The CW Developing Wonder Woman Origins TV Series AMAZON

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Though a TV iteration of Wonder Woman failed to make it to series just last year, it looks like the character might be returning to the airwaves sooner rather than later.  David E. Kelley filmed a Wonder Woman pilot for NBC early last year, but the network decided to pass on the project after getting a look at the full episode.  Now it appears that the character could be resurrected on a more superhero-friendly network: The CW.

A Green Arrow TV series called Arrow debuts on The CW this fall and the network was home to the Superman origin series Smallville, and now it looks like they’re eyeing a similarly origin-centered approach to the Wonder Woman character.  Hit the jump for more.

wonder-woman-tv-showPer Vulture, The CW, Warner Bros. TV, and DC Comics are developing an origin story series called Amazon.  Veteran TV and comics writer Allan Heinberg (The O.C., Grey’s Anatomy, Gilmore Girls) is handling the script.  In addition to his episodic television work, Heinberg wrote the Young Avengers comics for Marvel, co-wrote a 5-issue arc of JLA, and even wrote for the Wonder Woman series, so he’s approaching the material from a comics-friendly standpoint.

The pilot is only in the development stage and The CW has made no firm commitments as of yet, but the plan is tackle the character in a Smallville-like fashion, centering on a young “budding superhero” rather than a fully formed character fighting crime.  Warner Bros. is simultaneously developing a Justice League feature film that will include the character, but it’s unclear how that feature would affect the development of Amazon.

Moreover, a standalone Wonder Woman has been in development for years, with Joss Whedon famously trying in vain to get his film off the ground only to later prove himself to be a brilliant superhero movie writer/director with The Avengers.  The most recent iteration of the Wonder Woman movie has Michael Goldenberg writing the screenplay and Drive’s Nicholas Winding Refn circling the director’s chair, but that likely won’t move forward until after the release of the Justice League movie.  In the meantime, I actually think this CW series is a swell idea.  Heinberg is a talented writer who has experience writing strong female characters (on GG and The O.C. at least), and he certainly has comics cred.

Again, no firm commitment has been made to the production of the Amazon pilot, but hopefully Heinberg crafts an exciting draft that gets this thing moving.




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  • dogg

    “A young “budding superhero” rather than a fully formed character fighting crime.”
    Yep, anything to avoid the costume. That 70′s stripper outfit needs to go, and the fanboys need to let it happen or we’ll never have a workable Justice League.

    • Pragmator

      I think you are right on the money, Dogg. They’re trying to find a way to avoid the classic costume because a bustier and panties ain’t gonna fly these days. Not in a live-action movie.

      But they CAN make it work if they make the outfit more like an ancient armor set with shoulder pauldron like in some of the comics–if they give her the more gladiatorial edge (that’s what she is, a mystical gladiator) they could pull it off.

      The high heels gotta go too.

  • Jeff

    Sigh. Another low-budget, angst-filled, before-they-were-super, super hero show :( I rode out Smallville to the end, and admit that the 3 final season were pretty good bringing Clark to accept his Superman destiny. But I wouldn’t want to wait that long again.

    • Griz

      You’re a stronger man than i, Jeff. . . . call it fanboy’s intuition, but i got the impression early on that most of the juicy stuff they kept teasing or alluding to would NEVER happen until, like, the LAST 2 episode arc in the series. I did go back to watch the finale, and boy was i wrong. . . .for whatever reason (probably legal, cause i refuse to think the creators hated their loyal fans to such a degree) Tom Welling wasn’t even shown in full costume, nor did he once talk to ANY of the primary metropolis characters in his guise as Superman . . . . .probably cause every single one of whom would’ve immediately recognized their friend for 10 years: Clark kent wearing a unitard and a cape.. . . and finally flying . . .kind of.

      • Ty

        No No No…..the whole reason he was not seen wearing the costume was because he didn’t want to wear it. Tom has said this numerous times. Before you go having a hissy fit over something how about you look at the facts buddy. Smallville was a good superhero show and I wouldn’t be surprised if another one does not take its place.

      • Anonymous

        I love wonder woman lots

  • SheldonCooper

    The whole costume thing was annoying in the Smallville finale, however, due to budget restrictions (the episode was already one of if not the most expensive they ever did) it came down to either have a full costume fitted for Tom for a single episode and not have Superman do anything but stand there, or CGI the costume and actually show him being super. Given that choice, I think they made the right decision

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  • Christian

    I am not sure where some people think that TOM WELLING (a NOBODY) could have that power to make a decision of “I am not wearing the costume” on smallvile comes from. Seriously? You think Tom Welling said that before he singed on the dotted line? And the Producers agreed to that? Here’s what happened, Smallvile, aired just two years after Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman went off the air. To sell the new Superman series and make it different the producers said “This Show is different because it is about him as a Teen, and “No tights and no Flight”.

    There you have it.

  • Christian

    I am not sure where some people think that TOM WELLING (a NOBODY) could have that power to make a decision of \"I am not wearing the costume\" on smallvile comes from. Seriously? You think Tom Welling said that before he singed on the dotted line? And the Producers agreed to that? Here\’s what happened, Smallvile, aired just two years after Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman went off the air. To sell the new Superman series and make it different the producers said \"This Show is different because it is about him as a Teen, and \"No tights and no Flight\".

    There you have it.

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  • Mark

    You Know they really should release it sooner than after the Justice League Movie. i really think they need Tom Welling to be Superman in the Movie cuz he’s has done Superman/ The Blur for 10 years why not do Superman and not the Christopher Nolan Superman Movie set to come out this year.

  • Mark

    and Anyway she Stole the Costume from the Temple of Hera in the First Place. they’ll probably end the Show that way though.

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