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Many who have heard of developments for a Wonder Woman TV show must be wondering what the show is about? Those familiar with the comic’s character, if not the fairly unknown actress Adrianne Palicki, probably assume it stars Themysciran or Paradise Island’s Amazon Princess in her super powered adventures. For many whom have heard the showed called a remake or reissue of the original Linda Carter T.V. series of the 1970’s may not be wrong. Yet all should know the character embraces many of the contradictions experienced by women in our contemporary world outside of comics. So yes, expect some social controversy. And understand that this controversy is one of the reasons so many are predicting this NBC show will fail royally with audiences.
To recount some of the more controversial aspects of the show’s genesis, Producer David E. Kelley originally expressed interest in the project less than a year ago. To his credit, (despite occasional public bouts of ambivalence and under confidence) the wildly successful TV powerhouse (L.A. Law, Doogie Howser, M.D., Picket Fences, Ally McBeal, The Practice, Boston Legal, etc.) has remained committed to the project. His take on the character is unorthodox yet his instincts have been flawless in terms of past TV shows. His commitment has been steady regardless of some turbulence pertaining to NBC’s changing programming interests and frankly changing studio heads. Regarding this character, get used to this changing leadership topic because you will keep hearing this theme throughout this article.
Once the longest reigning NBC studio head Ron Meyer’s boss, NBC Universal Chief Executive Steve Burke was installed verification that the character would be seen on screen in the fall was assured. But this struggle for visibility is only one of the contemporary stories; audiences should review to know more about the character’s battle for a contemporary audience.
A creation of William Moulton Marston the character first appeared in All Star Comics #8 of December 1941. Since then Wonder Woman has built an audience that has lasted seventy years. Yet despite her obvious seniority in the super hero community, she’s the same age as Captain America, she’s nearly as old as Batman and Superman, and she is far older than Spiderman, Thor or The Hulk. Surprisingly she has unbelievably little to show for it. In the super hero community an indicator of character status is how many books the character has. Wonder Woman has only one monthly title. Most of the characters I just mentioned earlier have at least three, not counting books where they are part of a large ensemble cast of other super heroes.
Why is this? Company heads at DC Comics a subsidiary of Warner Communications, and many vehement fans will tell you that despite her wondrous longevity, her books don’t frequently sale well and she has fended off cancellation far more often than she should have. Therefore the excuse is she hasn’t yet EARNED presentation in more than one book. Though sells should determine presentation, this thinking is very shortsighted. Yes Batman and Superman may have performed better sales wise in this media environment that satisfies the appetites of a young male audience, but prestige isn’t purely an issue of earnings as much as it’s an issue of sustainable potential as well. A character that can last 70 plus years can claim to be able to last at least twice that long also. Female super hero wise Wonder woman really doesn’t have any competition regarding her track record in sales and or longevity.
In a market recently overwhelmed by the popularity of the Twilight series, Warner brothers must be able to do more to satisfy female comic reading audiences. Here are some ideas. In the early 70’s, both DC and it’s bitter rival Marvel comics used to produce anthology comics that might be headlined by one hero yet would frequently feature other stories featuring other characters. One influence many of the earlier super heroes have because of their multiple books is their supporting casts and protégés frequently have books as well. Many may not know the Wonder Woman of the 40’s has been rationalized in comics as being the mother of the present one; in this way she is another character to exploit with new adventures. Like most other wildly popular superheroes, most of these characters have sidekicks they mentor. Like Batman has Robin, Wonder Woman has at least two generations of Wonder girl sidekicks. And if this speculative exercise isn’t enough in the sixties and seventies as well as today, many comics are not super hero driven. Many feature war, detective, horror, and other themes scene in the cinemas. I believe another or new Wonder Woman comic book could reestablish the romance comics of old. These books could even feature or guest feature popular actors like Robert Pattison and Taylor Lautner who are staples of the Teen beat market and an incredible number of websites. Before you laugh both have appeared in their own self-titled comics already. But all of these ideas concern the character’s status in comics, recent events in Hollywood shed light on how frequently and often we are likely to see the character in the near future.
Speaking of the real world Hollywood again, recently hired and interviewed President of Warner Brothers Motion Pictures Division in Los Angeles, Jeffery Robinov recently spoke about the use of DC characters in regard to the Studio’s production of feature films. He claims that multiple Wonder Women might likely appear in different movies (her movie and a Justice League feature), and weekly TV shows concurrently. Though many fanboy’s hate the fact that this might likely mean different actresses playing the character, in terms of prestige the change in tone is clearly a big improvement for the Amazon Princess. Until these events unfold we may have to hope the TV series is good, unlike an attempt at reissuing the Bionic Woman, and hope it lasts on air at least a season of two.
 For more information on the Wonder Woman’s thematic tone see: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/02/01/scoop-david-e-kelleys-wonder-woman-tv-pilot-script-dissected-without-major-spoilers/
 To learn more about Wonder Woman’s struggle for network visibility please see http://www.deadline.com/2011/01/nbc-picks-up-david-e-kelleys-wonder-woman-michael-patrick-kings-drama/
 For more information on the use of the Twilight cast in comics: http://www.celebuzz.com/cast-twilight-comic-exclusive-look-s273971/ or http://shelf-life.ew.com/2009/07/15/twilight-comic-book-manga/
 For Jeffery Robinov’s vision for the use of DC comics characters please see http://herocomplex.latimes.com/2011/03/29/justice-league-the-movie-warner-chief-sets-sights-on-team-up-film-and-reinventing-batman/
 For Jeffery Robinov’s vision for DC comics characters casting please see http://www.movieline.com/syndication.php?vaid=46a8a5d06e57c1a2a33d9ac49101dd02