Surprise! Johns and Heinberg wrote the WONDER WOMAN screenplay

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Yesterday evening, while Hannah and I were at the press screening for Ghostbusters (we concur with Heidi’s thoughts wholeheartedly by the way), Warner Bros. announced their Hall H plans for SDCC and buried in their press release was some new info altogether.

The last bit of news we had heard regarding the script for next year’s Wonder Woman solo outing, Jason Fuchs (writer of Pan) was set as its scribe. That is now no longer the case, per WB’s announcement: Geoff Johns and Allan Heinberg have provided not only the screenplay but also the story it’s based on. No mention of Fuchs nor any of the rumored multiple other screenplays that had been mentioned as being in development at the same time (some reports mentioned as many as 5 or 6, with WB picking the best one).

Instead, the studio is going the more reliable (and frankly, better) route of their DC Films co-lead and a former Wonder Woman comics (and Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal) writer.

I remember the “One Year Later”/Who is Wonder Woman? arc that Heinberg wrote with a good deal of fondness. I had ridiculous hair, was a senior in college, and played in a touring rock band. I can’t believe that was 10 years ago.

Here’s the full press release along with the new synopsis of the film. I’ll just be in the corner of my bedroom weeping over the loss of my youth:

“Wonder Woman” hits movie theaters around the world next summer when Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins. Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

Joining Gadot in the international cast are Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner and Saïd Taghmaoui. Jenkins directs the film from a screenplay by Allan Heinberg and Geoff Johns, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg, based on characters from DC Entertainment. Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston. The film is produced by Charles Roven, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder and Richard Suckle, with Rebecca Roven, Stephen Jones, Wesley Coller and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers. Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with RatPac-Dune Entertainment, an Atlas Entertainment/Cruel and Unusual production, “Wonder Woman.” The film is scheduled for release on June 2, 2017, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. www.wonderwomanfilm.com

Comments

  1. Torsten Adair says

    So, in the DC movie universe, she’s the first superhero?
    I wonder how her involvement in the First World War was kept secret?

  2. Darren Hudak says

    Shouldn’t a Wonder Woman movie be written by a woman? Just saying.

  3. Ron Thibodeau says

    Darren asks “Shouldn’t a Wonder Woman movie be written by a woman? Just saying.”

    What a sexist comment.

    Wonder Woman was created by a man, who wrote her adventures for 6 years, until he died.

    Most of the stories that came after those years…all written by men.

    Yes, we have had female writers over the years, but the majority of the Wonder Woman ‘cannon’ was all created by males.

  4. Darren J Hudak says

    So what that WW was created by a men or that most of her stories have been written by men? The character herself symbolizes women’s strength and has a somewhat different meaning to women, (especially young women) than it does to guys. This isn’t just a female Super Hero, this is THE Female Super Hero. Also there are ton’s more movies, (and superhero movies) written by guys, Many more than are written by women. Can’t we just look at this one, look at how important this character is to women all over the world and go “maybe we should have a female perspective on this one to make sure we do it right”. That’s not sexist, to me that’s just common sense. (And yeah I feel the same way about the comics too).

  5. Kyle Pinion says

    In fairness, the film is directed by Patty Jenkins and when it comes to tentpole blockbusters, directors are generally the final arbiter of quality.

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