Whedon's Unique Vision of Wonder Woman

Known for his pithy dialogue and strong female protagonists, writer-director Joss Whedon is speaking out about his attempt to bring DC's Amazon Princess to the big screen.
Joss Whedon says he wants to return to the roots of the Wonder Woman character when he makes his movie just as Chris Nolan did in Batman Begins: "What's exciting is, like, Batman Begins basically really did a wonderful job explaining exactly why he was a bat and why he had everything on his costume that he did," he told Sci Fi Wire. "That's the joy of doing an origin story of Wonder Woman. Why does she wear the bracelets? Why does she use the lasso? Like, ... where does all that stuff come from? ... And I have answers for all of that, and it's really fun."

However, there won't be any re-imagining - "It's not a reinvention like, 'Oh, she's going to dress like Trinity'" he said. "I want to see Wonder Woman as I know her and see her, not ... [just] star-spangled panties. But she wears the Wonder Woman outfit, and she has the bracelets and all the accoutrements; The lasso and, if I can make it work for the plot, the invisible plane. I have a take on it that, which I think is cool. It's just I'm structuring the plot, and I've got to find a place for it. But I think people want it, and I think I can do it without ... it being campy, believe it or not. And I respect those things. I, in fact, love them."

Will WW have the same kind of humor that comes through in Buffy, Angel and Firefly? "Absolutely. Wonder Woman's perspective is very serious. But that's what's so funny about her. She doesn't understand the world...She's not a wisecracker. But at the same time, she's not going to miss an opportunity... Usually, people I write are very, very down to earth and she's the opposite. She's somebody who is supposed to be Wonder Woman and spend her life being Wonder Woman but then she's still as vulnerable and as new at it as anybody else, but she's the opposite of every character I've ever written".

There’s been no casting announcements yet. But "there's a list. But the list is only in my head," says Whedon, but he does hope to have the old show's Lynda Carter pop up - "If it's right for the movie. I think Lynda Carter's great...If I found something that was right, absolutely, but not if it takes you out of the narrative".

The film is expected to be in theaters in summer 2007.
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9/20/2005
Sci Fi Wire

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