The pilot episode for David E. Kelley's Wonder Woman TV show reboot failed to impress NBC executives - almost as much as Adrianne Palicki's costumes failed to win over fans. However, that news was all the more welcomed by those who have instead been wanting to see Bronson director Nicolas Winding Refn be given the chance to realize his own plans for a Wonder Woman movie.
A Wonder Woman movie script is already being developed by Warner Bros., but the studio could very well be looking to bring on a filmmaker like Refn, who's known for handling darker and grittier fare. Plus, with his next picture, Drive, having recently received rave reviews at the Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF) - and Refn already set to helm a Logan's Run remake for Warner Bros. - he sounds all the more like a promising candidate.
Vulture caught up briefly with Refn at the LAFF premiere for Drive, where the director was in attendance with that film's co-star, Christina Hendricks. Refn stated in a matter-of-fact fashion that if he actually is given the opportunity to make a Wonder Woman movie, the naturally blonde (but generally red-haired) actress is hands-down his top choice.
Obviously, no one should get too worked up (in either a good or bad way) about this idea right now, since Refn was casually commenting about a still-theoretical project - the casting of which is very much a big deal, for both studio heads and Wonder Woman fans alike.
On the other hand: As mentioned before, Refn is in a legitimately good position to land the job as director of a Wonder Woman film. Combine that with Hendricks being almost a household name now - thanks to her recurring role as the voluptuous Joan on Mad Men and topping Esquire Magazine's Most Beautiful Women in America list for 2010 - and it's doesn't seem so far-fetched a prospect.
Hendricks (who devoted sci-fi fans first knew as the deceitful companion Saffron/Yolanda/Bridget on Joss Whedon's Firefly) does not resemble the classic representation of the Amazonian comic book heroine to the same degree as actresses like Cobie Smulders (The Avengers) or Morena Baccarin (V) - both of which were said to be potential candidates for the role, back when Whedon had been commissioned to write and direct a Wonder Woman movie.
She is, however, an excellent actress - and it's hard to imagine a lot of fans complaining about her donning the character's classic skin-tight costume (or its more modern incarnation). Plus, with the proper use of makeup and hair dye, it seems that a lot of people are more willing to accept a naturally blonde actress tackling the role of a character with a darker complexion (see: Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games) - so long as they are not without solid acting chops.
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With both a Justice League and Wonder Woman movie being actively developed, fans can rest assured they will get to see the famous superheroine up on the big screen soon enough. Here's to hoping her journey proves less bumpy (and the final destination, given a better reception) than that of fellow DC member Green Lantern.
On that note - what are your thoughts about Refn directing Hendricks in a Wonder Woman movie?