Over the past few years Nicolas Winding Refn has steadily worked his way up from directing indie’s such as Bronson with Tom Hardy, to much larger indie fare such as Drive, which is currently getting high praise from critics.
His next project is a remake of Logan’s Run for Warner Bros. which re-teams him with Ryan Gosling. It will be his most high-profile movie to date, and if he nails it he could get an offer to enter the world of superheroes. More specifically, Wonder Woman.
Refn recently told The Playlist:
“I would love to make ‘Wonder Woman.’ And I also think that Christina Hendricks would be the perfect Wonder Woman, but Warner Bros haven’t called yet. But I’m getting closer with ‘Logan’s Run.’ I think someone said to me in a meeting that if I get ‘Logan’s Run’ right, then I’ll get ‘Wonder Woman.’”
In the past there have been a number of starts and stops with Wonder Woman on-screen. Megan Gale was set to play the character in Justice League: Mortal back in 2008, however Warner Bros. (thankfully) scrapped that movie. NBC recently shot a pilot for a Wonder Woman TV series starring Adrianne Palicki as the titular heroine, but NBC announced that it would not be picking up the series.
A Nicolas Winding Refn-directed Wonder Woman movie could be interesting. He’s obviously passionate about it, which is a good thing, and he’s also a good director, which Wonder Woman will need. In the past studios haven’t taken female superheroes seriously. While Warner Bros. were courting Christopher Nolan for Batman Begins they had a visual effects supervisor in charge of Catwoman. A female-driven superhero film could easily compete with the likes of Iron Man and Superman if studios hire the right people.
You can read Refn’s ideas for his potential Wonder Woman movie here.