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They have officially cast the role of Wonder Woman for the new NBC pilot from David E. Kelley and Warner Bros. TV. I plan on watching, and hoping that NBC doesn't kill it off before it has a chance.

You can find another article here with more information about content that was leaked apparently or see a summary below

Spoiler:

•There's a Myndi Mayer, herein portrayed as Diana's BFF.
• There's a scene with comics character Etta Candy, a role that's pretty much written like a job offer to Melissa McCarthy.
• Long ago, government man Steve Trevor crashed onto Wonder Woman's island and brought her back to New York, but now they've split up. She still loves him, though, and it's obvious that their relationship is going to be a focus.
• Diana might not have an invisible jet (if she did, I didn't see it) but she has a whole rainbow's worth of over coloured aircraft.
• She has the lasso, and those bracelets with which she deflects bullets.
• Her nemesis is Veronica Cale, who in this continuity is an evil scientist and rival businesswoman with a secret, nefarious plan that you'll probably guess ahead of time.

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Also, just saw that the actress is into comics... aren't they usually? No idea if that is just to bring comic fans to her side, but we can always hope. Also cool, she is in the new Red Dawn remake. Hopefully it is good so it will draw fans to the show.

Holla wrote:

Also, just saw that the actress is into comics... aren't they usually? No idea if that is just to bring comic fans to her side, but we can always hope.

Quite frequently actors/actresses in comic book movies/shows have no exposure the source material. Some make the effort to study the source to get a better handle on their characters, but a lot don't seem to care.

Here we go again. Will the writers try to make Wonder Woman not be a joke of a super hero? Or just give in and have fun with it? Either way, someone's gonna lose.

Going to be hard to top Wonder Woman from JLA, the animated series.

Wonder Woman IS a joke of a super hero because her schtick is that she's a woman. What the hell kind of a schtick is that? This is the reason for why she's always been a second fiddle hero.

If she's to be taken seriously, she has to be re-imagined as being a different kind of other hero who happens to be a woman - so she's called "Wonder Woman" in the same way that Superman is Superman.

Alan Sepinwall has an interesting response to the casting. The short version: casting is brilliant, but he doesn't trust David E. Kelley.

LarryC wrote:

Wonder Woman IS a joke of a super hero because her schtick is that she's a woman.

Wrong. The sort of thinking you see from someone with only a passing acquaintance with the character, like "I don't like Superman, because nothing hurts him."

WW's problem, highlighted by the animated one they did recently, is it's tough to get her on theme. There's the Greek angle, the superpower angle, the costume angle, and the woman angle, and it's tough to get all of those lined up and working in concert (especially for a modern mainstream comic audience: there are fruitful threads between woman's issues and ancient Greece, but most don't have the sort of knowledge of gender roles in 3000 BC necessary lean on and make it resonate). And I certainly agree with Sep, David E. Kelley is not the one to do it.

Wonder Woman goes Smallville. I'm watching. I wonder (Wonder Woman!) if this means the movie is dead.

Edit: She certainly has the right body for it. Full, but not round. Thin, but not skinny.

That chick was on Friday Night Lights. I might actually watch this show now. Can't wait to see the outfit, it should fit her well.

SpacePPoliceman:

I have to admit that I'm not getting a strong Greek vibe from Wonder Woman, even though all the lore and backstory says so. Woman in a star-spangled bikini fighting with boxing, a lasso, and fancy bracelets does not evoke a strong Greek flavor. She'd probably be more consistent if she were just renamed Captain America.

The review of the script I saw made it sound like Ally McBeal with tights.

Rat Boy wrote:

The review of the script I saw made it sound like Ally McBeal with tights.

And a food for the lead actress?

All of this matters not one whit unless there's a Linda Carter cameo!

Actually, don't even bother with the cameo. Just give Linda Carter, Jacqueline Smith and Jacqueline Bisset their own show now... and throw in Erin Grey as an occasional guest star if she's free.

Yep... I'm a child of the late 70s/early 80s.

But seriously, Wonder Woman is one of DC's lamest characters (and they had a WHOLE bunch of 'em when I was buying comics between 1980 and 1986). However, I guess the whole Batman/Xmen/Spiderman/Iron Man bandwagon means that every movie and/or tv production company has dusted off copies of their old schedules to see what might be ripe for plundering.

My prediction? Cancelled in one season, a la 'Bionic Woman'.

detroit20 wrote:

My prediction? Cancelled in one season, a la 'Bionic Woman'.

I actually didn't hate that show as I expected to.

Birds of Prey though...

garion333 wrote:

That chick was on Friday Night Lights. I might actually watch this show now. Can't wait to see the outfit, it should fit her well.

Interesting. I recognize her now. As I remember from FNL and she was amazingly tall and could definitely pull it off physically. Not sure about her as an actor.

SpacePPoliceman wrote:

Alan Sepinwall has an interesting response to the casting. The short version: casting is brilliant, but he doesn't trust David E. Kelley.

LarryC wrote:

Wonder Woman IS a joke of a super hero because her schtick is that she's a woman.

Wrong. The sort of thinking you see from someone with only a passing acquaintance with the character, like "I don't like Superman, because nothing hurts him."

WW's problem, highlighted by the animated one they did recently, is it's tough to get her on theme. There's the Greek angle, the superpower angle, the costume angle, and the woman angle, and it's tough to get all of those lined up and working in concert (especially for a modern mainstream comic audience: there are fruitful threads between woman's issues and ancient Greece, but most don't have the sort of knowledge of gender roles in 3000 BC necessary lean on and make it resonate). And I certainly agree with Sep, David E. Kelley is not the one to do it.

Another problem is that her powers aren't particularly well defined and there is not a lot of consistency to her. There is actually a decent penny-arcade thread on her that I will attempt to look up.

NathanialG:

If the producers redo Wonder Woman with a strong emphasis on her Greek aspect and ditching the ridiculous costume and lasso, they might have a strong hero concept on their hands. If she had a special gun called "Thunderbolt" and bulletproof armor called "Aegis," she would be seriously awesome.

garion333 wrote:

That chick was on Friday Night Lights. I might actually watch this show now. Can't wait to see the outfit, it should fit her well.

She just played a crazy, nasty sociopath on Criminal Minds. I hardly recognized her. If she can also pull this off, she will be a better actress than I would have given her credit for.

LarryC wrote:

NathanialG:

If the producers redo Wonder Woman with a strong emphasis on her Greek aspect and ditching the ridiculous costume and lasso, they might have a strong hero concept on their hands. If she had a special gun called "Thunderbolt" and bulletproof armor called "Aegis," she would be seriously awesome.

The problem with ditching the lasso is that you lose all of the fascinating baggage of her original creator who helped invent the polygraph test and was into bondage.

Jayhawker wrote:
garion333 wrote:

That chick was on Friday Night Lights. I might actually watch this show now. Can't wait to see the outfit, it should fit her well.

She just played a crazy, nasty sociopath on Criminal Minds. I hardly recognized her. If she can also pull this off, she will be a better actress than I would have given her credit for.

Was that the Bonnie & Clyde couple who were in AA?

Quintin_Stone wrote:
Jayhawker wrote:
garion333 wrote:

That chick was on Friday Night Lights. I might actually watch this show now. Can't wait to see the outfit, it should fit her well.

She just played a crazy, nasty sociopath on Criminal Minds. I hardly recognized her. If she can also pull this off, she will be a better actress than I would have given her credit for.

Was that the Bonnie & Clyde couple who were in AA?

Yep.

The thing that I like so much about wonder woman, and why I think she is an important hero is that her whole point is to show people they can actually be heroes themselves, that they can do good. It started in the earliest comics by showing woman that they could be proud members of society and accomplish the same things a man could. I've working my way through the whole collection right now and Its making me laugh a lot, but also like WW more and more. If they keep her roots in Themyscira and have her deal with some of the cultural things there, have her showing people their potential, and just kicking butt i'll be pretty happy.

I never watched Ally McBeal so I don't really know a lot of Kelly's work. I hope he doesn't make into into a legal drama with powers. Also..Steve Trevor? he and Etta got married a long time ago.. so i'm guessing they won't be together for very long in the show. She is dating someone right now I think... haven't caught up that far yet.

The question is, will she wear the costume?

Dirt wrote:

The question is, will she wear the costume?

Well there will be a lasso and pair of bracer, but I'm guessing they are going to "modernize" ala x-men, Smallville and such and make the costume slightly more believable. However seeing how that just went over in the comic book world, what they decide is believable will be interesting.

The uproar over the changes to Wonder Woman's costume in the comics was so incredibly stupid I don't think I can talk about it rationally.

Thin_J wrote:

The uproar over the changes to Wonder Woman's costume in the comics was so incredibly stupid I don't think I can talk about it rationally.

I am all for irrational discussion.

Thin_J wrote:

The uproar over the changes to Wonder Woman's costume in the comics was so incredibly stupid I don't think I can talk about it rationally.

I agree. She decided to go into battle in more than a bikini? That's crazy and non-canon...

I just don't get the jacket.

Holla wrote:

I never watched Ally McBeal so I don't really know a lot of Kelly's work.

Well I don't know why that's the show everyone associates him with.

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LA Law, Doogie Howser and Picket Fences were all very good shows I remember watching. Boston Public and the Practice were pretty good as well, and both being set in Boston, they had some crossover episodes as well, even though they were on different networks. That alone was pretty cool.

Dirt wrote:

I just don't get the jacket.

Sometimes it is cold out, or maybe she was visiting the Fortress of Solitude.

NathanialG wrote:
Dirt wrote:

I just don't get the jacket.

Sometimes it is cold out, or maybe she was visiting the Fortress of Solitude.

bow chica wow wow

So update on casting, you can check out an article here. Pretty much the new additions are the villan, played by Elizabeth Hurley now and a possible love intrest (say it ain't so!) in Cary Elwes. This can't be right...cause I loved him in Princes Bride, but he is Way past his prime to be a love interest...right? Especially on a project helmed by WB. /sigh

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