fi?
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Oy. I'm a big WW fan too.

Who will save it now?
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I was really looking forward to it, so I'm sorry to see it's not going to happen now. However, I'm glad he had the good sense to bow out rather than give up his vision.
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At least he had the good sense too bow out rather then stay and let the studio turn his version of it to some chessy crap where they can sell toys instead of having a really good wonderwoman movie.
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thats too bad, this movie might never see the light of day
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sorry for that, Whedon is an excellent writer
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