Danish Director Nicolas Winding Refn Talks About Why He Wants to Direct Wonder Woman
06.17.10 by Ryan
Since no one else has thrown their hat in the ring for a potential Wonder Woman movie, Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn told the BBC in April that he was "born to make" a Wonder Woman movie. Refn's latest directorial efforts Valhalla Rising and Bronson were both violently dramatic tales, with Vahalla following a mute warrior who escapes from his Scottish captors while biopic Bronson documented the life of Britain's most notorious prisoner. If either one of those screams "Wonder Woman," let us know, however the resumes of Sam Raimi and Christopher Nolan weren't exactly filled with family-friendly movies either before they embarked on their respective Spider-Man and Batman franchises. Refn assured Movieline that he's serious about adapting Wonder Woman into a "great, extravagant, marketable action film."
Wonder Woman, I really want to make. That, I'm hoping, will be my $200 million extravaganza — if I even get close to it. That's why I say, "Well, let me go make Drive [a thriller shooting soon with Ryan Gosling]. Let me start the ball rolling within the [Hollywood] system."
Refn feels that the biggest hurdle for Wonder Woman would be to find a suitable villain.
And where Wonder Woman on one hand is a great female character who can be included in many great fight scenes, she doesn’t have great villains against her. She doesn’t have a Joker or those classic Batman kinds of guys. OK, so you create some. Well, that's when it gets interesting, because you have to create a great countervillain to her. They tried in Catwoman — with not particularly good results. The trick with Wonder Woman is to find that antagonist who worked so well in the Batman concept — his villains are equally if not more exciting than Batman himself. Here, it's basically coming up with who would be a great counterpart to Wonder Woman. Is it her mother who’s the real enemy? Something that’s biblical in a sense.
Refn also feels that the world that the Amazonian princess inhabits would also be an asset to a big screen adaptation.
She does have her whole world that she comes from, which is fascinating. The whole idea of a woman who is basically more powerful than any man — and who will always be that, and comes from a society of women who are more powerful than men — is an interesting theme that I think can be very contemporary.
Refn also says he wouldn't make Wonder Woman as violent as his previous work.
I would say I could never do that, because I have kids myself who would go watch Wonder Woman. But one of the things I encounter is that a lot of people have more opinions about me than have actually seen my films. I think that my films can be very violating, so they can seem much more violent than they are.
A Wonder Woman movie has been in the works for years. In 2005, Joss Whedon started work on the adaptation and eventually left after two years of writing scripts that Warner Bros rejected.
Another script surfaced last year, this time written by newcomers Brent Strickland and Matthew Jennison, and was described as "Wonder Woman meets Raiders of the Lost Ark" that seemed to go nowhere. However, in May of this year, Warner Bros announced their upcoming movie slate, and included Wonder Woman as one that was "in development," though whether the aforementioned script is being used is unknown.
As for whether Refn will be involved with any potential Wonder Woman movie, the director isn't sure. "I haven't heard from D.C. [Comics] yet," he said.