Wonder Woman has never gotten her cinematic due. But Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn wants to step up to the plate. He's looking for a good villain, and thinks Wonder Woman's mom just might be it.
There was, of course, the 1970s television series starring Lynda Carter, and last year, a straight-to-DVD animated film with Keri Russell voicing the lead character. That no major adaptation has gotten off the ground does not seem to daunt Refn, whose films are described by Movieline as "foreign-made indies rendered with unflinching brutality and pitch-black humor."
It's been nearly seventy years since a feminist-leaning psychologist created Wonder Woman, saying,
"Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power…. Women's strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness. The obvious remedy is to create a character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman."
Sounds... not very dated at all. And Refn still sees it as an imaginative trope:
The whole idea of a woman who is basically more powerful than any man - and who will always be that, and comes from a society of women who are more powerful than men - is an interesting theme that I think can be very contemporary.
Nobody tell him women have already taken over!