CW is adapting Wonder Woman for television

#1 Edited by Pokeysteve (8130 posts) - - Show Bio

This is the article from Deadline:

To all actresses in their early to mid-20s who are 5’8″ or taller — you may be TV’s next Wonder Woman. I’ve learned that Warner Bros. TV, the studio behind the CW drama project Amazon, has hired a casting director to launch a search for the lead in the project in anticipation of a potential pilot pickup. A breakdown for the role has been released, providing a glimpse into the Tarzan-like fish-out-of-water premise and the central character of the Wonder Woman origin story written by Allan Heinberg that chronicles the female superhero’s life as a young Amazonian, before she becomes a warrior princess with super powers.
According to the breakdown I’ve obtained, her name is Iris (not Diana). “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.”
The casting search is being done while the script for the project is still being written. It is not unusual for studios to do preliminary casting work on high-profile projects before a green light, especially those whose success hinges on casting the lead. The CW is having its biggest hit in years this fall with a show about a DC superhero, freshman Arrow, so the network’s desire to try to emulate that success with another comic book-inspired franchise is understandable.

My personal opinion on this is it's effing ridiculous. She won't even be named Diana. It's Iris now. Smallville ran for 10 years so now every DC character is getting "before they were" series now. I hope this fails. Your thoughts fellow DIANA fans?

#2 Posted by Mercy_ (92635 posts) - - Show Bio

...Iris? Really?

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#3 Posted by KnightRise (4785 posts) - - Show Bio

@Mercy_ said:

...Iris? Really?

Not okay. Not okay.

#4 Posted by colonyofcells (2038 posts) - - Show Bio

Maybe Iris is just a temporary name for casting purposes. My belief is they will use the Diana Prince name if they put her in high school like Smallville tv season 1 Clark Kent. Looking forward to high school sex for Diana Prince.

#5 Posted by jrock85 (2874 posts) - - Show Bio

There's no way her name is going to be Iris.

#6 Posted by TheCrowbar (4286 posts) - - Show Bio

Who the Frack is Iris? Iris West?

#7 Posted by wwmm (20 posts) - - Show Bio

Calm down it's a casting call.. Iris is a code name so they can at least make it somewhat a secret, it's somewhat of a decoy description Keep in mind that a lot of actors when they audition they didn't really know who they r playing until hafl way or even until they got the part.....

#8 Posted by Pokeysteve (8130 posts) - - Show Bio

@wwmm said:

Calm down it's a casting call.. Iris is a code name so they can at least make it somewhat a secret, it's somewhat of a decoy description Keep in mind that a lot of actors when they audition they didn't really know who they r playing until hafl way or even until they got the part.....

Lol reread the first line in the article again. Not much of a secret when they come right out and say "Wonder Woman". I understand that it's SO stupid that's it's hard to wrap your head around. I must have sat and blinked (and cried) at this article for a good five minutes before I started to breathe again.

#9 Posted by gokuwarrior (4368 posts) - - Show Bio

@Pokeysteve:i don't know what to think,wonder woman needs to be more exposed outsuide comics,because that will make her comic sales improve,but i don't know if this is the right way to do it.

i think they have to make a good written story for wonder woman comic then make an animated series based on it to make the character gain a wider audience,that would be the best way to make the first step,and try to market her outside the comics.

#10 Posted by wwmm (20 posts) - - Show Bio

I am guessing that they have tried to make it a secret but because its practically looks like a Wonder Woman story that the author just flat out assume it is Wonder Woman which is probably is. Remember when Anne Hathaway audition as Selina she didn't really know that she will be portraying a cat woman or just Selina Kyle until half way through the casting call

#11 Posted by jphulk26 (1311 posts) - - Show Bio

I wouldn´t be surprised if it is Iris, DC take such liberties with the character, Why not Iris?

#12 Edited by colonyofcells (2038 posts) - - Show Bio

Diana Prince has been used in tv before and my guess is cw will follow that name if the show is picked up. Cw Smallville used its own tv mythology so it will definitely also differ from the comics if they do a young Diana or teen Diana show. In comics mythology, Wonder Woman started her super hero career as an adult. The cw mythology will probably have Diana playing super hero without a costume at a younger age similar to the Smallville super Clark Kent show that run for 10 seasons. Super Clark Kent went around doing good with no costume and no code name for most of the seasons. In the last few seasons, the code name being used was Blur.

#13 Posted by geoff2005 (206 posts) - - Show Bio

@colonyofcells said:

Diana Prince has been used in tv before and my guess is cw will follow that name if the show is picked up. Cw Smallville used its own tv mythology so it will definitely also differ from the comics if they do a young Diana or teen Diana show. In comics mythology, Wonder Woman started her super hero career as an adult. The cw mythology will probably have Diana playing super hero without a costume at a younger age similar to the Smallville super Clark Kent show that run for 10 seasons. Super Clark Kent went around doing good with no costume and no code name for most of the seasons. In the last few seasons, the code name being used was Blur.

that fine and all but i hope they use her real name, even Clark is Clark and Ollie is Ollie for these WB shows. Iris as Diana = face palm.

#14 Posted by TDK_1997 (14496 posts) - - Show Bio

WOW!This looks terrible!How can DC be making such good movies but such bad TV Shows.

#15 Posted by JLDoom (2310 posts) - - Show Bio

I hope this crashes and burns just like the other WW series they wanted to do

#16 Posted by Press Oblivion (1643 posts) - - Show Bio
@colonyofcells said:

Diana Prince has been used in tv before and my guess is cw will follow that name if the show is picked up. Cw Smallville used its own tv mythology so it will definitely also differ from the comics if they do a young Diana or teen Diana show. In comics mythology, Wonder Woman started her super hero career as an adult. The cw mythology will probably have Diana playing super hero without a costume at a younger age similar to the Smallville super Clark Kent show that run for 10 seasons. Super Clark Kent went around doing good with no costume and no code name for most of the seasons. In the last few seasons, the code name being used was Blur.

If it works I'm down to support this and I think that all of the Wonder Woman fans should support her where ever she appears. It's better to have something to try out than to have nothing a tall. These points about Smallville are right on the money here and while not all of it was agreeable it was great to have that around for a decade. 
 
Support it. Perhaps you'll be surprised.
#17 Posted by Pokeysteve (8130 posts) - - Show Bio

@gokuwarrior said:

@Pokeysteve:i don't know what to think,wonder woman needs to be more exposed outsuide comics,because that will make her comic sales improve,but i don't know if this is the right way to do it.

i think they have to make a good written story for wonder woman comic then make an animated series based on it to make the character gain a wider audience,that would be the best way to make the first step,and try to market her outside the comics.

I definitely agree.

@Press Oblivion said:

@colonyofcells said:

Diana Prince has been used in tv before and my guess is cw will follow that name if the show is picked up. Cw Smallville used its own tv mythology so it will definitely also differ from the comics if they do a young Diana or teen Diana show. In comics mythology, Wonder Woman started her super hero career as an adult. The cw mythology will probably have Diana playing super hero without a costume at a younger age similar to the Smallville super Clark Kent show that run for 10 seasons. Super Clark Kent went around doing good with no costume and no code name for most of the seasons. In the last few seasons, the code name being used was Blur.

If it works I'm down to support this and I think that all of the Wonder Woman fans should support her where ever she appears. It's better to have something to try out than to have nothing a tall. These points about Smallville are right on the money here and while not all of it was agreeable it was great to have that around for a decade. Support it. Perhaps you'll be surprised.

In this case nothing at all is better. We want her out there so more people can be exposed to her but a version that is actually some what accurate. They're obviously trying to take a realistic approach and you just can't do that with her.

#18 Posted by SHAZAM117 (2680 posts) - - Show Bio

Boo!! Wonder Woman needs a feature length big budget film, not another tv show. I swear WB's just don't get it

#19 Posted by Press Oblivion (1643 posts) - - Show Bio

@Pokeysteve said:

They're obviously trying to take a realistic approach and you just can't do that with her.

No, I suppose they can't.

#20 Posted by wwmm (20 posts) - - Show Bio

@pokeysteve--- told you to calm down, this is very common on all casting call to avoid internet frenzy.... I can't believe they actually have to make a twitter statements to explain why it was called Iris.... it should have been common sense to most people.

#21 Edited by Press Oblivion (1643 posts) - - Show Bio

If you don't know anything about how the process works, it would be deceiving. It was to me.

#22 Posted by The Impersonator (5089 posts) - - Show Bio

Not wonderful.

#23 Posted by Pokeysteve (8130 posts) - - Show Bio

@wwmm said:

@pokeysteve--- told you to calm down, this is very common on all casting call to avoid internet frenzy.... I can't believe they actually have to make a twitter statements to explain why it was called Iris.... it should have been common sense to most people.

I don't believe that for a second. I think Johns saw the immediate internet backlash and had a "what have we done" moment. The show is called Amazon, and the summary mentions Wonder Woman several times. Having a code name is just stupid and pointless lol.

It's like hey we need a guy who's 6ft 3-4ish for a show called Smallville where a kid comes to Earth in a rocket and two farmers find him. He'll grow up to be Superman and we'll show how the relationship between him and his friend Lex Luthor gradually diminishes.........we better have a code name for the title role so no one knows what we're working on here.

After some of the things WB has made, I wouldn't put it past them to be that plain dumb. Arrow is pretty good though.

#24 Posted by x_29 (2274 posts) - - Show Bio

Sounds just as horrible as the 2011 WW pilot.

#25 Posted by colonyofcells (2038 posts) - - Show Bio

The cw target audience are people who watch One Tree Hill, gossip girl, etc. so a teen Diana Prince show will have similarities to those other cw teen shows also which will obviously make many comics customers very angry.

#26 Posted by Crom-Cruach (8742 posts) - - Show Bio
#27 Posted by TheCannon (17995 posts) - - Show Bio

My thoughts on this show:

#28 Posted by jobbernos (1420 posts) - - Show Bio

@SHAZAM117: they need to promote her first give her some more exposure before putting her on the big screen. not as many people know about her like they do batman and superman.

#29 Posted by Franchise1590 (298 posts) - - Show Bio

I love Diana but I don't know anything about Iris so I'll pass until they do a show about a character I know.

#30 Posted by xxxddd (3572 posts) - - Show Bio

Going to watch it when it debuts.

#31 Posted by jphulk26 (1311 posts) - - Show Bio

@Press Oblivion: @wwmm: its more than just the name. no super powers, no greek mythology, paradise island is violent - this is not wonder woman.

#32 Posted by BlackWind (5678 posts) - - Show Bio

Haven't these people learned their lesson about live action Wonder Woman.

#33 Posted by Press Oblivion (1643 posts) - - Show Bio

@jphulk26: I'm not without my reservations but I'm willing to give it a chance.

#34 Posted by Amaranth (8210 posts) - - Show Bio

Not going to even lie. At this point I've basically given up.

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