According to this report in Variety, Warner Bros will be watching the Man of Steel box office numbers very closely. If the reboot performs well, they’re all set to break out their OA Battery and greenlight a Justice League film. If it performs badly, we’ll probably never get to see Wonder Woman on screen.
I don’t like the way Warner Bros is approaching this project. It feels like a blatant cash grab. Marvel planted the seeds for The Avengers across five movies, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Incredible Hulk, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger. Though each movie was a complete entity of its own, they all felt like they took place in the same universe. Warner Bros hasn’t established any connection between any of their super hero films. From the previews, I can believe that Man of Steel takes place in the same grey universe as Dark Knight. But how does Fail Jorden (Ryan Reynolds) fit in? The Green Lantern version of Coast City has way too many colors.
Filling out the rest of the Justice League lineup are Flash and Wonder Woman. This means at least two origins will need to be told. And honestly, since we don’t know what version of Bats or Green Lantern we’re getting, we might need refreshers on those two jabronis as well. Two origins is kind of pushing it. Four would be a fucking nightmare.
My biggest problem with all of this is the appalling lack of a proper live action Wonder Woman movie. DC’s trinity is Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. So many Bat flicks. So many Supes flicks. Both have had reboots, refreshes, recasting, refuckeverything. Wonder Woman, not so much. We got Linda Carter and that aborted TV pilot and that’s it on the live action front. There’s CW series in the works which sounds bloody awful. But no movie!
This is a crime against nerdom. We’ve had Ripley, Sarah Connor, Buffy, Leeloo Corban Dallas Mooltipass, Selene, Jane Smith, Nikita, but we can’t have the baddest badass woman of them all? Bull. Shit. In general, I’m dismayed at the lack of women in super hero flicks, but it’s an absolute travesty that we haven’t had a live action Wonder Woman film yet. In the new damn millennium. We get new Star Wars but no Wonder Woman? How does that shit make sense.