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UPDATED: The CW Has Begun Casting For Their Young Wonder Woman Series And…They’ve Changed Her Name

Even though we’re pretty jaded when it comes to Wonder Woman film or television projects, we were hopeful at the prospect of the CW making plans to produce a new series that would feature a young Princess Diana. Some new details about the show, titled Amazon, have surfaced including casting details and the character description of its lead – Iris. Wait? Who? Yeah, they’re calling Wonder Woman Iris. 

Interestingly enough, casting directors have been hired even though a pilot has yet to be ordered. That’s sort of the reverse of how things are usually done but you could say the lead actress of Amazon has the weight of Atlas on her shoulders.

So who will it be? Deadline gives this character description:

She comes from a remote, secluded country and until now has spent most of her life as a soldier and a leader on the battlefield. Because of relentless brutality of her life at home, Iris looks at our world with absolute awe and astonishment. She’s delighted ­and just as often horrified ­ by the aspects of everyday life that we take for granted: skyscrapers, traffic, ice cream. It’s all new and fascinating and sometimes slightly troubling ­to her. Iris is completely unschooled in our world, our culture, our customs. And she’s completely inexperienced at interpersonal relationships. She has no social filter, does not suffer fools, and tends to do and say exactly what’s on her mind at all times. She’s bluntly, refreshingly honest. She can tell when you’re lying to her. And she doesn’t have time or patience for politics or tact because she’s too busy trying to experience everything our world has to offer. There are too many sights to see ­and things to learn ­and people to care for. Hers is a true, noble, and generous heart. And she will fight and die for the people she loves. Iris is a fierce warrior with the innocent heart of a romantic and she will fight to the death to make the world safe for innocents and true romantics everywhere.

Sounds pretty much like the Wonder Woman we know and love but why Iris? Why not stick with her usual Diana Prince or Diana Themyscira monikers? It’s another one of those odd changes likely to annoy fans much like the curious change of Green Arrow’s home town, Star City, to Starling City for the CW’s Arrow.

The casting director is looking for actresses in their early to mid-20s who are 5’8″ or taller for the role and writer Allan Heinberg is currently at work on a script.

Of course the tone of the series is still up in the air but what do you think of these new details?

Update: DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns just tweeted to explain “Iris.”

(via ScreenRant)

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  • Adrian

    I’m fine with the slight changes; both Smallville and Arrow are basically alternate universe versions of Earth 1, right? As long as Iris (which might just be an alias she uses to avoid her past) is smart and ass-kicking the way WW is, I’ll be happy… I’m kind of hoping she be somewhat Latina like Wonder Girl in DC Nation’s Super Best Friends Forever, but that’s just me.

  • Elizabeth Amber

    Sounds pretty much just like Heinberg’s failed run on the WW title a few years ago. My supposition about the name change is that they must do something to remove fan expectations of Diana Prince which could result in another epic failure.

  • Ividia Kt

    I could see the gal who played Lois Lane on Smallville in this part.

  • Queen LaQueefah

    Am I missing something here?

    “Because of relentless brutality of her life at home, Iris looks at our world with absolute awe and astonishment.”

    Brutality of Paradise Island? What? I thought she was sent to help Man’s World and make our world less brutal, that Paradise Island was….well….a Paradise.



    I never considered the name Diana to be a very Amazonian. Iris has roots in Greek lineage where Diana goes as far as Roman.

  • Elizabeth Amber

    I just received this tweet: ‏@DaveARodriguez “@elizabethamber @geoffjohns says that was the casting codename to avoid early speculation. Seems super effective. :)”

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Depending on the age they’re shooting for.

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t she just an olive-skinned Greek?

  • Anonymous

    Well the fans make up a pretty small portion of the audience, statistically speaking. A show needs millions of viewers; even the top comic books are lucky to sell a 100 thousand copies.

    The name change is kind of baffling but as long as the writing is good, I’ll give it a shot. I mean it’s not as though that awful NBC pilot would have been better if they just tried to make it more like the books. They’d still have the same crappy writers and directors.

  • Ginger King Brown

    I just emailed them earlier this summer about my five year old daughter’s favorite superhero. Now it looks like another super hero show she can’t watch. grrr. I hope they prove me wrong on this. I am glad they are doing Wonder Woman though.

  • onewordlong

    I find it very very sad how Warner has abandoned the original concept as Wonder Woman as an Ambassador of Peace and teacher since the passing of her creators.
    There needs, MUST be a hero to fill that role but because of the creative limitations of mass market appeal we’ll probably never see it.
    Open hand over closed fist.

  • strife

    People not knowing about code names in casting is bigger news to me. Fans used to be good at analyzing things… now it’s nothing but knee-jerk rage.

  • Anonymous

    I think they might be going for the Hunger Games angle.

  • Jill Pantozzi

    To be fair, Deadline didn’t know it was a codename either. It’s not exactly like the project or casting is a huge secret like Doctor Who companions or anything. They use codenames all the time. Use of one here seemed a bit strange.

  • John Wao

    I recommend Phoebe Tonkin of Secret Circle or Janet Montgomery from the now cancelled Made in Jersey.

    I also read somewhere someone suggested Jaime Alexander (Sif) and she would make a good choice too.

  • Adrian

    She has (what sounded to me like) a Latina accent, so I just assumed. :)

  • Amanda W

    They should cast my sister, Kristin Mulligan.

  • Amanda

    Poll time. Which of the following sentences makes more sense:

    “Wonder Woman is a fierce warrior with the innocent heart of a romantic and she will fight to the death to make the world safe for innocents and true romantics everywhere.”


    “Sailor Moon is a fierce warrior with the innocent heart of a romantic and she will fight to the death to make the world safe for innocents and true romantics everywhere.”

    Because I LOVE me some Sailor Moon, but this is NOT WONDER WOMAN.

  • Ryan A. Spookshow

    Yes, horrified by ice cream. And I agree with Queen LaQueefah. Paradise Island is supposed to be AWESOME. So awesome in fact, that Diana feels like she could do so much good off the island and in the world at large than she could as just a Princess on a remote island. That’s kinda a major thing.

    Also, I could understand the codename if they were announcing a show which we had no idea what it was about. But if they’re casting the lead for a Wonder Woman tv show…what’s the point? It makes no sense but…I guess that’s why I’m not in tv?

  • Chris Cole

    They might be pulling from Azzarello’s run.