Nov 9, 2008

FAIL

Everyone has an opinion on who they'd like to see play Wonder Woman in a live-action film. It seems one fan took their and ran with it. Not only did they photoshop Transformers star Megan Fox into the famous costume, they created their own viral marketing campaign. 

Wonder-Who.com popped up last week with a picture of the Wonder Woman logo over an American flag with the words, "The Truth Will Be Revealed," below. Over the next few days parts of the flag photo were "ripped" off, similar to the Joker picture from The Dark Knight, and showed parts of a woman standing underneath. You can see at io9 each time the image was ripped a new tagline was written, "It's time for a new 'W,'" is just one of them.

Anyone can see this is an obvious photoshop of the actress yet, I'm assuming, it's the DC, Legendary Pictures and WB logos that fooled more than a few journalists into thinking this was a site created by one of those companies and therefore the real deal. The site is not registered to any of them and indeed JoBlo.com got confirmation from a Warner Bros. rep that it's "complete BS."

It's an impressive effort to highlight a certain actress in the role and although it's been done before, it's never been to this extent or detail. Now the questions is, will any of the companies be taking legal action for improper use of the logos in the making of this hoax? I hope not, the fan obviously has talent and a strong point of view. I say they hire him or her for their web department.

Another one down the tubes, in a hallelujah-they've-seen-the-light kind of moment (for me anyway) it was announced this past week that The Graysons series would not be taking flight after all. 

Variety says the decision came from Jeff Robinov from Warner Brothers Pictures Group, although another executive said, "Warner Bros. TV never had 100% clearance." The actual statement released by the studio read, "The studio has opted not to go forward with the development of 'The Graysons' at this time as the concept doesn't fit the current strategy for the Batman franchise. Warner Bros. Television is currently working on several replacement options for the CW." Production had not begun and a script had yet to be written.

You may recall my inherent dislike for the idea, so I'm glad they came to their senses. I wouldn't be entirely surprised if fan reaction played a part either. It seems to me that if the CW is looking for something to replace Smallville, they should look within their own cast. Spin-offs could easily be made with either Supergirl or Green Arrow and probably have better results.

8 comments:

Randy said...

A wise man in a position such as mine would take the higher road and not boast, "I told you so."

But then, I've never been accused of being a wise man. I'm more of a wise ASS.

I told you so.

Michael Bailey said...

I was very much against the concept of GRAYSON as well. Thank goodness.

The Nerdy Bird said...

:-)

GeekBoy said...

First off, Megan Fox ... no. Just no. So whoever's behind that, get a new hobby. Because no.

As for the Graysons, I wouldn't have minded seeing a pilot for that before judgment was passed. You're probably right that fan reaction had a lot to do with it, but I can't help but think that fan reaction to the idea of a TV show about a young Clark Kent who never wears the Superman costume (before the show actually came out) probably wasn't great either. And that show's done okay for itself.

And blaming Smallville for how poorly Superman Returns did at the box office (mentioned in that Variety article)? Lame. Guess it had nothing to do with the script sucking.

What annoys me most, though, is that suddenly Christopher Nolan seems to have sign-off rights to everything Batman that's done on the big or little screen. WTF is up with that? He makes some money for the studio, and suddenly he's the God of Batman? That's a recipe for making the franchise get stale real fast. As it is, I'm already tired of hearing "make it dark" pitches for superhero stories.

The Nerdy Bird said...

Yeah I'm not quite sure about that Christopher Nolan thing myself. It almost feels like the writer just stuck it in there for no reason except to say he wouldn't have liked the idea.

Randy said...

I just bought the newest Batman figure to come out in the Justice League Unlimited series. You know, the one based on the cartoon?

The Batman comes with Wonder Woman as a pig from the episode with Circe. I saw it and just couldn't resist it.

And I still say that whoever wrote that episode was a fan of the Maximus Rex story from way way back in the early 80s. Issues 221 through 223 of the original Justice league of America. It was just before the Detroit era. The villains were a bunch of beasts turned into these monster human/animal hybrids. WW, Hawkman and Hawkwoman were captured by them. In a message beamed to the JLA satellite (22,300 miles above Metropolis), their leader Maximus Rex threatens to turn his captives into beasts and says, "The Amazon will make a lvoely pig, don't you think?" (That's more paraphrasing than a direct quote)

Um, yeah, I DO have too much free time on my hands. Why do you ask??

The Nerdy Bird said...

You should start teaching Randy. :)

Randy said...

If I did that then I wouldn't have as much time to comment on your blog, Jill! ;)