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Joss Whedon Leaves Paradise (Island)   

Sorry, Cobes.
We're running the picture because,
let's face it, she's prettier than Joss.
We take this from the horse's mouth. On the heels of Warner Brothers buying a spec script for Wonder Woman set in World War II, Joss Whedon has confirmed on the fansite Whedonesque that he is no longer on the project.

"I'm no longer slated to make Wonder Woman," he writes this weekend, "What? But how? My chest... so tight! Okay, stay calm and I'll explain as best I can. It's pretty complicated, so bear with me. I had a take on the film that, well, nobody liked. Hey, not that complicated."

Perhaps, and perhaps not. The purchase of the spec script certainly had fans concerned, despite insistence that it was just a legal precaution, in case the script had anything in it that was similar to what Whedon was planning.

The writer has taken it with good humor, though, and proves that he knows his way around the Hollywood game.

"Let me stress first that everybody at the studio and Silver Pictures were cool and professional. We just saw different movies, and at the price range this kind of movie hangs in, that's never gonna work. Non-sympatico. It happens all the time. I don't think any of us expected it to this time, but it did. Everybody knows how long I was taking, what a struggle that script was, and though I felt good about what I was coming up with, it was never gonna be a simple slam-dunk. I like to think it rolled around the rim a little bit, but others may have differing views.

The worst thing that can happen in this scenario is that the studio just keeps hammering out changes and the writer falls into a horrible limbo of development. These guys had the clarity and grace to skip that part. So I'm a free man."

Up to a point, as we know that he has another film project, Goners, while finishing up Astonishing X-Men, taking over Runaways, and launching Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight in comic book form at Dark Horse.

After stressing in the post that he never had an actress in mind for the role in the first play, Whedon added a post-script: "All right, it was Cobie Smulders. Sorry, Cobes." Probably a joke, but it should make Ric Bretschneider happy. Smulders got some heat for the role after a Sci Fi interview in which she said she thought she'd make a good Wonder Woman.

Apparently, this isn't the only "creative difference" going on with Warner Brothers adapting one of their DC properties; David S. Goyer has allegedly posted on his MySpace that he is off The Flash. Right now, however, we cannot confirm that rumor.

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Derek McCaw

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