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.
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.