The CW’s Trying to Make Wonder Woman Happen
With a few glaring exceptions (both the Green Hornet and the Green Lantern instantly come to mind), comic book crime fighters usually translate into extremely popular live action entertainment, spawning the kind of film franchises that are just as exciting for studio execs as overeager fanboys. But for whatever reason, Hollywood has really struggled when it comes to making a contemporary adaptation of Wonder Woman work — both for television and the big screen.
If you remember, back in 2007 Avengers director Joss Whedon penned the script for a Wonder Woman movie, but according to the man himself “had a take on the film that, well, nobody liked.” (We wonder if the studio regrets that decision these days.) More recently there was David E. Kelley’s planned reboot, which after floating around for a bit, finally found a home at NBC only to be killed off by the fact that the Internet really, really hated Adrianne Palicki’s costume.
That’s why we were extremely surprised by Vulture’s news that the CW, Warner Bros. TV, and DC Comics are joining forces on a new Wonder Woman TV series that will be written by Allan Heinberg (Grey’s Anatomy, The O.C.) and, like Smaville, will focus on her origin story as opposed to her life as a full-blown superhero. While there’s no pilot commitment at this point (it’s just a script in the works) we’d be thrilled if they’re finally able to crack this nut. Yes, Lynda Carter was fantastic. But there’s plenty of room for a new take on this powerful pop culture icon — with or without her golden lasso — don’t you think?