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'Wonder Woman' series in development at The CW

Wonder WomanCapitalizing 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?

- Allan Heinberg
- Wonder Woman
- Amazon
- CW

Written by: Chrononaut
Sep 6th, 2012, 6:17 pm

Images courtesy of The CW


Message Posted On Jan 16th, 2014, 4:14 pm
It'll be genuine that we would get a TV Show after all 2014 will the year for Comic Stars to come as TV Stars!!!! Immensely AWESOME that would be just like the hit TV Show SMALLVILLE that now has Season 11 Comic Star Line that is how greatly be for the hit TV Show WW will be like and other TV SHOW STARS will come in our WAKE!!!!!!!!!
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Message Posted On Apr 14th, 2013, 9:40 pm
i actually think they should do a Wonder Woman movie and make most of it set on Amazon. making it a tv show, will ruin it completely. it'll be totally ridiculous and it'll fuck up the whole "Justice League" movie, if they eventually want to make one, which there's been talk of. they should just concentrate on making a Wonder Woman movie and not a tv show. i will seriously be so annoyed if they DO make a WW movie and it's not set in Amazon, we need to discover her and see where she comes from and whatever else, for people who haven't read the comics.

Message Posted On Sep 7th, 2012, 5:18 am
The problem with WW is that she is deeply rooted in the comic world, everything from her identity to her costume is deeply set in it. While a Smallville type approach would be much easier, it'd also likely just rehash so many of the stories that Smallville had as well. Lets face it, almost no iteration of her costume is ever going to work well on screen, so it's either come up with a completely new design, or abandon it completely. The constant character balance of powerful, beautiful, compassionate, willful, and often arrogant makes for a complex character that most people either wouldn't like, or wouldn't really believe.

Message Posted On Sep 6th, 2012, 8:46 pm
@msd85 the pilot for the above said Adrianne Palicki wonder women series actually was leaked online if you know where to look you can find it and watch it,i enjoy her as an actor alot but it was to soon for a full on wonder women series but now with the mainstream hit of The Avengers it could actually happen this time,i would also love for it to actually make it to the television screen.

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Message Posted On Sep 6th, 2012, 6:30 pm

I'll believe this show is for real when the pilot is airing on TV. Wonder Woman projects have had way too many false starts over the years since the Lynda Carter series. If this actually makes it to the CW lineup, I'll be genuinely surprised.

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