Jeffrey Reiner to Direct ‘Wonder Woman’ Pilot

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 24th, 2013 at 9:41 am,

Wonder Woman 1 Jeffrey Reiner to Direct ‘Wonder Woman’ Pilot

There has been so much back-and-forth regarding the upcoming Wonder Woman series from David E. Kelley that, for those anticipating the return of Diana Prince to the airwaves, the most recent news is actually a bit of a palate cleanser.

After receiving the go ahead from NBC in late January, word soon came that Terminator Salvation director McG had been approached to helm the Wonder Woman pilot. However, those plans fell apart due to scheduling conflicts, and the search was once again on for a director. Instead of putting a big film director behind the lens for the premiere episode, veteran television director Jeffery Reiner is finalizing a deal direct. Reiner would be a good choice, especially for the network, since in addition to working as a director and producer for the acclaimed Friday Night Lights, he’s handled pilots for The Event and Trauma for NBC, as well as the pilot episode of SyFy’s Caprica—all of which went to series (at least for awhile).


Going off what we already know about the series, Wonder Woman will require a director capable of balancing the extraordinary with the seemingly mundane. A perusal of Reiner’s resume shows him to be more than capable of harmonizing the corporate Diana Prince with her super alter ego. Think a blend of the emotional elements of Friday Night Lights with the fantastic aspects of The Event and Caprica. Reiner’s handled them all, and those chops suggest he is definitely the man to direct this pilot.

Not only does Reiner have the right tools for the job, he’s also less likely to be scrutinized than a polarizing director like McG. Sure, the three-lettered one would have added some marketing firepower for the pilot, but he can also be a lightning rod for one of the most vocal groups in all of media: comic book fans. Maybe this choice in director is exactly what Wonder Woman needs in order to better sell the re-imagining of one of DC Comics’ trinity characters; going with a guy like Reiner will allow them to hook viewers on the premise of Wonder Woman, not the name of the pilot director.

Besides, Wonder Woman already has David E. Kelley’s name attached, and though we’ve heard little from him in recent years, it is still a name that many find synonymous with great television. As the show begins to amp up production and steps into the potentially-frenzied waters of casting Diana, having the experience of Reiner to rely on will obviously help lead them to a stronger pilot and a better chance at getting picked up for series.

Undoubtedly, the next step in the process will be finding the right lady to don the bracelets and make us forget our crush on Lynda Carter. As the Wonder Woman casting process heats up, we’ll keep you posted.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I still would rather have a movie, but this is fine.

    • This will be fine…for now.

    • Monster are you nuts did you read what Kelly wants to do to Wonder woman, he wants her to be a corperate woman who sings pop songs while gossiping with the girls, Her character is also going to be pining away for Steve Trevor, everything I ve read about this series makes me afraid , very afraid. In fact i will be shocked if the feminist of the world dont goto Kelley’s house and drag him out by his testies and then remove them for him.

      • You know Loco Lobo, that actually sounds like a helluva good idea! hmmmmm….

  2. i give this 2 seasons at best, although I doubt it even makes through the first. terrible idea

  3. I’ve always said WW works better as a series than a movie. And with “Harrys Law” on tv it reminds me just how good David E Kelly is. I just hope they don’t try to change the character and the origin so much that we wind up with a Cathy Lee Crosby fiasco.

  4. Superman! Batman! and… Wonder Woman!

    no, she deserves a film, not some cheesy tv show. She’s number 3 after all! Not even Green Lantern is number 3, and he got a movie.

    Didn’t Kelly do Ally McBeal? Please say I’m wrong.

    • I agree with this 100% she is the #3 character in the Hero stable of DC Comics. Why not give her a movie over a TV show? GL and Flash are both getting movies before her, which makes no sense. Not sure why these execs can’t see what they have in front of them sometimes.

    • agreed with ya

  5. Hopefully we’ll get to see Wonderwoman grow up in highschool surrounded by all her future foes.

    It can be called “Wonderville”.

    Let the teen angst continue!!!

    I give this 3 episodes.

    • Please just the pilot, if we have to do this.

      by the way, LEXX dude stanley tweedle, brian downey’s a friend. Thats a great show man.

      maybe zev could be dianna prince?!

  6. Have you seen the entire LEXX series?

    That’s a show!

    Ahh for adults.

    • the last time I saw Brian was a t a sci-fi convention. Jeremy Bulloch, the original boba fett was signing my empire comic (first app#boba) and brian was there. Man, he is the dude, a real veteran actor who knows his craft.

      I like lexx

  7. I’m a bit torn about this. On one hand exploring a modernized version of WonderWoman could be interesting as opposed to the 70′s period version. It won’t be following the WWII timeline so I’m unsure how the plot elements will work so……

    On the other I think not doing a movie would be a travesty but how would that be done? Would it also be modern or a period piece like Captain America?

    I think we are all grown up enough as a culture now to accept and even LIKE a Superoheroine in a lead role, so why is Hollywood so against the idea? I mean the girls would have a gender specific role model and, if they stick with the original costume, the boys would have eye candy to look at ;) Seems like a win win to me. /shrugs.

  8. Erica Durance as Wonder Woman!

    • Tanit Pheonix!!

  9. I rather a movie myself, but as of now I really don’t know which actress can pull of Wonder Women alot of them just don’t fit the bill.