The CW’s Wonder Woman TV Show is Still Alive (Sort of)

Wonder Woman Comic BookPrincess Diana of Themyscira can’t seem to catch a break. After David E. Kelley’s version of the D.C. comic book superheroine for NBC went down in spectacular flames a few years back, the CW decided to try their hand at cracking the character, having achieved great success with another D.C. superhero, “Arrow”.

But if you’ve been keeping track of the CW’s recent pilot orders and failed to notice a “Wonder Woman” TV show (or “Amazon” as it’s also being called) among them, then you’re not the only one. The show wasn’t given a pilot order by the network, and that’s apparently because they didn’t cotton to the original script by Allan Heinberg. In fact, they hated the damn thing so much, Heinberg is no longer involved with the show’s development.

Instead, the network is putting the show back into development (they want us to think it’s still a “priority” for them) with former “Heroes” writer Aron Eli Coleite taking a stab at translating the Amazonian Princess to modern times.

CW Prez Mark Pedowitz says this about the trouble with Diana:

It is being redeveloped, we’re waiting for the script to come in; we haven’t seen it yet. We are preparing to pilot it off-cycle should the script be what we want it to be. We do not want to produce something that doesn’t work for that particular character — it is the trickiest of all the DC characters to get done.

Basically, don’t hold your breath, despite the fact that the network has just hired a new writer to tackle the script. Because, as I say all the time, hiring writers in Hollywood is dirt cheap.

Honestly, though, I wish they’d concentrate on bringing another character to the small screen instead. I’m sorry, but is anyone really clamoring for a Wonder Woman TV show out there? Or even a Wonder Woman movie? I could think of, oh, 5 billion other characters that could do better with their own TV show and wouldn’t be so “tricky” to adapt.

For instance, how about this guy? He’s gotta be easier to adapt than a dude with green mascara who shoots arrows at people, right?

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  • LL COOL NATE

    If they were able to get that crap-tastic ‘Bird of Prey’ show off the ground, then a ‘Nightwing’ show should be a piece of cake. It’s a familiar character yet ‘fresh’ for general audiences…..then again, they’ll probably f*ck up that character like they’ve done every other DC show.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Actually that was my thinking. Though “Birds of Prey” wasn’t horrible, it wasn’t really that good either. Nightwing wuld/could have a similar concept. Or hell just put him in Bludhaven and make mention of Batman. You could even have Tim Drake or Damian Wayne cameo or guest star as Robin since no one wants to use him in a film.

  • cboulanger

    Nightwing would be hard to adapt because of all the Batman connections. I think they should look at building a small-screen universe with Arrow as the anchor. Put another season into Arrow, then try putting out a Huntress show. Then do a season with Roy becoming Red Arrow and put him out there with a team of similarly-aged heroes. They can do Black Canary somewhere down the line too.

    DC has a lot of characters that most people don’t knows, but that have a lot of source material available. If they focus on making a good TV show, then they could mine the lesser-know characters for hits for years.

    • LL COOL NATE

      For the most part you make a good point. Television in general had so much more potential than what is on the air…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/curtis.a.hedrick Curtis Andrew Hedrick

    There are plenty of people who want a WW film, the problem is for some reason studios are unsure what to do with her. The Animated Film was as close to perfect as I think they are going to get, it really wouldn’t be hard to adapt it into a live action film.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      The only way would be to completely retool her, costume and all (but ESPECIALLY the costume). WW in that tiara and underwear combo she wears is simply too ridiculous for today’s audiences.

      • http://www.facebook.com/curtis.a.hedrick Curtis Andrew Hedrick

        costume I agree, but there are tons of people who have re-imagined her costume into something more that still resembles WW. Since she is Princess or Queen depending the on story arc the Tiara makes sense. I don’t see why her origin needs to be changed.

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        Which is why I thought the look that Jim Lee gave her when they did a specific story a few years ago, and that also inspired the look for the pilot that never aired. They should’ve kept the black pants instead of going with blue, or at least make the blue darker. Top should be like armor, but a mix between modern and ancient greek looks. Also origin can stay the same to a point, but I’d love for them to go with the Gods in hiding aspect. I know I mentioned it before but there’s a comic coming out that’s similar, except the main character is Athena I believe. Or they could go the Percy Jackson route where’s she’s been raised in America and doesn’t actually know her herritage and is brought back to the island to train.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      I too love the animated flick and think it would’ve made for a pretty decent live action film. Same with GL but they completely dropped the ball with that one.

  • Lexavi80

    YOU NAILED IT!!!

    I’ve been barking for a Nightwing show for SO long!!!