Wonder Woman and the Odd Choice of Screenwriter

No doubt inspired by Marvel and their assembling Avengers Warner Brothers have quietly been putting together their own mass superhero film by hiring Will Beall to write Justice League. Justice League are the DC Comics version of The Avengers and include the like of Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman. This is all very well and good but it was something else in Variety’s article about this news that caught my eye; a new screenwriter has been hired to write a Wonder Woman film.

The screenwriter in question is Michael Goldenberg a man whose major credits include Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and the recent Green Lantern film, on which he was one of seven scribes. I will now blindly judge Goldenberg on Green Lantern‘s performance as it serves as his sole comic book adaptation experience.

Scoring just 27% positive reviews over at Rotten Tomatoes and only just managing to earn back its production budget during its cinematic release Green Lantern was a critical and financial flop. Is this really the right man to put together a major film for Warner Brothers?

Five years ago Warner Brothers abandoned another Wonder Woman project, a project which had a relatively unknown writer-director on board. The studio and screenwriter were trying to make two different films and so in February 2007 they parted ways amicably. The writer in question was Joss Whedon, the man who recently wrote and directed Marvel’s The Avengers which was the opposite of Green Lantern in both its financial and critical success. Warner Brothers already have a script from Hollywood’s hottest superhero writer for a Wonder Woman film so why are they not rushing it into production?

I’m sure they have their reasons, presumably it doesn’t tie into their plans for the Justice League film, and if Whedon had been judged as harshly as I just judged Goldenberg he wouldn’t have been allowed anywhere near the Avengers set – his first film hardly set the box office on fire. I’m just intrigued as to see what Joss Whedon’s Wonder Woman would look like.

Crap, I still need to see The Avengers

Out Now – 17th June 2011

Plenty to be apathetic about this week. Beavers, lanterns and teachers galore! Fair warning, I’m feeling particularly cynical today.

The Messenger
Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson are a pair of soldiers tasked with informing the families of soldiers who have died in Iraq. Plot comes in the form of Foster getting all involved with a widow. Angst to the max.

Green Lantern
With a lame sounding oath, Ryan Reynolds brings us a mostly CGI performance as some superhero we don’t really get this side of the Atlantic. There’s a point when it’s not enough to have a superhero in your film. Bored now.

Bad Teacher
Cameron Diaz is a bad teacher. Could easily call this Bad Actress and be done with it. TAKE THAT DIAZ!

The Beaver
Jodie Foster makes a huge mistake in casting the world’s most hated actor as the lead in an already tricky to sell film. We’re supposed to find heart in this film about a man talking in a cockney accent through a hand puppet, but from the reviews this seems unlikely.

Life in a Day
On 24th July 2010 people all over the world filmed their day so that Kevin Macdonald could edit it into a film. Bound to be pretty incoherent but probably pretty moving too. Why not?

Potiche (limited release)
Frenchy comedy starring Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu that has been ruined by an Orange advert. Why not broaden your cinematic pallet? Green Lantern can wait.

Stake Land (limited release)
A horror with some positive buzz for a change, as America falls to a vampire epidemic our young hero must make it to safety in Canada.

Putty Hill (limited release)
“A young man’s untimely death unites a fractured family and their community through shared memory and loss.” A release limited mostly to the ICA should tell you all you need to know. Expect lingering wide shots and a gratingly slow pace.

Swinging with the Finkels (limited release)
British comedy with an eclectic global cast explores the world of swinging. Martin Freeman may be on a career high but this film is not the reason why.

The Round Up (limited release)
Set in 1942 this international film calls itself a faithful retelling of the 1942 “Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup”. Perhaps a good pairing for The Beaver in an anti-Semite double bill?

Born to Be Wild (limited release)
Only at the IMAX this 40 minute documentary is… about animals?