Earlier this month, Wonder Woman was finally given the chance to show what a female-centric superhero film can do. Warner Bros. ushered the film into theaters, and the feature’s historic premiere has broken plenty of box office records. Director Patty Jenkins heralded the heroine through a timeless story which has garnered love from both fans and critics. However, if Joss Whedon had seen his Wonder Woman script hit theaters instead, the Internet may have straight-up revolted.
Back in 2007, Whedon gave his own swing at Wonder Woman when he pulled a script together for the heroine. The feature never panned out, and the director went on to oversee The Avengers for Marvel Studios. However, Whedon’s script for the DC heroine leaked last month, and netizens finally got a chance to read through the prompt. And, if social media has anything to say, it is that Whedon’s Wonder Woman vision is really awful.
You can check out some of the most visceral reactions to Whedon’s script below, but none of the responses have been great. Longtime fans of Wonder Woman are slamming the story for making Diana Prince an object of the male gaze and overly eroticizing her. Other fans have accused the film of teasing LGBTQ representation without offering any deliveries, leaving the script to queer-bait audiences.
However, it most fervent complaint comes with how the script begins. Rather than focusing on Wonder Woman, the film shifts focus to Steve Trevor and how he treads upon the paradise of Themyscira. Fans seem to overwhelmingly prefer Jenkins’ take on the series as her Wonder Woman film starts with a young Diana as she pretends to train along her home’s revered warriors.
So, what do you think? Does Whedon’s Wonder Woman script disappoint you? Hit us up on Twitter @ComicBook to let us know!
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 is directed by Patty Jenkins and is written by Allan Heinberg, Geoff Johns, and Zack Snyder. The film stars Gal Gadot (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman), Chris Pine (Steve Trevor), Robin Wright (General Antiope), Connie Nielsen (Queen Hippolyta), David Thewlis, Elena Anaya, Lucy Davis (Etta Candy), Danny Huston, Ewen Bremmer, Doutzen Kroes, Samantha Jo (Euboea), Florence Kasumba (Senator Acantha), Said Taghmaoui, Eleanor Matsuura (Epione), Emily Carey (Young Diana), and Lisa Loven Kongsli (Menalippe).
Wonder Woman is in theaters now, followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash, The Batman, Dark Universe and Man of Steel 2 are currently without a release dates.
I'm reading Joss Whedon's original script for Wonder Woman pic.twitter.com/r0NOIrfEew— Pauline ✨? (@Punziella) June 16, 2017
Thanking the entire universe for not allowing the sexist & terrible Joss Whedon Wonder Woman to ever get made. pic.twitter.com/xZrBsjmVY4— ✨libby ✨ (@ladylibberty) June 15, 2017
If Wonder Woman taught us anything it's that a woman should be writing and directing Batgirl not Joss Whedon— Martian Manhunter Jr (@BlckBolex) June 16, 2017
My condolences to everyone who spent last night reading and/or finding out about Joss Whedon's Wonder Woman screenplay. IT? IS? HELL??— Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (@Hello_Tailor) June 16, 2017
Turn Joss Whedon's god awful cancelled Wonder Woman script into a Creepypasta, because it really is that horrific. pic.twitter.com/WuOLp0pCEh— Ashleigh (@holocronz) June 15, 2017
The joss whedon wonder woman script is KIND OF cringey... by kind of i mean really. pic.twitter.com/TX0B6j0uSB— #kamalakorp (@agentfitz777) June 16, 2017
a fun thing abt this script is that it is CALLED Wonder Woman but right off the bat is clearly not about a woman at all!! Daring choice pic.twitter.com/r0SEU2Uhr4— Rave Sashayed (@_sashayed) June 15, 2017