The Wonder Woman TV series pilot has been picked up by NBC. David E. Kelley universally rejected take on DC Comics’ Wonder Woman has been acquired by the new management at NBC. After the slow and agonizing demise of Heroes, the glossy nature of The Cape, a realistic or dare I say hardcore version of the iconic DC Comic character on the NBC network. On F/X hell yes, on Spike or AMC yes but probably not NBC. Too many family eyes and groups ready to protest or write emails over content they find blasphemous.
NBC was the final network to pass on bringing back the superhero over a week ago, but that was before the new regime was officially in place in light of the impending Comcast takeover. Robert Greenblatt is now spearheading primetime as chairman. (On Thursday, head of programming Angela Bromstad announced she was leaving).
What’s great is that Greenblatt has experience with bringing engaging television to viewers, regardless of the cost of the project.
The pilot’s cost may not be a concern to Greenblatt, the wunderkind who revitalized Showtime with critical faves like Dexter and Weeds. One factor that seemed to have sunk the Wonder Woman project the first time around was the price of rebooting the series, with the studio requiring a rich license fee to bring the iconic character back to life. But then, NBC has been down this road before: It rebooted Bionic Woman. Kelley’s take incorporated the superhero’s signature lasso, cuffs, and plane in the script, and insiders said it was a serious, non-campy take on the DC Comics character.
Let’s hope its non-campy though my thoughts on Whom should play Wonder Woman in a Live-Action Film and Why have not changed.