Allan Heinberg Rumored To Be Penning ‘Amazon’ Wonder Woman TV Pilot For The CW
Could Wonder Woman be getting the Smallville and Arrow treatment? Vulture is reporting that, “the CW, Warner Bros. TV, and DC Comics have found a new way to revive the legend of Diana of Themyscira. The plan this time: origin story, all the way.” Word is that Allan Heinberg, who has written and/or produced shows such as Sex and the City, Gilmore Girls, The O.C. and Grey’s Anatomy — and who notably relaunched a Wonder Woman series with artist Terry Dodson in 2006 — is writing a script for a pilot by the working title of Amazon (à la the Green Arrow-based Arrow).Heinberg’s involvement should excite fans of his work on JLA and Young Avengers, although there could be a catch for many fans. According to Vulture, “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.).”
This approach may be at least a partial response to the failure of David E. Kelley’s 2010/2011 Wonder Woman pilot starring Adrianne Palicki, which got a lot of attention for its casting and various costumes, but was largely panned for its script. This failure to launch a live action Wonder Woman project is one of many, with feature film plans by Joss Whedon and George Miller (Justice League: Mortal) and others having been abandoned by WB in the past. Indeed, the heroine hasn’t starred in her own TV series or film outside of a 2009 animated feature written by Gail Simone since the 1975-1979 series starring Lynda Carter.
Vulture reports that so far Heinberg’s script is the only thing that’s in motion, meaning there’s no guarantee that an Amazon series will move any further and that many elements of a Wonder Woman series could change even if it did get greenlit for a filmed pilot. Still, this news is food for thought for Diana Prince fans.