Thursday, February 17, 2011

David E. Kelley's New Wonder Woman

Now that Adrianne Palicki has been cast as Wonder Woman in the new television version of the classic DC Comics superhero, I have some advice for the show's producer, David E. Kelley.  Palicki seems to be a great choice -- she's tall and beautiful with stunning eyes and decent acting talent (from what I've seen from her performances on Friday Night Lights, Smallville, Legion, Supernatural, and Lone Star), but I hope Kelley doesn't stray too far from the source material. 

All I know about the new show is that Wonder Woman's alter ego, Diana Prince, is a corporate executive by day and a vigilante crimefighter by night.  It might sound a little more like Batman than Wonder Woman, but I'm willing to give Kelley a chance since he has a pretty strong television track record, with blockbuster shows such as Ally McBeal, L.A. Law, The Practice, Doogie Howser M.D., Picket Fences, Boston PublicChicago Hope, and Boston Legal.

Allow me know to reveal my inner geek as I offer some suggestions for what I want to see in the new adaptation.

Stay true to Wonder Woman's origin.  She is an Amazon princess, fighting for justice in the modern-day world.  She needs to be strong and have a sense of values that stems from her heritage.  The Amazon mythology provides a rich source of storytelling material and character motivation. Don't dilute who she is by altering her backstory.  If something isn't broken, don't fix it. 

Don't change her costume too much.  I understand that Wonder Woman's original outfit isn't very practical, but please, please, please, keep some elements of it.  Do not make it dark and unrecognizable.  Keep some of the color, keep a version of the regal tiara.  Don't deprive the audience of the chance to see her deflect bullets with her wrist gauntlets.

Honor Wonder Woman's creator by keeping her magic lasso of truth.  William Moulton Marston, who invented the character, also created the lie detector, so as a tribute, please keep a version of her iconic golden rope that forces whoever is tied in its grip to speak aloud any dark secrets he or she might have.

Find a way to use Wonder Woman's invisible plane.  It might sound cheesy, but there are definitely ways to make it work, from real-world stealth technology to science-fictional cloaking devices. 

Make sure she's still a role model.  It's a shame that Wonder Woman hasn't been remade since the Lynda Carter hit of the 1970s.  She's a character that has grabbed the pop culture imagination since her debut in 1941, inspiring generations of fans.  Don't let them down.

The pilot episode, which will air on NBC, will prove if Kelley's new rendition is a hit or a miss. Will it follow in the footsteps of shows like Smallville, which is completing its tenth season, or shows like the Bionic Woman remake, which died a quick, painful death?

2 comments:

MediumRob said...

And don't get rid of the Greek myth aspects of the story - she was created by gods, goddesses and her mother from clay! How could you not want to have Athena, Zeus and co turn up in your show, given the option?

And don't get rid of her powers: she's as strong and as fast as Superman, and can fly as well. You wouldn't get rid of those powers in a Superman show, so don't get rid of them in a Wonder Woman show.

Oh, and don't make it Ally McBeal.

Nick said...

I also would like to see variations of Wonder Woman's supporting characters -- Wonder Girl, Cheetah, etc.