Director Nicolas Winding Refn is making quite a name for himself in the film lover community by making stylish, testosterone-filled films for guys. He blew everybody away by casting Tom Hardy in a movie about an alpha male criminal named Bronson that was so mannishly awesome my meathead, physical trainer cousin watched it three times a week for a year. And recently he started taking his newest effort Drive around to festivals. It’s about cars, robberies, stunt driving, and violence, and everyone who sees it completely gushes about how much it rules. Refn has done other things too, like Valhalla Rising and the Pusher trilogy, that all explore manly themes of violence and grimacing. He’s a man’s man of a filmmaker.
It’s a little strange then, that Refn keeps saying his dream job is to make a movie about the girliest of all superheroes, Wonder Woman. Or maybe not so much, if you really look at it. Wonder Woman is a warrior born, an overpowering presence that inspires everyone around her, and she was raised in a culture of violence. Despite getting her face plastered all over little girl’s underwear for the last fifty years, she’s actually kind of a badass, much in the same vein as Bronson. And whenever Refn randomly brings the movie up, he always manages to throw in the notion that he thinks Drive actress Christina Hendricks would be his dream choice to play the character. What could be more appealing to male sensibilities than putting an actress as busty and beautiful as Hendricks in the Wonder Woman outfit? Maybe this pairing isn’t so crazy after all, and according to Refn, he might even be getting close to making it happen.
After a screening of Drive at Empire Big Screen in London Saturday night Refn did a Q&A and had this to say about his oft-mentioned dream project, “I would love to make Wonder Woman. And I also think that Christina Hendricks would be the perfect Wonder Woman, but Warner Bros haven’t called yet. But I’m getting closer with Logan’s Run. I think someone said to me in a meeting that if I get Logan’s Run right, then I’ll get Wonder Woman.” He “thinks someone said to him in a meeting.” Okay Refn, whatever you say. Maybe he’s getting closer to making the movie, and maybe he’s not, but every time he finds a way to promote the idea I find myself wanting to see it more and more. Perhaps there’s a Warner Bros exec out there somewhere that feels the same way. Make that call buddy. Make that call. [The Playlist]