Wonder Woman Returning to Television

In another sign that Hollywood cannot figure out how to make a blockbuster feature film with a female superhero in the lead, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment seem to be temporarily putting a Wonder Woman movie on the backburner and placing their bets on a new television version.  David E. Kelley, creator and writer of Doogie Howser MD, Chicago Hope, Picket Fences, The Practice, Ally McBeal, and Boston Legal, has been hired to spearhead the new TV series about the Amazon Princess who fights evil in the world of men.

Although the Lynda Carter series of the 1970s was a fan favorite, nobody has been able to bring the character back to life on the big screen or the small screen since then, except for some cartoons. Joss Whedon, the man responsible for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, and Dollhouse, had been linked for a while to a possible Wonder Woman motion picture, but that seems to be a dead project now that he is focusing all his attention on Marvel Entertainment's The Avengers.

Will the new series be faithful to the traditional story of Wonder Woman?  Will we see her magic lasso of truth, her bulletproof bracelets, her invisible plane?  Which costume will she wear -- the iconic star-spangled outfit that is most familiar with audiences around the world or a version similar to the controversial new design that is depicted in the current comics?  Will it be a reboot that retells her origin like Smallville did for Superman or will Kelley stick with established storylines as a foundation?

Hopefully a television series will not preclude a movie version, but right now DC seems to be concentrating on its Batman, Superman, and Green Lantern franchises for movie theaters.  If they are smart, though, they will not treat Wonder Woman as a second-class citizen.  If done right, she can be a powerhouse in any medium.


MediumRob said…
Oh dear. Poor Wonder Woman. First they set JMS on her and totally destroy her character, her costume and, in fact, the entire comic (what's the point of having a feminist icon, a symbol of the sisterhood, and then go and kill the sisterhood? That's not helpful.).

Now they've put David E Kelley onto the TV version. And I hear rumours that Minka Kelly is top of the list to play Wonder Woman. Given Kelley's track record (particularly with things like the Life on Mars pilot where you can see what the original was like and what the female characters were like after he'd been let at them), I think we can assume a strong, powerful, feminist Wonder Woman is going to be a no-go.

Nick said…
Rob, I hope they learned from the Bionic Woman fiasco and don't stray too far from the fun of the original.