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Wonder Woman Getting a TV Show: Gee. Thanks.

Both Deadline Hollywood and The Hollywood Reporter have some blockbuster geek news today: instead of making the long pre-production purgatory dwelling Wonder Woman movie, DC Entertainment is optioning a television show featuring the Amazonian princess, with David E. Kelley to write and produce.

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Aside from the sense of “Oh, good, somebody is going to do something with Wonder Woman,” this tingles every last geek girl sense in my body.

Nerdrage commencing in t-minus… now.

No Movie

So, Wonder Woman doesn’t get a movie, but DC properties like John Constantine, Jonah Hex, The Losers, RED, and The Spirit do?

The argument that Wonder Woman needs to be introduced to a wider audience before having the weight to pull her own movie breaks down.  Who in the mainstream had ever heard of Constantine, Hex, or The Spirit before they started making movies of them?  Who in the mainstream even remembers who they are now?

Wonder Woman is the third oldest major IP that DC has and has been published almost continually since 1941.  Not to mention the Lynda Carter show.  The idea that she is a property that is unknown to the greater public is silly. Just look at the mainstream response to her costume change.

The Talent

David E. Kelley was the writer and producer behind Ally McBeal, The Practice, Boston Public, and Boston Legal.  Ok, sure, I liked Ally McBeal when I was in middle school.  I’m glad they’re getting a writer (albeit a male one) who can deftly handle female characters, and also writes shows with a lot of wit, humor, and intelligence.

But here’s what David E. Kelley doesn’t have on his resume: the action, sci-fi, or fantasy (which Wonder Woman skirts much closer to) genres.  I’m not saying it isn’t within his capabilities, but you hire a guy for what is on his resume.

Add to that this snippet from Deadline Hollywood:

Details on the reboot are being kept under wraps, and it is not clear if the new Wonder Woman aka Diana Prince will keep her signature powers and weapons, including her Lasso of Truth, her indestructible bracelets, her tiara and her invisible airplane.


In Conclusion

What this all sounds like is that DC is realizing that if it makes a Wonder Woman movie for men (its usual 18-24 year old male), it will be excoriated by the press.  And if it makes a Wonder Woman movie for women, no one will go see it.  Because women aren’t geeks, lol. So it needs to create a bigger female audience for the property by making a show for the “female demographic.”

While it is strictly true that there are less women in the geek world then there are men, responding this obviously to that fact betrays a hunger for money that is greater than a sense of devotion to character.  And I swear to Hera, if this means a show full of humorous dating situations, talk about a “biological clock,” and laughs about co-ed bathrooms with not a superpower in sight; there won’t be enough XKCD comics in the full space-time continuum to express my rage.

Why do we need a Wonder Woman movie?  Because we don’t have any superhero movies with a strong, solo, female protagonist.  Don’t talk to me about Elektra and Catwoman.  If you mention My Super Ex-Girlfriend, I just might gouge my eyes out with a spoon.  And if you tell me that women cannot headline action movies, I will point you to Tomb Raider, Resident Evil and Kill Bill, and send you home.  We need a Wonder Woman movie because we don’t have any other female superheroes that are strong enough to headline in a solo film.  There are no other female super heroes who are not part of a team who have the mainstream recognition to even half-way pull it off.

Now, I’m going to turn off the nerdrage valve before I wind up behind the couch with a rawhide chew, growling.

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Susana Polo
Susana Polo thought she'd get her Creative Writing degree from Oberlin, work a crap job, and fake it until she made it into comics. Instead she stumbled into a great job: founding and running this very website (she's Editor at Large now, very fancy). She's spoken at events like Geek Girl Con, New York Comic Con, and Comic Book City Con, wants to get a Batwoman tattoo and write a graphic novel, and one of her canine teeth is in backwards.

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