Joss Whedon No Longer Directing Wonder Woman Movie

Occasionally, around these parts, we like to poke a little fun at Joss Whedon and his rabid fan base, but the truth is, I don’t actually mind the guy’s work. Buffy The Vampire Slayer was a fun show from what I saw of it, and I genuinely liked Firefly despite being slightly disappointed with Serenity. Most of all though, I’ve enjoyed his work as a writer on the Astonishing X-Men series, one of the few comics I’ve actually tried to keep up with as of late. Given his knack for writing comics, and his ability to turn out strong female characters, I’ve always thought that if anyone could come up with a decent Wonder Woman movie, it’s probably him. So imagine my surprise today upon reading that Whedon, who had been attached to write and direct for a couple years now, has suddenly been dropped from the Wonder Woman project!

Warning signs came a couple of days ago when it was announced that Warner Bros. Pictures and Silver Pictures had bought a second Wonder Woman script from Matthew Jennison and Brent Strickland. At the time it was reported that this was just a precaution, “to protect itself against the possibility that any similarities between the scripts could be fodder for future legal action” (which, when you think about it, doesn’t really make too much sense). But now Whedon himself has confirmed that he has been cut loose by producer Joel Silver: “We just saw different movies, and at the price range this kind of movie hangs in, that’s never gonna work… 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. These guys had the clarity and grace to skip that part. So I’m a free man.” At this point I expect all kinds of letter-writing campaigns to ensue from the fans, but Whedon has already hinted about a couple upcoming projects (including a previously announced supernatural thriller called Goners). Please guys, spare us the outrage. On the bright side, this new script for the Wonder Woman movie sounds pretty awesome. Apparently it’s set during World War II, which could make for an amazing throwback to golden age comics! Let’s hope they get some decent talent on board and make it happen for real this time.

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  • I was a bit surprised too when I heard of Joss’ confirmation that he’d stopped working on the project but it was also kind of expected considering the recent events and the fact that he’s been working on the script for years. It would have been nice to see but this other script sounds like a good one!