Let’s just start this off by listing some of the things Wonder Woman has going for her.
She was born from clay, her unborn soul persevering until it gained a vessel.
She was given gifts from the Greek gods. From beauty and a loving heart (thanks Aphrodite) to the ability to communicate with animals (Artemis, you rule) to the power of light (cheers, Hermes), these are some pretty nifty things to behold.
She’s named Diana, after Diana Trevor, savior of the Amazonians.
As a demi god, she can probably pummel Superman. I mean, what type of superhero is weak to kryptonite and magic? Such a hero could definitely get his ass handed to him by an Amazonian woman. And Batman? Poor old Bruce has a contingency plan to kill her if things ever get out of hand. That’s how worried he is about her strength.
So, why, Hollywood? Please tell my why you wouldn’t give Princess Diana, Goddess of Truth, her own damn movie?
Most recently, Gal Gadot has signed on to portray Diana. The problem? She’ll likely be playing at least third fiddle to the aforementioned Alien-in-a-Cape and Bat Freak in the sequel to Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel.
It’s not like Hollywood hasn’t tried, though. Before directing The Avengers, Joss Whedon penned a script but the movie never made it to the big screen. Whedon and the studio just didn’t share a vision for Diana. He wrote on his blog:
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.
In 2011, Warner Brothers and DC Entertainment produced a TV pilot for NBC. But after one critic got his hands on the pilot, he described it as “embarrassing … [I]t was all I had feared, and more.”
Two female-fronted superhero movies, Catwoman and Elektra, have failed before, but they failed because they were bad movies — the hero herself had nothing to do with. This year’s blockbuster movies prove that audiences are willing to pay money to watch a female-fronted action film. Sandra Bullock’s Gravity has so far earned a worldwide total of $577 million. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has broken records by becoming the highest opening weekend film starring a female lead. Ever.
Zack Snyder, hear my plea. I think you’re great at adapting stories to the screen. 300 was visually stunning and you somehow managed to make the ending to Watchmen better than the graphic novel’s conclusion. I’ll give you a pass on Suckerpunch, because I do think you were sincere in your (failed) effort to subvert the male gaze.
Wonder Woman is strong and powerful. Please, if nothing else, just please don’t put her in some weird relationship with Batman or Superman. Let her stand on her own. Let her have a conversation with Lois Lane and let it not be about her male costars. Take some notes from Whedon’s Black Widow — she doesn’t need a love interest to make her interesting or empathetic. And if we’re lucky, maybe some day Wonder Woman will get her own live-action movie. Until then, don’t fuck it up Zack.
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