As Warner Bros./DC looks to build their DC Extended Universe, one of their most anticipated projects will be the standalone Wonder Woman movie starring Gal Gadot and directed by Patty Jenkins. Though the film will not open in theaters until June 2017, it is gearing up to commence principal photography this fall, so Gadot can meet her obligations for Zack Snyder’s Justice League – Part 1, which is also set to arrive in 2017.
Since filming is set to begin in the very near future, fans are hoping that some new details about Wonder Woman will be revealed. Outside of Chris Pine joining the cast as Steve Trevor, not much is known about it – including the film’s official screenwriter.
Last year, it was reported that Pan scribe Jason Fuchs would be the one to write the film (having been picked out from a group of six different screenwriters), but Fuchs has yet to be officially confirmed. Speaking with Collider while promoting Pan, Fuchs was asked about his potential involvement with Diana Prince’s solo outing – and was extremely brief in his response:
“Warners has been very kind to me, I have to say.”
While he doesn’t outright say that he is working on a Wonder Woman script, this statement certainly suggests Fuchs has been. Fuchs was able to elaborate a bit more when talking about his feelings on the DCEU as a whole and how he as a fan is excited to see it all come into fruition:
“This is what I would say. When you work for DC, it’s sort of like working for the CIA. You have a vow of silence. I think, as we speak, Zack Snyder’s gonna come in here and put a muzzle on me. The trouble with these things is that you really can’t say much. So I’m excited about everything that’s going on in that universe. And I’ve certainly read the same reports you’ve read about my involvement and what that might be, but I can only speak to it as a fan. I can tell you, I am someone who from a very young age was a huge fan of DC Comics. A huge fan of that key troika in the Justice League of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, as well as all the other characters.
“So I am very, very happy that that DC Cinematic Universe is finally being fleshed out. I don’t think it’s any secret that people who have seen the Batman v Superman trailer, the Suicide Squad trailer can see that this is a very different cinematic universe than the one that Marvel has constructed over at Disney, or the one that Simon Kinberg and company have constructed with X-Men over at Fox. It’s a really specific, grand, slightly darker, slightly grittier place. As a fan of those comic books, a fan of those movies, I’m excited to see where it goes next.”
Thanks to recent comments made by Snyder, the debate about which filmmaking style is “right” for superhero movies continues to rage on. As Fuchs notes, what we’ve seen from the DCEU so far is certainly different from its competition, which is arguably a good thing. One of the hottest topics in Hollywood today is the potential lifespan of the comic book genre, and with so many similar-minded films hitting theaters in the next handful of years, it helps if each entry distinguishes itself from the others so the stories feel fresh and exciting.
As for Fuchs’ remarks about the secrecy surrounding the franchise, that too has become standard practice in the industry. Yes, it is a little strange that WB has not officially announced who the writers for Wonder Woman are, but like every other major studio, they have a plan and remain committed to following it. Their priority seems to be promoting Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, which are both coming out in 2016. Maybe after then will we finally learn some clues about where Wonder Woman is headed.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23rd, 2017; Justice League on November 17th, 2017; The Flash on March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman on July 27th, 2018; Shazam on April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14th, 2019; Cyborg on April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern Corps on June 19th, 2020. Untitled Batman and Superman solo films will be coming at dates TBD.