Back before The Avengers solidified Joss Whedon’s name in the superhero world, the burgeoning writer wanted to tackle another iconic heroine. In the early 2000s, Whedon found himself hard at work on a Wonder Woman film which Warner Bros. ultimately turned down. Today, Whedon’s clout and multi-billion dollar successes may erase the studio’s initial hesitancy, but Wonder Woman found herself a new creative team for her standalone debut this summer.
Still, Whedon has yet to forget the blow he took after his Wonder Woman script was rejected. And, in a new interview with Empire Magazine, the visionary is reflecting on his scrapped project.
“I worked really hard on that movie and it meant a lot [to me],” Whedon said after being interview for a Wonder Woman feature. “but I don’t know if what I was trying to do would fit in with what [the studio’s] vision is. I had to take on the film that, well, nobody liked… We just saw different movies, and at the price range this kind of movie hangs in, that’s never gonna work.”
According to Empire, Whedon’s story was a very different one from what Patty Jenkin’s team has brought to life. In his iteration, Diana left her home of Themyscira with Steve Trevor shortly after the two became friends. They would leave to give aid to refugees, but Diana would run into plenty of trouble in Trevor’s hometown of Gateway City.
Of course, many fans had wondered if Whedon would get a chance to revisit Wonder Woman thanks to the DC Extended Universe. Rumors circulated for some time about Whedon’s involvement with Gal Gadot’s take on the heroine, but the directorial honor ultimately went to Jenkins.
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Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.
Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner and Saïd Taghmaoui. Patty Jenkins directs the film from a screenplay by Allan Heinberg and Geoff Johns, story by Zack Snyder and Allan Heinberg, based on characters from DC Entertainment. Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston.
The film is produced by Charles Roven, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder and Richard Suckle, with Rebecca Roven, Stephen Jones, Wesley Coller and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers. Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with RatPac-Dune Entertainment, an Atlas Entertainment/Cruel and Unusual production, Wonder Woman.