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.”
If a WW show happens her name is of course DIANA. Codenames (like IRIS) are used in casting a lot to try and avoid speculation. #TV101 :)
— Geoff Johns (@geoffjohns) November 30, 2012