Looks like Wonder Woman has just lost her second chance to stage an on screen comeback. A few months ago, NBC greenlit a pilot for a brand new Wonder Woman TV series starring Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights) from producer David E. Kelley of Boston Legal fame. Now that the pilot has been delivered, NBC has opted not to pick up the show anyway. The new show now joins Joss Whedon’s Wonder Woman feature film as yet another failed attempt to revive this top tier DC character. Was it merely a case of a piss poor pilot or are female superheroes in general just not selling?
Over the past couple of months, a couple promotional images and set pics from the Wonder Woman pilot had found their way online and the fan reaction had not been very positive. The main complaint seemed to be Palicki’s outfit, which many people had described as looking like a sexy Halloween costume more than practical superhero attire. While I’m sure that the harsh criticism played a part in NBC’s decision not to pick up the show, let’s face it, there are a lot of other questionable superhero TV shows out there that have achieved some measure of success.
The cast for the Wonder Woman series was also going to include Elizabeth Hurley, Tracie Thoms and Cary Elwes, and my guess is that if the production values were decent, it would have found an audience. Alas, now we’ll never know if it could have been a hit. What do you think, did NBC make the right decision? What are the odds, we’ll see Wonder Woman on screen again at some point in the near future?