Casting Begins for Teenage ‘Wonder Woman’ TV Series; Character Now Named ‘Iris’ [Updated]

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 27th, 2013 at 2:06 pm,

Teenage Wonder Woman TV Show Moving Forward Casting Begins for Teenage Wonder Woman TV Series; Character Now Named Iris [Updated]

[Update: Fear not, Wonder Woman fans – “Iris” was just a code name for the casting breakdown to avoid being leaked to the public. So much for that idea. Check below for more details.]

In the past decade, Warner Bros. has tried to develop both a Wonder Woman film – directed by Joss Whedon – and a TV series – created by David E. Kelley of Ally McBeal fame. Needless to say, neither of those projects were successful in the slightest.

Here comes their third attempt. Apparently, The CW is moving forward with Amazon, a prequel TV series that details the teenage years of Wonder Woman – and her name isn’t Diana.

According to Entertainment Weekly, The CW has hired a casting director for the project – which has yet to receive a pilot order – and is getting ready to send out a notice for the role of young Wonder Woman. Courtesy of Deadline, we now know that the character’s name will be “Iris,” not Diana of Themyscira (nor Diana Prince, Wonder Woman’s occasional alter ego in the comic books), and that they’re looking for actresses in their early to mid-twenties who are 5’8″ or taller.

Here’s the full breakdown for the role:

“She comes from a remote, secluded country and until now has spent most of her life as a soldier and a leader on the battlefield. Because of relentless brutality of her life at home, Iris looks at our world with absolute awe and astonishment. She’s delighted ­and just as often horrified ­ by the aspects of everyday life that we take for granted: skyscrapers, traffic, ice cream. It’s all new and fascinating and sometimes slightly troubling ­to her. Iris is completely unschooled in our world, our culture, our customs. And she’s completely inexperienced at interpersonal relationships. She has no social filter, does not suffer fools, and tends to do and say exactly what’s on her mind at all times. She’s bluntly, refreshingly honest. She can tell when you’re lying to her. And she doesn’t have time or patience for politics or tact because she’s too busy trying to experience everything our world has to offer. There are too many sights to see ­and things to learn ­and people to care for. Hers is a true, noble, and generous heart. And she will fight and die for the people she loves. Iris is a fierce warrior with the innocent heart of a romantic and she will fight to the death to make the world safe for innocents and true romantics everywhere.”

So, yeah, her name is Iris. You can probably expect quite a few comic book fans to express frustration with regard to that little revelation, and justifiably so. One wonders what the point of changing Wonder Woman’s real name is, aside from purposefully annoying the hell out of fanboys and girls alike. Then again, I can totally envision a bunch of studio execs sitting around a table saying to themselves, “Princess Diana … Princess Diana … that name sure rings a bell for some reason. Oh – oh, golly gee! Princess Di! Well, that does it, we can’t have the young people confusing this Diana with Diana, princess of Wales! A biopic series would never sell with the 18-35 demographic.”

Cw Teenage Wonder Woman Series Casting Begins for Teenage Wonder Woman TV Series; Character Now Named Iris [Updated]

While Amazon will almost certainly attempt to replicate the success of The CW’s other superhero show, Arrow – after all, there’s already talk of a crossover – you can probably expect it to simultaneously try to draw in more of the female audience with a larger emphasis on romance and so-called “soap opera” elements.

And frankly, that could very well be a good thing. Shows like Veronica MarsThe Vampire Diaries, and Teen Wolf are proof that this sort of creative combination – typically male-oriented genres combined with typically female-oriented genres – can yield not only great ratings, but also legitimate quality.

Furthermore, the character breakdown above makes the show sound like a fish out of water concept, not unlike The CW’s upcoming Sex in the City prequel, The Carrie Diaries. Might we see Iris (if that is her real name) fresh off the boat from Themyscira, getting into all kinds of crazy teenage scenarios here in America? Hell, the showrunners would be remiss if she didn’t.

We can speculate about Amazon for hours on end, of course, but there are still a number of questions that remain. Namely:

  1. Is “Iris” the character’s actual name? Or is it a fake name she gives herself while she explores our world?
  2. Will Amazon be steeped in magic and mythology, as the Wonder Woman comic book is? Or will it be hyper-realistic, a la Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and, to a lesser extent, Arrow? (And if the latter is true, in what way exactly will this character be Wonder Woman?)
  3. Will Iris from Amazon eventually become the Wonder Woman of the forthcoming Justice League film? Or is this a totally unrelated project, a la Smallville/Superman Returns?
  4. Can we expect to see the same sort of supervillain/superhero guest stars on Amazon that we’re seeing currently on Arrow?

There are probably more questions, all of which you can leave in the comments section below. Ultimately, there’s no rule that says that a show like this can’t be a runaway success, critically and otherwise. We’ll have to wait and see if that’s what it becomes, and before that, it has to actually receive a pilot order. I wouldn’t be surprised if that happened fairly soon, too.

Check back for more Amazon news as this story develops.

Update: Amazon writer Allan Heinberg and DC Entertaintment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns have both taken to Twitter to assuage fears that Wonder Woman’s new name would be “Iris.” Check out the tweets below:

So there it is. “If” a Wonder Woman TV series happens, you can probably expect the character therein to be called Diana. Fan crisis averted?


Follow me on Twitter @benandrewmoore.

Sources: Entertainment Weekly & Deadline

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  1. this cries failure, very, very loudly.


  3. They should get Lucy Lawless to play Hippolyta. She is perfect for the role. If WB/DC had pulled their heads out of their @$$’$ she would have been the only choice for WW herself 10 or 15 years ago( remember Xena anyone?).

  4. Series sounds dumb. And Iris was he girl in (The Flash) Barry Allen’s life, wasn’t she (the name, anyways)?

  5. Wonder Woman’s name is Diana. Changing her name to Iris is a stupid idea.

    • you are the stupid one, Iris was just a cover name to hide it from the public, it says it in the title retard

  6. I was thinking about who would play Hippolyta if there is an Amazon series. Everybody thinks first of Linda Carter or Lucy Lawless but howabout A few others.
    Melinda Kerkandess…Tough,Smart,Pretty and she speaks Greek
    Marie Osmond…I know but wene she was A teenager she was the model for Donna Troy,Diana’a sister
    I thought of throwing in Fran Dresher into the list just to see if anybody was paying atention but that would be to much.

  7. It’s just a name, It’s probably a cover name guys so chill. Anyway I think Phoebe Tonkin would be PERFECT for the role!!!

  8. Not a good idea, Wonder Woman is Princess Diana, I would not change her name I rather leave it the way… Cause her mother Queen Hippolyte named her from birth while she created her from clay. Dont get the Wonder Woman Mythology confuzed. I would stick with Diana to the story.

    Princess Diana in the Martial Arts combat is her story How she grew up and became “The Amazing Amazon”.

  9. i thought this series will focus on Diana’s adventure in her birthplace. they’re still bringing her in the city? sucks

  10. Wonder Woman needs to start her adventure as herself from Princess Diana into Diana Prince stationed in the U.S. Armed Forces with Steve Trevor. I will like to see Diana Prince changing into Wonder Woman from wearing the military uniform. Maybe, this Wonder Woman series will introduced Diana all dressed up for the U.S. Air Force Academy. In the secret origins she was called Yeoman Diana Prince stationed in the U.S. Armed Forces in the Pentagon in Washington DC and she was both a nurse.

  11. Okay I don’t have any questions about anything as far as the character development or the origins of the plot and the evolution of Wonder Woman. What I will call is that we will most likely see actresses from that prematurely cancelled show The Secret Circle in this show. They probably have contracts with CW to do some sort of something in their shows and it may even be a consolation for putting them through the hell of axing their show. I envision seeing at least one of the actresses or even the actors make an appearance for a minor role if not a major one.

  12. Sounds like a cheap knock off , id rather watch the lynda carter camp version than the rubbish this sounds like

  13. Nadia Bjorlin would be a good casting.

  14. It may be good. or it may suck. Look , I thought Birds of Prey was going to be awesome. Look how that turned out. If they try to make a Wonder Woman without any powers, it will suck. And stop doing the prequel thing . It’s lame. Just make a Wonder Woman show. I don’t want to see Wonder Woman in training. Smallville worked because even a Young Superman is near unstoppable. Wonder Woman, meh.