CW’s Wonder Woman May Not Be Diana Prince

The new CW TV version of Wonder Woman, rumoured to be called Amazon, may not feature Diana Prince as the central character, according to leaked casting details seen by Deadline.

The show is in the very early stages of development at the moment and the network has only committed to a script order so far, not a pilot. That pilot script is by Allan Heinberg, who has written Wonder Woman comics as well as episodes of Gilmore Girls, and apparently it’s an origin story of DC’s premier female superhero.

But if the casting details obtained by Deadline are any indication, it’s also a massive overhaul of the mythology, which creates a whole new Wonder Woman character called Iris. Here’s the extract:

“She 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 the 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.”

Hmmm, “She can tell when you’re lying to her…” No magic lasso in this version, then?

Possibly, this major change may have been the result of DC and Warners wanting the “real” Wonder Woman character available to appear in the Justice League movie, without the confusion of another small screen version in the public awareness as the same time.

On the other hand, after the David E Kelley Wonder Woman debacle last year (with Diana Prince having two alter egos) it just seems that TV execs can’t help fiddling pointlessly with the character to make her “relevant” to today’s audiences. This latest iteration sounds like it’s unlikely to feature a red, white and blue costume, star-spangled knickers and an invisible plane. It may turn out to be great series (and one which could quite happily exist in the same universe as the CW’s Arrow), but will it really have anything to do with Wonder Woman?

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