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The CW’s Young Wonder Woman TV Show, Amazon, Is Officially Dead

January 16, 2014

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Surprising absolutely no one, The Hollywood Reporter reports that The CW has stopped developing a TV show about a young Wonder Woman.  Titled Amazon, the project was originally headed by Allan Heinberg before being reworked by other writers and, now, officially killed.  The CW’s CEO Mark Pedowitz said:

We did not go forward with it… It all depends on the script. We were very careful with Arrow and we’re being very careful with Flash. These are iconic characters so we’re going to be very careful with Wonder Woman. You only get one shot before you get bit.

I expected that the CW project would be scrapped after Warner Bros. announced that Gal Gadot will appear as Wonder Woman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel.  They seem rather leery about doing one live-action Wonder Woman, much less two.

Nonetheless, what a bizarre world we live in.  Green Arrow’s been in TWO live action TV shows.  The Flash is about to have his own show, and very likely appear in some movies played by an entirely different actor.  Constantine’s getting a show, and so is James Gordon.  Over at Marvel, there’s a Peggy Carter show in the works and Jessica Jones is part of their Netflix initiative.  All the while, Wonder Woman, one of the first AND most famous superheroes in the history of the genre, has had yet another pilot cancelled and is set to debut in a tertiary role in a sequel to someone else’s movie.  We haven’t had a live-action Wonder Woman since Jimmy Carter was president (or, for my fellow Canadians, since Joe Clark was Prime Minister).  It doesn’t make a lick of sense to me.

Honestly, if Marvel was smart I think it would behoove them to get a Captain Marvel movie going pronto, use their well-earned reputation and pedigree to set the bar high for a superpowered female hero, and take the wind out of Warner Bros.’ limited Wonder Woman sails.  I think they could make Captain Marvel the new Wonder Woman SO easily if they tried.  It’s absolutely not what I want to happen, though I would like a Captain Marvel movie someday, but given how poorly DC has done in bringing Wonder Woman to any sort of screen over the past few decades, I’m just saying that it’s there for the taking.

Anyway, sorry everyone.  Amazon’s not going to happen.  Shocking.

 

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Wonder Woman TV Show “Amazon” Still Alive At The CW

May 17, 2013

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TV executives have been unveiling their new fall lineups this week, and absent from The CW’s schedule was Amazon, a Wonder Woman series in the vein of Smallville and Arrow.  However, The CW’s president Mark Pedowitz confirmed that the series is still in development but is being retooled.  He said that:

It is being redeveloped. We’re waiting for a script to come in. We have not seen it yet.

This new script is not being penned by the writer of the original pilot, Allan Heinberg.  Heinberg, a former writer on the Wonder Woman comic and a veteran of several TV show, has been replaced by Aron Eli Coleite, who wrote Ultimate X-Men a few years back and has worked on shows like Heroes.  That Heroes connection is a little bit ominous, but Pedowitz seems keen on the project still.  He even said:

We are preparing to pilot it off-cycle should the script be what we want it to be.

Which is an encouraging sign.  Usually pilots all shoot in the early spring and then the networks decide which shows to run in the fall, but Pedowitz is ready to shoot Amazon as soon as it meets their liking.  He said that Wonder Woman is the “trickiest DC character to get right”, which historically has proven to be the case I suppose, but the concept seems solid and easy enough to me.  I’d be curious to see the Heinberg script and what exactly they thought he didn’t get right, because Heinberg is pretty good.  But regardless, it’s good to see that the network is still behind the show and working to get it up and running as soon as they can.  Hopefully we’ll hear about some progress soon!

CW’s Amazon Not Picked Up, WB’s Justice League Movie On Hold OR This Is Why We Don’t Get Our Hopes Up

January 29, 2013

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If you were looking forward to seeing a live action Wonder Woman any time soon, either on the small screen in the CW’s Amazon TV show or on the big screen in a Justice League movie, this just isn’t your day.  We’ve got some bad news on both fronts.

First, the CW has announced its list of new pilots for Fall 2013, and Amazon isn’t one of them.  Written by Allan Heinberg and focusing on the early days of Wonder Woman, the project had gotten a lot of press but didn’t make the pilot list.  This isn’t even the list of shows that are going to get picked up.  These are the shows that MIGHT get picked up if the pilots go over well with network brass.  It’s a preliminary step, and Amazon doesn’t even have that.

However, it looks like the plan is to roll the show over to next year, for Fall 2014 or maybe a bit earlier if they’re particularly excited about the project as it continues to develop.  Arrow is doing really well for the CW, and they seem committed to expanding that brand, so they’re going to give the show more time.  The project isn’t cancelled so much as postponed, though as always with live action Wonder Woman news I caution you not to get your hopes up too high.

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If that wasn’t enough, Variety reports that the Justice League movie, co-starring Wonder Woman and written by the dude who wrote the widely panned Gangster Squad, is on hold until Warner Bros. gets a look at how well Man of Steel does at the box office.  So I suppose that means there’s a possibility that if the movie underperforms, there might not even be a Justice League movie.  At the very least, it will probably be delayed.  It’s slated for some time in 2015, but if they’re waiting another six months for Man of Steel to come out then the schedule might get pushed back.

So yeah, double bummer on the live action Wonder Woman front.  And, just to add insult to injury, Young Justice was cancelled yesterday so if you were digging the animated Wonder Girl you’re hosed there too.  They can’t not make some sort of live action Wonder Woman forever, right?  It’s been almost forty years since Lynda Carter.  It’s got to happen at some point!!  Though this is the sort of thinking that leads to disappointment.  Hopes, stay down!!

Casting Begins For The CW’s Wonder Woman TV Show, Amazon

November 30, 2012

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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.

The CW Is Developing A New Wonder Woman TV Show OR Let’s Stay Cool, Gang

September 7, 2012

Vulture is reporting that the CW has commissioned a pilot script for a new Wonder Woman show from former Wonder Woman writer Allan Heinberg.  Tentatively titled Amazon, the show would focus on the early years of Wonder Woman’s superhero career (because the CW doesn’t make shows about grown ups).  It’s like a Smallville for Wonder Woman, basically.

So first off, the good things.  Wonder Woman might be on a screen of some sort!!  That’s exciting, and Allan Heinberg is a good choice to do it.  His run on Young Avengers is a modern classic, really, and while his time on Wonder Woman was brief, I dug it.  He’s a guy with a solid comics background, and is a WAY better choice than David E. Kelley was.  Plus, hopefully they’re smart enough to learn from the MANY mistakes of the last failed Wonder Woman pilot.

However, let’s not get too ahead of ourselves here.  This is just a script.  There’s no greenlight or pilot guarantee or anything like that.  This is a rumour that the CW is, at best, looking into doing a Wonder Woman TV show.  That’s all we’ve got so far.

Also, we all know the history of bringing Wonder Woman to the screen… it just doesn’t work out well.  No one wanted to touch the David E. Kelley pilot, and with good reason, while for some reason Warner Bros. couldn’t get on the same page as Joss Whedon so he just went and made The Avengers instead.  Wonder Woman’s lived in development hell for ages, so we shouldn’t get too excited yet.

We should also remember that the CW already has a new superhero show scheduled for this fall in ArrowSmallville was solid for them, but you’ve got to think that the likelihood of Amazon getting made is going to depend on how well Arrow goes over.  If it bombs, the whole thing might get shelved.  And that’s a show that STARS Green Arrow, so it’s sort of a possibility.

Plus, it’s the CW.  That means a potentially low budget, melodramatic, terrible show.  No one wants to see One Tree Hill with Amazons.  Batman and Superman are getting $250 million movies, and I think Wonder Woman deserves to be in the same ballpark, not following America’s Next Top Model on a network not many people watch.  Though synergywise, Amazons are tall gals… you could do some cross-promotion with a guest spot prize for the model who takes the fiercest picture some week.

So yes, this is potentially exciting.  It could be cool.  Hell, it could be fantastic.  But it could also not happen OR we could get a show with Chad Michael Murray as Steve Trevor and last cycle’s Top Model runner-up as Wonder Woman.  A show on the CW might not be a great sign that Warner Bros. has faith in Wonder Woman as a potential franchise.

Let me leave you with some good news though.  In the 1960s, they tried to make a Wonder Woman pilot that turned out so awful they didn’t even bother to finish shooting it.  They tried again in the early 1970s with a TV movie that bombed.  Then, on the third try, we got Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman and a show that ran for three years.  Maybe the third time will be the charm again for Wonder Woman, and this show will take off after the Whedon and Kelley debacles.  But again, it’s the earliest of early days.  Let’s not get our hopes too high yet.


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