Wonder Woman Comes Back To Prime Time Television

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Introduction

As most readers that follow me know, I usually do film reviews and analysis on previews of upcoming movies. However, with "Wonder Woman", I've decided to take to do a TV preview of the new upcoming series on NBC. The pilot for a planned Wonder Woman live action TV series was recently picked up by NBC, and it's scheduled to be released in the fall later this year. As of right now, there's very little if any information confirmed about the premise of the show; outside of rumors and speculation. However, the series is set to be penned by David E. Kelley, who many may remember was the writer for such shows like "Boston Legal", "Chicago Hope", and "Ally McBeal."

For those cringing that David might try to make Wonder Woman more like Ally, then you should know that the series' pilot is allegedly rumored to be directed by McG, the same man behind the popular "Chuck" and "Nikita" series. Granted, I know more than likely he'll probably only direct the pilot, and let some other director take over; once the show takes off like he did with "Chuck." After all, you have to remember the guy is pretty busy Executive Producing other shows like "Nikita", "Human Target", "Chuck", "Supernatural" and many others. Therefore, I doubt he'll find that much time to exclusively direct Wonder Woman, as he still plans on directing movies as well, but I'm sure whoever does take over for him after the pilot will be sure to carry on the same theme of it.

That's not to necessarily say that the pilot will be successful, as there's still a possibility it could bomb. And if it does, then you can bet there won't be a Wonder Woman series, or anything relating to Wonder Woman outside of comic books for a very long time. Plus, there's really no guarantee that McG will be directing the pilot or anything to do with the show, as it's just rumored at this point. No, the only thing that's confirmed is that David E. Kelley is penning the story with a complete revision of Wonder Woman that could work or not.

During this hub, I plan to go over some of the pros and cons of this new TV series. Giving you my take on how it could work potentially to revitalize Wonder Woman, while giving you some reasons why it might not do so well; along with some of the brief plot scenarios that's rumored about the pilot. Once, we establish the pros and cons, then I will conclude this with my final thoughts on the subject.

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Wonder Woman Pros and Cons

Throughout the years, Wonder Woman has endured many incarnations throughout her history. Often prone to be the subjects of rewrites, and rebooting various times in either comic books or television; with each new origin story giving Wonder Woman a new outlook in terms of how she's been portrayed. However, regardless of her various rewrites and origin changes throughout her history, she's always been used by DC and our society as somewhat of a modern symbolism for feminism. Displaying a woman that's not only as strong as the likes of Superman, but she's still sensual enough to draw a lot of sex appeal; even among men that might be intimidated by strong women. If that wasn't enough, she's also been portrayed as a politician, a warrior, a princess, amazonian, lover, and caring individual that stands up for what's right. As some can probably tell, she's a bit of everything that a girl could possibly be in terms of personality.

However, would that work in a live action TV show today? Sure, it worked for Linda Carter, but that was a different era in TV, where the character was still relatively unknown to the majority of America outside of the comic book world.  Therefore, there wasn't as much expectations to the character, as there is today.  Then again, I guess we'll have to wait and see.

According to various sources, Wonder Woman will have three identities in this new series. One of them obviously is Wonder Woman, who many know as the crime fighting heroine that beats up the bad guys. Then there's her not so well known alter ego, Diana Themyscira, who is a highly successful businesswoman and CEO of her own company; which uses the profits off her Wonder Woman merchandising to fund her crime fighting exploits. To make matters more interesting, everyone knows that Diana Themyscira and Wonder Woman are one and the same publicly. Think Tony Stark from the "Iron Man" movies.

Of course, for those that remember her original alter ego was Diana Prince, then have no fear...as that's who her third identity is. As Diana Prince, she puts on contacts and wears glasses (similar to Superman), to live a normal mundane life whenever she's not busy running her business or being a superhero.

Then there's word that Wonder Woman's original love interest from the comics, Steve Trevor, will have a prominent role as well. According to various sources, Steve and Wonder Woman have somewhat of an on again off again relationship throughout the series. Reminiscent of Cary from "Sex and the City" with Big.

As far as her costume goes, there's been no official word on it yet, as it was originally speculated that the new Wonder Woman costume, from the comics, would be used for the TV series. However, due to the poor reception it got from many fans, it seems Warner Bros. is backing off that perception a bit. Rumored right now to be allegedly a one piece suit that still features quite a bit of the original look of Wonder Woman. However, all this is rumors at this point. Lets go over the pros and cons of the show, with some of the analysis based on the rumors I just said as well as the character's history.

Pros: On the one hand, I think this show might be able to work if it 's handled correctly. Based on what I could gather from reading the various plot tidbits of the pilot, it seems the show will feature elements of romantic comedy tensions ala "Sex and City"; while trying to incorporate elements of action and suspense that one would expect of a superhero show. Basically, it allegedly implies that it's going to have a little something for everyone, while offering a fresh new take on Wonder Woman that stays fairly close to the source material, but not necessarily retreading the old TV series either.

Plus, the idea of Wonder Woman having three identities that feature different personalities sounds interesting, as this could also work for the shows favor. Diana Prince is depicted as the girl next door. The shy, innocent but mousy type. You know, the cute office girls you see that aren't necessarily the hottest dressed women out there, but you know they're attractive from looking at them. This could work, as I'm sure there's a lot of girls out there that are shy can relate to a girl who goes from being a shy wallflower to a strong and independent woman in society. And, given the fact that Diana Prince can turn into Wonder Woman, at a moment's notice, this makes her highly accessible to most women to aspire to. Not necessarily to be a superhero per say, but to be more confident and outspoken. Think "Ugly Betty", as that show caters to women on how to deal with their own insecurities to make it through social forms of society.

Then there's Diana Themyscira, a highly successful business woman. As this alter ego, she's strong, fiercely independent, successful, and making it financially in a man's world. No pun intended. This is something that I'm sure many women that work on a business level could relate to as well, as it's hard to make it up the corporate ladder in business; especially if your a woman. I apologize if that sounds sexist, as I mean no ill offense by that remark. However, I'm merely stating an observation that many women have a tough time garnering respect within the business world, and those that do often have trouble maintaining a steady relationship due to scheduling. Think "Sex and the City", where it shows Carry and her friends struggling to balance a career and relationships in their lives, as I'm sure many single women can relate.

Then last, but certainly not least...there's Wonder Woman. She's basically a Amazon Warrior Princess kicking a** in a scantly clad suit, so I'm sure many fan boys will be drooling over that image. Think "Nikita" and "Charlie's Angels", where it showed various hot girls kicking a** and taking names. As I said before, the show seems to promise a little something for everybody. However, as promising as all this sounds, there's quite a bit that concerns me.

Cons: Unlike most superhero shows that often have to incorporate some degree of plausibility to make the character relatable on some level, Wonder Woman isn't necessarily plausible when you look at her history, as her personality was originally deemed too much of a rip off of Superman during her earlier illustrations. It wasn't until around the Silver Age of Comic books that her character was given more of a fleshed out personality of her own.

Sadly, in today's modern comic book era, Wonder Woman sales are mediocre at best. Believe it or not, part of the reason why Warner Bros. is hesitant about releasing a Wonder Woman film is because of the low comic book sales of the character. Hell, even a lame character like Aquaman is beating her consistently in comic sales. AQUAMAN! If that wasn't bad enough, her straight to DVD animated film didn't exactly make as much profit, as WB was hoping for. Don't get me wrong, it still made a lot of money, but it wasn't enough for Warner Bros. expectations. Hence, they're announcement of no longer making animated films starring female characters.

Add in the fact that many Hollywood films have bombed that featured many super heroines in the past like "Elektra", "Catwoman", and "Supergirl", to name a few, then it's easy to see why WB isn't exactly confident about Wonder Woman as a movie. However, on a TV show, she's perfect. If the pilot does poorly, or the show in general, then WB and NBC won't lose too much on their investment, and people will likely forget about it if it does a lot sooner than they would if it failed on the big screen.

However, this brings me to my biggest concern about Wonder Woman's prospects as a TV series. I'm sure I'll get a lot of flak for saying this, but this is something I have to say, as I make it a point to never ignore the obvious. The thing that bothers me about Wonder Woman is that she may not be as relevant as she used to be, due to today's modern era.  Don't get me wrong, I think part of the reason why Linda Carter's series did so well was largely due to the fact that it took place in an era where equal rights among the sexes were still a big issue in this country.  Therefore, having a character like Wonder Woman representing the symbolic embodiment of womanhood striving in a man's world (also how Wonder Woman describes our world too.  hinty hint hint), then it's fairly easy to see her appeal back then.

Now?  I just don't see it working out.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that sexism and feminist rights aren't a big issue in today's era.  However, it's just not as prominent of a topic as it used to be back in the seventies; which was one of the main strengths of the original show.  Sure, we can debate all day and bring up the sexist treatment of how women are treated in other countries, to where Wonder Woman can be used as a symbolism for their rights.  Which is a fine argument, but there's one small problem with it.  In those other countries, women that choose to speak up for equal rights face much harsher consequences than those that did during the Civil Rights movement, in this country.  Here, the worst they'd get is jail time.  Over in other places like Africa and most of the Middle East,....lets just say that it's best not to mention it.  I apologize again if what I said offends someone, but I make it a point to never overlook the obvious.   

Conclusion

To be honest, I'm not exactly sure how well this pilot will do, but I hope it works out for the best. On the one hand, the ex comic book nerd inside me wishes this could have been a live action film instead, as that would be a epic treat to see. However, the film analyst in me says that a TV show is the wiser choice. Go figure. Having said all this, I would like to point out that WB may not do anything with Wonder Woman again outside of the comic books IF this pilot bombs. Seriously, WB has already stated they're not going to do any solo female character animated direct to DVD films anymore, due to the average sales of Wonder Woman. Therefore, if you fans want to continue seeing Wonder Woman in some live action format, then you'd better pray that this new show works out. If not, then I guess Wonder Woman's relevance in society will continue to diminish.

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In recent news, it seems the show never made it past it's initial pilot. The pilot was originally supposed to be aired on NBC, but it never saw the light of day. As of right now, there's no current plans for a Wonder Woman TV show at this time. Although there are rumors that CW might be interested in doing a show on her younger years being aptly dubbed "Amazon", but there's been no official confirmation on that thus far.

New costume for the upcoming TV pilot
New costume for the upcoming TV pilot

Cast Update

Wonder Woman/Diana Themyscira/ Diana Prince: Adrianne Palicki

Veronice Cale: Elizabeth Hurley

Henry Demeter: Cary Elwes

Etta Candy: Tracie Thoms

Ed Indelicato: Pedro Pascal

Steve Trevor: Brett Tucker

Wonder Woman Update

In recent news, the pilot was rejected by NBC, as it received mixed reviews from test audiences; thus the entire project has been scrapped. David E. Kelley is actively shopping the pilot to other potential networks, but the possibility of this pilot seeing the light of day is looking slim at best...

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sabrebIade 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

Tanit Phoenix is "rumored" to be WW in the TV show.


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Stevennix2001 5 years ago Author

She is? I didn't know that. Well she certainly looks the part, but I can't say how I feel about that for sure, as i haven't seen her in anything. However, I just hope this show does well, as I think it would be a crying shame if Wonder Woman wasn't around in some live action format. I just hope this show eventually convinces WB to make a movie about her eventually, as we need a strong female heroine like her to balance out things in this new superhero movie craze. Anyways, thanks for the info, and for stopping by saberblade. :)


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MPG1 5 years ago from Eugene

Very well put together. I like your thoughts and thank you for putting this together.


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Stevennix2001 5 years ago Author

Thanks MPG1 for the compliment and for stopping by. I'm glad you liked the hub. :)


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yenajeon 5 years ago from California

I would LOVE to see Wonder Woman back on TV. Lauren Graham should play her as they look SO alike. Yay more bullet-stopping bracelets!


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Stevennix2001 5 years ago Author

Well they haven't cast the role yet, so she might get the part. I guess we'll have to wait and see. I just hope this show doesn't turn out to be a bust like the reboot series of "Bionic Woman." That would be horrible. Anyways, I appreciate you stopping by again, as it's always a pleasure seeing you. :)


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limpet 22 months ago from London England

Any T.V. series or movie is very welcome in keeping the Wonder Woman legend alive. There may have been W.W. type heroines preceding the original comic books character but each era has spawned a different genre in ladies fashions, social thinking particularly with women's empowerment. Other heroines have come and gone, for example Jet Dream and her stunt girl counterspies but Wonder Woman lives on!


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Stevennix2001 22 months ago Author

That's true. I'm kind of curious to see if Gal Gadot can pull off Wonder Woman in the new Batman v Superman film. Although I wasn't impressed by her in the fast and the furious films, I'm rooting for her to pull it off simply because I think the character herself has a lot of potential. Plus, it's about time Wonder Woman started getting the credit she deserves


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limpet 19 months ago from London England

It is absolutely vital that we keep the Wonder Woman tradition going. There is great potential for W.W. adventures for many years to come. Just on the stealth plane alone, it's technology can be developed a lot.


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limpet 17 months ago from London England

Alas, thus far the Wonder Woman series has not graced our screens with her presence yet!


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Stevennix2001 17 months ago Author

From what I've been hearing, it sounds like WB is already planning a solo Wonder Woman movie at the moment. Although I probably wouldn't breath too much word into it just yet because I think a lot of that will have to do with whether or not "Suicide Squad" and "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" do well at the box office next year.


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limpet 17 months ago from London England

There must be a veritable plethora of scenarios and plot lines in the Wonder Woman genre to select from. I'd welcome any for entertainment.


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limpet 14 months ago from London England

Too true! And we are still waiting for the promised T.V. series, at least here in the U.K.


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limpet 7 months ago from London England

Still waiting !


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Stevennix2001 7 months ago Author

I'm guessing you didn't read the last paragraph of this hub that states the updated status of this series. Sadly, the pilot never saw the light of day, as apparently it was allegedly that freaking terrible. I heard rumors that the producers behind the project tried selling the pilot to Netflix a while back, but I haven't heard anything else since. But as of right now, I'm guessing the planned Wonder Woman TV show has been officially scraped.

However, Wonder Woman is set to be in the new "Batman v Superman" movie this year. How big or small her role is in that film is still yet to be determined. However, it's already being planned that after the movie that Wonder Woman will get her own solo flick the following year.

As for this Wonder Woman pilot I just mentioned in this hub, I doubt you'll see it in the near future, but who knows? Roger Corman's "Fantastic Four" was never officially released, yet that still made it out on VHS copies and internet streams for people like us to watch it, so you never know.


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limpet 6 months ago from London England

Lets hope something happens to get Wonder Woman currently on screens!


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limpet 6 months ago from London England

Not T.V. but movies with the release of Batman Vs Superman; the Dawn of Justice and another in her own right next year.


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Stevennix2001 6 months ago Author

I just said that when replying to you in the comment section....... :/


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limpet 5 months ago from London England

The montage of the various Wonder Woman outfits shown here is a great collection depicting how fashions change over the decades. Particularly pleasing is the original W.W. costume as the focal point and good to see Diana Prince represented too.


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Stevennix2001 5 months ago Author

Your not even reading my replies to you are you?

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