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This is Not A Drill: The CW Is Developing A Young Wonder Woman Show

If someone was thinking about making a Wonder Woman show, you would want to know, right? No matter how many times we’ve been burned? No matter how early in the production it is? No matter if it’s just a concept and not a script?

Yeah. I know. I’d want to know too.

From Vulture comes the word that the CW, Warner Bros., and DC comics are collaborating to start anew in the process of creating a Wonder Woman television show, with Allan Heinberg.

Heinberg is a very interesting choice, not so much for his producer/writer television credits (Grey’s Anatomy, The O.C., Gilmore Girls, and Sex in the City) but for his comic writing credits. Among some issues of The Young Avengers and JLA, Heinberg penned a five issue story arc of Wonder Woman in 2006. And not just some random five issues, but Wonder Woman #1-5, a reintroduction to the character after the events of Identity Crisis that features not only some of her most famous villains, but Diana Price, Wonder Woman’s frequent alter-ego, and Donna Troy, most often known as Wonder Girl.

According to Vulture, the show will focus on Diana as a young superhero finding her way in Man’s World, and is going by the title Amazon. This focus on origin, frankly, is a welcome change from NBC’s David E. Kelley attempt, and not because Wonder Woman’s origin is “too complicated” as is often argued. It’s simply that a show that focuses more on her origin is less likely to be one that drops the Amazons entirely from the concept, sets up Wonder Woman as a CEO and superhero with an image problem, and maybe even less likely to be one that dresses her in the shiniest lycra the costume designer could find. In other words, it’s more likely to actually be a TV show about Wonder Woman.

That said: this is a script, not a call for a pilot. The CW declined to comment to Vulture on their involvement in developing the script.


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  • Matt Graham

    This is exciting.

  • Emawee

    I say yes

  • idleprimate

    i guess finding her way in “man’s world” plays out a bit differently in 2012, than 70 years ago when the character was created?

  • Jill Pantozzi


  • Thalia Sutton

    So cool! I would have loved that as a kid. And I’d definitely watch it now.

  • Dean Kish
  • Travis Kyle Fischer

    Interesting, but I’m having a hard time working out how a “Young Wonder Woman” show would work? Do the Amazons send a teenage girl out into the world to… do what? Will she have an alter ego… or even a secret identity?

    Maybe she’s a runaway Amazon, fed up with her people’s policy of isolation and non-interference with the outside world. A few “borrowed” mystical artifacts later and I suppose she could set herself up with a new identity.

    Place her near a military base for the inevitable flirtation with Steve Trevor. Have her trying to help people while ducking the Government and her fellow Amazons. Perhaps have an overarching theme of uniting two worlds. Throw some Greek Gods in the mix during the later seasons.

    Hmmm, I guess I can work out how a Young Wonder Woman show would work.

  • Danyelle Mccutcheon Kuss

    Much better direction. I think I could get behind this.

  • Anonymous

    Could be a good idea. Courtney Cox got her start (maybe even before the Springsteen video) on a show of teenage superheroes, it was a pretty good show.

  • Nick Gaston

    Hey, worst case scenario, we get to see Young Wonder Woman torturing a quadriplegic for information using a battery charger.

  • Jamie Jeans

    I hold no hope for this.


    Until I see the pilot, I hold no hope that this will be done right.

  • ShifterCat

    Well, if the Amazons are still in some ways an archaic society, they might see “coming of age” at a younger age.

  • Jerilyn Nighy

    I would care only if Ben Caldwell were involved. His version is the only respectful recent iteration. Also, what is the point of making a show of a superhero story when you remove it’s essential elements, other than exploiting recognizable name value. Either make a movie or give it to cable. Please no more sub-90210/Dawson’s Creek/Roswell/OC/Gossip Girl dreck.

  • Darcsyde

    just what we need,,,Wonder Woman filled with teen angst….joy

  • Jerilyn Nighy

    Also, that image of Wonder Woman with a bloody double-bladed battle axe is indicative of everything that is wrong with current DC.

  • Travis Kyle Fischer

    That’s true. Of course that could lead to a rather awkward scene when an underage Diana gets refused the sale of ceremonial wine. Hate to be the store clerk that cards Wonder Woman.


    It’s simply that a show that focuses more on her origin is less likely
    to be one that drops the Amazons entirely from the concept, sets up
    Wonder Woman as a CEO and superhero with an image problem, and maybe
    even less likely to be one that dresses her in the shiniest lycra the
    costume designer could find. In other words, it’s more likely to
    actually be a TV show about Wonder Woman.

  • Anonymous

    I’d love to see it, but I’ll believe it when there’s an air date and not before. I also hope they change the name. Amazon makes it sound like a Xena spin off.

  • scarecroe

    Agree. My daughter and I love the Ben Caldwell WW books.

  • Ali Colluccio

    Allan Heinberg has made some really good TV and some really good Wonder Woman comics (until he got derailed by his TV stuff). He’s not a name I would have thought of to do a Wonder Woman TV show, but I am leaps and bounds more excited about his involvement than I was about David E. Kelley. It’s possible I did a happy dance when I saw Heinberg’s name.

    I am cautiously optimistic about this younger Diana/origin approach. I think it could work really well, I’m just afraid of it trying too much to mimic Smallville. It’s also a type of story that needs to be allowed to progress and evolve as time goes on. I know that’s putting the cart in front of the horse right now, but I’ll be really sad to see Diana without her bracers and tiara after 4 seasons a la Smallville.

  • Travis Kyle Fischer

    I liked Roswell. :(

  • Asha Stasia

    I would say that I am looking forward to it, but I suspect that this will fail like the last attempt. I’m not saying it wouldn’t be good, it is just that I don’t think studio execs fully appreciate the concept of a female protagonist, despite the ever growing number of them (female protagonists). Women just aren’t fully accepted as nerds and geeks, yet.

  • gia manry

    I’ll cross my fingers but I won’t hold my breath…

  • Anonymous

    I really hate when people pitch shows as “A Show That Already Exists meets Another Show That This One Will Be Compared To” but if it takes pitching this as “Smallville meets Xena” to actually get this greenlit, I’d be all for it. Because when you put it in those words, it sounds like something that might have a much broader appeal than a Wonder Woman show.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    What the hell show was that?

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Oh man. I want to see Smallville Meets Xena. Tom Welling would get his ass kicked.

  • Anonymous

    “Misfits of Science”, apparently was on only 1985-1986. After finding the intro on Youtube I can only say: Ugh!

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Oh man, that is horrible, ha ha…the theme song is basically yowling the title over and over.

  • Gyno-Star

    Sex AND the City

  • you guys

    Didn’t Wonder Woman grow up on an island of lesbian sadomasochists?