While Superman, Batman, and even Green Lantern fight evil on the big screen, Wonder Woman will hold the front on network television. David E. Kelley’s TV rebooting of DC Comics’ Wonder Woman took its biggest step forward casting Adrianne Palicki to play Diana Prince AKA Wonder Woman.
Palicki is best known as Tyra Collete in the NBC hit drama Friday Night Lights and was most recently seen in the failed show Lonestar, which was an early casualty of the Fall 2010 season. The statuesque Palicki stands at 5′ 11″ and can be seen in the upcoming Red Dawn with Chris Hemsworth and Elektra Luxx with Carla Cugino as well.
Kelley’s pilot is the latest attempt at getting a live action treatment of the Amazonian Princess which has been a constant struggle since the late 1990s. A never-ending list of women have been rumored to don the golden lariat including Beyoncé Knowles, Sandra Bullock, Angelina Jolie, but when the latest plans for a film with Joss Whedon fell through, that’s when Kelley’s television show began to get heat. However, nearly all of the major networks passed on the series but NBC reconsidered and ordered the pilot late last month.
Known for a slew of courtroom dramas Ally McBeal, Boston Legal, The Practice, and LA Law, Kelley will start from the ground up as Wonder Woman will balance two identities: Diana Themyscira, the head of Themyscira industries and Diane Price. This is just a hunch, but we expect Kelley to work in womanly dating antics like what was seen on Sex & The City and a shortage of sword fights on the island of Themyscira or fly-bys with an invisible jet.
If this new show doesn’t have you singing the 1970’s Wonder Woman theme song with visions of Lynda Carter in your head, then know a feature film is still in development. With DC and Warner Brothers hoping to create a Justice League film continuity to rival what Marvel Entertainment is doing with the Avengers, Wonder Woman is on the slate to be established on the big screen once Superman is back in the air and hopefully Green Lantern will create interest for other Justice Leaguers like Flash, Martian Manhunter and Aquaman. David. S. Goyer (Batman Begins and The Dark Knight) is rumored to be involved but the long-term goal for this latest attempt is 2013.
In the meantime, fans will have to settle for whatever Kelley and Palicki have in store and hope it stands on its own as a good show, but hope it doesn’t replace the classic vision of Wonder Woman in the mainstream.