Comic Book Resources reported today that writer/director Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer [TV], Angel, Firefly) has left the Wonder Woman movie, after two years of development.
The Warner Brothers film adaptation of the DC Comics heroine is being produced by Joel Silver (the Lethal Weapon series, the Matrix series, V for Vendetta). “They just didn’t like my take. It’s pretty simple,” said Whedon in the CBR News article.
The announcement came as a surprise, as most Wonder Woman news of late has been about casting rumors. “I really put my heart into Wonder Woman,” said Whedon. “I loved what I did, but at the end of the day, I didn’t create it, they own it, it’s disappointing, but I get it.”
Whether this will completely stall the film for the time being or place it on the fast track once a new director is brought aboard remains to be seen. “It’s as much a relief as it is a disappointment – probably for them, too,” he said.
Among the movies in the pipeline for Warner and DC are The Dark Knight–a sequel to Batman Begins to be released in 2008, and The Man of Steel–a sequel to Superman Returns to be released in 2009.