Early last week we brought the news that the CW was looking to bring Wonder Woman to the small screen once again, albeit in a version unlike any of her previous iterations. Titled Amazon, the series would follow Diana of Themyscira before she becomes the super heroine most casual audiences know her as today.
With the CW potentially set to house not one but two DC Comics properties under their network, we were left wondering how those folks behind the first series out of the gate, Arrow, felt about the recent Wonder Woman news. As it turns out, executive producers Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim think its great, and welcome the possibility of having not just Wonder Woman alongside Green Arrow on the CW, but many other Justice League members as well.
When asked by THR if there was room for both Arrow and Amazon on the network’s schedule, Berlanti responded emphatically:
“Absolutely! If there’s room for a thousand reality shows, hopefully there’s room for a thousand shows like this. My hope is we’re successful enough that we’re all on the air together, that’d be great.”
Some might argue it’s a little early for talk of multiple superheroes at the CW – the news about Amazon only just broke last week – but Guggenheim thinks that a one-two-punch of this Wonder Woman series and Arrow could make for the perfect night of programming. He even believes it would take TV viewers back to a time when a wide variety of superhero and superhero-esque characters were on the air.
“It harkens back to the years of my childhood where you had The Six Million Dollar Man and Wonder Woman and all these superhero-like genre shows all on the dial and all you had to do was change the channel. I think there’s totally room for both shows. It would be fun to share a night with them; the CW programs two hours a night and that’d be a pretty kick-ass night of television.”
As far as talk of a crossover is concerned, Berlanti doesn’t think the writers’ current approach to Arrow could accommodate a Wonder Woman cameo. In their version of Green Arrow – which is very much grounded in a gritty reality - there are no superpowers. In order to do the character of Wonder Woman justice, however, there need to be some of those fantastical elements (i.e. super strength and bullet-reflecting bracelets) that Arrow‘s writers have been trying to avoid.
Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg elaborates:
“Our show definitely takes place in a much more realistic world. There’s no superpowers, superheroes and aliens. With Wonder Woman, Diana of Themyscira, there are superpowers. I don’t foresee crossovers but one of the great things about superheroes is that they’re constantly being reimagined. There’s the Adam West and Christopher Nolan versions of Batman and one doesn’t obviate the other. The Lynda Carter version was great and now the CW is hopefully developing another wonderful version that will be a nice compliment to Arrow.”
Star Stephen Amell further emphasized that if Wonder Woman were to appear in the show, she would have to be a neutered version of her comic book persona:
“As long as she doesn’t have superpowers, then we’re good!”
While it doesn’t outright nix the chances of an Amazon/Arrow crossover, the idea of grounding Wonder Woman too far in reality, essentially stripping her of her powers just to open up that possibility, is sure to cause dissent among comic book fans. Yes, Amazon is hoping to deliver a unique take on the character – one that might involve a reworked origin story – but that shouldn’t involve taking away what makes her Wonder Woman. Smallville had a strict “no tights, no flights” rule, but the show’s writers never devalued Clark’s abilities - they actually reveled in them.
Getting a step closer to seeing the full Justice League on TV is an intriguing prospect, but fans are likely to be turned off by a powerless Diana. Still, the promise of a DC-centric night of television should be reason enough for fans to get excited, even if the shows’ heroes won’t cross paths.
Arrow premieres October 10, 2012 at 8PM on the CW.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter