‘Bridesmaids’ Director Reveals Details of His Recent ‘Wonder Woman’ Pitch

Superman and Batman are perceived as jerks in Paul Feig’s lighter, more comedic take. Warner Bros. ultimately passed on his idea.

Paul Feig reveals the details of his Wonder Woman pitch to Warner Bros.
Paul Feig reveals the details of his Wonder Woman pitch to Warner Bros.
It seems almost everybody wants to break into the superhero genre these days, especially with booming box office figures for recent hits such as Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel. Director Paul Feig, who is best known for female-centric comedies such as Bridesmaids and The Heat, revealed he recently pitched Warner Bros. an idea for a Wonder Woman movie.

The story was conceived as more of a lighter action-comedy, with Diana of Themyscira trying to break through the "glass ceiling" of the superhero world dominated by Batman and Superman, both of whom are described as "jerks" who don't respect her talent. The filmmaker compared his Wonder Woman to women's suffragist Cicely Hamilton, who wrote the 1908 play Diana of Dobson's.

The filmmaker also said that it would have a tone similar to Iron Man, although, ultimately, the studio decided to pass on his take. The news comes just a few days after Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara revealed they want to make either a Wonder Woman movie or TV series, which makes us wonder how many other directors have been pitching their Wonder Woman ideas to the studio. We also reported last month that a Batman Vs. Superman casting call may have hinted that Wonder Woman will be a part of this highly-anticipated sequel.

What do you think about Paul Feig's take on Wonder Woman?

Wonder Woman comes to theaters June 23rd, 2017 and stars Gal Gadot.

Sources: IGN

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Comments (18)

  1. LuxoIII

    @phatalphd ...Or you could take the lead from good movies ;)

    1 year agoby @brady1138Flag

  2. ObiWanShinobi

    You would of thought Kill Bill was never made with the way these studio heads don't know how to go about a movie centered around a female.

    1 year agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  3. phatalphd

    Take the lead from Underworld, Tomb Raider &Resident Evil....Movies with Female leads don't need to be funny to be sucessful. Stick to the source material and you'll be much better off. No one wants to see a dumb down wonder-woman just cuase they didn't know what direction to take it in.

    1 year agoby @phatalphdFlag

  4. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    My Super Ex-Girlfriend anyone?

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  5. MovieManiac

    I'd kind of like to see this idea go through with maybe a made up superhero as opposed to Wonder Woman. I think this idea is actually clever and has potential to be pretty funny. I understand the hate on this idea mainly because we live in a time where superhero movies are being taken more seriously and this would be a complete 180, but then again, this has potential to make a pretty funny film as well.

    1 year agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  6. CelluloidDreams

    Bridesmaids Director talks "Wonder Woman"...."Oh Lord"!!....RUN!!!

    1 year agoby @2movieguysFlag

  7. LazerDude

    he wanted wonder woman to feel like Iron man? that has as much logic as wanting to make spider-man feel like the punisher

    1 year agoby @lazerdudeFlag

  8. EvilWhiteMale

    Why can't they just leave it alone?

    1 year agoby @evilwhitemaleFlag

  9. David garcia

    Probably we'll see a wonder woman film by a thousand years from now that they have chosen a good story and a great actress.

    1 year agoby @David-garcia-67788063Flag

  10. jasdjqs

    not a good idea.

    1 year agoby @jasdjqsFlag

  11. Brizzy

    @shuabert Are you serious dude? :(

    1 year agoby @BrizzyFlag

  12. LuxoIII

    How do you make a female superhero movie work? Don't make it a female superhero movie. I'm not saying make it Wonder Man, but just don't make it a big deal about her being female. Not a single word was said about Black Widow being a girl or her having to prove herself, she's just an extremely effective hero and everyone just accepts that, so it works. It's 2013, people, a female superhero should no longer even be acknowledged as a problem. The only thing insulting about female superhero movies these days is that it's even a problem to begin with.

    1 year agoby @brady1138Flag

  13. Fry_3000

    Not sure if it'd go down well as a film, but maybe for tv it might've worked

    1 year agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  14. Josh

    So far this is the best idea anyone's been able to come up with for her outside the comics. At least this one has a clever take on it.

    1 year agoby @shuabertFlag

  15. Sean

    Thank god that version of a Wonder Woman movie, never saw the light of day!

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  16. Mr.K

    Just reading this article makes me wanna go on a rampage.

    1 year agoby @mr-kFlag

  17. skywise

    what a terrible idea. I cant believe Feig even proposed the idea.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  18. Mieko_Siede

    The idea sounded terrible from the start anyway. She's not a character that can be diminished to campy undertones. Wonder Woman has to be handled seriously and with care for her story alone could build an epic in the cinematic world.

    1 year agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

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