Warner Bros. has been trying to make a Wonder Woman film for at least the past decade. Additionally, the most recent attempt at bringing the property to television ended in spectacular failure. Needless to say, as far as live-action adaptations are concerned, Wonder Woman is going through a bit of a rough patch.
However, her luck might be turning around. In June, acclaimed director Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) spoke about his desire to make a Wonder Woman film with Christina Hendricks in the lead role. And recently, Hendricks herself talked about her desire to play the Amazonian princess.
On the topic of whether or not she would play Wonder Woman, courtesy of Vulture:
“Sure! I grew up on the TV show, and I had Wonder Woman Underoos, and my brother had a Wonder Woman doll — sorry, Aaron, you're exposed. [Giggles.] And Nicolas said, when we were on set, 'I want you to be Wonder Woman.' And I think he is such an extraordinary and exceptional director, that if he asked me to do it, I would do it in a heartbeat.”
Refn himself went on record to tell Collider how, exactly, he would approach the character of Wonder Woman:
“I think my whole fetish and my interest in Wonder Woman came from three or four years ago...My daughter got obsessed with the Wonder Woman televisionshow. The old, ’70s version. I would watch them back to back with her and really enjoyed them immensely. And I’ve always been fascinated by her as a character. I’m not a knowledgeable comic fanatic, as a lot of other people are. But I was very fascinated by a woman of power. And I couldn’t come [up] with any other great role models for my daughter to, say, ‘That’s a woman.’ Besides her mother. So I started getting wholly, completely obsessed about Wonder Woman and saying, ‘I’ve got to make her as a movie. I’ve got to make my take on it.’ And then I met a comic book writer who told me the origins about her, which was very fascinating and I began to see that myself and the creator of her probably had the same fetish of women. And then I knew that I had to make this film… if it ever gets made.”
Hendricks went on to address the topic of Joss Whedon also having her in mind for the role when he was set to write/direct the Wonder Woman film:
“I'd like to think that Joss would have cast me! I also loved working with Joss [on Firefly]. I'm excited to see what he does with The Avengers. Hopefully the stars would align [for Wonder Woman]. It would be really fun. It would be cool, wouldn't it? I'd get to kick ass.”
On the topic of whether or not Christina Hendricks would want a Wonder Woman film to be true to its sexuality-themed origins:
“Well, I would certainly do what Nicolas wanted to do, and I can only guess what his version would be, but as I grew up with and am now married to a comic book fan, I think it's important to be true to the original comic books, because I know that the fans love every detail and it's very important to them. So I think it would be cool to do that. I look forward to learning more about it, actually. I should probably start reading them, so that if someone were to ask me [to be in the movie], I would be fully prepared. [Grins.]”
Frankly, this particular Screen Rant writer is more excited by the prospect of Nicolas Winding Roth directing a Wonder Woman film than he is Christina Hendricks playing the character. (Which isn’t to say that Hendricks is a bad choice for the role – she’s a good actress, so in all likelihood, she’d do a good job.)
More superhero films need to start thinking outside the box. Everybody and their grandmother was excited when Darren Aronofsky was hired to direct The Wolverine – and then subsequently crushed when they found out that he’d left the project.
Wouldn’t it be nice to watch a superhero film that didn’t feel like a cookie-cutter superhero film (up-and-coming actor + origin + uncomplicated bad guy = $$$)? Whatever your thoughts are on The Dark Knight, at least that felt more like a film and less like a formula.
What are your thoughts on Christina Hendricks playing Wonder Woman? Let us know in the comments.
Drive, which co-stars Hendricks, hits theaters September 16th, 2011 - so be sure to check out our Drive review. When we hear anything about a live-action Wonder Woman, we’ll let you know.
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