No doubt inspired by the success of both The Dark Knight and the Marvel movie universe, NBC sought to get it’s own chunk of costumed superhero real estate in 2010 when they hooked up with former Ally McBeal creator David E. Kelley to make a Wonder Woman TV show.
Unfortunately, the pilot wound up being a disaster despite the presence Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights) and ample buzz. NBC passed on it and then, when the semi-finished product slipped out onto the internet, it became a public joke, earning a sort of infamy-powered afterlife. Regardless, Palicki apparently wants more.
Speaking with Bang Showbiz on the red carpet for the London premiere of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Palicki said:
“If they wanted me, I would absolutely do it in a heartbeat. [...] I was devastated [when it wasn't picked up]. We shot it and it was amazing. I got to wear the uniform, I got to wear the outfit, and it didn’t go. I was completely devastated about it.”
The G.I. Joe: Retaliation star isn’t the first person associated with the Wonder Woman TV project to voice disappointment with the show’s failure. Back in January, David E. Kelley spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about it, admitting that there were mistakes, but that they “could have fixed what [they] had done wrong.” When asked what he would change if given the chance, Kelley said:
“We produced it at warp speed and it’s a special effects show and it took more time than we were able to give it. We [would've been] able to give it more time and extend it had we been picked up. Just learning the storytelling – the genre was very different for me and I had a lot to learn; my learning curve probably would have gotten better.”
Like Palicki, Kelley also said that he would like to try his hand at making Wonder Woman again, but both parties are almost certainly going to be disappointed.
While a new series isn’t impossible (The CW’s proposed Wonder Woman origin series, Amazon, still seems likely to be made), it is pretty hard to imagine any network putting their faith in Kelley with a superhero show. Not just because of his failure with Wonder Woman, but because of his (admitted) unfamiliarity for that specific kind of storytelling.
For Palicki – a talented actress – it’s more about being justly or unjustly stained by negative public perception.
Few would say she was the worst part of the show, many might even say she was the best, but she was still first mate on the superhero TV show version of the Titanic. So even if a new show, a standalone film, or the Justice League movie became a reality, she wouldn’t likely have a shot.
All of those potential projects would represent a gamble for Warner Bros., so why would they try to sell people on a new Wonder Woman by using a painful reminder of the last one? Especially when so many other qualified talents could also be had.
What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Would you be interested in a Wonder Woman movie or TV show starring Palicki?
We’ll keep an eye out for any Wonder Woman - or Amazon - news as it becomes available, so stay tuned.