Wonder Woman: No Whedon for You!
Depending on where you look, the weekend’s coverage of Joss Whedon’s exit from the Wonder Woman project was either graceful and simply a case of ‘shit happens’ or the shafting that the bastard deserves… Realistically, it all depends on whether the writer of the post you read is a fan of Whedon’s work or not. Me, I’m a fan.
I’ve never made a secret of the fact that I dig Whedon’s work. However it was after sitting in a theatre for a couple of hours after watching a preview of Serenity that I became a fan of Joss Whedon: The dude. The night we saw Serenity was the same night that Whedon arrived in Australia on something of a promotional tour, a month or so prior to the release of the film. He arrived in our country, headed to the channel ten studios for an interview on Rove Live and then made his way to the theatre in which myself and approximately 200 other sci-fi dorks were enjoying his [then] latest work.
His was completely amiable and open from the moment he took the stage and began chatting to the crowd, although it was clear that the guy was completely knackered and what he really needed to be doing was getting some sleep. Despite his exhaustion Joss (if I may call him that) stayed at the theatre far longer than he was scheduled to and for the duration was engaging, entertaining, informative and just generally a pretty cool guy.
Now, when you look at his previous work, and if you ever get to hear him speak about his love for empowered women, then it’s pretty clear that if anyone could get a handle on writing/directing an acceptable Wonder Woman film, it’d be him. However that’s not going to happen now as it’s clear that Whedon and the studio amicably have parted ways:
Let me stress first that everybody at the studio and Silver Pictures were cool and professional. We just saw different movies, and at the price range this kind of movie hangs in, that’s never gonna work. … The worst thing that can happen in this scenario is that the studio just keeps hammering out changes and the writer falls into a horrible limbo of development. These guys had the clarity and grace to skip that part. So I’m a free man… [source]
Ultimately I hope that this turns into a win for everyone: Lets hope that this Wonder Woman project finds a new writer and director who make both the studio and the fans happy with the resulting flick and that Joss moves on to some other ultra cool project and we get to see the results of that sooner (rather than later too).
With Joss’ ability to be a classy guy, as shown the night of the Q&A in Melbourne and again in the post linked above, I can only hope that Karma treats him well… My name is elroy.