Boldly Going Where NBC Failed to Go in 2011: Another Attempt Is Under Way to Bring Wonder Woman Back to TV

Sep 7, 2012  •  Post A Comment

The superheroine Wonder Woman might return to television after all, with Warner Bros. TV trying another take on the franchise, reports Joe Adalian in New York Magazine. The effort follows a failed attempt to revive the character last year at NBC.

The CW has given a script commitment to the project, which has the tentative title "Amazon" and will go back to Wonder Woman’s origin story, according to the piece.

Allan Heinberg of "Grey’s Anatomy" is writing the script, which will focus on Wonder Woman as a girl. "Think ‘Smallville,’ but instead of a ‘no tights, no flights’ rule, this show might have a ‘no bracelets, no crown’ mandate," Adalian writes.

Reviving the franchise for TV has proved challenging since the end of the 1970s show "Wonder Woman," in which Lynda Carter played the title role. NBC opted not to move forward with David E. Kelley’s version last year, the story points out, after Adrianne Palicki was cast in the pilot and a promotional shot of her sexy outfit created a stir. (See below.) Joss Whedon had been attached to a film version of Wonder Woman, but that never came to be, the piece adds.

Adrianne_Palicki_as_Wonder_Woman.jpgAdrianne Palicki as NBC’s 2011 version of
Wonder Woman — which didn’t get picked up

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  1. That pilot was horrible and would have been laughed off the network. SMALLVILLE (which was directly ripped off from a concept that would have followed Bruce Wayne’s pre-Batman career) managed to work but the “no flights, no tights” mandate became laughably unworkable, constantly trying to make excuses for why he couldn’t fly. AMAZON wouldn’t do any better with a similar ‘mandate’. After the success of the MARVEL franchises and when ARROW crashes and burns, maybe we’ll start to see the superhero genre handled correctly on TV for a change. Not holding my breath.

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