Well speak of the devil, whaddaya know, Wonder Woman is back; she’s getting her own David E. Kelley-produced TV show.
This has to be the highest-profile effort to bring Wonder Woman to television: One of TV’s best-known creators, David E. Kelley, has come on board to write and produce a new series project about the female superhero. The project, from Warner Bros. Television where Kelley is based, and Warner Bros.’ DC Entertainment, will be taken out to the networks shortly. Kelley, who has created several female-centered shows, most notably Ally McBeal, had been interested in tackling a contemporary take on the World War II-era Amazon.
He recently met with the DC team who also have been looking for ways to launch a new Wonder Woman TV franchise. Details on the reboot are being kept under wraps, and it is not clear if the new Wonder Woman aka Diana Prince will keep her signature powers and weapons, including her Lasso of Truth, her indestructible bracelets, her tiara and her invisible airplane. In the comic books, the Wonder Woman character has evolved significantly since she first appeared in a 1941 issue of All Star Comics and recently underwent a controversial makeover.
While one of the proverbial “big three” at DC, Wonder Woman had proven problematic to develop for filmed entertainment — movies with female leads don’t work, it is thought, and a Wonder Woman movie has repeatedly foundered at DC, including a controversial version by Joss Whedon. A movie is supposedly still in development (and WW would be part of a theoretical Justice League movie) but GTV is a much safer haven for the character widely seen as a feminist icon in a world where you can’t even use the word feminist. For one thing, female-lead shows are very successful on network TV.
Wonder Woman was, of course, the star of a highly successful TV show in the ’70s starring Lynda Carter. Kelley’s most successful shows have all involved lawyers — Ally McBeal, Boston Legal — so maybe Diana will go to law school?
What do you think — will she have a new costume? Or stick with the classic, branded look?
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.