So what makes some superheroes successful at the box-office while others are destined to languish in development? According to Whedon it all comes down to humanity -- and what else would you expect from one the biggest touchy-feely comic book geeks around. Whedon says, "DC's characters, like Wonder Woman and Superman and Green Lantern, were all very much removed from humanity. Batman was the only character they had who was so rooted in pain, that had that same gift that the Marvel characters had, which was that gift of humanity that we can relate to." Even though Whedon is an expert when it comes to comics, I'm not sure if he has me convinced. The genius of a character like Superman is exploring the feelings of isolation and the price that is paid when you become someones protector and savior -- and if you need a great example of how to bring somebody like Superman into the real world, check out Tom DeHaven's It's Superman!
After the jump, Whedon gives the lowdown on Wonder Woman...
To be fair, Whedon probably knows better than anyone how difficult it is to adapt the DC universe into a feature, as he has the dubious distinction of being the person who got the closest to bringing Wonder Woman to life. But it was not to be, and with his usual candor, Whedon told The Telegraph, "I have no idea the status of the movie and, honestly, I never did. I was told they were very anxious to make it. I wrote a script. I rewrote the story. And by the time I'd written the second script, they asked me...not to" Unfortunately it looks like Whedon has yet another bad experience with executives when "They didn't tell me to leave, but they showed me the door and how pretty it was. Would I like to touch the knob and maybe make it swing? I was dealing with them through [producer] Joel Silver who couldn't tell me what they wanted or anything else. I was completely in the dark. So I didn't know what it was that I wasn't giving them. I've moved on."
So now I'm going to leave it to the experts out there; Is Whedon right? Can DC heroes make the same connection to audiences that Marvel has enjoyed lately, or, do you detect the subtle flavor of sour grapes from the writer-director?