Back in 2011, NBC and David E. Kelly were developing a new Wonder Woman television series, starring Adrianne Palicki as Diana Prince. However, the network passed on the pilot, killing any plans for a full season. Aftewards, The CW attempted to produce its own Wonder Woman series, titled Amazon. That would have focused on Diana’s origins in a Smallville-esque show. That series was canned earlier this year, before any serious development was made. In the meantime, Wonder Woman will finally make her presence felt on the big screen, as Gal Gadot will play Diana in 2016’s Batman vs. Superman.
Now, David Kelly has commented on the difficulties of adapting Wonder Woman to television. Speaking with Fox411 at the Television Academy Hall of Fame induction dinner, the TV writer-producer states that Diana of Themiscyra is indeed a better fit for the big screen rather than the small. “When you are going to do a super hero character, you’re competing with special effects. Television budgets are hard to match with respect to the future world. Audiences are used to seeing the (film) exploits of Iron Man and Batman and that can’t be accomplished in TV. That’s the hurdle for anyone in the super hero franchise to take on.” He then expresses his confidence in a proper adaptation coming someday. “Someone is going to crack it. It’s a great franchise and very viable. I’m sorry it didn’t work out when we gave it our shot. But I think you will be seeing it one day.”
While there have been efforts to bring Wonder Woman back to TV in recent years, it appears that her future indeed lies on the big screen. Gal Gadot is not only set to play Diana in Batman vs. Superman, but is also contracted to reprise the role in Justice League and a possible Wonder Woman solo film. Hopefully, the latter will come sooner than later.
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