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New Information on Upcoming 'Wonder Woman' TV Show

Sounds like some changes are being made to the character.

Because we all love comics, there's pretty much nothing we'd like more than to see our favorite characters on the large and small screens. Back in September, word got out about another attempt to bring Wonder Woman to TV. The show would appear on The CW and involve Allan Heinberg, no stranger to comics or television.

Some new information has surfaced. According to Deadline, there will be some changes. Wonder Woman's name will not be Diana. Instead, it will be Iris.

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.

Actresses are being looked for right now even though the script is still being written. Apparently it's not unusual for studios to do preliminary casting on 'high-profile' projects before they are greelit for production. Actresses in their early to mid-20s and are 5'8" or taller have a chance to be the next Wonder Woman on television.

One reason the decision to change Diana's name might be to give a little separation for the possibility of Wonder Woman also appearing on the big screen in a Justice League movie. They will likely want a younger looking actress for the TV version and a more experienced Wonder Woman for the movie franchise. With Arrow doing well for the CW, it's no surprise they will want to try to deliver more comic book television shows.

Update

Allan Heinberg tweeted this morning:

Geoff Johns tweeted as well:

Perhaps "Iris" was a placeholder. Or maybe all the immediate outrage on the internet over the name change was heard right away.

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Edited by OutlawRenegade

@Falconer said:

This sounds worse than the pilot NBC made. At least that one was true to the character.

I realize Wonder Woman is the most well known heroine, but she just doesn't work for tv. By the time you come up with a decent premise, overall arc, villains, etc for a Wonder Woman show you will have departed so far from the character that you might as well call it something else.

Not to mention having a Wonder Woman show airing at the time of the Justice League movie when they have no connection whatsoever would be confusing to viewers. Especially when Marvel and Disney will have a SHIELD show that does connect to the movie universe.

Exactly. Wonder Woman is being set up for a bigger screen than the TV screen. Even if the show did come on, it would end canceled after one or two seasons due to the movie any way. I mean, WB couldn't have Batman on Smallville or a live-action show featuring Batman because the Nolan films were out. Batman won't show up on Young Justice anymore due to Beware the Batman. I doubt Wonder Woman would be any different since the Wonder characters seem to be harder to use due to legal reasons. Just ask the creators of Justice League and Young Justice.

Arrow is okay because Marvel beat DC to the punch by featuring Hawkeye on film first. Featuring Green Arrow in the Justice League movie would seem like ripping off Avengers. Green Arrow on TV is perfect because he's a B-Plus hero fans actually care about and who isn't likely to hold a movie any time soon.

Posted by Mutant God

I rather see Wonder Woman: The Animated Series

Posted by Wolfrazer

A live action show?...Ehh...I still think its better, all comic related things be animation. This way it would be like sort of watching a comic rather then reading...plus you can do more with animation. But....eh will see how it goes I guess.

Posted by Spideycap

@Mucklefluga said:

Phew just about to have a rage... but then i saw the update.

Lol same here, other than the name everything else sounds good.

Posted by KnightRise

@OutlawRenegade said:

Perhaps "Iris" was a placeholder. Or maybe all the immediate outrage on the internet over the name change was heard right away

That's wrong, Mr. Guerero. I like ComcVine, but own up to your mistakes instead of coming up with lame excuses to cover yourself. When you spread misinformation--willfully or accidentally--you need to issue a retraction. You didn't publish the facts; you put in your own (incorrect speculation). I posted one of the first 10 comments correcting your assumption as Mr. Heinberg and Mr. Johns have, but you still let things grow out of control. For what? Clicks? I understand that this is an entertainment website, but that doesn't mean that you should lower the bar on journalistic integrity. I understand that you could have been swept up yourself or that you don't know everything about entertainment, but come on. With great power comes great responsibility. And being responsible means owning up to your mistakes.

#News101

And not a single Jimmy was rustled.

Posted by sesquipedalophobe

@OutlawRenegade said:

Perhaps "Iris" was a placeholder. Or maybe all the immediate outrage on the internet over the name change was heard right away

That's wrong, Mr. Guerero. I like ComcVine, but own up to your mistakes instead of coming up with lame excuses to cover yourself. When you spread misinformation--willfully or accidentally--you need to issue a retraction. You didn't publish the facts; you put in your own (incorrect speculation). I posted one of the first 10 comments correcting your assumption as Mr. Heinberg and Mr. Johns have, but you still let things grow out of control. For what? Clicks? I understand that this is an entertainment website, but that doesn't mean that you should lower the bar on journalistic integrity. I understand that you could have been swept up yourself or that you don't know everything about entertainment, but come on. With great power comes great responsibility. And being responsible means owning up to your mistakes.

#News101

Posted by OutlawRenegade

@sesquipedalophobe said:

@OutlawRenegade said:

Perhaps "Iris" was a placeholder. Or maybe all the immediate outrage on the internet over the name change was heard right away

That's wrong, Mr. Guerero. I like ComcVine, but own up to your mistakes instead of coming up with lame excuses to cover yourself. When you spread misinformation--willfully or accidentally--you need to issue a retraction. You didn't publish the facts; you put in your own (incorrect speculation). I posted one of the first 10 comments correcting your assumption as Mr. Heinberg and Mr. Johns have, but you still let things grow out of control. For what? Clicks? I understand that this is an entertainment website, but that doesn't mean that you should lower the bar on journalistic integrity. I understand that you could have been swept up yourself or that you don't know everything about entertainment, but come on. With great power comes great responsibility. And being responsible means owning up to your mistakes.

#News101

Posted by colonyofcells

I hope to see Diana Prince in high school, then college for many seasons. I also like to see Etta Candy and the Beta Lambda Sorority girls.

Posted by MrDirector786

I just hope that this show is actually successful and doesn't bomb like the last one.

Posted by Press Oblivion

What are the chances that everyone can just take a step back, let this run it's course and see what comes of it? 
It's not actually costing anyone anything.

Posted by ComicMan24

At least Iris is was actually a Greek name, unlike Diana :P

I have to agree with people saying that WW would be better suited for the big screen instead of TV. And yeah an animated series would also be a great idea as well.

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

I heard she is going to be a teenager in this one. I think that can work a lot better than the NBC pilot 2 years ago. They should go the Smallville route. My guess the CW will take this pilot because of all the success Arrow has been having.

Posted by colonyofcells

I hope it is done like the Percy Jackson movie. For season 1, every episode can fight a mythology character who is in disguise as a human similar to Buffy and the Grimm tv show. Diana also needs to do the whole football team.

Posted by ectoborge

Iris is a cool name and this is a differn't interpritation of the character it shouldn't matter that mutch.

Posted by darkwingdan

Thank you Geoff and Allan for easing the minds of their core fanbase. That name thing was really the only thing that made me worrisome. Now that that's been cleared up, this project sounds really good. Especially since we were close to getting this:

Edited by Mbecks14

Edit: Glad her name will not be Iris.

Yes to a WW show, not sure about the her being a teenager on paradise island...

Edited by colonyofcells

Based on the description, Diana will be out of her own country and trying to get used to human life and ice cream. Maybe Diana will be spying for the amazons or just studying human cultures.

Posted by modunhanul

Wishful thinking, they will make Brian Azzarello's New 52 Wonder Woman into the TV show.

Posted by sourcebreaker

I'll only watch it if it involves her mythological background.

Posted by geoff2005

smallville and arrow is great hoepfully wonder woman isnt the one that mess up on

Posted by jointron33

@danhimself: Laurel is Dinah's name

Posted by danhimself

@jointron33: I know that but how often in the comics is she called that? never....why not just call her Dinah all the time?

Posted by Mutant God

@danhimself said:

@jointron33: I know that but how often in the comics is she called that? never....why not just call her Dinah all the time?

Im guessing Dinah is also her mom's name maybe

Posted by jrock85

@modunhanul said:

Wishful thinking, they will make Brian Azzarello's New 52 Wonder Woman into the TV show.

I wouldn't mind that.

Posted by Bestostero

i wonder if this will actually make it lol

Posted by jacksonvillewriter

You can't have a Wonder Woman show without Diana, unless the show isn't about Wonder Woman at all and instead about the Amazons themselves.

I'm just glad they're moving forward with this instead of that NBC version.

Posted by colonyofcells

If no costumes are used, it could be like a typical cw high school drama show with a little bit of super heroics that hopefully will not be too expensive in special effects. If Diana does not have too many powers, it could look more like a kung fu show. The most expense in special effects could be with the mythology villains and can save money by having the villains disguised as humans most of the time.

Posted by COBRAMORPH

Chances are they were going to use the name Iris, & the internet backlash in fact made them pretend it was a code. Afterall, we got the bat-embargo & the aqua-ban on JLU BECAUSE they did not want confusion between two shows using Batman & Aquaman. Because remember, these studio execs are lacking any intelligence.

Posted by UltraBiel

For every little thing that is sacred they should start with an animation of Wonder Woman. Is that too much to ask???

Posted by colonyofcells

My guess is more money can be made from live action tv and live action movies than in cartoons for kids. The recent Young Justice cartoon and Green Lantern cartoon both did not seem to profitable. I remember the old Smallville tv show and they used lots of embedded advertising or product placements inside the show such as cell phones, cars, etc. to make more money from advertisements to adults who have some money to spend.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

I really don't wanna see WW TV show but it might be cool. Arrow has been awesome show. I guess DC is also using the small screens to hype Justice LEague Movie like Marvel did with all the Avengers related movies.

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Posted by Lvenger

This had better be a placeholder. And this TV series better not diverge too much from the source material like the last WW TV series did.

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Posted by queenfrost_

Lol

I've given up on being angry. Whatever.

Posted by moywar700

http://wonderwomantv.com/5165/spoilers-what-actresses-will-be-doing-in-the-amazon-test-scenes/

New news from the T.V show that got leaked.An actress leaked what she tried out for the show.It said one scene Steve Trevor crashed on the Island and afterwards, Diana starts to interrogated her.There's also a dinner scene where Diana starts having Dinner with Steve and she's trying ice cream for the first time.

Posted by jobbernos

@BigPromise said:

this is stupid and dumb DC is gonna mess everything first they want to use john blake as batman in the jl movie and now this no wonder marvel is kicking your ass in the movie world.Im a DC fan but why change what makes us fall in love with these characters Please DC listen to us fans stick the the comic as much as possible

its not dc... its cw... so stop blaming dc...

Posted by gokuwarrior

@colonyofcells: but they don't have to do a cartoon for kids,they should adapt the arazzell

o run to an animated series,that will increase the sales of her current comic,the way that animes do for mangas.

Posted by turoksonofstone

lol would they really allow this kind of guaranteed insta-fail? lol

Posted by colonyofcells

CW shows are able to survive on very few viewers like 1 to 2 million viewers which is why Smallville lasted 10 seasons. The new Amazon tv show can even last 10 seasons like Smallville. All it needs is a cute actress and a believable love story with Steve Trevor. Most of the earlier seasons of Smallville were carried by the believable Clark and Lana Lang romance and tons of love triangles.

Posted by sethysquare

@colonyofcells said:

CW shows are able to survive on very few viewers like 1 to 2 million viewers which is why Smallville lasted 10 seasons. The new Amazon tv show can even last 10 seasons like Smallville. All it needs is a cute actress and a believable love story with Steve Trevor. Most of the earlier seasons of Smallville were carried by the believable Clark and Lana Lang romance and tons of love triangles.

you do know that smallville was one of the most watched shows in cw right?

Posted by kapitein_zeppos

Doesn't sound too bad. They are making some changes and there won't be costumes etc.

Could be worse, could be Wonder Woman, the series about Iris, an Irish-alien female cyborg telepath working for the CIA, played by a slim 4'9" blonde.

We'll reserve judgement when more is revealed.

Posted by AmazingWebHead

Yeah, and Entertainment Weekly said Ant-Man & Wasp would be in "The Avengers". Granted, it turned out so awesome, I'm no longer pissed about it, but you get my point.

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Posted by fps_dean

What's the point. Just call her Diana, and make it apparent there's no relation to the movie... unless they get the same actress to play in the movie too.

Posted by Perfect 10

this is so stupid. why is it so hard to write the TRUTH! pick up a wonder woman comic and just transfer it to film. not that hard to do. her name is DIANA not Iris, she is from Thymescria not some foreign country. so hope this crap doesnt get greenlit. STOP RUINING MY CHARACTERS PLEASE.

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