The consensus among comic fans is that David E. Kelley’s rejected television revival of Wonder Woman amounts to a bullet dodged. The project, which reimagined the DC Comics superheroine as a successful corporate executive who fights crime in Los Angeles, struggled to find a network, only to face widespread criticism for a leaked pilot script and the costume design before ultimately being passed over by NBC.
But what went wrong? The Avengers director Joss Whedon — no stranger to Wonder Woman — is pretty sure he knows, and it begins and ends with Kelley, the Emmy-winning writer and producer best known for such quirky TV dramas as Ally McBeal, The Practice and Picket Fences.
“I don’t think that was a match. I just don’t,” Whedon told CraveOnline at the Toronto International Film Festival. “I don’t think that he needs to write about superheroes. You need to need to write about superheroes to write about superheroes. If that’s not in your vernacular, you may bring something new and interesting to it, but at the end of the day, if you don’t have that burning desire to talk about these people who have these insane powers, then some other agenda is going to come forward and you might accidentally turn off the dark.”
Whedon’s assessment comes a week after news broke that The CW is taking another crack at Wonder Woman, this time with a planned drama named Amazon from Allan Heinberg (The O.C., Grey’s Anatomy), who knows a thing or two about superheroes — specifically, Marvel’s Young Avengers … and DC’s Wonder Woman.