Yikes. Joss Whedon's unproduced 2006 "Wonder Woman" script recently surfaced and went viral, and it was so surprisingly bad that many readers and now worried about what Whedon will do to DC's "Batgirl."
We all have rough early work out there, and Whedon has probably changed a lot in the past 11 years, but after the success of the 2017 "Wonder Woman" movie written by Allan Heinberg and directed by Patty Jenkins, fans were curious about the Whedon Wonder Woman who almost was. Turns out, Steve Trevor comes off as more of the main character, with cringe-worthy treatment for Diana Prince and the women of Themyscira.
You can read whole script here, but Rave Sashayed got the conversation trending on Twitter by live tweeting reactions, with more comments from other readers:
reading the wh*don wonder woman script was never any fun but after seeing/crying at actual WW it becomes a viscerally insulting experience— Rave Sashayed (@_sashayed) June 15, 2017
in an alternate universe we sat thru 3 hours of Mutant Enemy Presents DC's WONDER WOMAN: STEVE TREVOR: ORIGINS ("Very feminist! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️") http://pic.twitter.com/VPLwHRuUtS— Rave Sashayed (@_sashayed) June 15, 2017
man i wanted to hilariously livetweet this script but actually now i'm like 12 pages in and just very, very sad.— Rave Sashayed (@_sashayed) June 15, 2017
ME [tired]: oh good, here it is http://pic.twitter.com/wjBA2gtgug— Rave Sashayed (@_sashayed) June 15, 2017
this fun script provides diana w/ no interiority or personhood so u learn she is Good via other ppl,like when the villain calls her a Whore— Rave Sashayed (@_sashayed) June 15, 2017
"being a whore is bad, but being a sexy inhuman cipher is very good" Wonder Woman: Steve Trevor: The Legend of Steve (2017 alt.)— Rave Sashayed (@_sashayed) June 15, 2017
ME & MY GIRLS ON OUR ALL FEMALE WARRIOR ISLAND, SPEAKING IN UNISON: "be a man" is something we say all the time, we too aspire to manhood http://pic.twitter.com/QXFrRm0PjJ— Rave Sashayed (@_sashayed) June 15, 2017
this script is so gut-deep bad, angry & depressing i feel like im picking on a scared nerd even tho whedon is a millionaire &i tweet in bed http://pic.twitter.com/56DzMAWvL4— Rave Sashayed (@_sashayed) June 16, 2017
oh GOOD i was just WONDERING if we'd ever get some JAW-DROPPING RACIST CARICATURES in this script!!!!!!!!! http://pic.twitter.com/3ukVk8ZVqR— Rave Sashayed (@_sashayed) June 16, 2017
There's a lot more on the thread, including reactions from others curious enough to read the script:
I was looking for the worst of the worst. I'm floored— VzA (@ValerieComplex) June 16, 2017
CURSED SCRIPT http://pic.twitter.com/c3IGYOPXYn— mel(anie) (@likewatercress) June 15, 2017
Don't forget how the Amazons are all praying for men so they can finally be sexually satisfied (clearly he didn't read the 12 volumes...) http://pic.twitter.com/vzd2aFMSTi— Rachel (@remreader93) June 16, 2017
Clearly wlw exist only for Steve's porn fantasies, not as an actual reality. This whole thing is such an overwhelming, nauseating mess. Ugh.— Rachel (@remreader93) June 16, 2017
This is the script Lucy Lawless said no to. Thank god she dodged a bullet— VzA (@ValerieComplex) June 16, 2017
I can't believe they're letting him do Batgirl ughhh— Lindsey 🐉 (@lmdragun) June 16, 2017
Legitimately kind of shocked how bad this script is considering the source.— Rachel Joy Larris (@RachelLarris) June 16, 2017
Some writers seem to like playing up the "warrior princess" angle, while forgetting that Wonder Woman is supposed to be about PEACE.— Florence Persists (@GhoulishGrace) June 16, 2017
Boyyyy I read that whole thing and Steve does ENTIRELY TOO MUCH TALKING MY GOD— Clarkisha Kent (@IWriteAllDay_) June 16, 2017
Reading the Joss Whedon Wonder Woman script like http://pic.twitter.com/qIbpxyOYeJ— lauren. (@wckdstiles24) June 16, 2017
Like... WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN?— Will Klein (@oslowe) June 16, 2017
"You never kissed a man, but you kiss good!"
"Is what I am imagining!"
dc better take notes from this joss whedon controversy and rethink all their life choices... either cancel batgirl or hire a female director http://pic.twitter.com/e2SVxGEOV8— gabi (@harleivy) June 17, 2017
me reading joss whedon's original script for wonder woman and realising he's gonna direct batgirl http://pic.twitter.com/bfBaIVKwXZ— moony (@avxnger) June 16, 2017
Ouch. Some fans defended Whedon, arguing that you shouldn't judge him based on this old unmade script.
The worst thing about this Joss Whedon WW script is knowing even if it had been used, he would still be hired after that.— Your Pal Val (@spacejaminhd) June 17, 2017
If you're mad at Joss Whedon for a script that didn't get made you should also get mad at a chef for a recipe that didn't get cooked.— Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) June 17, 2017
It's possible to both appreciate what Joss Whedon has contributed to female characters & recognize he's part of a problematic industry now.— Alisha Grauso (@AlishaGrauso) June 16, 2017
If the Joss Whedon Wonder Woman script reveals anything, it's that even the most well-meaning of us have to actively work to evolve.— Alisha Grauso (@AlishaGrauso) June 16, 2017
Truth. This is the guy who gave us "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," among other amazing things. And this script is from 11 years ago. Then again, Whedon also faced criticism for writing/directing Black Widow's storyline in "Avengers: Age of Ultron," which came out in 2015, so the argument on that side is that maybe he still doesn't quite get it.
Whedon took over for director Zack Snyder to finish up "Justice League," which stars Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman and opens Nov. 17. So he kind of got to be part of the "Wonder Woman" story after all. He's both writing and directing DC's "Batgirl" movie, and last we heard he's looking for someone "new" for the role.
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