We can pretty much all agree that when it comes to epic stories and kickass female characters, Joss Whedon has a pretty great track record. He is, after all, the man responsible for that awesome original Avengers movie and for Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
But when it comes to Wonder Woman, it seems like Whedon really, really missed the mark.
As any superhero aficionado knows, this box office smash has been a long time in the making. So plenty of people have had a go at the film before this final version was made. And that includes Whedon, who penned a very early — and as it turns out – very awful version of the story.
Not only did his script focus more on Steve Trevor (played in the film by Chris Pine), but it had some pretty icky descriptors of Diana, Princess of Themyscira too.
“To say she is beautiful is almost to miss the point. She is elemental, as natural and wild as the luminous flora surrounding. Her dark hair waterfalls to her shoulders in soft arcs and curls. Her body is curvaceous, but taut as a drawn bow. She wears burnished metal bracelets on both wrists, wide and intricately detailed. Her shift is of another era; we’d call it ancient Greek. She is barefoot.”
That’s just part of the leaked script, which Twitter has been tearing apart — and for good reason. Namely because the film that was released was such an empowering, female-friendly version that it’s scary to think that this is what it could have been.
Actually, given that Whedon is currently in charge of new Batgirl movie, we may still have reason to be concerned indeed.
I’m reading Joss Whedon’s original script for Wonder Woman pic.twitter.com/r0NOIrfEew
— Pauline ✨🍑 (@Punziella) June 16, 2017
me reading joss whedon’s original script for wonder woman and realising he’s gonna direct batgirl pic.twitter.com/bfBaIVKwXZ
— moony (@avxnger) June 16, 2017
the first pronoun in Joss Whedon’s Wonder Woman script is “she” so i got excited that maybe it WOULD be about a woman, but its about a plane pic.twitter.com/eZRx4VlZGL
— Rave Sashayed (@_sashayed) June 15, 2017
Turn Joss Whedon’s god awful cancelled Wonder Woman script into a Creepypasta, because it really is that horrific. pic.twitter.com/WuOLp0pCEh
— Ashleigh (@holocronz) June 15, 2017
I’d like to thank not only god but also whomever rejected Joss Whedon’s Wonder Woman script.
— Denizcan James (@MrFilmkritik) June 18, 2017
The Joss Whedon Wonder Woman script that’s floating around does NOT make me excited about Batgirl. Oy that’s just fucking terrible
— Kompromat Apple Ally (@CandyAppleAlly) June 16, 2017
To be fair, the script that was leaked was an early version. Scripts go through a ton of massaging, plus we don’t really know what kind of direction he was given here. So there is hope for the Batgirl film… especially if Whedon is paying attention to the Twitter hate and applies those messages going forward.
If the Joss Whedon Wonder Woman script reveals anything, it’s that even the most well-meaning of us have to actively work to evolve.
— Alisha Grauso (@AlishaGrauso) June 16, 2017
If you’re mad at Joss Whedon for a script that didn’t get made you should also get mad at a chef for a recipe that didn’t get cooked.
— Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) June 17, 2017
However you feel about the script, we can probably just all agree that the Wonder Woman movie that was made was the one that should have been made, right? And hopefully that’s lesson enough for any future female-centric films — whether backed by male or female directors — to focus on the empowering and not sexual messages at hand. And, you know, slaying bad guys.
Now excuse us while we go lasso another pair of Wonder Woman tickets. We’re suddenly inspired to see the movie all over again.