Apparently Allan Heinberg has been tasked to write a script for a Smallville-esque TV version of the early years of Wonder Woman with the working title of “Amazon” for The CW.
This might skip the whole inflammatory costume debate that plagued David E. Kelly’s Adrianne Padalecki series by simply NOT having Diana Prince appear in a Wonder Woman costume at all, while at the same time dodging comparisons to Lynda Carter by taking the character in an entirely new direction.
Personally, I think this is a brilliant plan and I suspect that this will actually make it to series. It’s not groundbreaking, it’s not edgy, it’s not controversial… it’s just vanilla, female-friendly CW programming from the writer and co-runner of Gilmore Girls, The O.C. and Grey’s Anatomy patterned after a show that aired on The WB/CW for a decade. Sounds like a safe bet to me.
For many, many people the IDEA of Wonder Woman is a sacred thing. The purists are already up in arms. You know who they are: the fetish fans that want to see Wonder Woman as a sex object; the 1970′s-era Lynda Carter fans that don’t want to see anything other than a recreation of the product-of-its-time TV show (which can NEVER be recreated); the feminists that don’t want their icon spoiled or altered and want to assign “meaning” to every creative choice the showrunners will make; the comic book nerds that claim to be fans of the character even though they don’t actually support her title.
If one tenth of these so-called Wonder Woman fans would actually go buy her damn comic book it wouldn’t perpetually hover on the verge of cancellation.
But I digress…
I doubt that I’ll be consulted, and I have no clue what approach they may decide to take with the character, but I’ll go ahead and cast my vote for Shelley Hennig. The CW often seems to recycle actors and actresses from previous CW shows, so it’s likely that they will look to The CW’s past for its future Amazon. Shelley Hennig will already be familiar to The CW audience; she was one of the witches on last year’s The Secret Circle. She fits the target demographic. She’s also gorgeous, a pretty good actress, and she can pull off the naive innocence that I suspect will likely play a part in Diana Prince’s early introduction to “Man’s World”.
I suspect we’ll see a character design similar to Cassie Sandsmark’s Wonder Girl, instead of the traditional (and ridiculous) star-spangled underwear. A red shirt and blue jeans are a bit more “relatable” and down-to-earth than a boob-tastic metal corset. This looks like something you might expect on Smallville.
It should be interesting to see how this thing develops over the next few months. I think this project will attract a lot of venom… but I also suspect that it’s going to work.