Today we learned that, not one, but two DC Comics superhero movies have been ceased. They are both Wonder Woman and The Flash. Joss Whedon and David Goyer are no longer attached to these projects. It seems that the reasons for the news are the same – neither Whedon or Goyer couldn’t come to agreements with WB about the script and budget of the films. While I’m glad that Joss Whedon is no longer attached to Wonder Woman, I am surprised that David Goyer is off the Flash project because he has written for DC Comics and has done a wonderful job with Batman Begins. Let’s examine what went wrong with Wonder Woman and Flash movies.
When the WB announced that Joss Whedon was going to write and direct the Wonder
Woman movie back in 2005, fan anticipation was running high and provided a big boost to the
iconic female hero. As months passed on, Joss Whedon was having trouble writing Wonder Woman mainly because he didn’t quite get the character and the material. Another problem is that he’s a Marvel guy writing the Astonishing X-Men. His idea of Wonder Woman is that she would not wear the iconic star-spangled outfit that Lynda Carter made famous. That’s when there were some concerns. Not only was he having trouble with the script, there were other movies that he had to direct like Serenity. If you read his interviews, it seems that he really didn’t want to direct Wonder Woman. Then yesterday, the WB bought another Wonder Woman screenplay
that took place in World War 2. Now that Whedon is no longer attached to Wonder Woman, it’s
probably the greatest relief for him so that he can move on. The WB actually chose the wrong
person to write and direct Wonder Woman. I wonder if the Smallville producers would use Wonder Woman for the series. But regardless, you cannot mess with something that’s iconic like
Wonder Woman because you have to stay true to the material.
As for David Goyer no longer attached to the Flash movie, Goyer has written for DC
Comics before. There were rumors that the Flash movie would either be Jay Garrick or Wally
West. I know Goyer would stay true to the material the way he did with Batman. One would
like to know what ideas that Goyer had for the Flash movie. He and the WB couldn’t agree on
the script and budget of the film. This had an effect on Smallville because the TV series’
producers had to use the Impulse name instead of the Flash name. If Kyle Gallner returns to
Smallville, he should use the Flash name once again.
There you have it – 2 DC superhero movies on the back burner, but hopefully not for
long as the WB should find writers and directors who know the materials. Feature films would
put both Wonder Woman and the Flash on the map the way they did for Superman and Batman.
One thing’s for sure – DC Comics and the WB need to compete with Marvel Comics about the
superhero movies because Marvel is way ahead of DC right now. That’s what happens when
you’re under the corporate umbrella.