Joss Whedon has left the building – at least, the Warner Bros building. The celebrated creator of the TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firely announced on Whedenosque.com late last week that he won’t be making the new Wonder Woman movie, after all. He was upfront about why:
“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.”
I admire his candor, but I’m disappointed. Given his track record for creating strong female characters, I had high hopes that a Whedon-created Woman Woman would do more than block bullets and lasso people. Oh, and stand with her hands on her hips looking intimidating. I have to admit, she was really good at that.