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Wonder Woman’s Greatest Nemesis? David E. Kelley

January 27, 2011

Why?  NBC has picked up his pilot for the Amazonian Princess.

David E. Kelley, known for creating Ally McBeal, the Practice, Boston Public, Boston Legal and recently Harry’s Law, had been circulating a pilot script around the networks for months now. Kelley “ had been looking to do a contemporary take on the World War II-era Amazon” according to Deadline.

When asked what to expect from the new modern take on Diana Prince, Kelley said “It’s too complicated to categorize,” and “But that, for me, was the most fun thing: complicating the character and probing a lot of her human dimension — and not just the superhero.”

Not to flaunt my nerdiness, but Wonder Woman is not human.  She was created from the clay of the Earth on the island of Themyscira by the Gods.  She is a wonderfully dichotomous character in that she was sent to “man’s world” to be an ambassador for peace, but is a warrior.

Over at Salon, Mary Elizabeth Williams said “The guy who killed feminism is reviving Wonder Woman. Well, that’s just great.”  I couldn’t agree more.

Kelley was also quoted in Entertainment Weekly saying  the show would be “a reinvention of the iconic D.C. comic in which Wonder Woman — aka Diana Prince — is a vigilante crime fighter in L.A. but also a successful corporate executive and a modern woman trying to balance all of the elements of her extraordinary life.”  WHAT?!  I really hope that there isn’t going to be a quirky theme song every time they transition to her local coffee shop which will probably be called “Juno’s Java”

Wonder Woman should be alien-like.  She should be above the everyday crap that Kelley characters care about like dates, restaurants, movies, news, biological clocks, etc.  The regular Kelley story issues shouldn’t even occur to her!

David E. Kelley is TV creator who probes the psyches of quirky lawyers, business people, teachers, and now super heroes?  Wonder Woman needs to solve world issues not local crime in L.A.!  She needs to commune with the ancient gods on behalf of mankind!  She’s not a corporate executive!  What next?  A Batman show where he also runs a bakery in Detroit!  How about a show where the Flash also runs a courier service just to meet his bills?  I just don’t know about this…



2 Comments leave one →
  1. Bubba-Ho-tep permalink
    January 27, 2011 11:21 am

    well if you think about it, the flash would have a huge grocery bill each month, he’d have to get some kind of side gig.

    • January 27, 2011 11:36 am

      He is a police forensic scientist. I don’t know what the salary is for them, but it should be enough.

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