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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Joss Whedon is off the Wonder Woman movie

From the Horse's Mouth




Blogger mark said...

I know. I saw his post, too. Sad. But, at least he's free to focus on something else. Unless you're someone like Christopher Nolan or Bryan Singer, I think shooting a comic movie would probably suck. Especially a DC one. You probably have a dozen different jackasses that know nothing about comics telling you how the movie needs to be shot. Kevin Smith has an awesome story about the utter bullshit he had to go through while writing a Superman script.

At the end of the day I'd rather see something of Serenity or Firefly, or even Astonishing X-Men caliber, than I would something like the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie. Or like Aliens 4. Both of which were Whedon movies that studios screwed up.

February 06, 2007 2:14 AM  
Blogger Anniina said...

True strike. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he decides it's a sign to make a Serenity sequel.

February 06, 2007 2:19 AM  
Blogger SzélsőFa said...

Sorry Anniina, I feel like I had to say something, to relate to your topics, but there're too many things going on around here...I even had not time to read the entry on aurora borealis... *hiding in shame*

February 06, 2007 7:13 AM  
Blogger Anniina said...

Oh honey, don't ever feel like you have to read any of the posts, or that you have to comment. I know we're friends, even if you didn't have time to visit for months :)

February 06, 2007 10:29 AM  
Blogger madelineanne said...

That's ok, this gives me time to get discovered and on Whedon's radar and then he'll decide to make it and I will be wearing the gold bracelets!! MWAHAHAHAHA!!!!

February 06, 2007 12:28 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

This is disappointing. I really felt that Whedon could write and direct a Wonder Woman movie the way I would have liked to have seen it done.

[Chris steps up on his ninja soap box...]

I've always liked a well-written female character who's strengths do not come from the sacrifice her femininity. Too often female characters who are supposed to be strong are simply written as stock male characters, then given a few ridiculous "girl power" lines here and there in order to remind the audience that they are, in fact, women. More often than not they are heavily engaged in violence to show their "strength," all the while dressed in impractical and improbable slutty, skin tight clothes. This is more or less an imbecile's effort to contrast with the violence, which is supposed to be a guy thing.

In truth, I find these attempts at writing edgy, strong women to be insulting to both sexes. What almost invariably ends up on the screen are anorexic girls in their late teens or early twenties who dress like whores and emulate the very worst behavior of men that - and as a man I can testify to this - most of us guys find ridiculous in the first place. That's not being strong, its being a poorly written, one dimensional cliche. And its not feminine, it overtly sexual. There's a HUGE difference.

The reason I find Wonder Woman (as she has been written in some of the best of her comics of the last couple of decades) such a great character is that she is 100% feminine and 100% strong, both in body and mind.

Depending on the writer, she is often portrayed as either the second or third most physically powerful hero on Earth (after Superman and sometimes Captain Marvel), but yet she is feminine enough to allow herself to fall in love, to address her desire to be a mother, and to even do the little things normal women do for themselves once in a while (one story, which was really a biting commentary on our society's obsession with celebrities, revolved around her decision to get a very short haircut and the ridiculous public, professional, and personal fallout she was forced to deal with as a result of her changed image). She is, as a result of being created by the gods of Olympus, the realized physical ideal of a beautiful Amazon warrior, but she is human enough to sometimes question her faith in her gods in the face of the mostly monotheistic world around her, as well as have to defend her beliefs from those who see her as a religious or moral threat (a recent story dealt with her decision as a soldier to kill a mortal enemy to the dismay of less realistic superheroes who viewed her decision as immoral).

In her best stories, Wonder Woman reminds me a great deal of Gillian Anderson's portrayal of Agent Scully from The X-Files; an intelligent, thoughtful professional who does not rely on her appealing physicality nor pseudo-masculine posturing to convey her strengths, nor whom erects a "tough girl" facade to hide her weaknesses and/or mask her femininity. THAT is the Wonder Woman movie I want to see, and I'm terribly afraid I'll never see it. If its going to be made any other way, I, for one, would rather it not be made at all.

[Chris steps down off his ninja soap box and disappears into the night.]

February 06, 2007 2:30 PM  

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