Whedon to Write/Direct Wonder Woman

Joss Whedon, who scripted the 1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer feature and turned it into a hit TV series, is taking on another butt-kicking femme, this time for the big screen. The wunderkind has been tapped by Joel Silver’s Silver Pictures to write and direct an adaptation of DC Comics’ Wonder Woman for Warner Bros.

“Wonder Woman is the most iconic female heroine of our time, but in a way, no one has met her yet,” Whedon comments. “What I love most about icons is finding out what’s behind them, exploring the price of their power." He says he’s looking forward to exploring the vulnerable side of the Amazonian warrior with bullet-proof bracelets and the Lasso of Truth. "She’s someone who doesn’t belong in this world, and since everyone I know feels that way about themselves, the character clicked for me.”

Buffy the Vampire Slayer lasted seven seasons on The WB and UPN, and spawned the successful spin-off, Angel, which Whedon created and exec produced. He also scripted Alien: Resurrection and Don Bluth’s animated sci-fi epic, Titan A.E., and co-wrote the Disney/Pixar modern classic, Toy Story.

Whedon is now completing post-production on Serenity, a feature film based on his short-lived Fox television series, Firefly. Serenity is slated for theatrical release on Sept. 30.

Based on the comic-book character created by William Moulton Mars, Wonder Woman will be produced by Joel Silver and Leonard Goldberg, and is ton. Silver and his production shingle produced the blockbuster Matrix trilogy.

A number of actresses have been rumored to be under consideration for the roll Wonder Woman, including Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Charisma Carpenter.