Paul Feig is not Hollywood’s “accidental feminist” for no reason. After directing back-to-back Bridesmaids and The Heat, Feig reveals he also unsuccessfully pitched an idea for that Wonder Woman movie that everyone says they want but nobody will actually make.
At a press dinner for his latest film, he spilled to IGN on exactly what his Wonder Woman picture would have looked like, and it’s classic Feig with humor and plenty of feminist undertones:
The idea for Feig’s film would’ve involved a Wonder Woman who “keeps hitting the glass ceiling” of the superhero world. Conceived as a lighter action-comedy, this Princess Diana of Themyscira has to contend with male heroes like Batman and Superman who are perhaps not as forward-thinking regarding their female counterpart as they should be. (I think the word “jerks” might’ve come up.) Feig compared this Wonder Woman to the suffragist Cicely Hamilton (who wrote the 1908 “feminist” play Diana of Dobson’s).
Naturally, Warner Bros didn’t exactly go for making Batman and Superman into misogynist jerks, but the interesting part is that Feig did his pitch for the studio very recently, indicating WB are actually taking pitch meetings for a Wonder Woman movie that, let’s face it, we’re all losing faith over ever getting to see.
Meanwhile, Feig is moving onto other things. At that same dinner party, he told Cinemablend that he’s working on a new romantic comedy that he would like to see star Channing Tatum and SNL newcomer John Milhiser. Yep – a gay rom com. You don’t get many of those. It sounds like it’s got a lot of potential to be funny too, with Milhiser as an everyday Joe Schmo who begins dating Tatum’s Sexiest Man Alive-type and can’t deal with it.
Whatever he’s doing, it looks like Feig will always be trying to push boundaries and break established Hollywood rules. We definitely need more guys like him around and we need his kinds of movies to do well so we see more movies like the ones he’s pitching.