A while back, the CW announced that Amazon, a TV show about the early years of a young Wonder Woman produced by Allan Heinberg, was in development. Now things are starting to move forward, and reportedly a casting director was hired to find a lead for the show. Deadline posted the breakdown for the part last night, and here it is in full:
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.
That’s a lot of words to say “fish out of water”, but you get the picture. It’s a young Wonder Woman, not used to our modern world, without much of a filter. It sounds sort of fun.
For some reason, Deadline is also reporting that the lead is named Iris, which makes no sense at all. Wonder Woman is named Diana. My best guess would be that they were trying to keep things quiet so they went with a fake name for the casting call, but that’s just a guess. Hopefully they’re not changing the name, because that would make no sense at all. UPDATE: Literally the next post in my Twitter feed after the notification for this article was Geoff Johns confirming that Iris was just a code name, and she will in fact be called Diana.
Also, the fact that the CW is looking for a lead doesn’t mean that they’re going to shoot a pilot, much less that the show has been picked up as a series. The script is still being written and has yet to be greenlit. Apparently in a show like this, when so much depends on casting the right lead actor, they start trying to find the lead earlier in the process so that they have the best person IF they decide to make the show. It’s no guarantee that the show is going to get made.
So we’ve got progress, but very tentative progress. Arrow is doing VERY well for the CW, so that bodes well for Amazon too, but it’s all very early days yet. Don’t get your hopes up. I mean, we all saw what happened with the David E. Kelley Wonder Woman show. Keep your hopes VERY low, and then we’ll all be pleasantly surprised if this actually happens, and doubly so if it doesn’t suck.