Don’t say we didn’t warn you/predict this. Overrated hack* sci-fi director Joss Whedon has been kicked off Wonder Woman.
(*To be fair, we will give Joss some credit: The X-Men comics he wrote were pretty cool)
Yesterday we reported that Warner Bros has purchased a spec Wonder Woman script. While many people were reporting that it was a legal move to keep the material off the streets, we reasoned that the studio probably wasn’t happy with Whedon’s effort. And guess what, we were right. I hate to gloat, but it’s Joss Whedon, and that makes me happy.
Here are Whedon’s comments from his official blog:
SATIN TIGHTS NO LONGER. Joss will not be fighting for our rights after all.
You (hopefully) heard it here first: I’m no longer slated to make Wonder Woman. What? But how? My chest… so tight! Okay, stay calm and I’ll explain as best I can. It’s pretty complicated, so bear with me. I had a take on the film that, well, nobody liked. Hey, not that complicated.
Let me stress first that everybody at the studio and Silver Pictures were cool and professional. We just saw different movies, and at the price range this kind of movie hangs in, that’s never gonna work. Non-sympatico. It happens all the time. I don’t think any of us expected it to this time, but it did. Everybody knows how long I was taking, what a struggle that script was, and though I felt good about what I was coming up with, it was never gonna be a simple slam-dunk. I like to think it rolled around the rim a little bit, but others may have differing views.
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.
Well, sorta. There is that “Goners” movie I can finally finish polishing, and plenty of other things in the hopper I’ve wanted to pursue. I’m as relieved as I am disappointed, and both of those things lead to drink, so that’s a plus. Truly, you may be hearing some interesting things brewing in the coming months. But all potential jets therein will be visible.
But most importantly, I never have to answer THAT question again!!!! And you don’t have to link to every rumor site! Finally and forever: I never had an actress picked out, or even a consistant front-runner. I didn’t have time to waste on casting when I was so busy air-balling on the script. (No! Rim! There was rim!) That’s the greatest relief of all. I can do interviews again!
Thanks for your time. You are the people who make the world go ’round. Or, no, science does that.
But fear not Whedon fanboys, there was no way that anyone (especially Joss) would make a good movie out of Wonder Woman. So may-be this is a good thing. Now you’ll have more time to petition Fox to make a second Serenity movie.