Wonder Woman TV show 'not moving forward'

Wonder-WomanImage Credit: DC ComicsWonder Woman wasn’t able to lasso a new home.

Sources tell EW that all the major broadcasters have passed on the much-buzzed about project. Late Friday, NBC was the final network that declined to bring back the superhero.

Warner Bros. TV was actively shopping a script from David E. Kelley that updated the period tale about an Amazon princess who battled Nazis and other bad guys during World War II. One source close to the project said the Wonder Woman team won’t give up on the project, even though it’s “not moving forward at this time.”

One factor may have been the projected cost of rebooting the series, with the studio requiring a rich license fee to bring the iconic character back to life (in other words, nobody wanted it to be another Bionic Woman). The cost means that it’s unlikely a cable network could step up and foot the bill.

The character was last seen on the small screen in the 1970s series that starred Lynda Carter. Kelley’s take incorporated the superhero’s signature lasso, cuffs, and plane in the script, and insiders said it was a serious, non-campy take on the DC Comics character. For years, various writers and producers (including Joss Whedon) have tried to bring back Wonder Woman, but the character has proved difficult to resurrect.

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  • Entertainment2u-Twitter

    tired of all the remakes
    and they never work
    everyone remember BIONIC WOMAN?
    enough already

    think up NEW ideas, Hollywood


      This would be a GREAT ROLE for an up and coming actress, TAYLOR SWIFT, anyone…Hollywood hates strong female ROLES…sadness for ALL women today…:(

      • Michael

        What’s WITH the random CAPITAL letters? Also, Taylor Swift would be a terrible choice to play Wonder Woman. Just terrible.

      • Eric P

        Taylor Swift as Wonder Woman?? Ha i laughed so hard when i read that. I’d rather the show die than see that.

      • Buffy Freak

        Taylor Swift would be great…she kills her enemies by singing.

      • Marie

        LOL @Buffy Freak!

      • Kvivik

        I totally agree that Hollywood hates strong female roles/characters.
        Note how most of the best are on cable or in indie films.
        Would actually not mind seeing this made as long as it was made properly (ie closer to the source material than the camp that was Lynda Carter’s WW).

    • SirLizard

      Entertainment2u-Twitter, you should try to refrain from making definitive statements. It just makes it seem as if you don’t know what you’re talking about. You say, “they never work,” but that just isn’t true. “Never” is a definitive word.

      It’s true that remakes and adaptations often don’t work (e.g. “The Bionic Woman”), but there have been many successes, and some of them have been bigger hits and better quality than their originals (of course, this is in the eye of the beholder, or millions of beholders, as the case may be). “The Office,” “Hawaii Five-O,” and “Battlestar Galactica” are just a few recent successes on TV, and there have been many huge theatrical remakes too. Ultimately, there aren’t many things left that are completely new anyway. There are always traces of precursors in most projects. Just because something is technically a remake or an adaptation doesn’t mean that it can’t have its own originality. I don’t think that we should judge something before it even exists, and we certainly shouldn’t state things as facts that are absolutely NOT true (i.e. “they never work”).

    • D’s Advocate

      Bionic Woman was an Emmy award winning show (for Lindsay Wagner’s acting, mind you). Your opening gambit is flawed.

      And “True Grit” seems to be doing fine, if you’d like a more recent example (as in right this second) of just how wrong you are.

      • D’s Advocate

        Excuse me, MY argument is flawed as well. Somehow completely spaced out on the existence of the more recent Bionic Woman, and thought we were talking about the 70’s version which of course is a spinoff and not a remake.

        Let me be an example for you kids out there: don’t drink and comment :)

      • SebastianCanada

        @D’s Advocate, the reference was to the 2006, or 2007, remake of The Bionic Woman, which was a complete flop.

    • JMark

      Count me in as one who liked the Bionic Woman with Michelle Ryan. The writers’ strike didn’t help matters. In spite of all its trashing, it was actally a good show.

      • steven815

        I Thought I Was The Only One Who Liked The Bionic Woman Remake.

  • Kermode

    Well, I never thought her outfit was sexy anyway ;)

  • bippy

    What a surprise. Not.

    • mephysto

      What are you stuck in 1992?

  • Bruce L

    I’m constantly astonished that Marvel has been able to turn their characters into such cash cows that an Avengers movie is actually becoming a reality, yet DC — with all of Warner Bros’ muscle behind it — only ever seems able to get Batman-related projects off the ground.

    • annie


    • Chappel

      Well, there is the Green Lantern movie coming up. If that is successful I think it will open up the doors to other DC films. The latest incarnation of Batman led to the Green Lantern Movie. If that one does well it could lead to other movies featuring DC characters. The big problem is getting a good script. Judging from the latest superhero movies I’d say that the best writers are not involved in these projects and that producers/directors think that massive explosions and detailed CGI are a good substitute for a decent script.

      • reason

        whedon an kelley are all about CGI and explosions?

      • Buffy Freak

        The Green Lantern movie looks awful, at least based on the trailers and promos I’ve seen.

      • Buffy Freak

        Oops…sorry I’m thinking of the Green Hornet (that’s the one with Seth Rogan right?) trailers…

      • Chappel

        reason, I’m not talking about future projects but films that have already been made. Most of which have pretty mediocre scripts and boring, predictable stories.

        Chances are good that Whedon has had to fight, and continues to fight, the studio every day as they push for “less talking, more explosions”.

    • Kal-El

      Have you not seen any of the Superman movies made in the last quarter century or so?

    • TV/Movie Fan

      Here’s a DC comic book character that made it to the big screen. The Wild Wild West (1999). Oops. I meant Jonah Hex (2010). A sure bet to take home some Razzi awards as one of the worst films of 2010.

    • Asylums

      Yeah, I hate that. I like DC characters a lot. I would totally watch a non-campy Wonder Woman series. Would like to see a Justice League movie and a Teen Titans movie. I remember those characters from when I read comic books as a kid.

    • LegionLover

      Um, Smallville is in its TENTH season, and if you’ve been watching and looking at reviews, it has actually improved over the last few seasons with the current showrunners.

  • demoncat4

    darn for she was due for a comeback sine her movie can not get off the ground.and Davids take sound interesting though wb could save it as a replacement for smallville

  • Fred

    Seriously people … the original series was NOT cancelled it was just put on hiatus. Why not just bring it back re-cast?
    {Yes I have put a lot of thought into this and how it could work. But will anyone ask me? Nooooo.]

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  • Dave

    I don’t understand why it has been so hard to get any Wonder Woman projects off the ground (aside from the animated DVD movie that was released a year or two ago). Plans for live-action movies have fallen through, now this. It’s so odd, especially considering she’s such a great character and how many people would love to see a movie happen.

  • Katja

    That sucks. I’ve really been getting to like the Wonder Woman character (I married a comic book nerd and I’m still learning) and I liked seeing her in the Superman/Batman: Apocalypse DVD we just watched recently. I would have watched a Wonder Woman show, assuming they actually got a decently ass-kicking actress to play WW. (This might be blasphemy, but I’m not really a fan of the Lynda Carter version…)

    • jason

      LOL….Yes, it is blasphemy to not like Lynda Carter! ;)

  • Tom Hunter

    Um, no, actually the character was last seen on television in the animated series JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED.

    Sadly as much as I like David Kelly’s programs, there must have been something lacking in the script if the WB network passed on their own characters as a series.

    • Auryn

      Also recently seen in the YOUNG JUSTICE pilot.

  • Summer

    I’m saddened about this – Wonder Woman is my favourite character out of DC’s most recognized cast of characters. At the same time, I’m a little bit relieved. David E. Kelley does great work, but he doesn’t really strike me as the kind of person who could do Wonder Woman justice.

  • Lynda Carter

    Mwahahaha! No one will EVER replace me!

    • prad

      That is 150% correct, Lynda. You are irreplaceable. No matter how many want to replicate you – the ORIGINAL is the best for ETERNITY.

      • JMark

        They used to say that about George Reeves. Then Christopher Reeve made many forget George Reeves’ Superman. Just sayin…

  • Red Mask

    Another one bites the dust.

  • sidney

    Of course .
    See H50. Even if CBS keeps saying is a big hit , the show has dropped to 10 million viewers in just 12 episodes.LOL, NCSI is doing 20 million viewers and The Mentalist almost 15 million viewers.
    Viewers want new ideas, no lame remakes.
    Remakes never make it. H50 must be very expensive , only the pilot was 8 million $, mediocre numbers for CBS.

    • Voodoo

      The Mentalist isn’t original, it stole its premise from Psych.

    • Jeff M.

      I love NCIS but when it started it was no means a ratings blockbuster. over the last 5 years did it become the show it is now so to compare it to H50 i think if the story lines grow in time it could become bigger all shows that are good take time to become great.

    • JMark

      I thought “Hawaii Five-O” was more of an updated or reimagined version,not a “remake.”

  • Jill

    David E Kelly doing WW? Thank God nobody picked it up. Nothing against WW, but lord only knows how ridiculous his version would be. Would she be whining about the lack of decent men while going to court to resolve some ridiculous trial that’s about a current “hot” topic? Pass.

    • Buffy Freak

      lol! Ally McWonder….

  • sheldon cooper

    You really meant signature bracelets

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