Joss Whedon, infamously and sadly, spent a lot of time developing a Wonder Woman movie for Warner Bros. that, ultimately, they just wouldn’t make. But why didn’t they give him the go ahead? Perhaps his recent interview with The Daily Beast explains:
Toymakers will tell you they won’t sell enough, and movie people will point to the two terrible superheroine movies that were made and say, You see? It can’t be done.
Toys. Again. Terrible.
Whedon went on:
It’s frustrating to me that I don’t see anybody developing one of these movies. It actually pisses me off… I read a beautiful thing Junot Diaz wrote: “If you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves.”
But he’s not just complaining about this issue, as Whedon’s going to be part of the solution.
Back to the female-hero thing, I’m not going to let nobody do it. It doesn’t have to be me, but it could be.
And why should there be only one? Why should there be just enough for a tiny a female-hero movie ghetto?
Marvel’s a great source for these films with plenty of great characters to draw on. There’s Black Widow and Maria Hill already, of course, and they could easily get expanded roles or projects of their own; there’s Ms. Marvel, She Hulk, Kate Bishop, Mockingbird, Jessica Jones, Wasp, Scarlet Witch – who is already set to show up in the Avengers sequel – and many more.
Ms. Marvel will come first, I bet… and if so, I have a hunch that it will be a phenomenon.
Incidentally, Whedon also has other projects in mind, mentioned in more or less the same breath:
I’d love to do a ballet, but I’m still thinking about how to stage it.
That’s as good as a promise, I think. We may have to wait a while, but there’s a ballet coming, I’m sure of it now he’s started thinking about it.
This is the second of two Joss Whedon stories I’m publishing more or less back-to-back. They’re each a different talking point. Check out the other, and join in on the forum…