This caught my eye yesterday and I wanted to chime in about the idea of a female director when it comes to the upcoming Wonder Woman movie. Let me begin with… WE HAD A FUCKING DIRECTOR CALLED JOSS WHEDON WHO WAS NOT ONLY GOING TO DIRECT THE MOVIE BUT ALSO WRITE IT AND WHAT HAPPENED NEXT IS WHY DC/WB IS PLAYING CATCH UP!!! I’m sorry, I lost my cool. This is a very, very sore subject with me.
Back in 2007, Joss was working on the script for a Wonder Woman movie and while the studio, I believe, liked the script had wanted to go in a different direction. It happens all the time but I hated the studio for letting Joss go cause as we all know he went on to direct Marvel’s Avengers which kicked major ass. Those who know Joss’s work with Buffy, Angel, Serenity and Dollhouse will know how much he loves having female characters that are strong and on par to their male counterparts. Imagine if Joss did a Wonder Woman movie and how that tide might have turn to DC/WB favor instead of Marvel? The outcome would have been tremendous. Yet, one could say that Joss might have been our last hope but to quote Yoda, ‘There is another.”
David E. Kelley, writer and tv producer, of such shows like L.A.Law, Picket Fences, Ally McBeal and Harry’s Law, to name a few, had many strong female characters. In 2011, David took a crack at bringing back Wonder Woman to the small screen. The pilot that he wrote failed to get picked up but upon viewing this unfinished product, I saw this Wonder Woman version to have great potential that mirror the comic at that time. So, when I read yesterday about finding a female director to the upcoming Wonder Woman movie with Gal Gadot, I have to ask if this is even the right move.
Do not take what I said about female director out of context. All I want is to have the right director for the right job regardless of the gender. Yes, it would be great for a female director to break into the all male directors group which have direct 99.999% superhero movies past, present and future. Thor 2 might have been the first with Patty Jenkins but departed the project when there were difference between her and Marvel. Even Portman wanted off the Thor 2 but had to stay due to her contractual obligations. Does that mean female director can’t helm big projects? No, but when there are restrictions or a conflicting visions of the project, the studio is going to win 9 out of 10 times; hence Edgar Wright leaving the Ant-Man project so it’s not a gender thing.
Still, I don’t want a female director for female sake. Though, the first thought about a great female director would be Kathryn Bigelow. With Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker being my two favorites movies of Kathryn, I would nominate her instantly to the top of the list. Sadly, I can’t think of another female director to this project. Now, having said this, when Star Trek needed to be rebooted, Abrams was brought in to direct it. He even admitted to not being a Star Trek fan and yet he made one the best Star Trek films. Yet, Shatner, our Captain Kirk, made of one of the worst Trek films. So despite being associated with a franchise it’s not a given that success will come. The same can be said about the female director and Wonder Woman; it would be great but not necessary.
Warner Bros. is reportedly looking for a female director to helm the recently announced Wonder Woman movie. The film would mark the first time the superhero has had her own standalone film, and also the second time a female director leads such a production.
In the aftermath of the studio’s announcement of nine superhero films to premiere between 2016 and 2020, starting with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, WB is trying hard to respond to criticism that superhero films are ruled by males, both in front and behind the camera. Additionally, critics have accused Hollywood of lack of diversity in casting main characters.
I’ve been keeping tabs on this for the past couple of weeks and this news could a new age for heroines (on the small screen at least) to become a major force – a silver age maybe upon us. For me, the 70’s had some great characters like Wonder Woman (Carter), The Bionic Woman (Wagner), The Mighty Isis (Cameron), Electra Woman and Dyna Girl (Hall and Strangis, respectively) and Charlie’s Angels could be include though not powered beings. Each of these series had a strong female lead that could hold their own.
As the years rolled on, there were other strong female characters like Colonel Derring (Gray) from Buck Rogers, Pam Davison (Selleca) from The Greatest American Hero, and lastly, the Visitor Diane and Dr. Parrish (Balder, Grant) from the mini series and later a regular series V but they were in a supportive roles. Sure, there was Xena (Lawless) and Buffy (Gellar) and Dark Angel (Alba) would rebound in the 90’s and 2000 but that’s it. The Wonder Woman pilot by David Kelly was interesting but failed to make the cut as well as the CW rumored Amazon series is nowhere in sight. However, in this decade, we have Agent Carter (Atwell) and Jessica Jones (???) coming to Netflix and now Supergirl (???), more could be coming to the small screen if these shows take off. What will it take?
Aside from the actual physical attributes, we have to care about these new characters. Agent Carter may show her with a tough exterior but mourns the loss of Steve Rogers. Can she command the same respect from the Howling Commandos when Captain America was in charge? From the picture last week, it seems that issue was put to rest. So we can have a women lead the pack or take charge of a situation that is equal to any man in a similar position. With Supergirl, all I can say is let us not see Smallville 2.0. If she is a super, then show her as a super but make her interesting and someone we can identify regardless of the sex.
CBS has donned its cape and is ready to conquer the superhero market, giving a series commitment to scribes Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler’s “Supergirl.”
“Supergirl,” which is based on characters from DC Comics, comes from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and is exec produced by Berlanti, Adler and Sarah Schechter. It’s based on the story of Kara Zor-El, who, like her famous cousin, escaped Krypton amid its destruction. She’s been keeping her powers a secret since arriving on Earth, but now — at age 24 — she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.
Geeks Are Entering the Age of Instant Backlash and It’s Getting Really Tiresome | Movie News | Movies.com
Yes, instant blacklash can be tiresome but really, who is to blame? Imagine our world would have been like if today’s internet existed back in the 1970’s? One could read, “Who the Hell is Christoper Reeves and why is he playing Superman? Or “Star Wars? What the HELL is a Star Wars? That’s the STOOPIDEST title if I have ever heard for a movie.” Or, “A rubber shark?!? Really?!?” Back in then, my fanboy-ism was just growing and if I vented, it was among my close circle of friends. In today’s world, we have too much information and we fanboys are gobbling it up and then spewing it all over the internet as if to say the everyone is my friend everywhere.
Yes, I am guilty of doing a mental facepalm when my podcast co-host told me that Ben Affleck was going to be the next Batman. I have had my share rants and raves on my blog, podcast and various social networks. I love having this admit discussions because this is my passion. However, in the grand scheme of things, good or bad, fanboys are drumming up publicity for free for various companies. These same companies continue to leak out information out into the internet because it’s in their best interest to generate enough buzz for their product.
Is there a way to control the chatter? Unfortunately, no. However, you can either don’t use the internet but if you do, don’t expect the noise to dissipate as more and more companies will continue to fuel this fire years ahead of the real release. I mean, really, we are talking about Batman v. Superman, a movie that will not be seen in almost and people are going ape shit now. Movie studios aren’t stupid. We’re just playing right into their hands. Wake up, fanboys!!!!
Today Warner Bros. announced the sequel to Man of Steel would be called Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and the Internet immediately lost its mind and pounced on the title like a bunch of ghouls feasting on a newborn. And as I watched the vitriol flow across social media, all I could do is sit back and wonder why everyone is so angry all of the time these days.
Maybe it’s because I’m not a comics guy. I didn’t grow up reading them, and as an adult I’ve only read a few of the more acclaimed comic runs. But can someone please explain to me what is so deeply offensive and noncomic booky about the subtitle Dawn of Justice? How is it a betrayal of characters that have had celebrated comic subtitles like Superman: Peace on Earth, Batman: Blind Justice or Wonder Woman: Spirit of Truth?
I don’t understand what separates Dawn of Justice from those. You tell me Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman are coming together and I can easily picture a comic book cover with Superman’s massive chest pushed outward, Batman crouched closer to the shadows, both their capes billowing in the wind, with Wonder Woman standing between them with her lasso glinting in the perfect sunrise at their backs; the words Dawn of Justice in big, blocky letters over their heads. The title effortlessly evokes stereotypical comic imagery, so what’s so awful about it?
This has been one hell of a week for reveals in the land of geekdom. We have the new Dr. Who Peter Capaldi sporting out his new dudes – SPOILERS – no bow tie. The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie by Michael Bay has had several leaked pictures of favorite heroes. Even the new animated Star War ‘Rebel’ series introduces us to a new droid called Choppers. Still for my money, this latest bit of new about Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in the upcoming Superman/Batman will have people talking for days. (ok not people but just us NERDS!!!)
To begin with, Jesse Eisenberg is a fine actor and has several great films under his belt like Zombieland and The Social Network. My only concern with Jesse as I see him as this smart kid with a hoodie as seen above. Granted, we did get a young version of Luthor in the Smallville series with Michael Rosenbaum. But I for one, don’t want to see a similar take of this villain on the big screen. As I posted on my Facebook page for this site, it is getting hard to keep the faith that this is somehow all going to work. Perhaps, we are living in an age where we put too much expectation or give our knee reaction to the littlest bit of news. Still, it feels a bit clunky.
I don’t know what else to say except as a fan and a DC Comics (doesn’t DC stand for Detective Comic? and when we say DC Comics are we really saying Detective Comics Comics?) and I want my Justice League movie just like The Avengers. Sadly, we’ll get it but I maybe not the way I would like.
Warner Bros. Pictures has cast Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons will play Alfred in the upcoming Superman/Batman film.
The castings, announced Friday, come two weeks after Warner pushed production on the untitled “Superman-Batman” movie to the second quarter of this year and set a release date of May 6, 2016 as the studio departed from a July, 2015 slot.
The film is in pre-production with Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman and Zack Snyder directing.
‘Batman-Superman” will also reunite “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane, and also stars Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.
The screenplay will be written by David S. Goyer, from a story co-created by Goyer and Snyder. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan and Wesley Coller serving as exec producers.
Normally, I would write my comments before the article I found online to post on my blog. Today, I want you to read a quick blurb and then I’ll comment.
Well. If this recently surfaced rumor is true, then Wonder Woman is about to get a verrrrry interesting new origin for Batman Vs. Superman. It’s after the jump; try not to be drinking anything when you read them, because you’re pretty much guaranteed a spit take.
Batman-on-Film.com — which, to be fair, has a pretty damned good track record when it comes to DC movies — claims the following in regards to Gal Gadot’s role as WW in the move:
Personally, I’d say it’ll be about on par with Scarlett Johansson’s first appearance as Black Widow in IRON MAN 2. I believe that it’s a cameo-plus type of role that will (hopefully) serve as a springboard to a solo Wonder Woman movie.
With all that said, I’d bet a year’s pay – in MONOPOLY money, of course – that the “Amazons” of this cinematic DCU will be descendants of those “ancient Kryptonians” who attempted to set up Kryptonian outposts throughout spacedom thousands and thousands of years ago.
Okay, now my turn. There are things about the comic book universe that works well in one medium but fails to make the transition to another medium. Let’s look at the first X-Men movie in which no character was in a full costume as seen in the comic books. Yes, Magneto and the X-Men team did wear outfits but their suits were more in keeping with a reality check. Hell, Wolverine point out about not wearing the yellow spandex which made perfect and logical sense.
I am all in favor of tweaking origin stories. Tim Burton’s Batman had the pre-Joker kill off Bruce Wayne’s parents. Not much an issue here although the thug was Joe Chill which Nolan corrected in his version of Batman. Still in both cases, Bruce does become The Batman. In the case of Wonder Woman, changing the origin to make her from Amazonian to Kryptonian is just plain wrong. Can’t we not accept Wonder Woman was created and is a living god or in the case of her re-launched comics a demi-god. That little change in the current comics doesn’t take away from the magical qualities of her. If Marvel can have Thor why can’t we just have Wonder Woman the way she has always been? Hell, Lynda Carter’s WW series had her powers tied to her belt but this never lessened the appeal of the character.
If the plan is to make WW Kryptonian, does this add another dimension to the character? I think not. Think about the gender swapping of Starbuck from the old show to the new one. The dynamic of a female Starbuck has a lot of the original male version but in a female lead she is totally kick ass with a no taking shit attitude. Or having the new Spock be a bit more emotional in the reboot than the past, I’m ok with this. The Kryptonian idea does nothing for Wonder Woman. Change the costume; I don’t care but if this is the road we are heading for a Justice League movie, we are seriously fucked.
While I have not seen last nights episode, I am still encouraged by this sudden wave to comic book properties to the small screen. However, as with all things comic book properties, the transition from one medium to another can be boost to the property or a complete bust. Take the Wonder Woman tv series with Linda Carter which last three years on network tv and yet can not make the transition to the big screen or even return back to its tv roots. The latest incarnation was a pilot from David E. Kelley which was decent enough update to these comic book character but could not get green light to make more. Amazon is another version on WW which the CW was going to do last year but had to hold off to rework the storyline; this is just but series one to keep an eye for but there’s more.
Powers by Michael Bendis was another comic book property that seems to be on hold. The premise can easily translate to the small screen as cops are on the beat to solve murders of supers. A crime drama with a touch of superpowered elements could work provided the stories and characters provided they are compelling to the audience to invest the time. I’m just hoping that the news of the second episode of SHIELD will be just a hiccup along the way.
To the surprise of no one, Disney’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. delivered impressive numbers during its ABC premiere Tuesday night. The numbers show that 11.9 million viewers tuned in to watch the premiere along with a score of 4.6 adults 18-49 rating. As Entertainment Weekly points out, that makes S.H.I.E.L.D. TV’s highest-rated drama debut in almost four years.Given S.H.I.E.L.D.’s time slot — 8 p.m. with no lead-in — the numbers become even more impressive given that the show had to compete with NBC’s The Voice and CBS’s NCIS – two of the most popular shows on television. Not only did S.H.I.E.L.D. compete with the hefty competition, it actually ended up tying The Voice in the overall demo (4.6) and resoundingly beat NCIS, which came in at 3.4, although S.H.I.E.L.D. still lost to NCIS in total viewers at 19.4 million.
NOVEMBER 9, 2011 BY MICHAEL HICKERSON
File this one under a missed opportunity.
“She was a little bit like Angelina Jolie,” Whedon said with a laugh. “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.”
While I have downloaded the pilot from David E. Kelley‘s Wonder Woman, I have yet to watch it past the opening teaser. There is just something that I can not figure out. I am still not clear why adapting a Wonder Woman to the big or small screen has become nearly impossible to do. Granted, Lynda Carter‘s WW has had lots of flaws but it has at the very least set a standard which all other tv comic book adaptation should follow. Hell, they were able to do a World War II setting for one season and then it was picked up by another network, WW was brought to present day; that is back in the 70’s.
I am still sadden by the loss of Whedon’s take over WW just because I know his track record on strong female characters throughout his writing and directing career. Whatever happens to the future, I do not want to see a “No Tights, No Flights” direction like Smallville. Don’t get me wrong, Smallville works for itself on its own terms. WW needs a mythology that works for today’s audience, a costume that pay homage to the history but it is more functional, and an actress who can pull it off. Doing some research, I came across this little tidbit below. Do you agree, if it is true???
We start off in 2005, Joss Whedon was signed on to write and direct Wonder Woman. While this sat well with me since Joss knows who to write and direct strong female leads, the studio on the other hand had other ideas and kicked Joss off the protect. I did find some interesting illustrations of what the new Wonder Woman would have looked like.
In 2007, director George Miller was undertaking a JLA movie before the writer’s strike. Click here to check out this early blog I did in 2007 about some casting news and a pick I thought who would work well as the new Wonder Woman and there was talk about Jessica Biel. A few days later, the news I discovered was the Theresa Palmer was the new Wonder Woman in the JLA movie. Click here to read more. And then, there was a recasting with Theresa in so much that she would be playing another character in the DC universe but in the end the writer’s strike killed the plan.
Last year, we had news about Wonder Woman not on the big screen but on the original tv screen which the great Linda Carter heralded many years ago. Word today, the news is not good as even the David E. Kelly could not get this project off the ground either. So, this begs the question, would want to see this Amazon on the big or small screen? And, who would be worthy to fill the boots of Wonder Woman?
Proposed ‘Wonder Woman’ TV Series Meets More Rejection
Posted by The Movie God | January 9th, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Trackback
This past October we were informed that after many failed attempts to turn Wonder Woman into a popular movie franchise, DC Comics would be teaming up with Warner Brothers TV and top-tier showrunner, David E. Kelley, in hopes of developing a new TV series based on the popular comic book heroine.
Sadly, for fans of the superhero who have been itching to see her in some form of modern live-action entertainment, this day will not come any time soon.
After writing a spec script for the pilot episode, Kelley and friends set off to make their pitch to the various networks. Fox turned them down, as did ABC, who are owned by Disney, the company that purchased Marvel for $4 billion. You can see where that might be an issue.
While I am a bit late to chime in on the Wonder Woman costume change, I still want to throw in my two cents. The most obvious comparison to the new WW costumer was Rogue from the X-Men. The waist length short jacket with the rolled up sleeve was an immediate connection. The pseudo gloves that are a bit longer the usual kind but unlike Rogue, where it serves a purpose, WW’s gloves are more decorative. (Though I can’t tell if WW is still wearing her bracelet, can’t imagine why they would get rid of them.) Lastly, we have a skin tight body suit. While, from a crime fighting practicality, the leggings are more user friendly rather than the bustier. I don’t mind the updated approach to reflect the times but this outfit is already dated.
This is not the first time I’ve seen another version of the WW costume. Back in ye olden days, before there was a Linda Carter, there was another WW by Cathy Lee Crosby. The YouTube clip below shows a WW jumpsuit if that’s what you can call it. The whole WW movie (1974) was a disaster even for this 7 year old back then. Thank God, Carter’s WW was done with some respect to the comic.
So, this begs the question, since we are getting this updated WW, who would you cast in a new WW movie based on this design? By the way, the pic below is from this site http://fanartexhibit.wordpress.com/. (WOW!) Give them a try.
I can not express the joy and the happiness to hear Joss back in the saddle again. While I have to play catch up on Dollhouse, I thought Joss got a raw deal on Wonder Woman. This now begs the question, how much input will Joss have in sewing up the Marvel film franchise with Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America, and Nick Fury coming into play over the next couple of summers? Plus, since with Disney in charge of Marvel, will we be treated to a Disney like treatment or go darker with ala Touchstone Pictures with a PG13 or higher movie rating? While I doubt we will see an Avengers “R” movie, I don’t want to see the action be tainted which could also be a real possibility.
What is your take on this new bulletin?
Joss Whedon To Direct ‘The Avengers’
April 14th, 2010
In amazing geeky news that will surely rip a massive hole in the time/space continuum, Variety is reporting that Buffyverse master Joss Whedon has been hired to direct the big screen adaptation of the Marvel comic book series The Avengers. Whedon will be helming the film that will cull together all of the biggest Marvel superheroes — Iron Man (played by Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (played by Chris Evans), Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth), The Incredible Hulk (played by Ed Norton), Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson) and MORE! I can’t even wrap my head around how amazing this news is … news of this magnitude is what the word epic was made for. Read on for the deets on this amazing development in geekdom: