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Joss Whedon Knows Why David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman Failed, It Rhymes With Mavid B. Jelly

Joss Whedon is in the exclusive hands of Marvel for the next two years which means he’ll have nothing to do with the planned Wonder Woman television show on the CW but that doesn’t mean he won’t stop talking about the Amazon Princess. In fact, he recently had a few words to say about David E. Kelley’s failed pilot. 

The Avengers director was interviewed by Crave Online, and mostly discussed his Much Ado About Nothing project, but a Wonder Woman question snuck in. Particularly Kelley’s failed pilot and why Hollywood in general doesn’t know what to do with Diana. Whedon replied:

I don’t think that was a match. I just don’t. I don’t think that he needs to write about superheroes. You need to need to write about superheroes to write about superheroes. If that’s not in your vernacular, you may bring something new and interesting to it, but at the end of the day, if you don’t have that burning desire to talk about these people who have these insane powers, then some other agenda is going to come forward and you might accidentally turn off the dark.

How right he is. If Kelley had taken on superhero lawyer She-Hulk, things might have turned out differently but he certainly didn’t have a handle on Wonder Woman. Before his Marvel exclusivity, Whedon talked about how bummed he was that his Wonder Woman project never got off the ground and what it would have been like:

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.

Still lamenting that but I’m willing to give this new Wonder Woman series a chance considering Warner Bros. themselves is giving it a chance a year after Kelley’s project tanked.

(via Blastr)

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  • Rick TJ Desilets

    Did no one else catch the tongue-in-cheek reference to the Spider-Man musical there? Man’s a genius.

  • Sam Spahn

    And yet if David E. Kelley made a She-hulk series, it would have been brilliant. Imagine it, Ally McBeal with the occasional giant monster fight.

  • Erin Treat

    Too bad DC is screwing Wonder Woman up so badly in the New 52. I hope the show is good.

  • Nick Gaston

    I think one internet reviewer’s take on the pilot said it well—that it’s like the only reason Kelly could imagine someone NOT wanting to be a lawyer was an utter contempt for the law.

  • Christina Janke

    I know nothing of She-Hulk, but Manhunter (Kate Spencer) might have been a better fit for Kelley than WW.

  • Christina Sabia

    Umm, I’ve seen the unaired Wonder Woman pilot. David E. Kelley needs to stay away from superheroes altogether. Wonder Woman was this close to being a crazy vigilante. She killed without thought, tortured a suspect, had no respect for any sort of due process and was just too brutal. Instead of giving the character heart and compassion, he tried to shoehorn in the usual feminine tropes. Stuff like her being alone at the end of the day watching TV with her cat, her being angry about her doll having big breasts and her pining after her ex-boyfriend. I wouldn’t have minded so much but her her brutality as Wonder Woman, I’d want to see something more than cliches to make me feel for her as a character.

  • JW

    I did. Made me chuckle.

  • JW

    Considering how out-there Ally McBeal was sometimes, that actually wouldn’t be all that odd in comparison.

  • Anonymous

    No. Nobody else got that. In fact, I don’t even know what you’re talking about.

  • Life Lessons

    David E. Kelley is also a misogynist. He tries not to be but bam he totally is. He shouldn’t be allowed near the project.

  • Rick TJ Desilets

    He compared David E. Kelley’s pilot to the horrific catastrophe that is Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark.

  • Anonymous

    I’m glad you got the sarcasm ;-)

  • Rick TJ Desilets

    Ha, my bad. You never know sometimes.

  • Jonathan Wint

    David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman Saw the Leaked Pilot .., Literally only watched the first half hour. It was bad, Costume made her look like a hooker she makes fun of the original Lynda Carter Doll costume and Lynda Carter, had wart on her Nose, Used more foul Language than me(I grew up on a Dock in liverpool) Was very stupid (threatened to murder some one on tv at a press conference) took pleasure in hurting people, Was basically a badly dressed Zena.. And the Plot hurt my head on its stupidness. Was so not Wonderwoman Personally I alwas Liked the Greek Spartan Outfit but there was so much wrong with it there was nothing right. David E Kelley should just stop writing Forever… So Glad Joss Whedon called him on it so sick of Fans being Blamed for being over sensitive . Mr Kelly did a terrible Job and was Offensive, End of story.

  • Jonathan Wint

    You never saw the Pilot, Mr Danny DeVito would made a better Wonder Woman. At Least he can act and I seen him play a woman.Kelley’s choice was Quite literally unable to play a female role never mind wonder Woman. She was Rude and Stupid and Like one of those redneck football Player that jokes about beating up the Chess Club and Drinking Bear. She was that Bad there was nothing good about it.She was clearly going for Wolverine Anti hero but Did it realy badly,And that never worked for Wonder Woman even When done by a Good actress. I wanted to pull out my eyes. Dianes Naive not a Sadist or stupid its her weakness and her choice bc she came from a Race that in Legend Kill with ease and joy.So she works very hard at looking and thinking like Snow White. Bc it would be so easy with her background to go dark. She Is the Granddaughter of Areas(alway was), now in current continuum also daughter of Zeus. Her mother that she Idolized as a Piece Maker was revealed time and again to be Just as bloodthirsty and bad or worse as Legend claimed. She found out Amazons wear Drowning there Male born sons. So She got this Lie she grew up with Like Buddha in his fathers Garden wear no one grows old and everyone’s good and kind and sisters. And found out it was all a Lie. And Now Like Buddha Want to make her Lie true not just on her Island but for the world. She Chooses to be Naive ,Chosen to be Snow White and she is never impolite or rude.But even if she embraced her dark heritage and Go Villain she would not be a Rude foul mouthed Bimbo! .