What happened to the Wonder Woman film that was in pre-production?
Who would you cast to play Wonder Woman?
A pilot was shot for a proposed "Wonder Woman" TV series a couple of years ago with Adrienne Palicki ("Friday Night Lights") in the title role, but the result must not have been up to snuff because it didn't get picked up by any of the networks.
I'm not sure what the status of the feature film is. Last I heard, Sarah Michelle ("Buffy") Gellar was in talks to play W.W. but that was quite some time ago. The movie is probably tied up in Development Hell at this point.
There are even online pictures for anyone interested. You can Google up "Wonder Woman TV series 2011" and you will see publicity shots, posters, and behind the scenes picture of the failed show.
Yep, I've seen some of those pix. If memory serves, there was some fanboy outcry against the changes to the 'classic' Wonder Woman costume when those pix hit the Internet, which probably had something to do with the show getting canned.
The pilot was pretty awful and Adrienne Palicki was not good in it. However, if they had her acting exactly as she did in the new GI Joe movie, I think she would be perfect!
it's amazing on how a script and director can often excel or hinder an actor/actresses' performance huh?
Wonder Woman has a terrible track record with film and television. There was a project quite a while ago that had Joss Whedon attached as the script writer, but creative differences destroyed its prospects. Even though the Nolan Batman movies did well shortly after that, they didn't do much to help DC get any other heroes off the ground, especially when Green Lantern flopped. Then there was the failed pilot created for NBC that never made it to air.
But, despite all these mis-starts, I do think the future is bright for Wonder Woman. With the success of Man of Steel, it has all but assured an eventual Justice League movie, and Wonder Woman has always been a staple of the Justice League. I just hope that the movie they fast-track for her doesn't suck. Then there is the CW (the network that gave us Smallville and Arrow) who have been toying with the idea of a Wonder Woman show, tentatively called Amazon. I'd love to see the CW tackle Wonder Woman's origin story, but that project is less certain than the Justice League. Either way, it will probably be a while before we see her on the big screen, or the small screen.
As for who should play her, I would much rather they cast an unknown. People need to see Wonder Woman as a character, not just a famous actor playing Wonder Woman, otherwise she will never be more than a caricature in a skimpy suit. The suit, by the way, needs a serious upgrade. I would recommend the version from the Odyssey storyline in the comics.
Sarah Michelle Gellar is not the first person I would have thought of for Wonder Woman. Also, I'd much rather see it as and action film than a TV series. That's been done. I heard some buzz that Christina Hendricks was in the running to play WW when it was going to happen as a film. She would be great in my opinion. I also wouldn't be opposed to an unknown if she had the chops. If I were to cast it, I would probably go with Olivia Wilde or Jennifer Garner.
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