Adrianne Palicki – her Wonder Woman didn’t make it to television
Karina (Claudia Black) and Cyane (Selma Blair) discuss strategy in XENA:WARRIOR PRINCESS
Warner Brothers is looking for someone 5’8″ or taller (Lynda Carter is 5’9″) and between 20 and 25 years of age to play Wonder Woman in the pilot for a projected CW series about the origins of Wonder Woman to be called AMAZON. The bad news is that it was Warner Brothers who produced the failed 2011 Wonder Woman pilot starring Adrienne Palicki for NBC. The good news is that the new script is being written by Allan Heinberg, who has some experience with the character.
According to NELLIE ANDREEVA of DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD, this is part of how the CW is describing their new Wonder Woman:
Iris 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, Iris 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.
Lynda Carter as the Amazon princess who is also Wonder Woman. Her smile was a memorable part of the character.
Sounds just a bit like Cyane arriving unexpectedly in the midst of the Amazons, only in reverse.
In Lifeblood, episode #106 of XENA:WARRIOR PRINCESS, the shaman for the Tretomlec Amazon tribe summoned their future leader from the 21st century. Cyane (Selma Blair) adapted quickly to her new environment, contributing her 21st century perspective to the Amazons (along with her ability to ride a horse).
In the CW’s AMAZON, Iris will be a young Amazon warrior who has enjoyed some success on the battlefield, transported to modern day Los Angeles.
I don’t really care if this Wonder Woman is named Iris. Diana means “heavenly”. Iris is perhaps a more inclusive name, meaning “rainbow”. What counts is that whatever 173cm+ twentysomething they find to play the part can capture the idealism and charm of the character, like Lynda Carter did.