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As you’ll recall, NBC previously went into the Wonder Woman on TV business with that lawyer TV show creating guy David E. Kelley, but unfortunately it didn’t quite work out. Which was a shame, since the show starred Adrianne Palicki of “Friday Night Lights” fame, as well as the upcoming “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”, not to mention the “Red Dawn” remake. She’s purty. A script was written, the show cast, and a pilot shot — but never aired. Though I hear if you look hard enough online, you might be able to find it.
Strike one for Wonder Woman.
Turns out, NBC’s failure to move ahead with a “Wonder Woman” TV series is not going to stop the CW from taking a shot at bringing the Amazon Princess back to TV in live-action form. With their “Arrow”, the Green Arrow superhero show on the way (and from early reviews, it’s a hit with critics), it appears the CW is doubling down on D.C. superheroes on their network. You can’t really blame them. They had tremendous success with “Smallville”, the Superman origins show that ran for 10 seasons.
And “Smallville”, it seems, will be where the CW’s version of Wonder Woman will be getting much of her inspiration from. Vulture reports that Allan Heinberg (“Grey’s Anatomy”, “The O.C.”) is already writing a script for a potential series that is going under the working title of “Amazon”. Like “Smallville”, “Amazon” will “focus on Wonder Woman as a young, budding superhero, rather than a fully formed defender of liberty.”
Although Heinberg has written mostly sappy girl-centric soaps for TV, he’s also had a stint as a writer on Marvel’s “Young Avengers” comic book, so I guess he knows his way around a comic book story or two.
The CW is partnering up with Warner Bros. TV, and DC Comics on this, but it’s still just in the pilot scripting stage, and the show itself has not been greenlit. My guess is, once “Arrow” hits the mark, Wonder Woman should be online pretty soon.
And oh, apparently she’s shagging Superman in the comic books now or something. At least, until D.C. sees that their comic book sales are going down and decides to “reboot” their universe again. Hey, it worked once on you suckers already…