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The Director Of Bridesmaids Pitched A Wonder Woman Action-Comedy To Warner Bros.


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This…is not the kind of Wonder Woman movie news I ever expected to hear. Especially after we named one of our The Mary Sue party drinks “A Wonder Woman Movie” for laughs.

In an interview with IGN.com, Paul Feig, director of Bridesmaids/The Heat, revealed a Wonder Woman movie idea he actually pitched to Warner Bros.

The idea for Feig’s film would’ve involved a Wonder Woman who “keeps hitting the glass ceiling” of the superhero world. Conceived as a lighter action-comedy, this Princess Diana of Themyscira has to contend with male heroes like Batman and Superman who are perhaps not as forward-thinking regarding their female counterpart as they should be. (I think the word “jerks” might’ve come up.) Feig compared this Wonder Woman to the suffragist Cicely Hamilton (who wrote the 1908 “feminist” play Diana of Dobson’s).

They didn’t specify when exactly this pitch had been made (“recently” was used) but, while a different idea could be just what we need, I can absolutely understand why this never went any further. That being said, something else Feig mentioned makes me think it could work.

“I asked Feig if the tone he had in mind would’ve been more in line with, say, the Iron Man films, and he said that was the basic idea,” they write. “[He also] told me that in retrospect he can see why the concept didn’t fly, as the fans can be quite protective of their characters and any changes that are made to them.

What do you think about a Wonder Woman movie similar to the tone of Iron Man? Not a straight comedy, but something that doesn’t need to take itself completely seriously.

(via IGN)

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  • Anonymous

    would of been great

  • Anonymous

    It sounds like a Robot Chicken sketch, and not at all like Iron Man. While the Iron Man movies have jokes, they take themselves and the characters seriously. A Wonder Woman movie where Superman and Batman are sexist jerks sounds like parody or superhero satire (which is a totally valid undertaking, but not something I would want Wonder Woman’s first movie to be).

  • Anonymous

    I’m all for a lighthearted and less Nolan-ish take (works for Batman, not so much for everyone else) but I can see why they passed on this.
    Batman and Superman are huge earners for WB so there’s not a chance in hell they’d have them be made into misogynistic jerks for the sake of a few shits and giggles. This isn’t like, All-Star Batman where comic fans read it but the general public is unaware. Doing that sort of thing in a movie that might be seen by millions could be seriously damaging to the characters.

    Especially since WB wants to do a shared universe.

  • J Ritchey

    No. Just no. As a meta satire featuring a WW expy, maybe (the failed Kelly series could have worked under the same caveat), but not as Wonder Woman proper.

  • Laura Truxillo

    Yeah, much as it’s still kinda true, I’m tired of stories about women heroes always having a subplot (or mainplot) of “having to prove themselves just as good as a man.”

    Let’s…let’s just have a superhero movie about a woman who proves herself as a superhero. For novelty’s sake?

  • Cy

    No, definitely not. She has moments but I can’t see the Iron Man style humor working for her. And the last thing I’d expect from Batman would be to look down on WW…it might literally be the last thing he ever did.

  • Anonymous

    I feel obligated to keep posting this until the folks at WB & DC take it to heart: http://www.toplessrobot.com/2013/10/top_10_ways_to_make_a_wonder_woman_movie_not_suck.php

  • Sara Green Williams

    Yes, yes, and yes!

  • Gerald Kirby

    This could *maybe* work as a one-shot comic, but don’t make Wonder Woman into a comedy! Take her seriously!

  • Cat Rambo

    I’m so freaking desperate to see a WW movie that I’d settle for this. At least for now.

  • http://runt.org/ Adrian

    Only if it was written by a woman.

  • Laura Truxillo

    Nah, ’cause when it inevitably failed (because the built-in audience just got fed-up with the chick-empowerment-comedy-flick-esque nature of it and they lost half of ‘em), the studio would shrug with some wah-wah music in the background and say, “welp, see, no one wanted a Wonder Woman movie. They just don’t work. Now, back to this new Batman thing…”

  • Anonymous

    This pitch is emblematic of the general public recognizing Wonder Woman as THE SUPERHEROINE without knowing who Wonder Woman is. Wonder Woman is a Divinely-empowered princess/ambassador with great self esteem from a foreign culture so she’s much more concerned with her mission of stamping out war & injustice on a global scale than measuring up to male standards. This situation only works with a character who is indoctrinated into contemporary western culture & is far less powerful.
    If you still want to see this comedic scenario, however, watch “The Big Leagues” episode of The Tick’s live action series.

  • Mark Matson

    I could see this movie with characters like Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman, but using the actually DC characters would be a bad idea.

  • Lien

    I would love to see this movie… but not as a wonder-woman film. Maybe make a new type of super heroine just for that pitch.

  • Anonymous

    I say Both — And –. It’s easy to get a little hung up on canon and timelines and so forth, particularly in an age of perpetual reboots, so I don’t have a problem with going a somewhat Archie/Loonie Toons style and letting stories exist on their own. Granted, this is part of a larger dream of mine where we’ll see something like a “Batman Double Digest,” “Wonder Woman Double Digest”, etc. which has reprints of old, ordinary comics (not huge crossover or major storylines), but also folks doing stuff more out-of-the-ordinary. Gag strips, semi-Elseworlds period pieces, stories about unusually ordinary life, experimental art, and so forth.

    As to the Iron Man unserious drama, I’d say that’d be a good thing. One of the big reasons the Disney/Marvel movies have been better than DC’s is that they don’t take themselves so damn seriously.

  • Nona

    No. If, however, they took a Galaxy Quest approach, that might work.

  • Anonymous

    No, thank you to the Feig pitch. Ugh.

  • js

    The makers of Bridesmaids…. so they want superheroes to be unfunny too?

  • Batman

    Because Marvel is making money with comediesright?.
    Wonder Woman isn’t the comedy relief of the big 3. Why treat her like it.
    They’re making films for the general worldwide audience,not a select few fans.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think any superhero movie should take itself too seriously, which is why most of the Marvel films work, and why I really didn’t care for the recent Batman flicks (I much prefer the Keaton films). Superheroes aren’t real, they’re fantasy. They can’t live in a 100% realistic world; it doesn’t work. In order for it to work there needs to be a suspension of belief, which is really really difficult to accomplish when you’re pushing for brutal 100% world realism. Things kinda fall apart.

  • Nisa Goetz

    You’re right! This will be the first movie of wonder woman, so it has to be spectacular just like other super-hero-themed movies.
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