Of all the major DC heroes, Wonder Woman was always going to be one of the hardest to sell to the public. An Amazonian goddess whose powers include the use of an invisible plane and a lasso that makes you tell the truth? That's out there, even by comic standards. But if there's one person who could have pulled that off, it would have been Buffy creator and Avengers director Joss Whedon. In a recent interview with Rookie Mag, Whedon revealed some details about what his ultimately rejected Wonder Woman script entailed,
"She was a little bit like Angelina Jolie [laughs]. She sort of traveled the world. She was very powerful and very naïve about people, and the fact that she was a goddess was how I eventually found my in to her humanity and vulnerability, because she would look at us and the way we kill each other and the way we let people starve and the way the world is run and she’d just be like, None of this makes sense to me. I can’t cope with it, I can’t understand, people are insane. And ultimately her romance with Steve was about him getting her to see what it’s like not to be a goddess, what it’s like when you are weak, when you do have all these forces controlling you and there’s nothing you can do about it. That was the sort of central concept of the thing. Him teaching her humanity and her saying, OK, great, but we can still do better."
Interesting, it reminds me quite a bit of The Fifth Element, a movie that worked well from that concept. Whedon has written some of the best and strongest female characters we've seen before, and it really is a shame that we weren't able to see his vision for how he would have grounded the character. I suppose that we'll just have to take solace in that fact that he's been given the reigns to the Avengers, arguably the most ambitious comic book based movie ever made. That shouldn't be too hard.