Buffy the Vampire Slayer writer-director Joss Whedon under fire for sexist Wonder Woman script

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in Patty Jenkins' blockbuster.
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Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in Patty Jenkins' blockbuster.

A Wonder Woman script allegedly written by Avengers and Buffy the Vampire Slayer writer-director Joss Whedon has surfaced and is being savaged for its clueless sexism.

Whedon wrote the script many years ago and producer Joel Silver was keen to direct, but it was knocked back by Warner Bros, who had the film rights to the Wonder Woman character and produced the current blockbuster starring Gal Gadot.

Talking about the film to Collider last year Silver said: "[Whedon] wrote a great script. For whatever reason, the studio didn't like it and didn't want to do it. We were prepping a movie, at one point. I was trying to get George Miller to direct it. But Joss wrote a great script, and he was supposed to direct it, but they just didn't see it and they didn't want to do it."

Critics of Whedon's Wonder Woman script say they now fear for his version of Bat Girl, which is in pre-production.
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Critics of Whedon's Wonder Woman script say they now fear for his version of Bat Girl, which is in pre-production.

Many of Whedon's fans have lamented that it has never been made into a film, but others are now feel Warner made the right decision, saying that the script that has been uploaded to Indie Ground Films focuses on Diana Prince's male love interest, rather than Wonder Woman herself, and is riddled with sexist tropes - unusual for a writer who broke many gender stereotypes when his series Buffy the Vampire Slayer aired in the '90s.

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Joss Whedon has described the newly released Wonder Woman as "amazing".
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Joss Whedon has described the newly released Wonder Woman as "amazing".

The script, which some say is genuine due to a "Silver Pictures" watermark on the pages,has been online for sometime, but gained attention due to a long Twitter thread by Rave Sashayed, who criticised the script for its sexism and said it was "gut-deep bad, angry and depressing".

The Daily Dot agreed, writing that the script is "Constantly sexualising and demeaning its lead character".

Collider, writing about the script in early June, took a more even-handed approach, noting that it seemed like "a confident, if misguided ordeal", while The Mary Sue, in a piece called Joss Whedon and The Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Script: A Wonder Woman Story noted that, "As a writer, I totally get being pissed off about a leak, and as a consumer of content, when I see stuff like this, I try to remember that there are many, many steps between script and finished product and many opportunities for improvement, growth, and change."

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Critics of Whedon's Wonder Woman script say they now fear for his version of Bat Girl, which is in pre-production.

But The Mary Sue was cautiously confident saying the criticism of the Wonder Woman script will hopefully serve to "ensure that one of our favourite creators knows that we want and expect better".

For his part, Whedon has tweeted that the Wonder Woman that finally did make it to the screen, was "a goddamn delight".

 - SMH

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