Last week, the first image of Adrianne Palicki as Wonder Woman drew additional scrutiny on the upcoming "Wonder Woman" pilot by David E. Kelley, a writer better known for quirky series like "Ally McBeal," "The Practice" and "Boston Legal" than anything resembling a superhero series. As it turns out, even Kelley was surprised that he ended up on this project.
"Well I first said no, for all the obvious reasons," explained Kelley to New York Magazine’s Vulture blog. "It’s not really what I do; it’s not a genre that’s in my wheelhouse. But then I started thinking about, What if there were such a person in today’s world and what must it be like to be her? And I was imagining the sense of social isolation that she must feel, that she indeed would probably be a rather complicated beast."
"When I started thinking about all the complications and potential layers to this superhero, I just got more and more intrigued," continued Kelley. "It was also something I was a little bit afraid of. That’s good, too. Any writer should get out of his or her comfort zone, and this was way outside of mine. So I took a deep breath and decided to go for it. I did not truthfully commit to doing it until I wrote the script. I was going to try writing it, and if I failed on my own terms, I would say no. If I thought, Yeah, this is something I believe in, then I’d turn it in."
"And it was something I ultimately did get behind," added Kelley. "It was hard, but I had a good time writing it. And Warner Bros. and DC both responded very positively — and off we went."
Kelley also elaborated on how he came to pick Palicki for the title role.
"I had seen [Palicki] on ‘Friday Night Lights’ and I always liked her work, but I didn’t get a sense of her stature," noted Kelley. "I guess [she] was sitting down in a lot of the scenes. So she stood up, and we met — eyeball to eyeball — she smiled … and I knew during the course of the conversation that this was Wonder Woman. I just knew it. I had an instinctive feeling that this was her. So then she read. And she was. And she is."
Cary Elwes, Tracie Thoms and Pedro Pascal co-star in the "Wonder Woman" pilot with Elizabeth Hurley guest starring as the villain, Veronica Cale. The "Wonder Woman’ pilot also seems very likely to make NBC’s fall schedule.