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Wonder Woman: The CW Developing New TV Show

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The CW is working on a new Wonder Woman series.
The CW is working on a new Wonder Woman series.

Wonder Woman could be spinning her way back to TV and people who have a unique attachment to the character are hopeful about the project.

According to Vulture, The CW is prepping a TV series following Wonder Woman's origin with a script from Allan Heinberg. Currently titled "Amazon," the series would follow Diana as a young Amazon princess, before she becomes the superhero in the star-spangled shorts. Heinberg, whose TV credits include "Grey's Anatomy" and "The OC," also wrote "Wonder Woman" for DC Comics in 2007. The project is already at script point, but DC Comics has asked its talent not to comment on the potential new series.

Lynda Carter made Wonder Woman a TV icon in the 1970s when she starred as the Amazon princess for three seasons.

“I am delighted to hear this news," Carter told The Huffington Post when asked about the new CW project. "Wonder Woman is a fantastic, inspirational character who should be introduced to a new generation. I wish them great luck and look forward to seeing it on air."

This is the second time within a year that a Wonder Woman TV project took shape. In 2011, NBC tried its hand at a "Wonder Woman" TV series starring Adrianne Palicki in the title role. The David E. Kelley script was lampooned from the start and NBC passed on the pilot.

Phil Jimenez, who wrote and drew "Wonder Woman" for DC Comics from 2000-2003, told The Huffington Post he's hopeful about the project because Heinberg has a hand in developing the series. 

"For a variety of reasons but many, I'd argue, that are rooted in deep-seated notions held about gender and sex, Wonder Woman can be a very difficult character to make commercially potent in comic books," Jimenez said in an email statement. "Wonder Woman is, after all, a woman with a capital 'W' -- always a trick with fanboys (and some fangirls, too), because of her mission statement, point-of-view and hyper-feminist origins, especially the one creator William Moulton Marston ascribed the original incarnation of the character years ago."

Jimenez said he hopes a TV show can explore Wonder Woman's history in a compelling manner while sticking to the elements that make the character iconic and "not just some proto-Xena." After writing the character for three years, Jimenez said he has some interesting insights about the character and her story, should DC or Heinberg want a little help.

"I  particularly hope to see some sort of exploration of the long-standing relationship between the precocious Diana and her mother, the over-protective Queen Hippolyta; how a child raised in a mythological paradise becomes interested in anything but; and how Wonder Woman's near utopian upbringing affects her POV and what she brings to humanity as opposed to say, Batman's dark, dystopian one," he said. "And if anyone can manage the commercial needs of television as well as the tonal essentials of joy, hope, and empowerment-thu-action that make Wonder Woman 'Wonder Woman,' it's Heinberg."

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