After making an excellent choice in hiring Michelle MacLaren to direct Wonder Woman, Warner Bros. has announced that the film will be written by Jason Fuchs. He has a pretty thin resumé, with only two big screen credits: Pan, which is out next summer, and Ice Age: Continental Drift, the fourth film in the franchise which came out in 2012. His only other credits are two television movies and a short. So he’s not exactly prolific. Nor can we get much of a sense of this style, with so few credits.
The one thing that has me concerned about his hiring is that Pan is an origin story for Peter Pan that doesn’t appear to rely much on source material. It features a young Hook, and Blackbeard for some reason, and seems to be making up a lot of new stuff rather than relying on the classic Peter Pan stories. Also, the movie looks really bad.
The significance of this is that there are rumours that Warner Bros. is changing Wonder Woman’s origins in a lot of ways for the film, doing something new instead of her usual origin. There are reports that the first film is set in the 1920s and features an Amazon civil war, neither of which are features of even her earliest origin. I’m hoping these rumours aren’t true, because it sounds like an absolutely awful idea to me. It’s bad enough that they’re using the New 52 origin where Diana is the daughter of Zeus. But if Warner Bros. is planning to reinvent Wonder Woman’s origin from whole cloth, it makes sense that they’d hire the guy who did just the same for Peter Pan. Thus I am worried.
It’d be nice to know MacLaren’s vision for the film, because she’s going to have a lot of input on the script and develop the story along with Fuchs. I’m hoping she’ll have the sense to stick closer to Wonder Woman’s traditional origins, but this also might be a case where the Snyders and the studio are dictating significant elements of the film. It’s hard to know this early in the game.
Anyway, I’m pretty ambivalent about this news. It would’ve been cool to have a woman writing the movie too; I love the idea of an all-lady made Wonder Woman. The guy they’ve hired doesn’t strike me as particularly impressive, and from what I’ve seen elsewhere across the internet, no one else seems overly enthused about it either. It’s a lot of “Who?”, basically. This movie has been a rollercoaster thus far, with the highs of hiring MacLaren, the lows of the New 52 origin, and long boring straight stretch of hiring Fuchs. I’ve got my fingers crossed for more highs than lows, but I can also imagine this rollercoaster going right off the rails.