Wonder Woman in other media
|Adaptations of Wonder Woman in other media|
|Created by||William Moulton Marston
|Original source||Comics published by DC Comics|
|First appearance||All Star Comics #8 (December 1941)|
|Novel(s)||Wonder Woman: Mythos (2003)
Wonder Woman: Amazon Princess (2003)
|Reference book(s)||Wonder Woman: The Complete History (2000)
Wonder Woman: The Ultimate Guide to the Amazon Princess (2003)
|Films and television|
|Film(s)||Wonder Woman (1974)
Wonder Woman (2009)
The Lego Movie (2014)
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
|Super Friends (1973–86)
Wonder Woman (1975–79)
Justice League (2001–04)
Justice League Unlimited (2004–06)
|Video game(s)||Justice League Task Force (1995)
Justice League Heroes (2006)
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe (2008)
DC Universe Online (2011)
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (2012)
Injustice: Gods Among Us (2013)
The DC Comics superhero, Wonder Woman has appeared in a wide variety of media outside of comic books since her initial appearance in All Star Comics #8 (December 1941), including comic strips, film, television and video games.
- 1 Comic strip
- 2 Animation
- 2.1 Television
- 2.1.1 The Brady Kids (1972)
- 2.1.2 Super Friends (1973–86)
- 2.1.3 Superman (1988)
- 2.1.4 Wonder Woman and the Star Riders (1993)
- 2.1.5 Justice League (2001–04) and Justice League Unlimited (2004–06)
- 2.1.6 South Park (2007)
- 2.1.7 Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008–11)
- 2.1.8 Young Justice (2010–13)
- 2.1.9 Mad (2012–13)
- 2.1.10 DC Nation Shorts (2012–14)
- 2.1.11 Lego Batman: Be-Leaguered (2014)
- 2.2 Film
- 2.2.1 Justice League: The New Frontier (2008)
- 2.2.2 Wonder Woman (2009)
- 2.2.3 Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (2010)
- 2.2.4 Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010)
- 2.2.5 Justice League: Doom (2012)
- 2.2.6 Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite (2013)
- 2.2.7 Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013)
- 2.2.8 JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time (2014)
- 2.2.9 Justice League: War (2014)
- 2.2.10 The Lego Movie (2014)
- 2.2.11 Justice League: Throne of Atlantis (2015)
- 2.2.12 Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League (2015)
- 2.2.13 Justice League: Gods and Monsters (2015)
- 2.1 Television
- 3 Live-action
- 3.1 Television
- 3.2 Film
- 4 Video games
- 5 Undeveloped and abandoned projects
- 6 References
The Brady Kids (1972)
Wonder Woman's first broadcast appearance as well as her secret identity, Diana Prince was as a guest in an episode of The Brady Kids cartoon series in 1972, entitled "It's All Greek to Me" (voiced by Jane Webb). The Brady kids meet Diana Prince/Wonder Woman and together they find themselves accidentally transported back to the time of the Ancient Olympic Games. The kids plan to compete in the marathon and beat the Greek athletes to qualify for the race. Wonder Woman convinces the kids to disqualify themselves, explaining that if they win the race they will change the course of history. (Wonder Girl had already appeared in a series of Teen Titans cartoon shorts which was part of The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure cartoon show in 1967.)
Super Friends (1973–86)
Wonder Woman appeared in every incarnation of the Super Friends Saturday morning animated series. She was originally voiced by Shannon Farnon and later by Connie Caulfield in Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show, followed by B.J. Ward in The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians.
Wonder Woman guest starred in the Superman episode, "Superman and Wonder Woman versus the Sorceress of Time" wherein she and Superman battle a sorceress named Cyrene. BJ Ward reprised her role as the voice of Wonder Woman for this episode.[not in citation given]
Her appearance is notable for being the first and, until her DC animated universe incarnation, only Post-Crisis animated version of Wonder Woman. Besides possessing the power of flight and no longer having either an invisible plane or high-heel boots, she had wavy hair more in line with George Pérez’s Post-Crisis interpretation of her. Like in the Super Friends series, her back was fully exposed.
Wonder Woman and the Star Riders (1993)
In 1992, Mattel planned a line of toys for girls with Wonder Woman leading a new cast of four female characters. Two had been previously established: Dolphin in 1968 and Ice in 1988. The other two were new characters invented for the series. Solara had sun-based fire powers while Starlily had earth-based plant powers. "Wonder Woman and the Star Riders" had the subtitle "Sparkling super heroines!" They were to be pitted against the villainess Purrsia (who has animal control abilities) and her mount, Panthera.
An announcement for an accompanying animated series was made during the 1993 Toy Fair, however a pilot was never produced beyond character designs and storyboards. A few test samples for the toy line were developed, as well as a short comic book story which would have been packaged with the figures. A mini comic was distributed as a breakfast cereal premium. Artwork has since been published in Les Daniels' 2000 book, Wonder Woman: The Complete History. The cancelled toy designs were recycled as part of the Tenko and the Guardians of the Magic toy line.
Justice League (2001–04) and Justice League Unlimited (2004–06)
To introduce her into a universe already populated by long-experienced heroes like Batman and Superman, Bruce Timm and his team took a cue from George Pérez’s newcomer-to-man's-world Post-Crisis interpretation. This Diana started off completely innocent and ignorant of man's world. And as with the Pérez version, she neither keeps a secret identity nor has an invisible plane (although in the Justice League Unlimited first season episode "For the Man Who Has Everything", we see her unveil the plane). Also in this series, her traditional bullet proof bracelet cuffs became bullet proof vambraces. However, perhaps as a nod to her Pre-Crisis appearance, she has straight hair and high-heeled boots suggestive of her old Super Friends incarnation. Also, her lasso did not compel truthfulness until the Justice League Unlimited episode "The Balance" in which Hippolyta activated her true power.
Her initial personality consisted of a strict adherence to Amazonian dogma (prompting some of her teammates, especially the more brash and headstrong Hawkgirl, to react to her attitude by calling her "Princess" somewhat disdainfully). Noticeable though is the effect of Man's World on Diana. Her first appearances are marked by her reflexively acting off of Amazonian ideology (in "Fury", she questions how necessary men really are), but as time passes, she becomes more interested in men (in particular, Batman, with whom she has a flirtatious and possibly romantic relationship) and experiences the emotional excesses of man's world, as compared to the Amazons (who are portrayed as somewhat stoic if not emotionally stunted). Batman's affections for Wonder Woman, however, are somewhat confirmed in the Unlimited episode "This Little Piggy", where he admits his feelings to Zatanna when requesting her help in changing Diana back (she was turned into a pig by Circe). Batman's and Wonder Woman's mutual feelings are implicated in the JLA episode "The Brave and the Bold", when Wonder Woman manages to stop a missile crashing into Gorilla City. When the weight of the missile head crushes her, Batman rushes to the site and attempts to clear the rubble while everyone else is too stunned by Wonder Woman's possible death to help. However, Wonder Woman is found unhurt, and when she sees Batman's gloves covered in dirt in his attempt to save her, she kisses him on the cheek. Batman and Wonder Woman share a kiss in the Justice League season finale "Starcrossed" (they kissed in order to hide their faces from Thanagarian patrol). In the episode "Kid's Stuff", Wonder Woman, in her eight-year-old form (voiced by Dakota Fanning), also flirts liberally with the young Batman, who acts as miniature version of his adult self, either ignoring or being embarrassed by her advances.
She finds joy but also discovers a temper that frequently needs to be checked by her teammates ("Hereafter", "Hawk and Dove", "Eclipsed", etc.). Later episodes dealt directly with her temper and Diana’s eventual mastery of it. She since adopted the role of ambassador of the Amazons at her mother’s request ("To Another Shore"), bringing another Post-Crisis trait to the DCAU.
While Wonder Woman’s origin in the DCAU is not detailed, in the episode "The Balance", it is revealed that she indeed was a clay statue sculpted by Hippolyta and somehow brought to life. In the same episode, Hades says that he helped Hippolyta sculpt the clay statue that would eventually become Diana, making him feel almost like a father to her, but was banished before she was brought to life. That claim, however, was never substantiated (when Hawkgirl points out she could use the lasso on him, Diana says it doesn't matter). It was revealed that the Wonder Woman armor was originally made by the god Hephaestus for her mother, Queen Hippolyta, not Diana. However, in episodes, again like "The Balance", it was insinuated and implied that the armor was eventually made for her purposes and use. She had stolen her armor to use once Hippolyta forbade her to enter the outside world. Later in the series it is revealed that Diana did not know that the armor had additional abilities, which could be activated by pressing the star on the tiara.
Steve Trevor made an appearance in the first season's three-part finale, "The Savage Time", when the League time-travels back to World War II in order to stop Vandal Savage changing history. In this story, Steve is an agent of the OSS, whom Diana falls in love with. They are separated when Diana goes to stop Savage's invasion of America and returns to the present day. In the episode's conclusion, she visits her friend, now a very old man, at a retirement community.
Her powers are almost the same as her comics counterpart, including flight and super strength, lending Wonder Woman the ability to hold out against Superman in a fight, while both were hallucinating. She has a weakness to pierce wounds as shown by Devil Ray's poisonous dart harming her. In "Grudge Match", she is able to singlehandedly defeat Vixen, Hawkgirl, Huntress and Black Canary in a no-holds barred fight.
Wonder Woman was originally supposed to appear in the Batman Beyond episode “The Call”, which featured a future Justice League. However, rights issues precluded the possibility and her cameo was instead taken by Big Barda.
South Park (2007)
In the Comedy Central animated series South Park, Wonder Woman plays a prominent role in the Imaginationland Trilogy, in which she is depicted as a member of the Council of Nine, consisting of the nine most revered of all imaginary characters. She along with Aslan, Gandalf, Glinda, Jesus, Luke Skywalker, Morpheus, Popeye and Zeus teach Butters to control his power of imagination to help defend their land against all the evil imaginary creatures created.
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008–11)
In Batman: the Brave and the Bold, Wonder Woman makes a non-speaking cameo as a member of the Justice League in the episode "Sidekicks Assemble". She is only shown from behind and is not identified by name. At San Diego Comic-Con 2010's Batman: The Brave and the Bold panel, it was confirmed that Wonder Woman would appear in an upcoming episode of the show. Wonder Woman appears in the opening segment of the 2011 episode "Scorn of the Star Sapphire!" rescuing Steve Trevor from Baroness Paula Von Gunther. Her appearance is accompanied by an arrangement of the classic 1970s Wonder Woman theme song. She was voiced by Vicki Lewis, who also voiced Star Sapphire in the same episode. She subsequently appears in "Triumvirate of Terror!", where she teams up with Batman and Superman to fight the combined threat of Cheetah, Lex Luthor and the Joker.
Young Justice (2010–13)
Wonder Woman appears in the animated series Young Justice voiced by Maggie Q. At New York Comic Con 2010, it was confirmed that there are no longer any restrictions involving DC characters appearing in animation, thus making it possible for Wonder Woman to be used. Wonder Woman appears in the pilot episode, "Independence Day", where she and the rest of the Justice League arrive at Cadmus Labs following its destruction. She is shown having a conversation with Superman about the fate of the newly discovered Superboy, though her words are not audible to the audience. She makes her first speaking appearance in the episode "Agendas," where she chastises Batman for recruiting Robin at such a young age and tries to have Captain Marvel thrown out of the League for lying about his age. Alongside the rest of the League, she is brainwashed by Vandal Savage's Starro spores in the closing moments of "Usual Suspects." In the season one finale, "Auld Acquaintance", she battles the members of Young Justice at Savage's behest before being trapped in an impenetrable force-field created by Rocket. She is presumably freed from Savage's control along with the rest of the League. In Young Justice: Invasion, Wonder Woman has taken on Cassie Sandsmark as her sidekick. She leaves Earth along with several other Leaguers in the episode "Alienated," in order to stand trial for crimes the team committed while under Savage's control.
For a sketch on the Mad series, when their fellow heroes feel under-appreciated, they appeal to Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman about being called "Super Friends."
DC Nation Shorts (2012–14)
Lego Batman: Be-Leaguered (2014)
Justice League: The New Frontier (2008)
Wonder Woman (2009)
Wonder Woman starred in an animated feature film of the same name which was released on March 3, 2009. Released by DC Comics and Warner Bros., the movie was a PG-13 rated, direct-to-video movie, part of the line of DC Universe Animated Films. The press release, and the Sneak Peek from the Batman: Gotham Knight DVD, confirmed that the story was of her rebooted origin from 1987 by George Pérez. The casting includes Keri Russell as Princess Diana/Wonder Woman, Nathan Fillion as Colonel Steve Trevor, Alfred Molina as Ares, Virginia Madsen as Queen Hippolyta, and Rosario Dawson as Artemis. The film was directed by Lauren Montgomery and, as with all films in this series, produced by Bruce Timm.
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (2010)
Wonder Woman appears as a main character in the animated film Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, and is voiced by Vanessa Marshall. Unlike the traditional portrayal in the comics, Superwoman is not portrayed as being the Crime Syndicate of America's version of Wonder Woman, but instead Mary Marvel. Despite this, Wonder Woman and Superwoman become rivals and the Amazon Princess bested her in the final battle. However, the Syndicate does include a villainess named Olympia, whom was confirmed to be a Wonder Woman equivalent by the film's writer Dwayne McDuffie.
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010)
Wonder Woman (voiced again by Susan Eisenberg, who had previously voiced her in the DCAU) plays a role in the animated film Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. The film is based on the Superman/Batman: The Supergirl from Krypton storyline. In the movie, Wonder Woman is tipped off by Batman about the existence of Kara, and she, Lyla, and Batman convince Superman to let her stay on Paradise Island where the Kryptonian will learn to gain full control over her power. After two months of training on Paradise Island, Darkseid sends an army of Doomsday clones to the island, and Diana fights them along with Superman, Batman and her Amazonian army. Mid-way through the fight, Batman realizes something is out of place and leaves the fight. Superman destroys the Doomsday army with his heat vision. Batman informs Wonder Woman and Superman that the Doomsday army was a diversion as Darkseid came and kidnapped Kara and killed Lyla as well. This prompts the three of them to go to Apokolips along with Big Barda. On Darkseid's planet, Wonder Woman fights the Female Furies and Granny Goodness along with Barda. After a long fight, Barda and Diana win and confront Darkseid, throwing Granny at his knees. Back on Earth, Diana wishes Superman and Kara well as they leave the island. She is seen at the end applauding for the latter as she assumes her new identity of Supergirl.
Justice League: Doom (2012)
Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite (2013)
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013)
JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time (2014)
Justice League: War (2014)
The Lego Movie (2014)
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis (2015)
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League (2015)
Wonder Woman appears in the animated film Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League, voiced by Kari Wahlgren.
Justice League: Gods and Monsters (2015)
A parallel universe version of Wonder Woman will be appearing in the upcoming animated film Justice League: Gods and Monsters and featured in the tie-in series Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles. This version is the New God Bekka. She is married off to Orion on Apokolips as part of a union between her grandfather, Highfather and Darkseid. She learns Orion is nothing like the New Gods of Apokolips and falls in love with him. Immediately after the wedding ceremony, she begs Orion to run away with her, but before they do, the New Gods of New Genesis slaughter Darkseid and his servants. Orion tries to intervene but is also killed. Bekka stands in defiance of Highfather, and as they try to restrain her, she teleports away using the Mother Box in the sword Orion gave her as his wedding gift. Sometime after she joins Superman and Batman to form the Justice League. At the conclusion of the film, she leaves the League to confront her past, with Lex Luthor accompanying her.
Who's Afraid of Diana Prince (1967)
The first attempt to produce a television series based on Wonder Woman occurred in 1967. The success of the Batman television series led Batman producer William Dozier to commission a pilot script by Stan Hart and Larry Siegel. Batman writer Stanley Ralph Ross was then asked to perform a re-write, after Hart and Siegel's script was deemed unsuitable. A portion of the pilot, under five minutes in length, was filmed by Greenway Productions, the company behind the Batman show under the title Who's Afraid of Diana Prince? The piece starred Ellie Wood Walker (Robert Walker Jr.'s wife) as Diana Prince, Linda Harrison as Diana's Wonder Woman alter ego and Maudie Prickett as Diana's mother.
In the proposed series Diana Prince (not Wonder Woman) would have been the focus of the comedy. Diana, an awkward and rather plain young woman, lives with her mother close to a United States Air Force base. Much of the film consists of her mother berating Diana about not having a boyfriend. When her mother leaves the room, Diana changes into her Wonder Woman costume and admires her reflection in a mirror. What she sees is not Diana Prince, but rather a sexy super-heroic figure (played by Linda Harrison) who proceeds to preen and pose as the song "Oh, You Beautiful Doll" plays on the soundtrack. The pilot ends with Diana climbing out a window and flying away, indicating that, despite her apparent delusions regarding her alter ego, she does have some super powers. This pilot episode was never broadcast and the project was taken no further.
Wonder Woman pilot film (1974)
The first serious attempt at adapting Wonder Woman to live-action TV starred Cathy Lee Crosby as a blonde Amazon with superhuman agility (à la Captain America) and gadgets, similar to those used by movie super-spy James Bond and secret agent Emma Peel of TV's The Avengers, both of which were still somewhat popular at that time, when the script of this pilot movie was in its early stages of development.
Though this version owed much to a brief period in the Wonder Woman comic book, in which the Amazon heroine had lost her powers, it did not stray completely from its comic inspiration. This Princess Diana could communicate with animals; run, leap, and swim faster than normal humans; and was agile enough to deflect bullets from her Amazon bracelets, which, by some unrevealed means, she could trigger to explode. In lieu of the magical, golden lasso in the comics, she kept a golden cable concealed in her belt, which was used as a grappling rope and to ensnare fleeing enemies. The costume worn by Diana in the telefilm was a full body suit as opposed to the "swimsuit" and skirted outfits associated with the character in the comic books
While the Wonder Woman comic being published at the time of the pilot's screening featured the heroine with her traditional powers intact, no explanation for the differences between the film and the comic were ever given.
Though not successful at the first attempt, network interest was such that within a year another pilot was in production, leading to the familiar Lynda Carter version of the character.
This version of Wonder Woman made a cameo appearance in the DC Comics story arc Infinite Crisis, which depicted versions of familiar characters on parallel Earths. The Crosby version of Wonder Woman was briefly glimpsed alongside the version of Wonder Girl portrayed in the Lynda Carter TV series by Debra Winger as inhabitants of Earth-462.
Wonder Woman (1975–79)
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Scripting duties were given to Stanley Ralph Ross, who had worked on the original pilot reel in 1967, but was instructed to be more faithful to the comic book this time. The New, Original Wonder Woman TV movie pilot was made and aired in 1975, starring Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman/Princess Diana & Diana Prince with Jeannie Epper as Lynda Carter's stunt double; This version was so successful that the series, Wonder Woman, soon followed and aired for three seasons. Unlike the animated Wonder Woman on Super Friends, her back was not fully exposed. Lyle Waggoner played Major Steve Trevor in the first season, set during World War II in the 1940s, and then his son Steve Trevor, Jr. in seasons two and three, during the 1970s, and they both fought alongside Wonder Woman against criminals and supervillains. The series run lasted from 1975 to 1979 altogether.
After her first television special, Carter gave up the role by focusing more on her singing career, appearances in television films, as well as becoming a fashion and beauty director for Maybelline cosmetics commercials.
Alias Batman & Robin (1991)
Wonder Woman (2013 short film)
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
In October 2013, WB President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production Greg Silverman talked about the possibility of Wonder Woman appearing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice alongside both Superman and Batman. On November 7, 2013, Variety reported that Gal Gadot, Élodie Yung and Olga Kurylenko had auditioned for a lead female role, believed to possibly be Wonder Woman. On December 4, 2013, Gal Gadot was cast as Wonder Woman and also signed a three picture deal with the studio which includes Justice League and a solo Wonder Woman film. This film will mark the Amazonian superhero and her secret identity's first live action theatrical appearance. The film's producer Charles Roven revealed to The Hollywood Reporter in an interview that the character will be primarily based on her depiction in The New 52 as a demigod and the daughter of Zeus.
Wonder Woman (2017)
On November 7, 2013, Variety reported that Gal Gadot, Élodie Yung, and Olga Kurylenko had auditioned for a lead female role, believed to possibly be Wonder Woman. On December 4, 2013, Gal Gadot was cast as Wonder Woman and also signed a three picture deal with the studio which includes two Justice League films and a solo Wonder Woman film. It was announced that Wonder Woman will be released in 2017 as the fourth installment of the DC Comics' shared universe films, with Gadot starring. On October 23, 2014, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the studio are looking for female directors to direct the film, and the next day, Forbes reported that the studio had Kathryn Bigelow, Catherine Hardwicke, Mimi Leder, Karyn Kusama, Julie Taymor, Michelle MacLaren and Tricia Brook on the shortlist to direct the film. On November 12, 2014, The Wrap and The Hollywood Reporter reported that MacLaren, Lesli Linka Glatter and Jennifer Kent were the frontrunners to direct the film. On November 24, 2014, it was announced that Michelle MacLaren will direct the film along with Charles Roven, Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder as producers. On February 20, 2015, Deadline reported that filming will start in Fall 2015 in London. On April 13, 2015, MacLaren had reportedly left the film, due to "creative differences". The next day, Variety reported that the studio are looking for actors for Steve Trevor with the script being written by Jason Fuchs. On April 15, 2015, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Patty Jenkins will direct the film. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lynda Carter revealed that she would love to be involved with the film. On July 28, 2015, The Wrap reports that Chris Pine was cast as Steve Trevor in the film.
- Wonder Woman appeared in the 1995 Justice League Task Force versions for Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis fighting game, as well as in several Game Boy Advance games based on the Justice League animated series.
- She is a featured playable character in the video game Justice League Heroes (voiced by Courtenay Taylor) with two unlockable costumes.
- Wonder Woman is a playable character in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, where she is voiced by Tara Platt.
- She appears in DC Universe Online. Originally voiced by Gina Torres, currently voiced by Susan Eisenberg.
- Wonder Woman appears as a playable fighter in Injustice: Gods Among Us, with Susan Eisenberg reprising her role. The storyline sees Wonder Woman travelling to an alternate reality with the rest of the Justice League where they must defeat their counterparts. Wonder Woman's counterpart supports the tyrannical Superman's regime and is in a relationship with him (though it is evidently one-sided, as he still loves his deceased wife Lois).
- She appears in Scribblenauts Unmasked.
- Wonder Woman appears as a playable character in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, with Laura Bailey reprising her role. She is one of the main story characters. If the player chooses to activate her flying ability, the theme song from the Wonder Woman television series will play until she lands.
Undeveloped and abandoned projects
A Wonder Woman film was reported as being in development as far back as 1996, with Ivan Reitman attached as producer and possible director. In October 1999 it was revealed that Jon Cohen was adapting Wonder Woman for producer Joel Silver and Warner Bros, who were reportedly wooing Sandra Bullock to star. In January 2001, Silver approached Todd Alcott to write a Wonder Woman screenplay, with Silver Pictures backing the project. Early gossip linked actresses such as Angelina Jolie, Beyoncé Knowles, Bullock, Rachel Bilson, Nadia Bjorlin, Megan Fox, Eliza Dushku and Catherine Zeta-Jones to the role of Wonder Woman. Leonard Goldberg, speaking in a May 2001 interview, named Bullock as a strong candidate for the project. Bullock claimed that she was approached for the role, while wrestler Chyna expressed interest. Turning down the part in the past, Lucy Lawless indicated that she would have been more interested if Wonder Woman was portrayed as a "flawed hero." The screenplay then went through various drafts written by Alcott, Jon Cohen, Becky Johnston, and Philip Levens. By August 2003, Levens was replaced by screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis.
|"Besides [Wonder Woman's] great origin story, there's nothing from the comics that felt right 100 percent, no iconic canon story that must be told. Batman has it made — he's got the greatest rogues gallery ever, he's got Gotham City. The Bat writes himself. With Wonder Woman, you're writing from whole cloth, but trying to make it feel like you didn't. To make it feel like it's existed for 60 years, even though you're making it up as you go along. But who she, and what the movie, is about, thematically, has never been a problem for me. But the steps along the way, it could be so easy for them to feel wrong. I won't settle. She wouldn't let me settle."|
|— Joss Whedon in November 2006, explaining the delay in developing a proper script.|
In March 2005, Warner Bros. and Silver Pictures announced that Joss Whedon would write and direct the film adaptation of Wonder Woman. Whedon's salary was reported to be between $2 to $3 million. Since Whedon was directing Serenity at the time, and required time to research Wonder Woman's background, he did not begin the screenplay until late 2005. According to Joel Silver, the script would cover Wonder Woman's origin and include Steve Trevor: "Trevor crashes on the island and they go back to Man's World." Silver wanted to film Wonder Woman in Australia once the script was completed. While Whedon stated in May 2005 that he would not cast Wonder Woman until he finished the script, Charisma Carpenter and Morena Baccarin expressed interest in the role. In 2006, a wide section of media reported that Priyanka Chopra was in talks to portray Wonder Woman in the film adaptation by Joss Whedon.
After nearly two years as script-writer, Whedon had not managed to write a finished draft. "It was in an outline, and not in a draft, and they [studio executives] didn't like it. So I never got to write a draft where I got to work out exactly what I wanted to do." In February 2007, Whedon departed from the project, citing script differences with the studio. Whedon reiterated: "I never had an actress picked out, or even a consistent front-runner. I didn't have time to waste on casting when I was so busy air balling on the script." Whedon stated that with the Wonder Woman project left behind, he would focus on making his film Goners.
"I would go back in a heartbeat if I believed that anybody believed in what I was doing. The lack of enthusiasm was overwhelming."
A day before Whedon's departure from Wonder Woman, Warner Bros. and Silver Pictures purchased a spec script written by Matthew Jennison and Brent Strickland. Set during World War II, the script impressed executives at Silver Pictures. However, Silver has stated that he purchased the script because he didn't want the rights reverting; while the script has good ideas, Silver doesn't want the Wonder Woman film to be a period piece. By April 2008, Silver hired Jennison and Strickland to write a new script set in contemporary times that would not depict Wonder Woman's origin, but explore Paradise Island's history.
Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO spoke about Wonder Woman in 2010, saying that a film is currently in development, along with films based on her DC Comics counterparts The Flash and Aquaman. In 2011, director Nicolas Winding Refn and actress Christina Hendricks spoke of their desire to make a Wonder Woman film together during interviews for their film Drive. David S. Goyer say that he would love to make a Wonder Woman movie. According to a recent article posted by The Wrap website, Wonder Woman is apparently one of two projects that Warner Bros are considering to adapt to the big screen. A source from Warner Bros. told The Wrap that they're discussing the possibilities with mention of more Man of Steel movies as well as a Superman/Batman film, Wonder Woman and Aquaman. DC Chief Diane Nelson hinting that the Amazonian princess is as important as Superman and Batman in the film. On October 5, 2013, WB chairman Kevin Tsujihara wants to get Wonder Woman in film or TV. On October 10, 2013, IGN interview Paul Feig about pitching an ideal Wonder Woman for the studio as an Action-Comedy film.
Announced pilots (1990s)
In 1990, Comics Scene magazine announced a new syndicated Wonder Woman series to be produced and distributed by Warner Bros. Later in the 1990s, a new syndicated Wonder Woman project produced and distributed by Warner Bros. was announced for television. However, no pilot was filmed for either project.
The producers of the television series Smallville had wanted Diana to make a cameo appearance (in the manner of Green Arrow, Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Martian Manhunter) and become a part of the proto-Justice League that appears in that show. However, due to Wonder Woman being developed as a feature film by Joss Whedon, the idea had to be abandoned. She was only briefly referenced, but not by name - by Chloe Sullivan in the series' tenth and final season, when she mentioned "a wondrous woman" that she had encountered while researching other heroes during her time away from the others. Also, Lynda Carter made a guest appearance as Moira Sullivan, Chloe's mother in the Season 6 episode "Progeny". Diana appears in the Season 11 comic book continuation of the show.
NBC pilot (2011)
Reports surfaced in October 2010 that Warner Bros. Television was teaming with writer-producer David E. Kelley to pitch a new Wonder Woman television series to networks. The major networks all turned down the series, but NBC, the final network to initially pass on the project, announced that they had ordered a pilot on January 21, 2011. The plot is described as "a reinvention of the iconic DC comic in which Wonder Woman – aka Diana Prince – is a vigilante crime fighter in L.A. but also a successful corporate executive and a modern woman trying to balance all elements of her extraordinary life." On February 16, 2011, it was announced that Adrianne Palicki was selected to play the title role. Elizabeth Hurley played villain Veronica Cale and Tracie Thoms played Diana's personal assistant, Etta Candy. Pedro Pascal was cast as Ed Indelicato, Wonder Woman's liaison to the police department and Cary Elwes's Henry Detmer runs the day-to-day operations of Diana's company. Actor Justin Bruening was cast to play Steve Trevor. Jeffrey Reiner directed the pilot. On May 12, 2011, NBC announced that it would not be picking the project up for a series.
The CW, Warner Bros. Television and DC Comics announced development of a script for a possible television series, titled Amazon, about the origin of Wonder Woman in September 2012. The details about casting notices and information on the pilot episode of Amazon were released in November 2012, before the series had even been approved to shoot the pilot. TV Line reported in January 2013 that CW President Mark Pedowitz told journalists that they're waiting for the script of the pilot and were busy with the casting of Diana. Scottish actress Amy Manson is reported to be in the running for Diana. On January 28, 2013, the network pushed the pilot back until the 2014/15 season.
On May 16, 2013, it was announced that The CW still has the show in development, with a new script by Aron Eli Coleite, replacing Allan Heinberg, who wrote the previous script for the planned pilot. With the announcement in July 2013 that the new Flash TV series, The Flash, by Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg would be fast-tracked, Pedowitz confirmed that "Amazon is on pause (as) the script is not exactly what we wanted, and with an iconic character like Wonder Woman, we have to get it right." In January 2014, Pedowitz confirmed the CW passed on the second script order, with no plans to revisit the project or character unless the material was right. Geoff Johns had hinted that Wonder Woman would appear in Arrow due to the Amazon taking place in the same universe.
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