Grant Morrison: Cinematic Wonder Woman Goes Against Her Comic Book Roots

17 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Spider-Man’ Reboot Finds Its Writers With ‘Vacation’ Duo.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s Comic-Con trailer unveiled a warrior Wonder Woman, in the shape of Gal Gadot, but comic book writer Grant Morrison — whose upcoming graphic novel Wonder Woman: Earth One will remake the character for a modern audience — thinks that take goes against the roots of the character. “I sat down and I thought, ‘I don’t want to do this warrior woman thing,’ ” Morrison told Nerdist about working on the graphic novel. “I can understand why they’re doing it, I get all that, but that’s not what [Wonder Woman creator] William Marston wanted, that’s not what he wanted at all!” Marston’s original idea for the character, Morrison said, was to offer an alternative to the hyper-masculinity of Superman and Batman. “You see the latest shots of Gal Gadot in the costume, and it’s all sword and shield and her snarling at the camera,” Morrison complained. “Marston’s Diana was a doctor, a healer, a scientist. Variety reports that Sony may have found the latest team of writers it can task with wringing radioactive blood from the stone of Peter Parker’s oft-recounted origin.

So I went back to those roots and just built it up again.” Morrison acknowledged that he himself had fallen into the warrior trope before resisting it: “Halfway through the book, we’re building up to this big fight, and then I thought, ‘No, I’m not,’ ” he explained, adding, “This book isn’t about fights, there’s not going to be any fights.” But Morrison’s take on the character will extend well beyond the pacifism of its lead and into the design of the world she lives in. “What would a society of immortal women that’s been around for 7,000 years have done? Goldstein, whose directorial debut Vacation hits theaters July 29, are in early talks to pen the script for the forthcoming Marvel-Sony Spider-Man collaboration, EW has confirmed. The writing pair — who also penned The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 — are making their directorial debut with the Vacation reboot.

Vacation directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are apparently in talks to write the studio’s latest Spider-Man film, facing down the job of finding a new, creative way to slam the words “power,” “great,” “responsibility,” “comes,” and “with” together until a new script pops out for newcomer Tom Holland to star in. They wouldn’t still be chopping men’s heads off; they’ve got art and architecture and philosophy and poetry and it’s got nothing to do with men,” he reasoned. “So [artist] Yanick Paquette did this amazing design job, where there are no phallic objects… It’s all based on shells and natural stuff. Ironically, the duo were among the finalists for the directing job for the project, but the gig went to Jon Watts, the up-and-coming director of indie thriller Cop Car. The as-yet-untitled Spider-Man movie is slated for a July 2017 release and will see 19-year-old British actor Tom Holland (Wolf Hall, Billy Elliot: The Musical) don the Spidey suit.

Holland will make his first appearance next May 3 as the web-slinger in Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War.” New Line’s update of “Vacation,” starring Ed Helms and Christina Applegate, marks the directorial debut for Daley and Goldstein. The comedy, which will open July 29, received strong response when clips were shown to exhibitors in April. “Spider-Man” will be released July 28, 2017. Unfortunately for the pair, the film is expected to focus exclusively on Peter Parker’s high-school career and aim toward a younger demographic, which probably precludes them going the easy, fan-pleasing route by just scripting Thor actor Chris Hemsworth to show up and recreate his performance from the recent Vacation trailer, delighting so-inclined fans with hints about the might of his powerful Norse hammer.

The superhero film will be set in high school, with Marvel topper Kevin Feige (who is producing along with Amy Pascal) saying that it will have a John Hughes vibe. As long as they stay away from throwing eight villains on the screen at once, or giving Spidey magical, dead-loved-one-restoring powers of resurrection, things presumably can’t go too far wrong. (And even if they do, they can rest easy in the knowledge that another reboot will be by in five or so years to wipe the slate clean once again.) Peter Parker, better known by his superhero alter ego Spider-Man, is renowned for his sense of humor, wit, and bantering back and forth with his villainous foe. The studios and producers were impressed by Holland’s performances in The Impossible, “Wolf Hall,” and the upcoming In the Heart of the Sea, and by a series of complex screen tests.

Especially with Ant-Man, reportedly the most comedic movie in the MCU thus far, just dropping, hiring guys primarily known for being funny and going this direction does seem too far off base. Following Marvel’s tradition of working with the brightest next wave of directors, Watts also went through multiple meetings with Feige, Pascal, and the studio, before winning the job. Sony Pictures will finance and release worldwide the next installment of the $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, in a film co-produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. He does have some comedy on his resume, directing and producing for satirical news outlet The Onion, but his last two films have been grim and serious in tone.

Before he strikes out on his own, however, Spider-Man will show up next year in the superhero-studded Captain America: Civil War alongside countless other members of the MCU. We’re not sure what his precise role will be in that movie, or how large it will be, but for his age alone, he’ll provide an interesting contrast to his compatriots. And in the comics that serves as the source material for this arc, which sees heroes split into two factions and battling one another, Spidey has a big, dramatic moment that could come into play.

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