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There’s A Parallel Universe where Evangeline Lilly Played Wonder Woman in a Joss Whedon Film

It’s unclear which since-abandoned Wonder Woman adaptation Evangeline Lilly discussed starring in with Hollywood execs once upon a time, but I think we can all agree that alternate time line Justice Lord!Wonder Woman’s costume is pretty freakin’ great. And you can’t even see the fierce pixie cut she’s rocking in this screen shot.

Evangeline Lilly has rocked the ever more starved audience for a Wonder Woman movie by telling MTV News that she “met on Wonder Woman” in the mid-2000s. From the video:

Wonder Woman was my favorite superhero as a little girl. And I actually went in and met on Wonder Woman at one point, before the thing kind of fell apart, [before] it was like “No way, it’s not going to happen.” That was early-early, that was first season in Lost before I’d kind of gone, “Wait a minute. I don’t know if I want to do this.”

I still have a huge girl crush on Wonder Woman, I think she’s amazing. Would I want to jump into a franchise like that at this point? I don’t know.

The wait-a-minute moment that Lilly refers to is her withdrawal from acting full time after the completion of Lost, to focus on humanitarian efforts, among other things (very What Would Diana Do, if I may say so myself).

Of course everyone who wants to bask in the glow of the idea of a mid-2000s Wonder Woman feature film is of course wondering: did Lilly meet to star in the script that Joss Whedon was working on for Warner Bros. at the time? MTV has done a bunch of rumor remembering, and come to the conclusion that they’re not quite sure. It could have been the script Whedon worked on, and it could have been the Justice League project that Warner Bros. turned to next, after giving up on Whedon’s ideas.

Either way, we can’t say we wouldn’t have welcomed a Lilly Wonder Woman. Somebody invent that parallel universe jumping machine already.

(via MTV.)

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  • Calum Syers

    Wasn’t it rumoured that Nathan Fillion was going to play Steve Rogers (live action, I know he did some voice acting as the character) in Joss Whedon’s “Wonder Woman”. So, once upon a time, there was going to be a movie where Wonder Woman was going to have her own movie (as a lead), starring Evangeline Lilly and Nathan Fillion and this was all going to be directed by Joss Whedon.

    Suddenly I’m going to invest all of my time and money into inventing a machine that allows me to visit this parallel universe.

  • Samuel

    As cool as that sounds, I can’t imagine the licensing hell it would take for a Marvel/DC crossover movie.

  • Calum Syers

    Bugger me, my bad folks I’ll edit. I meant Steve Trevor, not Rogers. I’ve edited my OP.

  • AverageDrafter

    I think he means Steve Trevor, but god help us a Cap/WW crossover set in WWII would be the bee’s knees to use the nomenclature of the day.

  • Calum Syers

    I did. That was my boo-boo.

  • Samuel


  • Samuel

    That would be fantastic.

  • Anonymous

    How can one be so in denial?

    Whedon NEVER wrote a script. He said so himself. He had some ideas but the execs didn’t like them and that was it.

    Concerning actresses I think I do remember that he once said he could have imagined Morena Baccarin in the role but he never really casted the role in his head.

    So, this whole “what could have been” or “what almost was” is quite pointless. I would have been interested to see the Wonder Woman script that the two screenwriters who were hired by Joel Silver some time after Whedon. He hired them after being impressed by a spec script they wrote (which he bought and than hired them to write a new version).

    And if we talk about alternate universes, there are also ones were first Sandra Bullock and then Angelina Jolie played Wonder Woman – that was at the very beginning of “Wonder Woman in development hell” in 2003 / 2004.

    In the end, after lot of attempts and 10 years of development from many different screenwriters and producers we’ve ended up with NO WONDER WOMAN MOVIE. And Diana as a supporting character in “Batman vs. Superman” and a potential love interest for Bruce Wayne.

    I think – just my personal opinion – that that whole story is a very very sad one.

  • Anonymous

    To be fair, there’s a parallel universe where everyone has played Wonder Woman in a Joss Whedon film.

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    Even me?!

  • Calum Syers

    Especially you.

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    Since the subject of alternate universes was brought up, I feel the need to take it upon myself to expand upon the wonders of these alternate worlds~

    In one such world, Dukes of Hazard was never created, thus the Hulk series wasn’t pushed to Wonder Woman’s timeslot, cancelling the series. In this world, Wonder Woman was able to get six seasons instead of three, catapulting it into the status of longest running superhero series for years to come. This prompted a movie made based on the series starring Lynda Carter for the role who knocked it out of the park~

    This success would have an echoing effect into the future with the next heroine film being Amethyst, princess of gem world. Which was a solid movie that while a bit cheesy and used terrible effects to make the horse, did fairly well for a superhero film of the time, further cementing such things as common place.

    Years later when Superman was big enough to garner spin-off franchises, Supergirl got her own film and due to a looser amount of executive meddling thanks to the success of past films (of both female superheroes and superman specifically) It was able to work with a bigger budget and was able to afford some more thorough writing, granting the film large success rivaling that of the second superman film and prompted a couple of sequels which did okay.

    Thus, in the 90s when Warner was plotting to do something with the Justice League, they decided to go full film instead of a tv series thanks to the film succeesses and created a justice league that included supergirl, wonder woman (played by Tia Carrere) and the film was a success, catapulting DC to great heights and prompting an early superhero boom with DC beating warner to the punch with follow up movies about individual justice leaguers after the film, with other untied movies being made that included black canary and a mister miracle/big barda movie.

    Marvel would try to get a few films out to compete but would lose woefully against the juggernaut that is Warner studios getting behind a cash cow and eventually the superhero craze would die out some years later (with it not occurring to Warner to make a sequel to justice league or go the contained universe route) Years later, history would play somewhat similarly to our own and Marvel would get its own studio and start creating high end films, though keeping in mind DC’s past success, they would be making more effort to have a line-up that could compete with Warners work and thus they gave Wasp and Black Widow(with Hawkeye costarring) their own films, building up to an even epicer Avengers film than what we know today~!

    This would spark alot of jealousy from Warner and looking back at their past success, they would begin working on their own branching cinematic universe and fight to catch up, releasing their rebooted superman film in the same year as the Avengers (which didn’t beat Avengers, but due to the film including a Superman who kept Metropolis from getting even a scratch, it was universally well received)

    Driven on by profits, DC would make efforts to build up to their own shared universe but due a respect for Nolan, they would choose not to use Batman. Instead, the executives driven by a moment of brilliance decide to make a film about Batgirl, giving her the bat-slot on the team. Fast forward to the present day of this alternate universe and the ciniverse Wonder Woman film is coming out this year with the Superman and Batgirl movie on the horizon, trailed behind the flash, a john stewert green lantern film and a zatanna movie. With rumors of a batgirl sequel on the table featuring her encountering Batwoman.

    And thats what totally happens in that alternate universe.

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    Its not totally without precedent. Tecnically, either Marvel or DC have full rights to use anyone or thing they want from the Amalgam universe which half features Steve Rogers…Sorta.

  • Anonymous

    It’s official. This is the darkest timeline…

  • AverageDrafter

    I’ve never been able to find a straight answer on how the rights for an Amalgam movie would work. One presumes that was worked out in the forming of the brand, just in case the popularity of the mash-ups took of unexpectedly… thank god it didn’t.

    A parody of the dark’n'gritty superhero movie with Darkclaw as the star would be pretty damn funny.

    Though, Nolan/Goyer already parodied themselves in Rises, so….

  • Anonymous

    The good news is yes. The bad news is even ME. (well, maybe I can pull it off decently in that other universe. who knows…)

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    Hmm…Well with the comic, both companies are legally allowed to take characters and such from the comic without needing to consult one another. In fact there was a writer for DC some years ago who had the amalgam wonder woman (wonder woman/storm combination) pop up to rescue the green lantern before zipping back over to her own dimension.

    In terms of movie…I think it would be slightly similar to public domain for the big two…though i can’t say im sure about that.

  • Troy Lenze

    I’m not sure I want to live in a world with out the Dukes of Hazzard. My childhood would have been much poorer.

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    Understandable ^^; But the cancellation of the wonder woman tv series can be directly attributed to its creation prompting Hulk to push Wonder Woman off the network.