Wonder Woman's first script accused of sexism
An unproduced script for Wonder Woman has been leaked online, showing audiences a very different hero than the new feminist icon.
The script was penned by director Joss Whedon, the man behind the Avengers franchise and the creator of another pop culture feminist icon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Whedon received a backlash online as soon as the script leaked, with Twitter users accusing him of sexism and of turning Wonder Woman into “a viscerally insulting experience”.
“A fun thing about this script is that it is called Wonder Woman but right off the bat is clearly not about a woman at all,” one user wrote, sharing photos of the script.
“His script is so gut-deep bad, angry and depressing I feel like i’m picking on a scared nerd even though Whedon is a millionaire,” she added.
Wonder Woman was ultimately written and directed by Patty Jenkins, and has been praised as the first feminist superhero movie.
a fun thing abt this script is that it is CALLED Wonder Woman but right off the bat is clearly not about a woman at all!! Daring choice pic.twitter.com/r0SEU2Uhr4
— Rave Sashayed (@_sashayed) June 15, 2017
Part of the leaked script seems to describe Diana, the Amazon princess as “curvaceous, but taut as a drawn bow”, while giving her male supporting character Steve more on screen time.
“I hate the fact that I’m so attracted to you, just touching you is overwhelming and I keep hoping you’ll turn around so I can see more of you naked,” Steve says in the script.
“Nothing like a man talking down and mansplaining to a group of warrior women. Dialogue is so corny,” wrote another user.
If Wonder Woman taught us anything it’s that a woman should be writing and directing Batgirl not Joss Whedon
— Martian Manhunter Jr (@BlckBolex) June 16, 2017
Whedon, who started off in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is currently writing the script for Batgirl and the next Justice League movie for the DC Universe.
“If Wonder Woman taught us anything it’s that a woman should be writing and directing Batgirl not Joss Whedon,” one user wrote.
Wonder Woman has been a box office success worldwide, scoring £16m in the first three weeks of screening in the UK.
Source: Sky News – Entertainment