Could this be the real reason that Wonder Woman was redesigned last year to wear the leather jacket and black tights I don’t like? Deadline reports that NBC has picked up David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman pilot. At this point, this does not mean that an actual series will be on the air this fall, just that NBC has agreed to pay for a pilot and has the option to go to series.
No one (except Kelley, of course) knows what WW will wear yet, but the description of the show argues against her wearing the traditional star-spangled bathing suit, since this is a reimagined version of the character. Her current costume certainly is more realistic, and would be far more forgiving for any real actress to wear and perform stunts in. (Then again, Lynda Carter managed just fine on ABC’s THE NEW ADVENTURES OF WONDER WOMAN from 1975-’79.) Also, there is no mention made of Diana originating on Paradise Island. The synopsis given goes like this:
“A reinvention of the iconic DC comic in which Wonder Woman — aka Diana Prince — is a vigilante crime fighter in L.A. but also a successful corporate executive and a modern woman trying to balance all of the elements of her extraordinary life.”
Of course, it may be revealed that she came from Themyscira and became a success in the corporate world, so we shall see. Sounds like the idea is to mix in a little of Iron Man’s Tony Stark and Batman’s Bruce Wayne, and make WW a street-level vigilante rather than a crusading superheroine trying to reform “Man’s World.” And, look, a complete reboot could work on TV — look at SMALLVILLE, which has lasted 10 seasons now!
Kelley, of course, is best-known for off-kilter legal dramas like ALLY MCBEAL, BOSTON LEGAL and THE PRACTICE, and he currently has HARRY’S LAW on NBC (which I don’t like at all, but hey…), so the guy has a good working relationship with the network. Oh, and he’s been married to Michelle Pfeiffer since 1993. I remember there used to be speculation about Pfeiffer playing Wonder Woman in a movie version back in the day. I wonder if there’s room for her in this pilot…Speaking of wondering, next up: Wild speculation about who should be cast. I’m going to say right now that I would prefer a complete unknown. However, the series appears to have a hefty price tag attached, so NBC may insist on casting a known quantity. Probably not a Big Name (who would add to the cost), but at least a proven TV commodity. My immediate, off-the-cuff suggestion is to go with Summer Glau, who has proven her action cred in FIREFLY and TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES. Plus, she’s gorgeous. However, Glau is currently busy with NBC’s other superhero series, THE CAPE (my review is here). Also, GLEE’s Dianna Agron just popped into my head. She gets a chance to wield a sword in the upcoming movie I Am Number Four, so we’ll see if she has any action chops.Who else could take up the golden lasso?