Like any good comic book character, it seems that Wonder Woman will never die.
New York Magazine’s Vulture is reporting that the CW, Warner Bros. TV, and DC Comics is giving the Amazing Amazon another go, this time focusing on the character’s younger origins. The series is tentatively titled Amazon, and looks like a logical move for the CW, which found much success with Smallville, a series focusing on Clark Kent’s years before becoming Superman. During its run, Smallville introduced numerous younger super heroes from the DC Comics pantheon, much the delight of comics fans. As that series came to a close the network also developed a pilot based on another popular young adult, Batman’s future sidekick Dick Grayson, but that project never saw the light of day. Now this year the CW is launching Arrow, which follows the early adventures of a young, dashing Oliver Queen, a.k.a. the super hero Green Arrow.
According to Vulture, the project is being written by Allan Heinberg, of Grey’s Anatomy and The O.C. fame. The article states:
Unlike past TV incarnations, it will focus on Wonder Woman as a young, budding superhero, rather than a fully formed defender of liberty. (Think Smallville, but instead of a “no tights, no flights” rule, this show might have a “no bracelets, no crown” mandate.) Heinberg seems a logical candidate for the job: His resume includes work on the kinds of soapy dramas the CW favors as well as comic-geek street cred (he wrote the Young Avengers comic book series back in 2005).
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Technically, it’s a tiara, not a crown. And Heinberg also helped relaunch the Wonder Woman comic book series during a brief but popular run a few years back.
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The CW is only developing a script at this point. The network is understandably reticent to simply spin into action, considering the great fan fallout that happened last year when NBC shot a David E. Kelley re-imagining of the character. Between Diana’s new costume (pictured here, left) and her rumored un-Amazonian character traits, the show got a great deal of negative publicity long before the pilot had been edited together, which means any network is undoubtedly going to approach a new Wonder Woman incarnation very carefully. It seems the classic (and sometimes camp) Lynda Carter live-action version from the 1970s left a lasting impression on how the public views Wonder Woman (pictured right), and creators constantly struggle with moving away from it.
This project does not seem to conflict with Warner Bros.’ plans to develop a Wonder Woman movie from writer Michael Goldenberg, which Variety reported in June.