Here at SuperHeroHype we learn about and report on every superhero film that is in development. Sometimes those movies go on to be major blockbusters and sometimes those movies go nowhere and end up in the trash, never to be heard from again. Over the years there have been countless superhero movies that fans have been very excited for that simply never materialized. We’ve gone back through the vault and have dug up the remains on these projects, just to remind you of what might have been.
#1 JOSS WHEDON’S WONDER WOMAN
Long before he helmed the most successful superhero movie of all time, Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon was given the reigns to the DC character Wonder Woman. At the time, it seemed like a match made in heaven. The guy that made Buffy amazing for seven seasons would take the most powerful female hero in comics and bring her to the big screen? It was a dream come true, and sadly it was too good to be true.
Whedon signed on to write and direct the project, but the process didn’t go very far until Warner Bros. decided they didn’t like his take on the character anymore. The director has opened up a little more about the project since directing the juggernaut that is The Avengers.
“She was a little bit like Angelina Jolie [laughs],” he said in an interview with RookieMag.com. “She sort of traveled the world. She was very powerful and very naive about people, and the fact that she was a goddess was how I eventually found my in to her humanity and vulnerability, because she would look at us and the way we kill each other and the way we let people starve and the way the world is run and she’d just be like, None of this makes sense to me. I can’t cope with it, I can’t understand, people are insane.”
“ Ultimately her romance with Steve was about him getting her to see what it’s like not to be a goddess, what it’s like when you are weak, when you do have all these forces controlling you and there’s nothing you can do about it. That was the sort of central concept of the thing. Him teaching her humanity and her saying, OK, great, but we can still do better.”
Whedon wrote about the experience after learning the studio was dumping his project, saying “We just saw different movies, and at the price range this kind of movie hangs in, that’s never gonna work. Non-sympatico. It happens all the time. I don’t think any of us expected it to this time, but it did. Everybody knows how long I was taking, what a struggle that script was, and though I felt good about what I was coming up with, it was never gonna be a simple slam-dunk. I like to think it rolled around the rim a little bit, but others may have differing views.”
He even teased that Cobie Smulders was his choice for Wonder Woman, whom he would later put in The Avengers as Maria Hill.
(Wonder Woman concept art via Shawna Trpcic)
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