QuickClick: Unofficial Wonder Woman Trailer May Be the Closest Fans Get to the Real Thing
03.02.13 by Ryan
It can't have been easy for Warner Bros. and their subsidiary DC Entertainment to sit and watch Marvel release The Avengers to huge box office success last year while Christopher Nolan was simultaneously closing the doors on his massively successful Batman trilogy with The Dark Knight Rises. While The Avengers is clearly open to have more sequels, Nolan never tried to expand his movies' scope to DC's other characters. In response to the success of The Avengers, Warners did hire Gangster Squad screenwriter Will Beall to script a Justice League movie, which would potentially team Batman with other legendary DC characters such as Superman, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman, however, the movie is already rumored to be slated for a complete overhaul, with the safe money betting that the studio will wait and see if Superman's next outing, Man of Steel, will provide the box office boost necessary to move forward with a Justice League movie.
The studio's apprehension is understandable. The 2010 adaptation of Green Lantern was considered a massive flop, and has put caution as the primary course of action when it comes to moving forward with movies based on DC's other popular characters. Take Wonder Woman, for instance. A live-action adaptation has been in development for years, with Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon spending two years developing a movie before Warner Bros. passed (and now that Whedon is also consulting on Marvel's other movies, the studio is likely regretting that decision). Warners announced in May of 2010 that a Wonder Woman movie was in the works, but, besides a failed Wonder Woman TV pilot, nothing has come to pass. X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner has publicly stated that she wanted to produce a Wonder Woman movie, but, again, nothing.
While a Justice League movie could bring the Amazonian princess to the big screen, fans' hopes for a Wonder Woman movie may be limited to this proof of concept trailer directed by stuntman-turned-director Jesse V. Johnson (The Package, The Butcher), which may have been made to prove to the studio that a Wonder Woman movie should exist or just to prove that Johnson should be a director they take seriously. Either way, it may the closest Diana Prince comes to getting her own big screen adaptation.