09/29/2013 12:31 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Why Hasn't 'Wonder Woman' Returned To The Screen?


Hollywood can't seem to get "Wonder Woman" right on both the big and small screens. Joss Whedon knows that firsthand. The "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator was attached to a big screen adaptation of the Amazon Princess, but the project never came to fruition.

"It is hard. She’s a tough nut to crack," Whedon told EW. "I know she's famous as a television show, but I don’t think she lends herself to television. I think she only works on an epic scale. I saw a bit of the David E. Kelley [NBC pilot]. That was not a good marriage."

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The original "Wonder Woman" show Whedon referred to is the 1975-1979 TV series starring Lynda Carter. NBC tried to revive the superhero with the Kelley pilot starring Adrienne Palicki, but it didn't make it to series. Recently the CW ordered "Amazon," a Wonder Woman origin story script from Allan Heinberg, but the script didn't make it to pilot for the 2013-2014 season. Instead, "Heroes" writer Aron Eli Coleite was hired to rewrite. "We are preparing to pilot it off-cycle should the script be what we want it to be," CW President Mark Pedowitz said in May 2013. "We do not want to produce something that doesn't work for that particular character -- it is the trickiest of all the DC characters to get done."

In a recent interview with ET Online, original series star Carter shared her own theories as to why Hollywood has failed to thrust Wonder Woman back into the spotlight since her 1970s TV series.

"I think they try to just make her a female version of a male superhero, and that's not what she is," Carter said. "She is an Amazon Princess and she's got really strong sisterhood values ... Maybe they need a female writer who gets it. I've often tried not to say that, but I think it's the truth. It's like, 'Hellooooo guys, get a female that understands what that's all about.' You look at any society that suppresses women, and it's violent. Look around the world. … There's a humanity that they're missing. There's got to be a sweetness, a kindness, a goodness in the character. The rest takes care of itself."

However, Wonder Woman could finally be making it to the big screen along with her super friends. New rumors have the amazing Amazon appearing alongside Henry Cavill's Superman and Ben Affleck's Batman in the "Man of Steel" sequel. Nothing is confirmed, but a supporting role for Wonder Woman in the upcoming blockbuster could be the best way to reintroduce audiences to the warrior blessed with gifts from the Greek gods.

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