Warners hasn’t given up on getting Wonder Woman on the small screen, Vulture reports and it seems that this time they are taking a radically innovative approach: letting a writer who actually knows and likes the character take a crack at crafting an origin story that sticks with what people like about the character. Crazy you say? Maybe, but post Avengers, what we’ll call the Whedon maneuver makes a lot of sense.
In this case, writer Allan Heinberg, who has a strong resume in both writing Wonder Woman and writing TV soap operas with teen appeal, will take a crack at writing a pilot, which will be an origin story called Amazon.
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.)
If Amazon ultimately takes off, however, CW does seem the right environment for bringing back Wonder Woman: The network has a long history of successful sci-fi/superhero shows (it aired the last few seasons of WB import Smallville; Arrow launches this season) and its female-centric lineup seems a natural home for one of pop culture’s leading feminist icons. As long as there’s not a campy World War II subplot or any mention of Wonder Woman dolls, we’re interested to see what develops.
WB’s previous take on Wonder Woman was the much-maligned version by David E. Kelley who turned in something that should have been called “Ally McWonder Legal,” and focused more on boardrooms and slumber parties than Amazon lore.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.