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Joss Whedon Still Loves His Controversial ‘Wonder Woman’ Script: ‘People Say It’s Not Woke Enough’

Whedon's script leaked online in June 2017 and was accused of being sexist, but the director says he loved his idea for the film.

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Just as Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” was opening in theaters to critical and commercial success, Joss Whedon’s 2006 script for the film leaked online. The June 2017 leak didn’t go well for the “Avengers” director, who received backlash for writing what many believed to be a sexist Wonder Woman story.

Whedon’s version took place in modern day and was accused of focusing more on Diane Prince’s male co-star, Steve Trevor, than the hero herself. Whedon, however, stands by his script, defending it in an interview Vanity Fair at the premiere of “Avengers: Infinity War.” Nearly one year after the scrip leak, Whedon still has a hard time understanding which parts of his script caused problems with readers.

“I don’t know which parts people didn’t like but I went and re-read the script after I heard there was a backlash. I think it’s great,” Whedon said. “People say that it’s not woke enough. I think they’re not looking at the big picture. It’s easy to take one phrase out of context, and [I wasn’t] the most woke individual who ever lived at that time, 10 years ago. But I was in there swinging and the movie has integrity and the characters have integrity and I stand by it.”

Whedon has no hard feelings against Jenkins and told Variety that he loves what the director did in her live-action adaptation of the comic. He said Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” was so good that he didn’t even think about his own script while he was watching the film.

“I had such a good time that I didn’t think about my script,” the director said. “And I’m the person who should have hated it, because I really loved my script. I totally forgot I had written one, I just had a great time.”

Since directing the first two “Avengers” films for Marvel, Whedon went on to help Zack Snyder finish “Justice League.” The director recently left a “Batgirl” project being developed by Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment.

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