|Kevin Feige, President of|
Production; Marvel Studios
“It’s what I say all the time and have said over the years, which is, have confidence in the characters, believe in the source material, don’t be afraid to stay true to all of the elements of the characters no matter how seemingly silly or crazy they are.” - Kevin Feige, President of Production at Marvel Studios
Sage advice from someone who saw his dream come true in the cinematic universe. In an interview with Collider, Kevin Feige was speaking about Warner Bros. and how they can re-create the success of The Avengers, for their own franchise: Justice League. It's something I've said as well and have gotten flak for suggesting it and I'll never understand why. My opponents arguments are usually as simple as, "It won't work" and then they try to explain why.
One of the hottest topics of late is whether or not a Wonder Woman movie can be successful. I say, if you stick to the source material, have confidence in the character and stay true to the elements, a movie about the Amazon Warrior Princess can be just as successful as any other comic book based movie. Breaking down the advice by Feige into three parts, here's why I think a Wonder Woman movie will work and needs to be made.
|As popular as the 'S' and the 'Bat'|
Wonder Woman's logo has stood
the test of time.
1) "Have Confidence in the Characters"
Wonder Woman is the most recognizable female protagonist in all of comic books. If you ask anyone to name three female comic book characters, if Wonder Woman isn't the first one listed, her name will be spoken before they're done. She represents the strong, independent woman in a world dominated by men. Superman and Batman get all the glory for the things they do and she is overshadowed by their deeds quite often. But her name alone inspires young women to do wonderful things despite the odds. Warner Bros. should realize this and move forward with a movie.
|Greek Mythology is a proven winner|
in Hollywood and provides
2) "Believe in the Source Material"
She's a Goddess. A Princess. An Amazon Warrior raised on an island dominated by women. Living in a culture rich with Greek Mythology, it's easy to see how Diana's story can be told on screen. Every comic book based movie starts with an origin so the talk of making a movie, where Diana is in an urban setting, is pure nonsense. It doesn't need to happen. Movies like "300", "Immortals", "Clash of the Titans" and "Troy" were all well received and beautifully done. The television series "Xena: Warrior Princess" was basically a poor man's Wonder Woman and it had a successful 6 year run on television. In the comic books, Steve Trevor was Diana's contact to the modern world. Once he is introduced, now you've created a bridge for her to meet the rest of the world in the Justice League.
Lasso. No Jet.
3) "Stay True to all of the Elements of the Characters no matter how seemingly Silly or Crazy they are.”
A magic lasso of truth, bracers that deflect bullets, the ability to fly and an invisible jet (okay maybe not the invisible jet). These are parts of Wonder Woman's element that makes her who she is. It gives her something to 'own'. Batman has his gadgets and vehicles, Superman has super-everything and Wonder Woman has her lasso and bracers. These elements can be used a great deal in a movie laden with monsters, gods and mythology. Whatever plot is used to carry the movie, those items can (and should) be utilized in addition to her bronze age sword. Her 'Stars and Stripes' bathing suit outfit will need to be changed for the movie though. Show me a character who HASN'T undergone a costume redesign to fit within the cinematic boundaries of a live action movie. Artistic changes are made all the time, and whatever creative team makes this movie will probably give her an outfit that more appropriately matches the culture she grew up in.
So there you have it; Kevin Feige knows what he's talking about. I'm happy that he offered some professional advice, supporting the industry as a whole, rather than trashing WB's executives for not knowing how to handle their franchises. Have Confidence. Believe. Stay True. Follow these three simple words of advice and you'll be well on your way to movies that the fans will flock to the theaters to see. And come to think of it, maybe a nod to the invisible jet isn't such a bad idea after all...
<Scene: Steve Trevor has crashed his jet on the island. Diana has gone to investigate. After a brief confrontation, Diana decides to bring him in front of the council to decide what to do with him.>
Steve (restrained by the lasso of truth): "So, what happens next?"
Diana: "I will take you in front of the council of elders to determine your fate."
Steve: "Well, if you think I'm walking, tied up like this, think again."
Diana: "I have no intention of walking. (brief pause) You arrived by plane; I assume you prefer to fly?"
Steve (looks around and says jokingly): "Don't tell me you have an invisible jet."
Diana: "You men have such vivid imaginations." (Wraps lasso tightly around her fist and flies into the air, with Steve Trever in tow)
|While not practical for a movie, the invisible jet can|
provide a moment of levity.