With the recent announcement that Zack Snyder will be directing a new Superman movie, potential news about another major DC Comics adaptation has been understandably overshadowed. There was a lot of speculation about the possibility of a new Wonder Woman movie back in July, with reports that David Goyer might finally bring the Amazon Princess to the big screen. That doesn’t appear to be happening, but last week news started to leak out about something else: a brand new Wonder Woman TV series. It turns out Warner Brothers Television is developing a new live action take for the small screen, and they’ve enlisted the help of an unexpected heavy hitter: David E. Kelley, creator of such legal dramas as Ally McBeal, Boston Legal and The Practice.
While it remains to be seen if Diana will be a lawyer in this new version (maybe Kelley should take on She-Hulk instead), the show will be in a contemporary setting rather than a WWII-era period piece. It kind of makes sense that they would opt to bring Wonder Woman back to the small screen; after all, the 1970s TV series starring Lynda Carter remains the most well-known version of the character to date. There is a sense that comic book movies fronted by women heroes are always destined to fail (ie. Elektra), but there have been several successful action-oriented TV shows that focus on female protagonists such as Alias and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Perhaps they will use the show to build up momentum and then give the feature film another try a few years later. I just hope they don’t turn this into another Smallville-esque “young Wonder Woman” show. What do you think, is television the ideal medium for a new Wonder Woman adaptation?