The script for Joss Whedon’s abandoned Wonder Woman film has found its way online. Diana Prince’s journey onto the big screen has been a long and arduous one. As with other superhero projects, the Wonder Woman movie has been in development for a very long time – more than two decades, actually. While the character is finally getting a standalone film next month in Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot as the eponymous hero, there was once a time Joss Whedon would have been at the helm of the female-led movie.
Long before the Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator made his way to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he came close to directing a Wonder Woman movie for Warner Bros. in the mid-2000s. He boarded the project in 2005 and spent years writing the script that would have seen the Princess of Themyscira fighting alongside Steve Trevor in the modern-day, instead of World War II as originally envisioned – or World War I as is the case with this year’s film. Unfortunately, that was all we knew about the project – until now.
After years of wondering what Whedon’s Wonder Woman movie would have been like, the script for the unrealized film has been leaked online. You can read the script in its entirety over at Indie Ground Films.
From a quick glance, some of the most notable differences between Whedon’s script and Jenkins’ film is that Whedon’s story would have seen Wonder Woman in the present-day, and she would have had more of an antagonistic relationship with her mother, Queen Hippolyta, and the rest of the Amazons. And, instead of fighting Ares, the God of War, Whedon’s version would have seen Diana battling Strife, the Goddess of Chaos, who is an equally villainous opponent.
Whedon ended up leaving the project after two years, citing differences in opinions on the film as well as a lack of a proper budget. Interestingly, around the same time, Warner Bros. was reportedly looking for another script for the character, thus meaning that they possibly weren’t too happy with what the Dollhouse creator had come up with. That didn’t lead anywhere, though, and Diana Prince’s silver screen debut eventually got pulled into George Miller’s now-abandoned Justice League: Mortal film, that would have also been the first time the Justice League of America was featured on the big screen.
While both of those movies ended up not working out, DC Comics fans finally have their chance to see Wonder Woman get her long-awaited solo movie this summer, and then see the world’s finest heroes come together on screen for the first time later this year in Zack Snyder’s Justice League. As for Whedon, he will be making his way back to the DC Universe by helming the DCEU’s Batgirl film.
Source: Indie Ground Films