While DC Entertainment gears up for their attempts at bringing some of the DC Comics heroes to the screen, some for the very first time, one of the characters that's been somewhat neglected so far is Wonder Woman. While there have been a number of attempts over the years with Joel Silver and Joss Whedon trying to make that movie work, the Amazon powerhouse has repeatedly been put on the backburner in favor of more movies starring Batman or Superman.
A few weeks back, Danish filmmaker Nicholas Winding Refn, who has build himself a cult fanbase with movies like "The Pusher Trilogy" and last year's Bronson, told the BBC that he may be interested in making a Wonder Woman movie. As is often the case, it wasn't exactly newsworthy at the time.
It probably still isn't, but you gotta love the guys at Movieline because when they had a chance to talk to Refn yesterday about his new movie, they seemingly spent a good portion of that interview talking about Wonder Woman. Silly us, we just talked about upcoming movies that Refn actually is making, the Hollywood action movie Drive with Ryan Gosling and the Asian crime-thriller Only God Forgives, both of which should be keeping him busy over the next couple years.
Regardless, he reiterated his earlier interest to Movieline, saying:
Wonder Woman, I really want to make. That, I’m hoping, will be my $200 million extravaganza — if I even get close to it. That’s why I say, “Well, let me go make Drive; me start the ball rolling within the system.”
With some urging, he discussed what he thought would be an interesting way into the character:
The real origin of Wonder Woman is: What if women were more powerful than men? What would the world be like? That's a subliminal theme.
I think that when Christopher Nolan did the Batman movies, I think he very cleverly went back to the source material and took themes that had maybe not been exercised. And he was able to make very good and successful films with them. So I think the audience is very much out there. It’s just how you do it. And I think that some of the films that have worked over the years have worked for different reasons than people sometimes think they do.
And where Wonder Woman on one hand is a great female character who can be included in many great fight scenes, she doesn’t have great villains against her. OK, so you create some. She doesn’t have a Joker or those classic Batman kinds of guys. But she does have her whole world that she comes from, which is fascinating. The whole idea of a woman who is basically more powerful than any man — and who will always be that, and comes from a society of women who are more powerful than men — is an interesting theme that I think can be very contemporary.
You can read the rest of what he had to say about Wonder Woman over on Movieline and let us know what you think about it.