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.