After the worldwide box office success of superhero flicks “The Avengers” and “The Amazing Spider-Man,” a female superhero is finally getting her chance to shine. While it may not be on the silver screen, a series based on the voluptuous brunette Wonder Woman is reportedly in the works.
CW network President Mark Pedowitz confirmed Thursday that the series “Amazon,” based on the longtime female hero, is still in development despite the network’s decision to not include the new show in the recent fall lineup announcement, according to the LA Times. The pilot will reportedly feature a pre-superhero, teenager version of Wonder Woman, showing the character Diana living as a soldier in the Amazon.
“It is being redeveloped. We’re waiting for a script to come in. We have not seen it yet,” Pedowitz said. “We are preparing to pilot it off-cycle should the script be what we want it to be,” he said.
As for the reason for the series hold-up, Pedowitz claimed it’s because he believes Wonder Woman is the “trickiest DC character to get right,” saying the original script lacked execution. The network has since replaced writer Allan Heinberg (“The O.C”) with “Ultimate X-Men” comic writer Aron Eli Coleite. “Amazon” is said to be premiering on the small screen in the fall of 2013-2014.
Deadline.com reported in November that “Amazon” producers were searching for their female lead after posting an ad searching for someone to star as the character, using the codename Iris. Actresses in their early to mid-20s, 5 foot 8 inches or taller were invited to try out for the coveted role. The ad described the female hero as a noble and compassionate woman with “no social filter."
Lynda Carter played the iconic role in hour-long series “Wonder Woman” from 1975-1979. Wonder Woman’s last television debut aired in 2011, as a TV movie starring Adrianna Palicki. The actress won the lead after starring in other supernatural roles including “Aquaman” and the long-running CW series “Supernatural.”