For Better or Worse, Wonder Woman Is Coming Back to TV

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Here we go again. Clearly having learned nothing from this debacle, the CW is going to try to create their own Wonder Woman TV series. Here’s the scoop from Deadline:

Warner Bros TV, the studio behind the CW drama project Amazon, has hired a casting director to launch a search for the lead in the project in anticipation of a potential pilot pickup. A breakdown for the role has been released, providing a glimpse into the Tarzan-like fish-out-of-water premise and the central character of the Wonder Woman origin story written by Allan Heinberg that chronicles the female superhero’s life as a young Amazonian, before she becomes a warrior princess with super powers.

According to the breakdown I’ve obtained, her name is Iris (not Diana). “She comes from a remote, secluded country and until now has spent most of her life as a soldier and a leader on the battlefield. Because of relentless brutality of her life at home, Iris looks at our world with absolute awe and astonishment. She’s delighted ?and just as often horrified ? by the aspects of everyday life that we take for granted: skyscrapers, traffic, ice cream. It’s all new and fascinating and sometimes slightly troubling ?to her. Iris is completely unschooled in our world, our culture, our customs. And she’s completely inexperienced at interpersonal relationships. She has no social filter, does not suffer fools, and tends to do and say exactly what’s on her mind at all times. She’s bluntly, refreshingly honest. She can tell when you’re lying to her. And she doesn’t have time or patience for politics or tact because she’s too busy trying to experience everything our world has to offer. There are too many sights to see ?and things to learn ?and people to care for. Hers is a true, noble, and generous heart. And she will fight and die for the people she loves. Iris is a fierce warrior with the innocent heart of a romantic ?and she will fight to the death to make the world safe for innocents and true romantics everywhere.”

The casting search is being done while the script for the project is still being written. It is not unusual for studios to do preliminary casting work on high-profile projects before a green light, especially those whose success hinges on casting the lead. The CW is having its biggest hit in years this fall with a show about a DC superhero, freshman Arrow, so the network’s desire to try to emulate that success with another comic book-inspired franchise is understandable.

From a business standpoint I can understand the desire to repeat the success of Smallville and, as the article indicates, the upstart Arrow. That said, this sounds absolutely terrible. Okay, so if she has no social filter, that means viewers will be treated to Diana Iris telling it like it T-I-Is every week while fighting crime and going on about the power of love even more than Huey Lewis & The News did on their Sports tour. If this thing makes it to air it is going to be a Brundleflyian fusion of the worst elements of Lois & Clark: The Adventures of Superman and Sex & The City. Folks, that is saying a lot. And how exactly will she make the world safe for romantics everywhere? By trying to shut down and Craigslist? Using her riches to keep couples everywhere constantly supplied with Godiva chocolates? My head hurts.

Wait, I just re-read the plot breakdown again. She’s going to be delighted and/or horrified by ice cream? I’m as fascinated and scared of Cookie Puss as much as the next guy, but then again I’m also not the focus of a major network show based on the world’s most iconic super heroine. A new Wonder Woman show could bring another strong and smart female character to TV — one with a built in audience. This is always a welcome thing. But to blow this opportunity for the sake of what sounds like goofy fluff is just lame. David E. Kelley, if you are out there can you please try to warn the execs over at the CW about the Pandora’s Box they are about to open?