Wonder Woman Pilot Details Leak Onto the Net

Site describes it as a “goofy comedy drama”

Bleeding Cool has managed to sneak a look at the script for David E Kelly’s Wonder Woman series for NBC and comes to the conclusion that it’s a “goofy comedy drama about a hotshot business woman who moonlights as a superheroine, packed with Girl Power pop-songs and including the awkward phrase ‘You go, girl.’”

The site names a number of ways the show is faithful to the comic book mythology:

  • There’s a Myndi Mayer, herein portrayed as Diana’s best friend.
  • There’s a scene with comics character Etta Candy, a role that’s pretty much written like a job offer to Melissa McCarthy.
  • Long ago, government man Steve Trevor crashed onto Wonder Woman’s island and brought her back to New York, but now they’ve split up. She still loves him, though, and it’s obvious that their relationship is going to be a focus.
  • Diana might not have an invisible jet (if she did, I didn’t see it) but she has a whole rainbow’s worth of over coloured aircraft.
  • She has the lasso, and those bracelets with which she deflects bullets.
  • Her nemesis is Veronica Cale, who in this continuity is an evil scientist and rival businesswoman with a secret, nefarious plan that you’ll probably guess ahead of time.

But the character of Wonder Woman herself seems to have a bit of a Sex And The City makeover:

  • As well as her Diana Prince alter ego, Wonder Woman also has a third guise and a day job as Diana Themyscyra, the head of Themiscyra industries. While little Ms. Prince is a disguise, it is well known in this world that Themyscyra, and Wonder Woman are the same – think Tony Stark and Iron Man from the end of their first film on.
  • There’s a CSI-ish group of science-nerd 20-somethings living in her basement that dance to Kanye West and will doubtlessly help Diana solve any number of crimes in further episodes.
  • She identifies with ET the Extra Terrestrial when the film comes on TV.
  • She really loves planes. Like really.
  • She pines for Steve like Carrie for Big.
  • She wants to belong and be “among” people, not just “with” them.
  • She sings along to the radio in multiple scenes.
  • She doesn’t like being “marketed, commercialised, merchandised”, though she is – there’s a joke about Wonder Woman tie-in dolls having their costumes redesigned that seems to reference the recent makeover for the comics.
  • She puts on her PJs for an ice-cream filled sleepover with best friend Myndi.

And she apparently only becomes Wonder Woman twice in the pilot.

In conclusion the site reckons: “Some of the jokes are good, but the general dramatic situation seems a bit thin, the character relationships are, to be kind, familiar, and there’s nothing in the plot that merits any special recognition.”

Dave Golder
Freelance Writer

Dave is a TV and film journalist who specializes in the science fiction and fantasy genres. He's written books about film posters and post-apocalypses, alongside writing for SFX Magazine for many years.