Joss Whedon is facing a backlash after his lost Wonder Woman script leaked online.
The fan favourite TV and film producer – responsible for female-centric shows like Buffy and Firefly – penned a screenplay based on the Amazonian DC character back in 2006, with producer Joel Silver eager to get it made, though obviously the production never happened.
Had it been made, it would potentially have been a female-led superhero movie during the Nolan era of Batman films, written two years after the disastrous Catwoman (and 11 years before we actually did get a Wonder Woman movie).
But some Twitter users reading it now aren’t too disappointed it didn’t go ahead, slating the script as “sexist”.
Earlier this month, Indie Ground Films uploaded Whedon’s original Wonder Woman manuscript online.
Twitter user @_sashayed was the first to share her in-depth critical (in both senses) analysis of the screenplay, quickly followed by some other fans who took to the social media platform to share their utter bewilderment at Whedon’s 2006 choices.
Whedon has yet to address the leaked script himself. It is worth reiterating that this screenplay was written more than a decade ago, and what we don’t know is how much of its content was dictated to Whedon by studio forces at the time.
Whedon has often been championed for positioning strong female characters with their own agency at the centre of his more than 25 years of film and TV work, with Buffy the Vampire Slayer being hailed just this year for its immense impact on pop culture.