Deadline is reporting that NBC has given the green light to the TV remake of Wonder Woman after initially turning it down.
David E. Kelley, the creator of successful shows like Ally McBeal, The Practice, Boston Legal and the new Harry’s Law, has been optimistic that his “reinvention” of this epic comic heroine would be picked up by a network this pilot season. Things weren’t looking great for Kelley initially as the networks didn’t seem to be biting. After some “executive reshuffling” over at NBC, new entertainment head honcho Robert Greenblatt has given the go ahead for the pilot. All that’s left is to cast that iconic role.
So who’s up for the part? Comments are flying on Blastr, who recently announced former Boston Legal actress Lake Bell as a prime contender for the role along with Jennifer Love Hewitt, Beyonce Knowles, Eliza Dushku, Tanit Phoenix and Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks. Other rumors have even thrown Megan Fox into the mix. Really Mr. Kelley? Really? Blastr commentators don’t seem to overwhelmingly agree with any of these choices, least of all Lake Bell.
Any remake of Wonder Woman is going to have to contend with a comparison to the 1970’s Linda Carter version. When people think of Wonder Woman they think of Ms. Carter. It’s just how it is. She brought Wonder Woman to life and she did it with poise, respect and talent. Whoever fills those red boots needs to not only look the part (Wonder Woman was an Amazon after all), but they’ve got to have the acting chops as well. We know Wonder Woman is hot but that’s not what the character is about. Wonder Woman should have the right blend of intellect and badassness with a dash of sensuality. This is one situation where the execs or “Powers that Be” may be better off listening to the fans.
Fans are concerned with the remake, not just for the obvious reason, that remakes are usually terrible, (Remember NBC’s failed Bionic Woman remake?) but because of who is creating the series. David E. Kelley is known for his legal dramas not sci-fi or even action shows. He knows drama and he knows legal drama. Fans are speculating that this could mean one of two things. The new Wonder Woman will either be “Ally McBeal with super powers” or Kelley will go out of his way to make the show fit into the comic genre (as many first timers often do) by giving it flashy technology, an overuse of ridiculous super powers that ignore the laws of physics and those ever popular spandex superhero costumes.
Without a strong story arch, interesting plots and decent dialogue, the show doesn’t stand a chance with fans let alone the “average” TV viewer.
It doesn’t sound like Kelley will be embracing the camp of the original Wonder Woman TV series. Camp doesn’t seem to fit with Kelley’s profile. Sure Denny Crane (William Shatner) and Alan Shore (James Spader) made Boston Legal hysterical. They even had their somewhat outrageous moments (flamingos!), but when it came down to it, the show was still serious and definitely not campy. Granted, we don’t know Mr. Kelley personally. He might be full of camp! Judging from his past creations, however, we’re apt to lean in the other direction. Either way, the show will be interesting.
So what do you think about David E. Kelley “reinventing” the Wonder Woman series? Can he create a success in an unfamiliar genre? Who do you think should play the part?