Joss Whedon, creator of hit television show “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” has stepped down from his role at the helm of the highly anticipated “Wonder Woman” feature film. He cited creative differences with the project’s studio, Warner Brothers, and production company, Silver Pictures. Whedon stated on a website post to his fans that as the project began to move forward, it became clear that he and producer Joel Silver “saw different movies, and at the price range this kind of movie hangs in, that’s never gonna work.”
“Non-sympatico,” the 42 year old writer-director added. “It happens all the time. I don’t think any of us expected it to this time, but it did.” Studio and agency representatives confirmed the split today, but have not yet announced plans for who will replace Whedon as director.
Joss Whedon, best known for his television work as the driving creative force behind the shows “Buffy,” “Angel,” and “Firefly” had been involved with the high-budget “Wonder Woman” film since the project’s early stages of development in March 2005. Hollywood sources reported that Whedon was paid between two and three million dollars to develop and write the adaptation, and was attached to direct the feature.
The “Wonder Woman” character was created by husband and wife team William Moulton Marston and Elizabeth Holloway Marston for DC comics in 1941. The combat-ready protagonist secured a permanent place in the superhero canon with the hit 1970s television show starring Lynda Carter as the heroine known for her bullet-deflecting bracelets, magic lasso, and skin-tight red white and blue costume. “Wonder Woman” also became a fixture in cartoons like “Super Friends” and “Justice League.”
Whedon has called the character “the most iconic female heroine of our time.” In his script, Wonder Woman is rumored to be portrayed as an Amazon princess who leaves her tropical island home, and brings her Greek warrior ways into an urban environment.
Speculation continues as to what actress will be tapped to embody Wonder Woman; Whedon has repeatedly denied that he ever had a specific actress in mind for the part.
Whedon and his agency representation told reporters today that he would be focusing on his other projects including “Goners,” a feature-length thriller he currently has in development for Universal Pictures. He’ll also be continuing as a major player in the comic book world, headlining the writing for Marvel Comics’ teen superhero series “Runaways,” and supervising a new storyline of “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” for Dark Horse Comics.