Nicolas Winding Refn, the Danish director behind the excellent Pusher trilogy and last year’s Bronson, was rumored to be in the running for directing duties on a Wonder Woman film for DC Entertainment. Movieline scored an exclusive interview with Refn, and asked him specifically about his potential take on how he would handle the mythical Princess Diana in a big budget film.
Wonder Woman, I really want to make. That, I’m hoping, will be my $200 million extravaganza — if I even get close to it. That’s why I say, “Well, let me go make Drive [a thriller shooting soon with Ryan Gosling]. Let me start the ball rolling within the system…The real origin of Wonder Woman is: What if women were more powerful than men? What would the world be like? That’s a subliminal theme…And where Wonder Woman on one hand is a great female character who can be included in many great fight scenes, she doesn’t have great villains against her. OK, so you create some. She doesn’t have a Joker or those classic Batmankinds of guys. But she does have her whole world that she comes from, which is fascinating. The whole idea of a woman who is basically more powerful than any man — and who will always be that, and comes from a society of women who are more powerful than men — is an interesting theme that I think can be very contemporary.
(Head over to Movieline for the full interview.)
Sounds like the director has a solid handle on his vision for the film. I think Refn would make a great addition to the superhero directors club; he could certainly add something to the genre we’ve never seen before. With the recent formation of DC Entertainment and the shifts in positions over there, I know the execs want to see a Wonder Woman film on the big screen. But will Refn be the one to direct it, or could this turn into another Joss Whedon fiasco? (Whedon famously wrote a script for the film and fought to get it made, but the project kept falling apart.)
Are you interested in a Wonder Woman movie directed by Nicolas Winding Refn? Sound off in the comments below. (And seriously – check out the Pusher trilogy if you haven’t seen it.)