Joss Whedon Reflects On WONDER WOMAN After AVENGERS Success; Gina Carano Still Interested

We've heard from Joss Whedon many times about how Warner Bros. made the foolish decision to turn down his Wonder Woman pitch, but he talks here about whether the success of The Avengers has left him bitter. Gina Carano also reiterates her interest in playing the character on the big screen.

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By Josh Wilding - 4/13/2013

In an interview with Total Film, Joss Whedon was asked to comment on whether the massive success of Marvel's The Avengers has left him feeling bitter about past projects. After all, there must have been a lot of studio execs kicking themselves for turning the writer/director down after the superhero ensemble went on to gross over $1.5 billion worldwide! The magazine specifically asked him about his failed Wonder Woman pitch for Warner Bros. Here's what he had to say:

"You know, part of the process of dealing with the success of The Avengers has been discovering a vein of anger that I didn't even know existed in me. You do begin to think about when they let you do it, and you get it right, and then you think back to all of the times they didn't let you do it. But I am my own worst enemy. I'm not really good at selling myself or standing up for myself and I have a pathological fear of confrontation, which is not really useful in this industry. There are plenty of times when I could have controlled my own career more than I did. All of these frustrations, and all of these setbacks, definitely surfaced again after The Avengers. So, yeah, you know what? Now I'm really pissed [laughs]. It used to just be my life and my living, and that was fine, but now I feel a bit... See? You see? But I know you can't live your life like that. You have to stay positive."

"Absolutely," Gina Carano enthusiastically replied in a separate interview with the magazine when they asked her whether she's still interested in bringing Wonder Woman to life on the big screen. "Actually, I think that would be fascinating if done correctly, if they did it more in a way where they're humanizing her. She comes from an all-female planet - something the world hasn't seen. I just think there's so much story there." It's clear that the Fast and Furious 6 actress has a good idea as to what is needed to make a live adaptation work, but with the CW planning a TV series based on the adventures of the Amazonian princess, it's unclear when or if we ever really will see her up on the big screen...


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Anton - 4/13/2013, 11:27 AM
Gina Carano is a SHITTY actress, don't want her anywhere near the DC movie-verse.
Nick56 - 4/13/2013, 11:27 AM
Carano is perfect for wonder woman
JerBear - 4/13/2013, 11:30 AM
With a competent director and good dialogue, I actually think Gina COULD be a good WW.
PaulRom - 4/13/2013, 11:32 AM
Carano would be absolutely ideal if she perfected her acting chops. She has the look, the fighting style, and she's interested in the role (and wants to see a movie done right). Plus, she's dating Superman himself.

Though, if she wasn't already with Marvel, Jaimie Alexander would be the PERFECT choice for Wonder Woman.
PsyGuy - 4/13/2013, 11:32 AM
I really want a GOOD actress as Wonder Woman,

not saying Gina isnt.. but I've never seen her.
vtopa - 4/13/2013, 11:36 AM
Gina was awesome in Haywire. Go watch it. She's totally believable beating the crap out of men twice her size (unlike Scarlett Johansen in Avengers). She looks the part, beautiful without being dainty, and has the chops.
GuardianAngel - 4/13/2013, 11:36 AM
"She comes from an all-female PLANET"?!

HAHAHA!!
StrangerX - 4/13/2013, 11:36 AM
What's funny is isn't she dating Cavil. I don't mind her as WW she may be older but that's how I picture WW more mature and not some young emo chick. Plud her acting is not as bad as people say.
ButthurtKurvos - 4/13/2013, 11:39 AM
Either...

Wonder Woman photo FanArtPhoebeTonkinH2OTheSecretCircleTheVampireDiariesasWonderWoman_zpsa6ac8801.jpg

or...

Wonder Woman photo tumblr_mhg6y5mLhb1rlchk0o1_400.png
aRandomSinisterClone - 4/13/2013, 11:40 AM
"She comes from an all-female planet" AHH no she doesn't
TheManFromMars - 4/13/2013, 11:40 AM
WorstUserNameEver - 4/13/2013, 11:41 AM
JWOW for WW!
Tony93 - 4/13/2013, 11:42 AM
well she doesnt know that much about comics guys sheesh
Tony93 - 4/13/2013, 11:42 AM
@Purdue whose that first girl photoshopped?
aRandomSinisterClone - 4/13/2013, 11:43 AM
@ tony93, if shes so enthusiastic about playing this role for years, she should know shes not an alien. seams basic.
kemuael - 4/13/2013, 11:44 AM
wonder woman = lesbian...no thank you (-__-)
GodzillaKart - 4/13/2013, 11:47 AM
Gina Carano looks great for the role and obviously has the physical prowess. The fact is that we really have no idea what her acting level is. She was in Haywire, in which her acting was...uneven. But she walked into that with almost no acting training. It's possible that, if she has been training, she is a far better actor now.
DrDoom - 4/13/2013, 11:48 AM
All female planet?

>_>
JatevinM - 4/13/2013, 11:59 AM
She does know that Themyscira is an island and Diana should never be humanized because she isn't human.
lucio7lopez - 4/13/2013, 12:01 PM
I love Gina Carano!! She's a wonder woman right now.
MrCBM56 - 4/13/2013, 12:01 PM
@levi

If I remember correctly, Wb turned down Whedon script because apparently is was too dark of a movie for Wonder Woman to have. And at least Whedons outline of Batman had source of material in it than Nolan's.
PaulRom - 4/13/2013, 12:02 PM
Yeah, she obviously misspoke and likely meant "world" instead of "planet".
Forthas - 4/13/2013, 12:04 PM
Gina Carano should NOT be Wonder Woman but would make a great villain for whoever does play Wonder Woman. She could be Bane to WW's Batman. Right now she is the most intimidating woman who is a credible actress with name recognition. If Carano faces off against almost any other actress on screen it would not induce any sense of fear for her safety. I think Amber Heard would make a great Wonder Woman and build a story around Carano as the Shim'tar or as Alkyone one of the "Circle"

Have Kathryn Bigelow direct it (known for her realism) and the Wachowski siblings produce it (known for their cutting edge visuals). You could not lose.

silverdog - 4/13/2013, 12:07 PM
please no Gina Carano.. she makes Stephen Ammel look like Robert deNiro.
PsyGuy - 4/13/2013, 12:08 PM
@JatevinM

what you said! Everything that came out of her mouth was dumb. on to the next one
gmoney0505 - 4/13/2013, 12:18 PM
Joss still bitter about Wonder Woman. Time to let that stuff pass dude. You got lucky with Avengers. Just keep looking to the future instead of the past.
Vaportrail - 4/13/2013, 12:20 PM
"There's no such thing as bad actors. There's only bad directors."


Carano's a talented martial artist and a decent actress. Put some talent behind the camera and she'll be great.
TheAbaryMan369 - 4/13/2013, 12:23 PM
I can't picture her as WW.
ForeverPowerful - 4/13/2013, 12:27 PM
I think you guys are taking her words too literally. I'm sure she means the island.
thewonderer - 4/13/2013, 12:30 PM
Gina Carano IS dating Henry Cavil LMAO, she's using Cavill for his Supes role to spring into Wonder Woman! The bitch! Of course, Cavills incredible sexyness plays a factor as well ;)
jessepostal - 4/13/2013, 12:34 PM
So that's why he calls himself the wonderer
MrCBM56 - 4/13/2013, 12:54 PM
@levi

You do realize all you did was snatch little nibits shots from a almost 2 and a half hour movie, and match them with pictures that resemble that footage. There are over 1000 batman comics, you're bound to find something that resembles something in the movie.
FightAs0ne - 4/13/2013, 12:56 PM
Why the hell are you all arguing about Batman Begins? It was a great movie, deal with it.
CaptainTumeria - 4/13/2013, 1:26 PM
I'm the eternal optimist when it comes to a Wonder Woman movie... But I think the best shot it ever had was when Joss Whedon was working on it. I don't know why, but WW seems to be an impossible sell. I thought the animated movie was great, I also enjoyed the pilot episode that the Ally McBeale guy made.. But the animated movie was the worst-rated DCAU film and the pilot episode didn't even make it to the small screen. I hope I'm wrong about this and the right formula comes along to put my favorite heroine to the silver screen, but I'm not getting my hopes up. This "Amazon" show has potential as long as they make it about Wonder Woman kicking ass, and they don't go all (first three seasons of) Smallville with it.
typicalfanboy - 4/13/2013, 1:28 PM
whedon isn't god. he's not going to get everything right. i'm so glad his wonder woman and batman never made it to the screen. he's like burton. remain in your element and you'll do fine. burton's superman would've been as bad as superman returns. but everyone agrees, that headlining a batman movie with a villain that isn't from the comics, or setting wonder woman in the 1940s is a great idea...
thewonderer - 4/13/2013, 1:29 PM
Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, AND Rises all take a bunch of stuff from the comics. Yes they are done differently, but events from the comics mirror a ton of scenes in all the films.
Battabing - 4/13/2013, 1:35 PM
No to Gina.
And Joss' Wonder Woman was turned down because it wasn't Wonder Woman, but Wonder Buffy. No thanks.
exe - 4/13/2013, 1:42 PM
There is no better Batman origins movie than Nolan's Batman Begins. Better than the ones that aren't made or will ever be made.
LikeAPhoenix - 4/13/2013, 1:43 PM
1) Josh Whedon - Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda... the Avengers are easier to sell to the general public than Wondy. So here's hoping the success of the Avengers is not going to his head, too much.

2) Gina Carano - Must've come from a can't act, all idiot planet.
Boogie138 - 4/13/2013, 1:44 PM
@SpidaTrav: did you really say Katie holmes? keep her lazy eye far away from this...
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