(IMDB says Diana is the world’s greatest female superhero...but do they even know WHAT makes her the greatest??? I originally posted all this at the Internet Movie Database under their Wonder Woman message boards, back in December, but it all got deleted for some mysterious reason. So now, all of you get to see it.)
December 1, 2006
For Wonder Woman's 65th anniversary, I've been prodded & prodded by friends to post, at this website, my--what we all believe to be the ultimate Wonder Woman movie--screenplay...The one that should be used for the very first Wonder Woman debut movie.
Altho this screenplay I have in my hands was only meant to be my personal baby, I finally agreed to put it out there for everyone, only because me & my friends know dam well studio execs will end up producing a crappy mediocre movie that is not true to the Wonder Woman mythos. The reason why is because unlike Batman or Superman, the Wonder Woman character requires far more deft & understanding than any studio exec or two-bit writer would have. Since we'll never see the ultimate true Wonder Woman on screen, my friends thought it'd only be fair if I shared my screenplay to the public, in order to give everyone a picture of what the ultimate Wonder Woman movie would look like. To see what could have been. So you can stop Wondering.
But first let me introduce myself.
My name is Brett. I am an independent writer and author. I am well known in indie circles. No, I have not been commissioned by DC/Warner to write the Wonder Woman movie screenplay. This screenplay that I have in my hands is my personal baby, and is actually the product of loving refinement, re-writes & revisions over the years. Let me start from the beginning...
It started in the 80's. I wasn't a comicbook geek, nor did I collect comics, but I loved superheroes. And watched the Wonder Woman TV show, the Superfriends, and began reading any comicbooks with her in it. I studied this character deeply, and the more I learned, the more I felt closer to her. I found there's more to her than most people thought, going beyond the TV show (which didn't do her enough justice). I understood the true virtuous essence of what she's really about in championing for the wisest, most just, and peaceful resolution to problems. And that essence made her the ultimate true hero symbol that I really admired (aside from Troia). She had everything I could hope for in a woman...the kind I would marry. I was not a feminist, and yet I became her #1 admirer. Why? Because I believe Wonder Woman is about more than that. I couldn't tell you the latest comicbook storyline news, because I didn't keep up with all the comics, but I could tell you about the character herself. I had what no comicbook geek had...a true appreciation of her essence.
Superman & Batman had their movies. So it was my goal to one day be the guy who makes the Wonder Woman movie.
As a pastime, I wrote a personal movie script as if I were the director & writer making such a movie. Originally I hoped to have my Wonder Woman movie released in time for her 50th anniversary, in late 1991. But when 1990 arrived, I was still just a college Psychology major, and the Batman movie was already out (which psyched me more to turn out a Wonder Woman movie). I was no closer to my goal, the Iraq War was afoot, and before I knew it, 1991 arrived and I never met my deadline! My childhood goal was now a distant dream. Sigh.
I was depressed, and gave up on my original goal...after college I changed careers and became a writer instead. But as a hobby, I continued refining my screenplay over the years (even till today), adding new perspectives/ideas here, chipping away there, rewriting plotlines, etc.
DC Comics did not do enough to celebrate her 50th Anniversary, but instead, the Iraq War occurred and that gave me an idea...to revise my blossoming screenplay and write the real world situation of 1991 into the story as her coming to America during a time of the war in the Middle East to preach as a symbol of peace. I thought to myself...hey, this is like déjà vu! Back when Wonder Woman debuted, the USA was entering World War 2 (after Pearl Harbor). She debuted during a time that needed a mighty powerful icon of peace and love and such virtues that we all must not forget. (Although she wasn't used that way during WW2.)
One thing that probably helped influence my screenplay was my psychology major (just as William Marston was a psychiatrist)...an interesting coincidence that was brought to my attention only a few years ago by friends...a fact that, in addition to me being a male, helps make me a suitable person to write THE Wonder Woman script. In fact, I would be mad if ever a woman were writing Wonder Woman, movie or comic. (I'll elaborate why in another thread).
My movie screenplay does what most other DC superhero movies these days don't do anymore...and that's to teach an important lesson or principle, not just show action scenes. I don't think Hollywood really knows what it means to be a hero. And now they have now put out a new show called "Heroes", giving their garbage version of what a hero is. Pathetic!!
My friends, who admired my screenplay, have read it and are vexed I didn't go on to be an official movie writer, just to see my script on screen. The problem is (besides me giving up on that goal), I chose to become an indie writer because I hate Mainstream, including the mainstream comicbook industry...an industry that in my wisdom had become so defiled with twisted minds (editors and writers). As an indie I maintain a premium creativity without being influenced by such crap. In fact, lately I've been working with some friends on a script for a private unauthorized, unofficial rendition of the 1915 movie "The Clansman", aka "Birth Of A Nation"...hopefully in time for its 100th anniversary.
So now, contrary to my friends' advice, I've decided not to post my actual screenplay verbatim online. This is mainly to protect the copying of my personal baby, since I have no copyright protections. Same goes with photos/drawings of my original re-designed outfit.
But what I can offer you all is the synopsis of my current screenplay, and some highlights.
The following preview/synopsis is a labor of love.
So here it is, Please enjoy!.........