Update: Joss Whedon is still problematic


It takes a lot of gumption to defend a terrible Wonder Woman script. And yet, Joss Whedon has a few words to impart to anyone who will listen.

We all breathed a sigh of relief when Joss Whedon left the Batgirl project for the DC films division at Warner Bros. (Can we still call it the DCEU?) The original report made it seem like he couldn’t come up with a story. But now that Warner Bros. has found someone else to write it, Whedon couldn’t stop himself from defending something that ultimately turned out for the best.

According to Variety, Whedon explained that he “had an idea, but it didn’t fit in the space that was left for it.”

Considering he’s the one who helped complete Justice League, it doesn’t make sense for him to even try to blame that film. Was it great? Of course not. But he bears some responsibility for that as well.

As we followed the progression of Justice League from the moment he took over, it became more and more apparent that Whedon shouldn’t play with the DC Comics characters anyway. Most importantly, it was clear that he wouldn’t be able to elevate Wonder Woman as a character following her solo debut in summer 2017.

With accusations from his wife and an old script looming overhead, many fans welcomed some distance between Whedon and any female characters — if not the entirety of the DC Comics films slate.

Although he maintains that his Wonder Woman script had “integrity,” let it be known that someone who uses the word “woke” (especially in the context that Whedon did when speaking to Variety) isn’t usually “woke” at all.

With Avengers: Infinity War set to open in theaters this weekend, Whedon probably wants to take a lot of credit for building that cinematic universe. But there are many directors in the Marvel mixing pot, and the only common denominator is really Kevin Feige.

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Joss Whedon had the perfect opportunity to be more open-minded and reflect on what he would’ve done differently if given the chance to rewrite a Wonder Woman script. Instead, he doubled-down on the controversy.

Newsflash: That’s not woke. It’s the equivalent of someone hitting the snooze button after they’ve already overslept 20 minutes.