‘Amazon’ Update: ‘Torchwood’ Alum Frontrunner For ‘Wonder Woman’ TV Show

Published 2 years ago by , Updated April 4th, 2014 at 10:00 am,

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Time passes, but it’s not getting any easier to know what to expect from CW’s Amazon. Much of that is due to the fact that the studio announced the project before a lead actress or pilot script had been decided, but you can’t un-ring a bell, and Wonder Woman waits for no man.

Luckily The CW has offered a few updates on how the show – following Wonder Woman on her home of Themyscira, before entering man’s world – will work alongside a movie version of the character, and early word is that Scottish actress Amy Manson (Torchwood, Being Human) is among the frontrunners vying for the role.

Those who know Manson from her role as ‘Alice Guppy’ on the BBC’s Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood will know that her credentials aren’t lacking; but her name being mentioned will raise eyebrows for a few reasons. Given the initial pitch of Amazon as an “origin story” along the same lines of Smallville, one would think that Manson’s age (27) alone would make her a longshot. Perhaps all previous expectations are a bit off the mark.

Scottish website STV has the news that Manson is not only being considered by the show’s producers, but has already been through the audition process twice (details on the scenes in question here). If her age isn’t an issue, and Amazon‘s Diana is already a grown woman, perhaps the ties between the TV incarnation of the character will be entirely distinct from what movie fans will witness in Justice League. Or as early as this summer’s Man of Steel, if the rumors prove true.

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That’s not necessarily a bad thing, even if it makes marketing the show along with a possible movie series a bit more confusing. We had anticipated a younger Diana leading the charge in Amazon, both for the target audience and as a means to explain any differences between Diana’s teenage persona and the grown woman who will eventually be seen in movie theaters.

For what it’s worth, CW President Mark Pedowitz recently told IGN that contradictions or conflicts with possible movies are something they took their time to avoid:

“We worked carefully with Warner Bros. to make sure Warner Bros. theatrical was on board so we were able to get it done. You want to work carefully with your studio to make sure that it works and that it doesn’t interfere with their projects.”

Though it’s true that actors cast to play TV roles (and those on The CW in particular) tend to be older than the characters they play, this casting news may be a sign that the connections between Amazon and a Warner Bros. movie universe are even more tenuous than some might assume (and seeing Diana trained from adolescence may not be in the cards after all).

Given the talent assembled for the TV show though, and the surprise success of Arrow, we’re willing to wait and see. Especially with the added chance of any potential Arrow/Amazon crossovers (which Pedowitz didn’t rule out) also bringing a Torchwood reunion, thanks to John Barrowman’s role as an Arrow antagonist.

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For now, casting is far from complete. What can be taken from Pedowitz’s comments is that the Amazon direction won’t interfere with the studio’s plans for Wonder Woman in the immediate future. Does that mean Themyscira and Diana’s origins won’t be featured in Justice League? Whatever the case may be, and whether or not Manson wins the role, there’s a good chance the actresses who impress those involved may be receiving a call when it comes to casting Justice League.

What do you think of Manson’s name being mentioned? A wise move, or a step in the wrong direction? Share your thoughts in the comments.

We’ll keep you up to date on all Amazon and Wonder Woman news as it arrives.


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Source: IGN, STV (via CBM)

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  1. First Wonder Woman on TV Was blonde.

    • …just for the one telefilm.

  2. Opinion: With just a little hair coloring, Kate Mara would make a great Wonder Woman.

    • Hmmmmmm. I don’t know about that. I’d be more than happy to see her as a Paradise Island Amazon though, no question.

  3. Karen Cliche from FLASH GORDON series can make a great role playing “The Amazing Amazon” on CW’s “AMAZON”, she does look like the Alex Ross version. So is Lauren Graham “Gilmore Girls” she looks like her and I think she shall be casted to play Queen Hippolyte in the CW’s AMAZON.

    Here is the casting call to CW’s AMAZON:

    David Gallagher as Steve Trevor (Comments: ?)
    Lauren Graham as Queen Hippolyte (Comments: ?)
    David Charvet as General Phillip Darnell (Comments: ?)
    Nicholle Tom as Etta Candy (Comments: ?)
    Daryl Hannah as Dr. Barbara Minerva (Comments: ?)
    Allison Mack as Antiope (Comments: ?)
    Jane Seymour as Julia Kapaetelis (Comments: ?)
    Beverly Mitchell as Helena Sandsmark (Comments: ?)


    Alexandra Daddario as Wonder Woman/Princess Diana/Diana Prince (Comments: ?)
    Cate Blanchett as Queen Hippolyte (Comments: ?)
    Paul Walker as Steve Trevor (Comments: ?)
    Claire Danes as Etta Candy (Comments: ?)
    Jason Isaacs as Ares (Comments: ?)
    Emma Thompson as Julia Kapaetelis (Comments: ?)
    Jennifer Love Hewitt as Antiope (Comments: ?)
    Kate Hudson as Athena (Comments: ?)
    Gabrielle Union as Phillippus (Comments: ?)
    Kate Winslet as Vanessa Sandsmark (Comments: ?)

    • Just going to give you a No on all but two of these.

      For TV show, most of those actors and actresses are committed to other tv shows that film at the same time as Arrow.

      Movie Version has three people that would never be accepted in movies like Wonder Woman and you have people who would never touch certain characters, or comic books.

    • Here is a little hint. All the Women you chooses for characters? None of them fit the role of AMAZONS.

      This is the problem with casting Wonder Woman. Amazons, they are tall Women, not little 5’3 nothings. These women are over 6 feet all and more.

      It would be like casting Big Barda with a Woman who is 5 feet tall. Aint going to happen, and force perspective works only so much.

      • And another hint: in the comics at least, Wonderwoman is seriously buff. She looks strong. You wouldn’t want to meet a woman looking like her in a dark back alley, and she being really mad at you, even superpowers aside. So here is hoping that they are not casting some 5 ft 3 in stick figure type, that looks like she needs to be tied to a pole in case there is a bit of a strong wind. Imagine they had done that with the lead actor in the CW show “Arrow”: it would have bombed immediately. These a superhero actors and also actresses truly need to look like they can kick some serious butt and have more athletic talents than eating ice cream and going shopping.

    • Linda Carter should also play the Queen/

  4. Fail. I give it 5 episodes and done.

  5. No curvy figure?

  6. Wonder Woman had Black Hair and Blue Eyes. I hope DC finds an attress with these natural hair colors, and not a brown haired actress. They cannot blow this.

    • Amy is a natural redhead.

  7. Nadia Bjorlin would be good casting?

  8. I’d like someone who was built like Gina Carrano… muscular enough to look like she could kick ass.

  9. Alexandra Daddario is a perfect fit for this on television, if they are looking for young, fit and the look of a young Wonder Woman, with dark hair and light eyes.

  10. Alina Andrei should be Wonder Woman! Not only is she an actress but has been a stunt actor and stunt woman for over 10 years. She’s probably doubled some of the actresses you see since she can do it all! She’s also a badass fighter and martial artist/sword fighter too, honestly she’s the real deal. She’s gorgeous and she can kick ass! And she’s tall to. Go check her out on IMDB.com. She even created her comic book franchise called OMEGA 1. Super talented woman…

  11. Ive always loved the idea of Charlize Theron playing Wonderwoman….especially after Aeon Flux…with the dark hair…

  12. They should look to cast in a completely different direction. While I’m sure some would be good, they may not be great. Like others have said, Wonder Woman is 6ft tall and built. They need to find someone to fit that description. Wonder woman Elena Delle Donne from the Chicago Sky’s would be a better fit. She actually fits the description more in physical size and fitness, except shes not an actor. I’m just saying that they need to find someone who can be Wonder Woman, and I’m willing to wait for a movie if the end product is amazing.

  13. First I wanna say she has to be 5’10 with them boots she has to be 6 feet that was Linda carter and please make sure she has blue eyes not contacts and blk long waves of hair and I would say the role for this character is to me NADIA BJORLIN n or Megan fox but someone worth watching also as of respect Linda carter should play the mom she deserves it… Thank u