How would YOU remake Wonder Woman for modern audiences?

Apparently a bid to kick start a Wonder Woman TV series has fallen flat. Horny comic book geeks across the world, a moment of silence, please.

How could a busty, Nazi-fighting Amazonian wearing a stars and stripes costume not be a raging success? I’m serious. Weren’t we all guessing who’d play a modern-day Wonder Woman? Who’d have that wide-eyed Lynda Carter innocence, plus a figure fantastic enough to carry off that costume.

According to Screen Rant, the show was being spearheaded by David E Kelley and was pitched to a number of different networks, none of whom ultimately opted to take the project on.

In October it was revealed that Kelley had met with DC comics, in an attempt to bring a contemporary version of Wonder Woman to television screens. Kelley went and drafted a pilot script for the show on spec (writing it before he had a home for it). On Wednesday The Practice producer pitched the show to  executives at CW, NBC, Fox, CBS and ABC, but they all declined to pick up the potential series.

Word on the street is that the show could still be picked up at a later date. The Screen Rant article suggests that Wonder Woman would be a great replacement for Smallville, which is midway through its final season. I’m just glad trigger-happy Fox didn’t get their mitts on Diana, because they wouldn’t have given the show enough breathing space to get off the ground.

My question is – for all of you who’d love Wonder Woman to return to the small screen – how would you bring the series back to life?

Would you have it set in World War II like the original comic series was, or would it be set in a modern environment? Would it still be in a military setting, as the classic TV series was? 

And of course…who would you cast as Wonder Woman?

5 Comments

  1. sgreco1970

    I for one am glad the project fell through. I’d far prefer it not done at all if it cannot be done properly. The concept for this show was another no-costume (or severly mutated costume) tv superhero..thing. If I were to make the series, or a film, I’d make it true and faithful to the original comic storyline, costume included. I’d rather see it look and feel like an Alex Ross graphic novel, though, rather than the old Lynda Carter show (not that I don’t love that show). But to put her in a leather jacket and hip huggers with a star spangled tshirt and some black sunglasses sounds dreadful.

    1. Gerard McGarry

      TV hasn’t got a great track record in adapting superhero franchises, has it? I think they’re possibly trying too hard these days to make superheroes relatable by the public, which is why we’ve had Heroes, No Ordinary Family and shows of that ilk. Whereas Superman, Batman and all the others were demi-gods – we looked up to them and their unshakable morals.

      Funny, my experience of Wonder Woman is more from the Lynda Carter days than the actual comic books.

      1. sgreco1970

        well, I was 6 years old when the WW tv show came out and I was mesmerized, much as I was by batman and superman. But superman was an old B&W show and Batman was too campy so WW’s serious treatment (usually) of their stories (fighting nazi’s and so on) really hooked me. But love of that show drew me eventually to the comics and in time they too started doing hyper serious stories. I loved it. But, yes, it seems gone are the days of archetypal super heroes. They keep seeking to remove the costumes, minimize the powers and make them less special. Ah well, they’ll get it some day because in addition to all that they also seem to fail, repeatedly. Maybe some day they’ll realize its the costumes and powers we really liked in the first place but we want to see it treated with seriousness and respect.

        1. Gerard McGarry

          I read they’re planning to do a Hulk series with Benicio Del Toro running the show. They can’t exactly hide the costume there, can they? Be interesting to see how that works out considering the movies haven’t been so well received.

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