With the huge success of Wonder Woman, and the imminent return of Gal Gadot's Amazon in Justice League, it's easy to forget the missed opportunities and other incarnations of the super heroine that never made it to the big or small screen. Adrianne Palicki (The Orville) tried to bring the character to life in a much-hyped attempt by NBC several years ago, and it resulted in a total failure. The actress admitted that the experience left her "devastated" at the time, but she still remains upbeat about the brief opportunity to play the iconic role.
Up until Gadot's recent portrayal, most people think of Lynda Carter as being the only live-action incarnation of the DC character. Her TV show ran for three seasons from 1975 until 1979. The first season of Wonder Woman ran on ABC and covered her adventures during World War II. The second and third seasons ran on CBS and were set in the 1970s, re-naming itself The New Adventures of Wonder Woman, and this is the version that most people recall from the time. With that in mind it seems odd that no more attempts were made to either remake the show or bring a new version to TV, but that's not the case.
Speaking to The Wrap, Palicki reflected on shooting the Wonder Woman pilot and how she felt about the failure of the project:
"We were a year or two too soon. It was right before the main pop of Marvel movies and television series. The movies [had started coming] out, but it wasn't like [today, where] that's what makes money now... It was a little too soon, it was a little early... I was devastated for a while after, I'm not going to lie. But I got to paid to wear that costume! It was fun, and also I wouldn't have been able to do this ['Orville'] role if I was playing Wonder Woman, so I'm thankful for all these things."
Back in 2011 a Wonder Woman TV pilot was produced by Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment for NBC. Palicki was the actress picked to play the new version of Diana Prince, with Elizabeth Hurley playing the villain Veronica Cale. It created quite a buzz at the time, with on-set photos circulating. But most of the feedback was negative and there were some strange plot details, such as the lead character owning three identities. Although the pilot was expected to debut in 2011 and lead into a series, NBC opted out and it was never seen, although it was then widely circulated online.
Palicki goes on to say that she thinks Gadot's version is "great" and that she's proud to see strong female characters in the genre. It's not the first time the actress has reflected on the failed TV pilot. However she has little to worry about as regards TV work, since she continues to play Commander Kelly Grayson on Fox's The Orville, with news that the show is being picked up for a second season. She also made an impact in the MCU with her role as Bobbi Morse in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., so maybe her Wonder Woman was just never meant to happen.
Source: The Wrap