Capitalizing on newfound interest in the character after her comic-book coupling with Superman made news headlines, The CW is developing a new original Wonder Woman series. Under the working title Amazon, writer Allan Heinberg (Grey's Anatomy, The OC) is working on a script that would present the origin of the forgotten superheroine in much the same way that Smallville did with Superman, depicting her early years before she became the fully-formed, star-spangled Wonder Woman.
Despite the character's longevity and fame in the comic book world, Wonder Woman has proved to be a challenging project for film and television. Since the original campy TV series wrapped up its three-year run on ABC and CBS in 1979, all attempts to bring her back into the public consciousness have been aborted.
In addition to a long-rumored feature film that never materialized, Emmy-winning producer David E. Kelley attempted to rework the character for a TV series and was rejected by the major broadcast networks in 2010 until NBC took pity on it in January of last year and ordered a pilot. Advance word on the project was brutal, as Kelley seemingly had no idea of Wonder Woman's essence and completely altered the character, and things just got worse when a picture of star Adrianne Palicki in costume was released. Not surprisingly, NBC shelved the pilot.
Last word on the property was that the groundbreaking crimefighter would have a prominent role in the gestating Justice League movie and that writer Michael Goldenberg (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Green Lantern) had been hired to pen a solo Wonder Woman film. No word on how a potential new TV series would effect her big-screen status, although Warner Bros. did release Superman Returns in 2006 during Smallville's small-screen run.
Will anyone ever be able to successfully adapt Wonder Woman for film or television, or is the character just too comic-booky to translate to live-action?