The Wonder Woman Projects That Didn’t Make It!

Joss Whedon who went on to make the first two Avengers movies for Marvel had a stab at trying to realise a Wonder Woman movie back in early 2000's.

So we have a new ‘Wonder Woman’ movie thanks to the folk at Warner Bros and DC Comics. And early reports indicate that the audience response has been fairly positive, which is good because over the last few years ‘Wonder Woman’ has had several false starts when it comes to both television and movies.

On the movie front. Joss Whedon who went on to make the first two Avengers movies for Marvel had a stab at trying to realise a Wonder Woman movie back in early 2000’s. The project was eventually killed due to creative issues and Whedon ultimately moved on to other projects.

Joss Whedon tried to get a Wonder Woman movie going in the early 2000’s

In an interview for Rookie Magazine Whedon provided fans with his take on the character.

“[Wonder Woman] was a little bit like Angelina Jolie [laughs]. She sort of traveled the world. She was very powerful and very naïve about people, and the fact that she was a goddess was how I eventually found my in to her humanity and vulnerability, because she would look at us and the way we kill each other and the way we let people starve and the way the world is run and she’d just be like, ‘None of this makes sense to me. I can’t cope with it, I can’t understand, people are insane.’ And ultimately her romance with [classic Wonder Woman love interest Steve Trevor] was about him getting her to see what it’s like not to be a goddess, what it’s like when you are weak, when you do have all these forces controlling you and there’s nothing you can do about it. That was the sort of central concept of the thing. Him teaching her humanity and her saying, OK, great, but we can still do better.”

Whedon’s take on ‘Wonder Woman’ would have seen her leaving her home to visit a modern day America. But sadly as Whedon told Empire Magazine. The film never got made due to him and the Studio  having much different visions of what a ‘Wonder Woman’ movie should be.

“I worked really hard on that movie and it meant a lot [to me], but I don’t know if what I was trying to do would fit in with what [the studio’s] vision is. I had a take on the film that, well, nobody liked… We just saw different movies, and at the price range this kind of movie hangs in, that’s never gonna work.”

Adrianne Palicki took on the role of Wonder Woman in David E. Kelley’s and NBC’s failed Wonder Woman pilot.

As recent as 2011 there was an abandoned TV project headed up by ‘Ally McBeal’ creator David E. Kelley.

A pilot was made for this take, but never went to air.

This ‘Wonder Woman’ project, which was made for NBC made far to many changes to the characters origins. In fact in the pilot very little is given away about the character origins.

What we do learn is that she has three very different identities.

The show, which would have starred Adrianne Palicki failed to impress at test screenings.

In a 2013 interview for Hollywood Reporter David E. Kelley said that he feels a ‘Wonder Woman’ television series could still be possible.

“I still believe it’s viable for a television series. I think it’s ripe to do it. We made mistakes with ours. My only regret is we were never given a chance to correct them. We had a lot that was right about it and a great cast. In time, we could have fixed what we had done wrong, we just didn’t get that chance. All my series have been a work in progress to a certain extent where you figure them out by episodes three, four or five. This one actually gelled sooner than any that I have had in the past. We would have gotten there and I wish we were afforded a little more time. I do believe in the potential for a series.”

For awhile the 2011 ‘Wonder Woman’ pilot was available on the internet and it got universally panned by the fans for its wholesale changes to the character. Most the writers here at saw the pilot and could tell that David E. Kelley was the wrong person to helm it. He has zero understanding of comic book characters and their origins or any real sense of respect for the characters legacy.

The only good thing about the 2011 pilot was Adrianne Palicki who was a nice fit for the role.

In 2013 The CW who do a lot of television adaptations of DC characters were looking at doing a Wonder Woman prequel series, which had the working title of Amazon.

Unfortunately the project was cancelled.

The premise would have have centred on a young Diana and her home of Themyscira.

‘Amazon’ was a project headed up by ‘Grey’s Anatomy’s’ Allan Heinberg based on script by ‘Heroes’ writer Aron Eli Colette.

When this project was last discussed. CW President Mark Pedowitz did say that they tried to get a series into development, but ultimately it didn’t happen.

Pedowitz when talking to Hollywood Reporter in 2014 revealed he’d be open to giving ‘Wonder Woman’ another try.

“It all depends on the script. We were very careful with Arrow, and we’re being very careful with Flash,” Pedowitz said of the Stephen Amell series and Grant Gustin Flash pilot in the works at the network. “These are iconic characters, so we’re going to be very careful with Wonder Woman. You only get one shot before you get bit.”

The new movie, which stars Gal Gadot seems to have impressed movie goers thus far. We can all hope that it continues to move forward for years to come.

But the question is. Does a successful ‘Wonder Woman’ movie franchise cancel out any future television projects for the Amazonian Goddess? I guess we’ll find out in due course.

Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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