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Whedon Talks Serenity and Wonder Woman

Published August 1, 2005 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Warner Bros
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The magazine In Focus has got the inside scoop on everything Joss Whedon including his upcoming sci-fi adventure Serenity and his next project, Wonder Woman.

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Actually, In Focus just about talks Whedon's ear off with questions about Serenity, Return of the Jedi, Firefly, and Wonder Woman just to name a few. For the sake of this post, I am only going to point out the discussion In Focus has with Joss Whedon on Serenity and Wonder Woman.

The biggest topic under debate [in the interview] for Serenity is the likeness between the Nathon Fillion's role as Mal Reynolds and Harrison Ford's as Han Solo. Do we have another Han Solo on our hands? Well, now that most Star Wars fans have realized that Han was a major reason for the success of the original Star Wars trilogy, let's hope so. Here is what Joss Whedon had to say on the matter:

Fans and the media have grown fond of comparing “Serenity’s” hero, Mal Reynolds, to “Star Wars’” Han Solo – and when SFX Magazine once asked you, “Which movie would you love to have written?” you replied, “Return of the Jedi”! Had you been given the reins of “Jedi,” where would you have driven it? Would you have given Captain Solo more to do? Would Leia not turn out to be Luke’s sister? Would the “another” Yoda spoke of late in “The Empire Strikes Back” turn out to be not-Leia?

Well, first of all, I believe that my actual answer was the movie that I would have liked to have made was actually “Revenge of the Jedi.” Because that’s what it was originally called.

An important distinction.

It really is. And when they changed it I was very worried. Of course they got their “Revenge” later on, but at the time I didn’t know that. Everything you said was right on the money. The Millennium Falcon would not be piloted in the climactic scene by Lando Calrissian and a frog. It would have been Han, getting it done. The “other” to whom Yoda referred would of course have been a young, female, badass Jedi, because where else would I go with that? It would have not been revealed in the first five minutes that Darth Vader was going to be redeemed. And, yeah, there would have been a little less incest.

Other than the likeness between Serenity and Star Wars, Whedon was more than open to discuss his next already - overly - hyped project Wonder Woman. For a film that does not have a star casted yet, or even a script remotely near completion, I got to hand it to Whedon for receiving more hype for Wonder Woman than a lot of big releases weeks before their opening weekend. Besides admitting to an unfinished script, Whedon does offer his opinion on casting and what exact powers Wonder Woman will contain. Check out a snippet below:

As you go about casting Diana, do you set a height requirement? How important is it that the Amazon princess be tall?

It’s important. I’m looking for somebody statuesque, regal, beautiful, who can really act and do a lot of stunts with no elbow or knee pads. I’m asking a lot. So if I happen to find all those qualities in somebody who does not quite meet my height requirement, I will be casting some really short love interest. The height is definitely a part of the package. But the most important part? No. And the fact of the matter is, a woman stands as tall as she makes you think she is. For example, I always thought [“Buffy” writer-producer] Marti Noxon was four inches taller than she actually was. I just found that out last week.

You’ve also talked about her being very young. Are you thinking college-age? Teen-ager?

I’d say that’s a pretty flexible thing because it’s her first time setting foot in the world of men. But that doesn’t necessarily mean she has to be a teen-ager. So, yes, they are thinking of a young woman. They’re thinking, I expect, of something franchise-able.

Whedon goes on to mention that he doesn't even know if we are going to have a Wonder Woman who can fly or not yet. To check out the entire interview with Joss Whedon, head over to In Focus.

For the trailers, movie stills, reviews and synopsis, go to the Serenity Movie Page.

Stay tuned for updates.

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