The idea for Feig’s film would’ve involved a Wonder Woman who “keeps hitting the glass ceiling” of the superhero world. Conceived as a lighter action-comedy, this Princess Diana of Themyscira has to contend with male heroes like Batman and Superman who are perhaps not as forward-thinking regarding their female counterpart as they should be. (I think the word “jerks” might’ve come up.) Feig compared this Wonder Woman to the suffragist Cicely Hamilton (who wrote the 1908 “feminist” play Diana of Dobson’s).
The tone he had in mind would’ve been more in line with, say, the Iron Man films, and he said that was the basic idea. But not surprisingly, the studio did not go for the pitch. In retrospect he can see why the concept didn’t fly, as the fans can be quite protective of their characters and any changes that are made to them.
Still, Feig is a guy who has directed some strong female-driven films. And aside from Bridesmaids and The Heat, he also created the iconic Freaks and Geeks. Lindsay Weir, man. Need I say more?
Of course, pitches are going on in Hollywood every day, but Feig said that he made this one recently. So it would seem that the studio is soliciting Wonder Woman concepts these days… perhaps in the wake of Man of Steel’s success? Sooner or later, one of these pitches has to get the go-ahead. But in the meantime, maybe Feig should give Marvel a call. They seem perfect for each other.