Joss Whedon's Wonder Woman Was Sort of Angelina Jolie

November 8, 2011


Joss Whedon's 2007 attempt at scripting a Wonder Woman movie didn't end up finding its way to screens--instead this woman-shaped latex thing almost found its way onto primetime television--but the Buffy creator has not forgotten his vision of writing yet another geeky action heroine. Recently speaking to Rookie magazine, recalled his take on the subject, and described his version of the comics icon as "a little bit like Angelina Jolie." Because who isn't a little bit Angelina, right? But I suppose we should let Whedon explain:

"She was a little bit like Angelina Jolie [laughs]. She sort of traveled the world. She was very powerful and very naïve about people, and the fact that she was a goddess was how I eventually found my in to her humanity and vulnerability, because she would look at us and the way we kill each other and the way we let people starve and the way the world is run and she'd just be like, None of this makes sense to me. I can't cope with it, I can't understand, people are insane. And ultimately her romance with Steve was about him getting her to see what it's like not to be a goddess, what it's like when you are weak, when you do have all these forces controlling you and there's nothing you can do about it. That was the sort of central concept of the thing. Him teaching her humanity and her saying, OK, great, but we can still do better."

Ah, yes. Very powerful, very naïve about people, and very confused about the seemingly-crazy motives of mankind. Like Angelina Jolie. Or Marmaduke.


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