Plot details have emerged about The CW's upcoming Wonder Woman TV series, tentatively titled, Amazon.
When the news hit a few months back that the network would be taking yet another crack at DC Comics' bikini-clad, lasso-lobbing luminary, it was immediately made clear that it would be going in a completely different direction from the TV pilot headed by David E. Kelley which was completely scrapped last year.
This version appears more interested in chronicling the early life of the heroine, similar to what Smallville did for Superman. However, a rather lengthy summary of the show's plot has emerged, revealing that the show's direction is even more different than we thought. It seems that the would-be Wonder Woman will be portrayed as a young immigrant whose life has been filled with war, who must now cope with something she cannot comprehend: Life in the good 'ole US-of-A.
Check out the plot summary for the yet-to-be-completed script below!
It should be noted that the name used in the summary, "Iris" caused some initial panic among some fans who saw this as a change from Wonder Woman's traditional name of "Diana." However, DC's Chief Creative Officer, Geoff Johns would clarify that "Iris" was only a code name for the character and that her name will, in fact, be "Diana."
“Iris 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.”
This "fish out of water" dynamic does seem like a welcome change from the campiness that was in place in the last version, depicting Wonder Woman working as a corporate executive by day who moonlights as a crime-fighter clad in a patriotic halter top during her off hours.
People aren't looking for characters who have their act together and represent some unrealistic image of success and perfection. Rather, they relate to the journey of self-discovery and enjoy the occasional laugh as the character's own personal shortcomings cause a stumble every now and then. From the sound of this description, that seems to be what we are getting.
For now, scribe, Allan Heinberg is penning the pilot and a casting call is out for actresses in their mid-20's who are 5'8" or taller to land the coveted live-action role that was first made famous in the 1970's by Lynda Carter.
With The CW's current success of Arrow, this project definitely has potential.