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?

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Sources: Entertainment Weekly & Deadline

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  1. NO! JUST…. NO!

    • NO, just make the movie already.

  2. Boooo…

  3. Gods, help us stop this wretched disaster. Like, nauuu! :(

  4. This show doesn’t resemble Wonder Woman. It’s a fish out of water show with an exotic woman from another country.

    • Agreed…First we hear about JLA with Perhaps no Bruce Wayne, now teen drama WW? Where does DC come up with these insane ideas?

      • HAVE ANY OF YOU PPL SEEN THE TIM BURTON BATMAN MOVIES???? OR GREEN LANTERN??? CMON thats all that DC/WB does they come up with sh*T

  5. Ha, I didn’t even read that quote. Well I’m glad I’m not the only one that feels that way.

    “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.”

  6. At first, I thought that was a pointless change. But thinking about it I guess I can understand with the whole princess di thing. Also wonder woman’s alter ego isn’t particularly important in my opinion. The costume, attitude and mythology aspects are what make Wonder Woman compelling. Even in comics they’ve struggled for years to sustain a monthly WW series for years now. The new 52 take is arguably the best Wonder Woman run ever. David banner instead of Bruce banner was a REALLY pointless change. But it didn’t stop the hulk show from becoming a pop culture phenomenon

    • David Bruce Banner was questionable, but it was still Dr Banner.

      Iris is a crazy change. If this is the case, & not just an alter-ego, it demonstrates they are very very stupid.

      Diana is the characters name.

    • Excuse me, you may not remember but WW has had many great runs throughout her history. This new WW is not at all like the character as the creator imagined, and neither is this TV series. It is very sad that the Diana(s) of almost a century have faded into this.

  7. Why do my comments hold for moderation for the longest time? Is it my email address? WTF gives?

    • @Leathercheerio – Yes it’s your email address. It doesn’t show when you post a comment but it still gets flagged by our server.

      Thanks,
      Paul Young – Moderator

      • @Paul — Thanks for the honesty. Ill use my work email from now on.

        • @leathercheerio – To my knowledge you’ve never posted anything to put you on automod so it has to be your email.
          We don’t monitor comments 24/7 so I try to check anything pending every few hours, which means occasionally there may be some delay in approving comments.

          Thanks,
          Paul Young – Moderator

          • @Paul — No need to stay up all night for me lol. It seems to work right now using my work email. Given that email address, I understand servers and filters just fine.

            • @leather – LOL yay!

  8. I like the project. I do not agree with the name change however. But, it can always be a nickname for her until she fully assumes her real name. Then again, I agree with Ben with the “princess diana’ thing. we will juust have to wait and see… :)

  9. Say Whaaaaaaat?

  10. Why?

    You know, they always take a gamble on shows like this, but it makes me ask, if they just stick closer to the source material , surely they will have a built-in fan base, however small…

  11. Lame, but then, we have become a “Twilight” culture, wishing to appease the teenies…

    • look man, for the sake of me and my fellow sane teenage boys everywhere, PLEASE stop assuming all teens are into twilight BS! that’s teenage girls, and only a small section of them at that!

  12. Three possibles

    1/ they’re serious. If so the production team are very very stupid. What part of the failed Kelly Wonder Woman project made them think, hell yeah, let’s make the character even MORE unrecognisable?

    2/ this is the name of an alternative alter ego – unnecessary but only stupid, as it’s a redundant change; Diana Prince served for decades. ( Would you change the name of Clark Kent without a very good reason? )

    3/ this is a red herring caused by a fake name been used in an poor attempt to camouflage the casting process.

    I really hope it’s (3)

    Diana is the characters name. Diana isn’t even an adopted name like Clark Kent, it’s what she’s called by her mom, by her family, and real world by her creator, and for 70 years in the comics and other media.

    Seriously.

    WARRIOR-PRINCESS – http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4109324/1/WARRIOR-PRINCESS

  13. I’m betting WB/DC is really starting to regret no letting Joss Whedon do his WW film now.

  14. STOP THIS BLASPHEMY. Wonder Woman is already jumbled up in recognition. CW already ruined Superman over 10 years of unrelenting lameness. Please spare Diana.

    • you mean please spare Iris…

  15. Pilot. Critical disaster. Cancelled. Is how it will turn out no doubt.

  16. Gentlemen, I believe we are in need for some feminists. :D

  17. At first glance, after reading the role description, I wanted to vomit.

    It sounds like the plan was “Let’s make WW an idiot.”

    “Iris is completely unschooled…”
    “and she’s completely inexperienced…”
    “she doesn’t have time or patience for politics or tact…”

    That doesn’t sound like a Princess of Themyscira to me.

    However….the worst(and what made me want to gouge my eyes out) 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.”

    She sounds like a Super-saiyan cupid.
    Where on earth did the writers and producers come up with that garbage???
    She’s suppose to be a soldier and battlefield leader, but she wants to ‘make the world safe for true romantics’!!??

    This sounds like Epic Fail^2.

    PS. and for those of you looking for a Classic WW costume and powers, I’m guessing those were the first things that hit the floor in the script brain-storming session. You’ll notice there was no mention of them at all in the description.

    • Couldn’t agree more.

  18. Horrible idea.. just horrible..

  19. DC (by DC I really mean WB) does not care about cannon material when it comes to film/TV adoptions.

    Green Arrow – Arrow
    Star city – Starly City
    Parents both dead – Only dad dead
    Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake /kids – John Blake/adult
    Warrior princess – CEO… now a high schooler
    Etc etc…

  20. Do we need another 10 seasons worth of Smallvile-flavored-WW? For Pete’s sake, please, not again.

  21. There’s no reason to rename the character. “Diana Price” will do fine. I would be open to “Diana Iris” however. The series proposal does sound a lot like Smallville in the “no tights” mandate…so while it might be possible to see the ‘ol magic lasso locked up in some suitcase…you won’t see the Invisible Jet (in theory) and her golden eagle/ stars and stripes outfit except at costume parties and July 4th /club parties.

    That’s right. I know Diana ‘Iris’ would be clubbin’. A day without clubbin’ on the CW is like a day without sunshine.

    I think they should ditch this whole thing and try for a lesser known Black Orchid.

    • you maybe right, like Tommy ‘Merlyn’ or Lauren ‘Dinah’ Lance from ‘Starling City’ in ‘Arrow’ series… :D

  22. From io9:

    A recent casting call for The CW’s new Wonder Woman series lit the internet aflame when it seemingly named the Amazon superhero Iris and not Diana, the name she’s been using for the last 70 or so years. But rest assured, angry masses, this will not stand- because it’s just a big misunderstanding.
    According to Deadline, this is the top-secret casting call for the lead in the new Wonder Woman drama. And as you can see the main character’s name in this casting call is named Iris. But it was merely a ruse (or at least that’s what The CW wants you to think), as Wonder Woman script writer Allan Heinberg took to twitter proclaiming, “Merciful Minerva! So much for using code names to avoid internet speculation. ;)” Which we’re assuming means, relax, she’s still Diana.

  23. Totally off topic everyone, but how come CW only does shows based on DC characters? Smallville, Arrow, and now Wonder Woman

    • CW is partially owned by Warner Bros.

  24. The begining of the end!

  25. Doesn’t bode well for the “Justice League” movie if they can’t even get one of the big three right.

  26. I wish people would quit making a big deal about the name issue and focus more on the crappy premise.

    Not that the name issue is trivial; I just point out that having a crappy show with Iris Whatever vs. having a crappy show with Diana Prince still equals a crappy show.

    This sounds like 53 minutes of ’90210′ and 7 minutes of “I’ll use my Amazon fighting skills to stop the weekly bully”.

  27. … soooo it isn’t really Wonder Woman anymore?

    I hate it when networks take famous characters that people love, try to make a show about them, and end up twisting every single thing about it until it becomes almost unrecognizable (that’s exactly what I’m seeing with this show).

    I hope this thing doesn’t see the light of day – which it probably won’t anyway.

    They need to focus on getting the REAL Wonder Woman ready for her big screen debut… in the Justice League!

  28. For the love god could CW get it right for once… Just once for the sake of dc fans who are on the verge of strangling someone over Smallville and now arrow

    • In total agreement

  29. I hope this series is good i think Wonder Woman is cool and really deserves something special in live action and it needs to be done right. I actually would prefer if her name was Iris but thats really just because i like the name Iris and i don’t like the name Diana (also keep in mind i’m not a wonder woman fan i’m just interested in the tv show). I read the description and i think it sounds OK but just ok nothing else no higher than ok. I think it could be a lot cooler and better, this is a prequel series to Wonder Woman so i would find it interesting if they made her a teenager in high school but instead of being fascinated with our society she is really confused with it, one of things that bugged me about the description was that she was in love with our society because she was a warrior that just came from war and she had never seen anything like it before, that just does not make any sense to me history and solid proven facts and events have shown us that when a soldier returns home from war is confused and sometimes even mentally damaged wouldn’t it make more sense if she was frusturated with our society because we aren’t obedient like soldiers in war. I think it would be cool to see her character change in the series from aggressive and narrow minded to someone who embraces love from others. And though i’ve never seen the original Wonder Woman tv show i would love to see the actress from that play Diana or Iris’s mother that would be a great cameo, but i would want them to have chemistry i would make Diana actually be angry at her mother for making her becoming a warrior and making her fight i would be really angry at my parents making me something i’m not and Diana’s response to this could be to run away from home and join our society but the show would all be about her accepting her responsiblitiesand accepting herself and other people, i would love to see that.