The CW Pushes Back Its ‘Wonder Woman’ TV Pilot

“Amazon” may still happen, but not in the current group of pilots.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Back when the CW first announced that it would attempt to bring Wonder Woman back to television in “Amazon,” the network actively started casting for the lead character ahead of a pilot pickup.

But earlier today, the CW completed its pilot orders for this development season and “Amazon” was not among them.

According to Deadline, this doesn’t mean that “Amazon” is dead. The report suggests that the CW felt that the project needed more time and pushed it back to next season’s development slate. Although there is also a chance that the CW could order an “Amazon” pilot outside of the traditional development window.

TV veteran and former Wonder Woman comic book writer, Allan Heinberg was attached to write the script for “Amazon;” which was reportedly making several changes to Wonder Woman’s mythology and backstory. A report in November described Heinberg’s take on Wonder Woman at length:


“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 relentless brutality of her life at home, [She] 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 [She] 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.”

At the very least, the CW’s refusal to rush into the project seems to indicate that the network isn’t interested in repeating the mistakes made by David E. Kelley and NBC during the 2011 “Wonder Woman” pilot that ultimately didn’t go anywhere.

It remains to be seen if “Amazon” will be able to improve upon that attempt, but the CW has also demonstrated that it will take a deliberate pace at developing a show. Last season, the network rejected The Hunger Games inspired “Selection,” only to redevelop it and order a second pilot episode this season.


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