Thursday, June 16, 2011

'Wonder Woman' - Script Review

Based on the script by Laeta Kalogridis (August 2004)

The script tries it's hardest, but ultimately fails. The final goal is only revealed after 85 pages of the script and before that the script wanders through the story without any aim.

What's it about?
The demi-godess Diana has to stop her vicious father Ares from obtaining an ancient artifact, that could plunge the whole world into an eternal war.

Plot Summary:
In an aerial dogfight american jet-pilot Steven Trevor opens a portal to the mythical island of the Amazons. He is found by Diana, who then has to fight the 4 champions of the island, in order to save Steven from execution. Together they return to our world, because Diana is really curious about the other side. In our world Diana slowly starts to gain superpowers and has to use them to save Steven from being kidnapped by Ares. From now on Diana wears a nomal dress and after a futile bar brawl, Diana explains that Ares needs Steven to open the portal for him, in order to steal the artifact hidden on Diana's island. So instead of hiding Steven, he and Diana decide to go into the base of Ares, where the antagonist - unsuprisingly - overwhelms Diana and kidnaps Steven. So, after Steven opened the portal for him, Ares attacks the island. It is a fight high-tech armory and tanks against spears and bows, but in the end the Amazons win (yeah, really!) and Ares is confined for all eternity. Diana and Steven finally kiss. The End.

The Project:
First Joel Silver wanted to adapt the DC Comic in 2001. Four years later, Joss Whedon was brought in to write and direct the feature film, but left the project again in 2007. In 2010 Warner Bros. stated that the film is still underway, with a release slated for 2013. David S. Goyer is rumored to write and direct the new film.

As I said in the opening paragraph, the script seems to be without any specific goal. That the threat of Ares is revealed two-thirds through the film makes everything seem without purpose. So the script concentrates on making jokes about Wonder Woman running around in her iconic costume. After meeting Steven the demi-godess Diana is turned into a little schoolgirl making big eyes at Steven and getting fits of jealousy whenever another girl is around. I don't think that making you central character act so stupid is very wise - and to be honst, I find this kind of sexist. Diana is a strong and independent woman - she is the daughter of a god! - but totally loses herself over a man? The love story should be handled differently.

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To, be honest, I am really not sure. The script turns Steven Trevor into the main protagonist and Wonder Woman is only the superpowered love-interest. Hm, perhaps you can help me out?

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- Tristan 

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