The Weekly Geek: Wonder Woman Rising

There’s nothing quite as awesome as a woman in power, is there? Even better, a woman in power who’s fighting to get the ultimate female superhero (Wonder Woman, of course!) onto the big screen where she belongs.

X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner is looking to succeed where others have failed, and bring the kick-ass character the attention she deserves. According to The Geek Files, Warner has Wonder Woman on the short list of superhero movies to produce once Harry Potter’s reign ends, but so many writers/directors/producers have taken a try at Ms. Star-spangled panties and left that it’s become almost comical.

From The Geek Files:

“I’m campaigning to produce Wonder Woman for DC and Warners. They don’t want it, but I just think she’s the greatest character. She’s right up there, as you know, with Superman and Batman … She’s a goddess and a superhero. How great is that? I think you need to stay close to the myth, but the studio wants to make it accessible, i.e. somewhat contemporary and I think there is a way to do that.”

Donner would hope to cast a young up-and-coming actress so she could make a franchise out of it. “I’d like it to grow. I think there’s a lot of Wonder Woman stories that would be great to tell,” she said.

Even cooler? She’s interested in “multi-ethnic casting.”

Speaking of ethnic casting — it seems that the whitewashed, Hollywood adaptation of The Last Airbender is getting creamed by critics. Based on a popular (and well-received) Anime series, the film was protested from early on in its production, since director M. Night Shymalan (oh how the mighty have fallen) cast white actors to play the main “heroes” — who were very clearly people of color in the original property.

The ever-awesome Topless Robot blog has the scoop on just how bad things look for the fantasy-adventure flick:

Unfortunately, M. Night Shymalan’s Airbender movie isn’t quite so lucky, with a massive 0% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Sure, there are only 12 reviews when I’m writing this, but when the reviews include lines like, “The picture drags along the ground like a fresh corpse, treating its own myth as homework and the participants as burdens, while feeling around a fantastically wasted world of weathered environments and ornate set design.”

Ouch. Someday, I’d like to see Shymalan make a comeback worthy of The Sixth Sense and the rather dorkily wonderful Unbreakable. Until that day, let this truly be the last Airbender indeed.

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