Batman is about to get some on-screen competition. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator Joss Whedon has agreed to write and direct a live-action "Wonder Woman" movie. No casting has been announced yet, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, Whedon is expected to start on the superhero saga when he finishes postproduction for "Serenity," the big-screen adaptation of his short-lived TV drama "Firefly."
Whedon, who was also one of the writers on "Alien: Resurrection," told the Reporter that he's excited to tell the story behind the bulletproof bracelets and golden lasso of truth.
"Wonder Woman is the most iconic female heroine of our time, but in a way, no one has met her yet," Whedon said. "What I love most about icons is finding out what's behind them, exploring the price of their power. When [co-producer] Joel [Silver] and I began discussing the character, I realized there is a woman behind the legend who is very fascinating, very uncompromising and in her own way, almost vulnerable. She's someone who doesn't belong in this world, and since everyone I know feels that way about themselves, the character clicked for me."
Silver called Wonder Woman the "first great female superhero" to emerge from comic books. Unlike Batman and Superman, she has yet to be reinvented on the big screen. WW made her debut in comics in 1941 and was the subject of a TV series that ran from 1976-1979, starring Lynda Carter.
Wonder Woman, whose given name is Diana, was the ultimate fighting champion of her day, a fierce Amazonian warrior from the mythical Paradise Island. In addition to her super strength, speed and martial arts skill, she has a tiara that doubles as a boomerang-style weapon and a souped-up invisible plane.
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