just can’t seem to catch a break.
Earlier today, the CW officially wrapped its pilot orders for the season. Unfortunately, the new Wonder Woman origin pilot was not on that list. According to a report by Deadline, the project will be rolled until next season.
Titled Amazon, the pilot went through a preliminary casting call in November. Apparently Warner Bros. was so eager to get the show ready that it started looking at actresses while the script (by comic book writer and O.C. scribe Allan Heinberg) was still being written.
According to Deadline writer Nellie Andreeva, the CW team felt the pilot needed more time for development. This does not mean the project is in trouble. If anything, network execs are leaping to get another DC character on their station after the success of Arrow.
Though the 1970s TV show starring Lynda Carter was a big hit in its time, re-adapting Wonder Woman for the modern age has become a major issue in recent years. Joss Whedon was set to write and direct a Wonder Woman feature back in mid-2000s but the project was sacked after he experienced creative differences with the Warner Bros. brass.
More recently, Boston Legal’s David E. Kelley wrote and produced a pilot for a new Wonder Woman TV show in 2011 starring Adrianne Palicki in the title role. After early negative criticism ranging from the series’ messy tone to the outfit design, NBC passed on the pilot.