Adrianne Palicki Wants to Play Wonder Woman Again

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Adrianne Palicki as Wonder Woman Adrianne Palicki Wants to Play Wonder Woman Again

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.wonder woman costumes palicki carter Adrianne Palicki Wants to Play Wonder Woman Again

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.


Sources: THR & Bang Showbiz [via Comic Book Movie]

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  1. Rosario Dawson for Wonder Woman.

    Maybe Zoe Saldana.

  2. If we are talking in pure terms of beauty, physique, and outstanding curvaceousness then Kelly Brook would be no1 choice for Wonder Woman.

    For an almost equal stature in hotness, backed up with some aacting ability then Taylor Cole would be another great choice.

    However if they want a more established hollywood actress then Eva Mendes or Katherine Heigl would be most ideal.

    The two most obvious choices for the role – have both recently lost their luster. Angelina Jolie in her Tomb Raider phase would’ve been perfect but is now getting old and has lost her figure. The same goes for Megan Fox who again post Transformers may have been perfect – but her involvement would probably no give the movie a bad rep and damage it’s box office chances.

  3. No.

  4. I really don’t want to see Wonder Woman at all on TV or in movies. Not until a writer comes along who can create a version who not only avoids controversial elements amongst fans but also appeases non-fans too and wows them.

    For a start, iconic or not, the more modest outfit is a must to avoid a less than serious reaction, especially now that society has woken up to sexism and battled to erase it.

    We also have today’s women needing a different kind of role model than the classic 70s show was for women of that day so again, maybe a modern approach written by someone with almost no ties to the character could work.

    It’s a shame Joss Whedon isn’t working on a WW movie after his failed attempt because despite the man’s many, many faults, the only thing he can actually do right is give audiences a strong, relatable female character that doesn’t linger on exploitation or cliche.

    • That’s the difference between the peeps in charge of the Marvel franchise and those in charge of DC. I’m sure the script that Whedon wrote for Wonder Woman was awesome, but DC can’t get their sh*t together. They’ve been f’ing over their own iconic legacy for a good many years now.

  5. While the Wonder woman pilot wasn’t great, Adrianne in the costume certainly wasn’ t the worst thing seen on television. Hopefully she gets the chance to reprise the role in a bigger budget vehicle; either another TV series or even the role in theJustice League movie!

  6. While the Wonder Woman pilot wasn’t great, Adrianne in the costume certainly wasn’ t the worst thing seen on television. Hopefully she gets the chance to reprise the role in a bigger budget vehicle, either another TV series or even the role in the Justice League movie!

  7. Adrianne in the costume certainly wasn’ t the worst thing seen on television. Hopefully she gets the chance to reprise the role in a bigger budget vehicle, either another TV series or even the role in the Justice League movie!

  8. Alexandra Daddario! Her eyes are so unreal and she can most definitely fill the WW uniform.

  9. My biggest issue and concern when it comes to Wonder Woman always goes back to the costume…
    It’s a bummer because I’d love to see a great superhero film with a woman in the lead but unfortunately the Wonder Woman costume looks silly and that’s hard to get past. Even the updated look that the series would have used looked ridiculous.
    So how to you brand and market the movie or show when most peoples first reaction will be a chuckle? Sure, Comic Book fans and readers will be fine with it but that’s just not enough. But then there will be those who don’t want the costume changed and then it’s just a big ole’ mess.
    Hopefully at some point someone will figure out how to make it work but I’d be surprised if it’s anytime soon.

  10. Adrianne just didn’t cut it. Most likely they if when they bring Wonder Woman to the screen they won’t give Palicki a second look, because they want to start fresh. And don’t want too associate with the Kelly floop with it. One name that should be mentioned is Nadia Bjorlin. She is the real deal. I hope they give her chance.

  11. Alexandra Daddario is the ideal Diana of Themyscira. Great body and has the piercing blue eyes that could see through your soul.

  12. Adrianne was a terrible Wonder Woman. She would be a great young Lara Croft. WW rejection and her prep for GI Joe has her looking perfect for Tomb Raider.

  13. Look, i’m getting a lil sick and tired of batman and superman movies. Believe me there has been alot since 1978′s super man movie(s) and all of batman movies since the 90′s. There has been talks of a wonder woman movie since 15 years ago…WoW are you kidding me. I think you missed out on a whole generation of people who have been waiting for this movie or tv show revamp. I am personally over waiting for this movie or tv show. Now you wanna do it to the hulk. Again by the time you finally make up your minds, you will have missed out on those of us who at one time really gave a ‘uck!! (And that’s my two cents)

  14. kat dennings for Wonder Woman!!

  15. This is the thing bring back Linda Carter as the Queen mother. Explain to people that Wonder Woman ages after she has sex and children. All children she has will be girls. The girls or girl will be the next Wonder Woman in line. When they show the next Wonder Woman she will be flawed as she does not have her mothers eons of experience. But she is a quick study and can never be beaten twice as she learns quickly. This Wonder Woman can not be sexualized because she is a virgin ” You can hint at an attraction but Wonder Woman knows that to go all the way will lessen her powers and age her. This Wonder Woman must kick ass Zena style times ten.

  16. I think they need to step it up already!! The fans have spoken, there is no excuse not to make a kick ass WW series or movie. Honeslty I like Adrianne and I dont think she should be punished for a writers failure. She is beautiful and talented but….. for a series. I think there are hotter female leads for a WW movie.

  17. I would definitly love to see the wounder women movie.I mean u got a superman movie, spiderman, batman, the avengers, thor, iron robot, why not wounder women people love wonder women, but its all about finding the right character to play her proberly.