Warner Bros. CEO Agrees With NBC Passing on Wonder Woman

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Warner Bros. CEO Agrees With NBC Passing on Wonder Woman

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Not many people are all that upset with NBC passing on that Wonder Woman TV show, including the CEO of Warner Bros.

When NBC decided to pass on David E. Kelley's Wonder Woman, nobody was really all that surprised. Between the first costume, the second costume, and a script that generally sounded fairly underwhelming, it honestly sounded like passing on the show was for the best. And you know what? An executive at Warner Bros. is pretty understanding about the whole thing.

Since Warner Bros. owns DC Comics, the studio would've produced the show. Warner Bros. CEO Peter Roth recently spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the ill-fated show, which he believes was pretty full of promise. However, he thinks it makes sense that the channel passed on the pilot:

"[A]fter seeing the announcement of the NBC schedule, I now understand and agree with Bob [Greenblatt, NBC executive] that it doesn't necessarily fit particularly well with their schedule. As well-crafted and contemporized as it was, it was a big and radical shift for viewers to embrace this new idea - and that may, to some degree, have had to do with why it didn't make it."

Roth was asked a follow-up questiona bout whether or not the show might appear on a different channel, which he could neither confirm nor deny. So, you know, true believers in the Amazonian princess can hold onto the faint hope that the show might be aired somewhere else.

Now, on a totally separate note: Remember how it was promised that Wonder Woman would totally wear "those little shorts"? Well, as you've probably guessed, the included photo here fulfills that promise. The picture was posted by a fan who got to visit the set when the pilot was in production.

I can't help but wonder what would've happened if Kelley and his crew had released some promo photos of Adrianne Palicki in the classic outfit instead of the ones that were shown off to the public. I'm not exactly wild about it, but I have a sneaking suspicion that it wouldn't have been as widely-reviled as the retconned costume was.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter via Screen Rant

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It's odd, but "those little shorts" seem to make the whole thing seem better.

Er... uh, well, it's still for the best. The premise seemed a bit dumb. Maybe if it was retooled with a different premise, one more closely related to the comics, it might actually work. Wonder Woman is a character who would translate well to the small screen, if done properly.

Regardless, those shorts certainly work... I mean, um... uh... I got nothin'.

I'm too distracted by the photo accompanying this article. That guy looks like a depressed Lex Luthor.

What a surprise, the terrible-sounding Wonder Woman show was terrible. Right decision, if you ask me, they've got a hard enough time pleasing the comic book fans when it comes to changing Wonder Woman's image. They should've learned from the flak DC got from the infamous "bomber jacket" design.

As an aside, that outfit looks... unflattering... on the actress. She's too stick-figure thin to wear it well. It only really works if there's muscle for it to accent.

Everything we saw made it look like the show was ripped kicking and screaming out of the 80's.
Cheesy, low budget and no respect for the source material.

Probably for the best that it died.
They can save the potentially powerful brand name for a movie. Not that we've had a good DC superhero movie outside of Batman in decades....

Perhaps the success of Thor will inspire/provide financial data to the studios that a crazy absurd hero can work when done seriously.

...Sorry, did you say something? I'm...distracted at the moment...

Anyway, I was a little disappointed when they said the show wasn't picked up. I wanted to a least see one or two episodes. Stilling wondering about the Raven T.V. show they're going to make eventually. THAT will be interesting.

I sort of am sad the series didn't at least get a Pilot, I was looking forward to some real hero action. Well more hero action, we had the cape for a while :P

While it is better, the costume still has that tacky Halloween feel to it. But the biggest problem was always the terrible, terrible Ally McBeal-esque premise for the show. I hope this means they will move on a film now, but it probably means we won't be hearing anything for years.

How does that outfit stay on? That is really all I can say, seeing as I wasn't too interested in the show. But, really, is that glued to her?

vansau:

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Okay, so the wonder woman I understand but what's with the alien nation guy?

Jbird:
I'm too distracted by the photo accompanying this article. That guy looks like a depressed Lex Luthor.

That guy doesn't look happy at all to be next to her. Maybe it says something about the actress?

Jbird:
I'm too distracted by the photo accompanying this article. That guy looks like a depressed Lex Luthor.

I was actually getting more of a terminal HIV/Cancer patient vibe off him. Like grabbing that slappers ass was his dying wish.

Anyway, cant say I am disappointed. As soon as I heard it was from the dude who did Ally McBeal I wanted nothing to do with it.

Harsh buzzkill. We need a good superhero tv series, hasn't been the same since Heroes Series 2 and 3. 4 wasn't too bad.

Maybe Marvel with their own production studio will get the hint and make a series themselves.

...wait, what?

Exactly what is it that this would have represented a "radical" departure from?

Since when is remaking '70s television shows "radical"?

I'm not advocating for the show at all. It may be just as well NBC is passing on it; in fact, it probably is. It just seems like this being justified by the show's "radical" nature except on, you know, not being very good, is a collection of weasel words.

I don't expect the production company to say anything different than that, but I might expect the Escapist to call them out on it a bit more aggressively instead of just sniping a bit in the intro and then letting the quote slide.

Jbird:
I'm too distracted by the photo accompanying this article. That guy looks like a depressed Lex Luthor.

Paint him green and give him a cloak, he could do Martian Manhunter pretty well.

samsonguy920:

Jbird:
I'm too distracted by the photo accompanying this article. That guy looks like a depressed Lex Luthor.

That guy doesn't look happy at all to be next to her. Maybe it says something about the actress?

I was gonna say something about that, maybe the actress is a real pill off camera or something. I mean, this guy looks like he just can't stand being next to her or is so damn bored.

OT: Well I'm not exactly shocked they pulled the plug on this train wreck in progress. For me the final nail in the coffin as the dude who did Ally McBeal was working on this show.

Good thing, too.

A live-action Wonder Woman is never going to work.

don't mention bondage
don't mention bondage
don't mention bondage

I probably would have ended up watching this. I liked Birds of Prey after all and, that was (as far as I remember) pretty far removed from Batman and, the familiar villains and, side characters...from what I remember anyway. Of course the main reason I would have watched this would have been for the bondage to watch something other than straight-up cartoons.

Ah well, understandable and all. But at least show us the pilot, upload it or something. Just, y'know, so I can erm...fairly judge it...yeap...*oogles at Wonder Woman again* That's totally it.

Jbird:
I'm too distracted by the photo accompanying this article. That guy looks like a depressed Lex Luthor.

Not to mention his chav-like outfit.

No one gives a fuck about some corporate porn about a CEO who fights crime in her off time. The premise is so full of shit it makes me flip in my grave.

NickCaligo42:
What a surprise, the terrible-sounding Wonder Woman show was terrible. Right decision, if you ask me, they've got a hard enough time pleasing the comic book fans when it comes to changing Wonder Woman's image. They should've learned from the flak DC got from the infamous "bomber jacket" design.

As an aside, that outfit looks... unflattering... on the actress. She's too stick-figure thin to wear it well. It only really works if there's muscle for it to accent.

I'm thinking I'm one of the only people who actually likes the jacket design.

I agree with you on the outfit though. you need an actress who can properly fill out the suit...and not just in the bust...

No wonderwoman? But she's so hooot!!!

AstylahAthrys:
How does that outfit stay on? That is really all I can say, seeing as I wasn't too interested in the show. But, really, is that glued to her?

Well, ya see: it's so tight, where would it go? May look like there's nothing keeping it up or on, but there's just no way it could move anyplace else

This poor super hero is plagued. How many years has the Wonder Woman idea been on the back burner?

Well, I guess it's going to stay there for a few more.

I still want to see it, just so I can see how bad it supposedly is.

Actually, considering the line-up, I'd say a Wonder Woman TV show would be a PERFECT follow-up to Chuck on Friday nights. Better than Grimm, really.

Of course, the Wonder Woman they were developing? Not so much.

I guess the show got Amazon Bombed?

ccesarano:
Actually, considering the line-up, I'd say a Wonder Woman TV show would be a PERFECT follow-up to Chuck on Friday nights. Better than Grimm, really.

Of course, the Wonder Woman they were developing? Not so much.

Actually the wonder Woman in that photo looks rather well developed if I say so myself.

FangShadow:

NickCaligo42:
What a surprise, the terrible-sounding Wonder Woman show was terrible. Right decision, if you ask me, they've got a hard enough time pleasing the comic book fans when it comes to changing Wonder Woman's image. They should've learned from the flak DC got from the infamous "bomber jacket" design.

As an aside, that outfit looks... unflattering... on the actress. She's too stick-figure thin to wear it well. It only really works if there's muscle for it to accent.

I'm thinking I'm one of the only people who actually likes the jacket design.

I agree with you on the outfit though. you need an actress who can properly fill out the suit...and not just in the bust...

I actually pretty well dig it too, I'm just saying that they should've figured there'd be significant backlash given how it went over with most people.

I suspect the TV execs took one look and thought, "so whats the non male half of the TV audience going to be watching while this is on? Ah, the other side". If this had got the green light, then you could probably have expected another series of "Baywatch (now with added thong)" to air as well.

Is that guy wearing socks in his... sandals? image

NickCaligo42:

FangShadow:

NickCaligo42:
What a surprise, the terrible-sounding Wonder Woman show was terrible. Right decision, if you ask me, they've got a hard enough time pleasing the comic book fans when it comes to changing Wonder Woman's image. They should've learned from the flak DC got from the infamous "bomber jacket" design.

As an aside, that outfit looks... unflattering... on the actress. She's too stick-figure thin to wear it well. It only really works if there's muscle for it to accent.

I'm thinking I'm one of the only people who actually likes the jacket design.

I agree with you on the outfit though. you need an actress who can properly fill out the suit...and not just in the bust...

I actually pretty well dig it too, I'm just saying that they should've figured there'd be significant backlash given how it went over with most people.

Ah that is true. I remember when it came out I was on some other forums and people were not pleased.

AntiChrist:
Is that guy wearing socks in his... sandals? image

I think those are tennis shoes. AND WTF is with people not liking socks and sandals?!?!?! I believe I am alone in that I prefer to were my socks with my slip on sandals? -.-

Wow, I know I'm gonna regret typing this but that just might be too much cleavage.

standokan:
Wow, I know I'm gonna regret typing this but that just might be too much cleavage.

That's like saying you have too much cotton candy or mileage in your paradoxically ultra fuel-efficient Hummer. It just doesn't make sense.

That said, I had no idea Lord Voldemort was a fan of DC comics, much less one with backstage access.

Am I the only one who thinks she looks like she's wearing a cheap halloween costume? Wonder Woman is an Amazonian Warrior goddess. I know the show went a different direction but jeez the phantom costume was better

Did Wonder Woman just rescue Jason Vorhees?

Looks like internet video series is the only place where this series will see the light of day. Honestly, I love Wonder Woman, but this actress just doesn't do it for me. I don't know what it is, but I know it's not the costume. Well, not only.

Lono Shrugged:
Am I the only one who thinks she looks like she's wearing a cheap halloween costume? Wonder Woman is an Amazonian Warrior goddess. I know the show went a different direction but jeez the phantom costume was better

Why did you remind me of Billy Zane in a skin tight purple suit?

But I think this is the problem with many super-hero outfits, they just don't translate to the real world as well as they do on ink. Just look at the X-men. Many of the X-men outfits would have been terrible in the movies, such as [insert male X-man] in a skin tight suit.

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