The Wonder Woman Movie Was Written by Zack Snyder, Allan Heinberg, and Geoff Johns

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This is bizarre news. Not just because Wonder Woman has wrapped production and we’ve only just learned who wrote the script Patty Jenkins shot, but because what many assumed would be a DC movie out of the direct hands of Zack Snyder’s involvement is in fact very much connected with the filmmaker.


A new press released issued by Warner Brothers today marks the first time that the writers on Wonder Woman have been revealed, despite the fact that the film is in the stages of post-production right now. Specifically, the film is credited as being written by Heinberg and Johns, based on a story by Snyder and Heinberg. It was long believed that writer Jason Fuchs—who is also supposedly writing a movie based on DC’s cosmic bounty hunter Lobo—had drafted the script for Wonder Woman, but clearly Warner Bros. went in a very different direction, and drew in some big DC talent to write it.

Given that Snyder introduced Gal Gadot’s take on Diana to the world in Batman v Superman, his involvement is perhaps not all that surprising, and neither is Johns, considering his more prominent place in the DC films hierarchy now—including his involvement with the standalone Batman project. Heinberg, known for his comics work on Young Avengers for Marvel and screenwriting credits for The O.C., Gilmore Girls, and more, is perhaps the most surprising, but this is not the first time he and Johns have collaborated: he co-wrote a five-issue arc of JLA with Johns in 2005 called “Crisis of Conscience.”

Also, here’s the full Wonder Woman movie press release issued by Warner Bros, including a new synopsis of the film:

“Wonder Woman” hits movie theaters around the world next summer when Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins. Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

Joining Gadot in the international cast are Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner and Saïd Taghmaoui. Jenkins directs the film from a screenplay by Allan Heinberg and Geoff Johns, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg, based on characters from DC Entertainment. Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston. The film is produced by Charles Roven, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder and Richard Suckle, with Rebecca Roven, Stephen Jones, Wesley Coller and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers. Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with RatPac-Dune Entertainment, an Atlas Entertainment/Cruel and Unusual production, “Wonder Woman.” The film is scheduled for release on June 2, 2017, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.


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Pretty much illustrates the key difference between Marvel and DC/Warners. Marvel is all about the characters and the brand; having Iron Man and Captain America should be enough to sell a movie, it’s all a question of finding the right talent to match the characters. Really not all that different from the way Marvel sets up creative teams on comic books.

Warner Bros. is still living in a 1990s model of superhero films. The characters aren’t enough by themselves; they’re tired, old, not cool. There has to be a brilliant auteur to bring them to life with a unique style and sensibility, whether it’s Burton (1980s), Schumacher (1990s), Nolan (2000s), Snyder (2010s), or Affleck (forthcoming). That’s why they’ve stuck with Snyder’s version of the DCU, because they think he’s got an attitude and a vision that will get audiences to connect with the characters in a new way. That doesn’t seem to be happening, but Snyder’s sold them on that promise.

Of course, neither Man of Steel nor BvS were the Avengers-sized hits the studios were hoping for; they made what by any reasonable standard would be considered shitpiles of money, but not big enough shitpiles. My guess is that Wonder Woman and JLA will do the same, and then Snyder will probably be out of the franchise, either of his own choosing or the studio’s, and the DCEU will shrink down to Batfleck Returns and JLA: More Batfleck.