Not so super now

February 5, 2007 at 8:15 pm Leave a comment

Both Wonder Woman and The Flash have lost their directors, it emerged this week. Buffy creator Joss Whedon has departed from the film adaptation of the star-spangled Wonder Woman and David Goyer has abandoned his role of writer, director and producer of The Flash. 

Both Wonder Woman and The Flash are DC Comic Book characters that are set for their on-screen debut before 2008.

Whedon cited his reason for leaving the satin-tight clad amazon woman was artistic differences with Warner Bros. “We just saw different movies,” the writer/director stated on his website.

Whedon had been attached to the project for 2 years, and it was thought that his Buffy experience made him the perfect choice to bring a strong, female character onto the screen. But maybe his script was just too clever for a story that is fundamentally about an Amazonian woman dressed in the American flag, with a hidden jetpack and bullet-repelling bracelets. It’s just too stupid to be clever.

We say it’s better that Whedon has backed away this time. Wonder Woman seems like one of those superheroes that won’t transfer very well into this whole reinvention fad because fundamentally, she’s pretty crap. 

Meanwhile, David Goyer announced on his MySpace page that he had actually left The Flash project months ago. The Batman Begins writer was set to produce, direct and write the tale of a man who can run and move ridiculously fast. “WB and myself simply couldn’t agree on what would make for a cool Flash film,” Goyer said. “But as of now, the studio is heading off in a completely different direction.”

And that direction is with Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy, who Warner Bros. have announced will replace Goyer in the director’s seat. Purportedly, Levy wants to take the red-spandexed superhero in a lighter direction than Goyer’s script, which was in a similarly dark vein to their other comic book hit, Batman Begins.

We say that Goyer was the smarter choice. He’s already proven his skills for reinventing superheroes with the Dark Knight, whereas Levy has never proven anything except his ability to add further nails to Steve Martin’s coffin (Cheaper by the Dozen, why oh why?).

Pictures: Top Right: Writer/Director Joss Whedon, Bottom Left: Wonder Woman and The Flash from DC Comics

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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