NBC’s decision to pass over the "Wonder Woman" pilot for a series order raises questions, given that the project had an appealing star, an experienced TV creator behind it and a top female superhero as its focus, reports Nellie Andreeva at Deadline.com.
Screenings and testings of the pilot were mixed, with some audiences having trouble buying into the show’s modernization, the article notes. Some viewers disliked Wonder Woman’s new costume. But the biggest question may be whether television needs another superhero.
With "Smallville" ending and Fox canceling "Human Target," next season will mark the first time broadcast TV hasn’t had a comic book-based show in a decade.
"While superheroes have done gangbusters on the big screen, there haven’t been successful recent comic book-based TV series except for the teen angst-filled ‘Smallville,’ which was not a straight adaptation of the ‘Superman’ comics but rather an original prequel," Andreeva writes.
The piece notes that ABC has two high-profile comic book-based projects in the pipeline: “Hulk” and “AKA Jessica Jones,” adding: "The question is whether the demise of ‘Wonder Woman’ will give ABC a pause in their push to get on the air a superhero series from corporate sibling Marvel."