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When DC Comics president Paul Levitz came to talk about Superman Returns, he was the one person who could inform us about other DC comics properties. The next big one is Wonder Woman with Joss Whedon writing and directing for producer Joel Silver.
Wonder Woman Details from Paul Levitz
“It’s coming along,” Levitz said. “Supposedly Joss is turning the script in any minute now.”
Of course, Josh has been almost done for a while now. What’s the real scoop, Paul? “I can’t emphasize enough how normal it is for these projects to take forever. The gap between signing the contract for Superman I and the film coming out was six years. The gap between signing the contract that led to the first Tim Burton Batman movie and the film was nine and a half years. The gap between the last of the first cycle of Batman films and Batman Begins was nine years I think. It was about 9 or 10 years since we got the Superman film rights back into Warner Brothers before we got this one going. For whatever set of reasons, and it’s not just us, Spiderman was a worse mess than we’ve ever seen in terms of the business maneuvers that it took to get it done. By their nature these are big and complex things to put together. You don’t build them fast.”
But Joel Silver gets things done, although he’s not really known for his female empowerment films. “I think Joel has a great sensibility for big action movies. He’s one of the extraordinary marketers of the movie business and part of what you want to do in any film like our stuff is you want a producer who can bring a real marketing sensibility to it. And Joel loves comics. He’s been a passionate advocate of comic book projects that I’m aware of for over 20 years since he was signed on for Watchmen in the mid-80s, so I think it comes out of his desire to do it.”