Wonder Woman TV Pilot Characters Revealed; Script Reviewed

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Fangirls and fanboys are heavily scrutinizing NBC’s upcoming Wonder Woman TV Pilot from Boston Legal showrunner David E. Kelly, and aside from the recent update that McG won’t be directing the pilot (a bit of good news for many Wonder Woman fans), there’s been very little to report – especially in that all-important realm of casting.

While we still wait to hear who will twirl the golden lasso of the titular Amazonian princess, today we do have some news about the Wonder Woman TV show’s cast of characters, thanks to a casting call list for the pilot, which has hit the Interwebs.

So what are the showrunners looking for in a Diana Prince (one of Wonder Woman’s secret identities in the show) and what kind of supporting characters will we see? Check out the casting call list for yourself, and then well get to talking about how they’re approaching the character of Wonder Woman/Diana and what the supporting characters around her bring to the table (or not).

First, the casting call list:

[WONDER WOMAN / DIANA THEMYSCIRA / DIANA PRINCE] Female, late 20s to 30s. A kick-ass Superhero / Powerful C.E.O. / A vulnerable woman. Long flowing black hair, blue eyes. Amazon-like, muscular, an Olympian. The charismatic stage presence of a rock star. A crime fighter. Also, a real woman who yearns to live a normal life. She is accessible and appealing to all people, men and women alike…SERIES LEAD. ASP.

[MYNDI MAYER] Female, open ethnicity, 30s. Publicist, Press Secretary and Wonder Woman’s confidant and nurturing best friend. Worldy and edgy. Sexy and persuasive, her appearance is part of her strength. She is beautiful and put together – dressed expensively in the latest fashions, plus she’s got a bit of bite, clever wit and sass. She’s the prodder of Diana’s social life…SERIES REGULAR. ASP.

[ETTA] Female, open ethnicity, 30s. Diana Themyscira’s always cheerful personal assistant. A bit charactery , but real, pretty and effervescent. She is blindly devoted to Diana. She’s her unrelenting cheerleader, with unwavering, unabated support. On the vulnerable side, she sees the humble and sympathetic sides in everyone, including Diana…SERIES REGULAR. ASP.

[CEO HENRY DEMETER] Male, open ethnicity, 40s. Acting CEO of Themyscira Industries. Grounded, intelligent and deeply devoted to Diana. He runs the day to day operations of the company and acts like an Uncle to Diana although he could be a possible love interest down the line…SERIES REGULAR. ASP.

[STEVE TREVOR] Male, open ethnicity, 30s. A leading man Diana can’t look past. Good looking but a real man. An Army vet, he now works in the Justice dept…SERIES REGULAR, ASP.

[ED INDELICATO] Male, late 30s to early 40s. Stoic and tough, he is a liaison to the police department. Devoted and loyal to Diana, he’s blue collar, a no nonsense kind of guy. A chiseled man who subscribes to the old fashion rules of relationships – men don’t talk much. His job comes first and he wouldn’t make room for the possibility that there is potential romantic relationship with Diana…SERIES REGULAR, 10/13.

The first thing I have to take issue with here, is how they’re approaching Wonder Woman. In my experience, the character is a strong-willed and fiercely passionate woman – she knows who she is, what she stands for, and isn’t afraid to follow the whims of her heart. Like Superman stands for American ideals, Wonder Woman has always stood for feminine ideals – i.e., strength, intelligence and passion balanced by an almost limitless well of bravery and compassion. Maybe that’s what this TV pilot is going for, but to me that casting description reads like a soapy Smallville-type character, and that is not something I can stand behind.

In fact, the thought of long shots of Diana Prince staring off into space and pouting at the camera while some emo-rock tune sounds out her “complicated feelings” makes me shudder. “A real woman who yearns to live a normal life.” Really? Am I wrong in my thinking that Diana is typically depicted as a proud warrior who wants normal women to stand up and be more like Amazons – and not the other way around?

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The whole multiple identity approach (Wonder Woman / Diana Themyscira / Diana Prince) seems like a weak allegory for the many hats that modern women increasingly wear (career gals, family gals, crimefighters), and again, taking a character who has traditionally known who she is and what she stands for (no matter how complex that identity may be) and turning her into an (seemingly) insecure bundle of confusion…not a good look.

Secondly, ignoring the gaggle of “Uh-huh girlfriend!” supporting female characters (two sassy assistants? “Open ethnicity”? Really?) – for a superheroine who is supposed to represent feminine ideals, Diana Prince is seemingly going to be pretty preoccupied with “boy troubles.” Every male supporting character listed here has ‘potential love interest’ tacked-on to their description. I especially love the Henry Demeter character: “…acts like an Uncle to Diana although he could be a possible love interest down the line.” Yeah, because that’s not a little creepy…

Finally, some of the character names are obvious allusions to various mythological figures and such, but I won’t hold that corniness against the show…yet. It may be a little too early to judge, but right now I have a sinking feeling that we’re going to be getting another Bionic Woman-style action soap, instead of the quality superhero show many are expecting.

Wonder Woman TV Pilot Script Review

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You can judge for yourself how this rendering of Wonder Woman and the supporting characters surrounding her will translate to your TV screen by checking out this Wonder Woman TV Pilot Script Review. Read at your own risk.

I will say that the reviewer does manage to find both the good and the bad in the show – but after reading his analysis, I’m still not sure that this approach to Wonder Woman is being handled in the right way. Do you like what you read about the pilot?

Keep your fingers crossed for now fanboys/girls, and we’ll keep you updated on this Wonder Woman TV pilot. Next step: finding out who gets cast in these roles. Any suggestions?

Source: iFanboy

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  1. I hate how they’re making it seem like Wonder Woman is the costume she wears. It’s like Superman. Superman’s mask is Clark Kent not the other way around. I am also shuddering at the idea of a soapy greys anatomy type of wonder woman. makes me sad because wonder woman has so much potential as strong female led show without becoming cliche.

    • Couldn’t we say that Superman/Clark Kent are just two sides of the same coin. I mean the only reason Superman doesn’t take over the planet is because of the up bringing he had as CK. But I do understand your point about CK being the mask because Superman is who he really is and he’s just trying to appear normal as CK. But the creators could have just as easily created Superman with a mask and CK without glasses instead if the way the did it right?

  2. I think Melina Gogovich would make a good Wonder Woman. I mean she’s played a detective on Law&Order and a lawyer on K-Ville and most recently the Defenders. So she has the whole I’m a strong independent woman thing down, plus she kinda already looks a little like WW. But that’s just my opinion. Oo Evangeline Lilly would also be good because she totally kicked butt as Kate on Lost.

  3. The issue I have with these ‘relaunches’ is that when they ignore the canon and dismiss the fans and then proceed to make a sappy, Bridget-Jones-Diary-esque CW-type show it fails large and burns the franchise for at least a decade. When they try to cover a specific age group rather than the actual instant fan base and convert on a strong show the desired demographic it fails on both fronts.
    But, as is pointed out, this is without seeing a finished product. It may very well be a success.

    • That’s true it may very well become a success or it may crash and burn. It still has to be picked up by NBC before we get to judge for ourselves though so until then I’ll try to reserve my judgment . And stick with fantasizing about who will make the best WW.

    • This has been the Hollywood Mantra for over 30 years, take a well extablish comic icon, totally change the character, look and story and then blame the fans when the finiashed product is bad. Never mind that most of the stories and characters are right there fleshed out for them in detail and all they have to do is fill the role and adapt it over with minor updates to technology and vocabulary.

  4. Good lord this sounds horrible. I don’t know what’s worse, that they’re giving a female icon such shoddy treatment or that so far no one is trying to stop it.
    You’d think some higher-up at DC would try to step in and say “You’re doing it wrong”

  5. they should bury this project before the femenist find out what they have planned for Wonder Woman , cause it wont be pretty. This incarnation of the character is insulting

  6. The only way this is going to survive the “Hollywood Treatment” is if DC steps in and say NO, you do it the way it is written in the lore or not at all.

  7. Did I read that right? “Themyscira Industries” lol you have GOT to be kidding me.

    Yeah I’m not very pleased about the direction this little train wreck is headed.

    On a side note……My personal choice for Wonder Woman would be Jessica Biel. She is a brunette, fairly tall (5’8″), can actually fight fairly well, is a good actress and is…..well……drop dead gorgeous :)

    • Biel would be awesome. In a movie that didn’t suck. Once I heard they were going for TV instead of a film I lost hope for Wonder Woman.
      I hope I’m proved wrong.

  8. When was the last successful series with a female lead?

    *tumbleweed rolls past*

    Wonder Woman was the product of a man who had a rather insane view of how much better women were than men, and a bit of a bondage fetish if I recall correctly (early Wonder Woman spent most of her time tied up with her own lasso).

    Modern Wonder Woman is based on the “I am woman, hear me roar” trope. Not an interesting character at all. However something worse is the above ideas. The trope could sustain a movie, if not a series, but the ideas would not support a series.

    I preferred the modern reinterpretation of her costume for what it’s worth.

    • Actually, “I am woman hear me roar” is not what Wondy is about, at all. The one thing that annoyed me about the animated film is how they turned her in to a stock ‘gender warrior’ character – when in the comics the Gods tried to invoke a divide and a war between Genders and WW and the rest of the world told them to get lost.

      Diana might come from an island populated by warrior women, but she’s not a misogynist by any stretch. Decades ago a wonder woman with a feminist agenda might’ve worked, but in modern comics writers have made clear that Diana stands as a beacon of truth and a protector of Both sexes, of humankind as a whole.

  9. I think the perfect actress to play “Wonder Woman” would be Jennifer Love Hewit.

    • you’re kidding me right? Diana Prince is an AMAZON. Jennifer Love Hewit while good looking and a good actress, is 5′ nothing and has never proven her martial arts prowess anywhere. Two EXTREMELY important traits for this particular role. She also needs to be physically imposing/ intimidating which JLH is not.

  10. Actress-wise, I hold to my guns that Gina Torres would be a fantastic WW. OTOH, I don’t want her anywhere near this project, because it looks to me like it’s doing a great disservice to the character.

    • She would have been amazing! Good call!

  11. I find it kind of amusing that fanboys are ‘relieved’ that McG isn’t doing the pilot. McG seems like the least of the worries here. I mean, we’re talking about David E. Kelley as showrunner here. The guy is best known for Ally McBeal and Boston Legal. At least McG has a, fairly, decent Terminator under his belt; not to mention Chuck and Supernatural. I’d rather have that guy than the dancing baby guy.

  12. So this will be to Wonder Woman what Lois & Clark was to Superman…. ugh.

  13. The only mildly encouraging things about this casting call are “open ethnicity” and, in Diana’s summary, “muscular.”

  14. I know many hate Smallville for some of its cheesy one-liners, cringe-worthy teen-angst moments and sometimes confusing one-dimensional characters, but the series has reinterpreted the Superman mythology in its own fashion and done it in a way so that it was on air for 10 whole seasons (even after being moved to the friday death slot). I admit it had some incredibly bad seasons (4, 5, 7) but it kept true to the real character of Clark Kent and the potential hero he’s gonna become. It was SMALLVILLE (not Metropolis).

    But this script seems ABSOLUTELY nightmarish. The article is right. It seems the creators don’t have the faintest of ideas about what Wonder Woman is all about. Unless they change things this will probably never match the popularity level and fan-base of Smallville. Either they change the script completely or get another character to bring to TV.

    Just check out this audition and pay attention to the dialogue. How is this even remotely related to the Wonder Woman we all know? http://www.dailyblam.com/news/2011/02/16/video-tanit-phoenix-audition-tape-for-the-wonder-woman-tv-pilot

  15. This has “SUCK!” written all over it…

  16. Hey folks, WW has been cast. Adrianne Palicki got the part, couldn’t be more proud.
    (Never met her, but she’s from my home town and I know her brother.)

  17. yup here’s the news article about her getting it http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/adrianne-palicki-play-wonder-woman-100465

    • Excellent find there……She has the height but I don’t really know about anything else. She seems more like a glamor girl than a strong physical type. Can she pull off an imposing screen presence or will she just be Miss Eye Candy?

      Does she have any martial arts experience? They can’t get away with women faking combat savvy anymore like they did all through the 70′s and 80′s. If it looks like she trained with an expert for 2 months that’s what it will look like.

      At least with my choice (Jessica Biel) I knew she already all of the needed talents to pull it off. Adrianne Palicki is one big I don’t know for me.

  18. i honestly think Kelli Giddish would be a much better choice.
    she is out of work since they canceled chase.

    and we all know she can kick some ass. i found a pic of her with dark hair and she could pull this off.. and make it more of an action show instead of a female led dawsons creek.
    noone is gonna tune in every week to see her wrestle with love intrest or trying to be a normal girl.. they wanna see wonder woman kicking ass and being a role model!

  19. Might as well Bring The Flash back to TV instead of this stuff, Wonder Woman would workk better in a JLA movie than a TV show, butr right now this “show” sounds like it’ll go the way of The Cape, One season and done.

  20. NBC casting you are killing me softly with Adrianne for Wonder Woman. I grew up on WW and sad to say I am not liking your choice. Its a white girl who dyed her hair black and does not even look like an Amazonian. OMG! I am ))) SOOOO((( NOT pleased! Like my heart sunk to my stomach. You waited all this time and still do not have the right WW. Shaking my head. This is pure AWFUL!