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WONDER WOMAN To Return To The Star-Spangled Panties??

I am – Hercules!!

Geekshow’s Scott Carelli saw a test-screening cut of David E. Kelley’s “Wonder Woman” and offered a lot of details:

* Diana apparently doesn’t at any time during the pilot wear the "blue boot" outfit from that first, famous photo Warner Bros. released.

* The first time we see Diana she’s on Hollywood Boulevard in the red-boot costume of which we all saw photos.

* At some point she switches to the iconic star-spangled panties.

* Carelli, having earlier read a pilot script, said the pilot itself was better than he thought it would be – but it still “wasn’t even as good as ‘Smallville.’”

* Carelli said the pilot was, however, promising enough to get him to watch a second episode.

* According to Carelli: my pal Tracie Thoms (“Wonderfalls,” “Cold Case”), who plays Diana’s Girl Friday, is the best thing in the pilot.

* Palicki is “really good” as the title character but is generally let down by David E. Kelley’s script.

* Cary Elwes is decent as the chief executive at Diana’s Themyscera Industries.

* Elizabeth Hurley is “cheesy” as Veronica Cale, the pilot’s Lex Luthor surrogate.

* Carelli hated “Knight Rider” star Justin Bruening, who’s apparently a real stiff as Diana’s ex Steve Trevor, and hopes the role will be recast.

* The pilot felt more like a cross between “Ally McBeal” and “Boston Legal” than Wonder Woman.

* Diana both kills (apparently quite cavalierly) and tortures men in the pilot Carelli saw.

* The lasso is frequently employed as an Indiana Jones-type whip.

* Carelli was okay with the fight sequences, in which Diana comes off as “a warrior.”

* We learn Diana left Trevor (and a life in New York) because she feared her enemies could harm any romantic interest she might pursue.

* In the pilot, Diana’s home island of Themyscera is apparently a lot like Dharma Island from “Lost”: once one leaves it, it’s essentially impossible to find again.

NBC will announce whether or not it’s taking “Wonder Woman” to series no later than next Monday.

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  • May 9, 2011, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Drag Queen

    by jimbojones123

    Yep, WW is the greatest Drag Queen Superhero of all time.

  • May 9, 2011, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Looks like Wonder Girl

    by jonsnow


  • May 9, 2011, 7:35 p.m. CST

    She looks awkward in tights.

    by Larrylongballs

  • May 9, 2011, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Nice camel toe.

    by Larrylongballs

  • May 9, 2011, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Looks too cheesy to make it, even for NBC

    by tbransonlives

  • May 9, 2011, 8:04 p.m. CST

    It's going to go one way ot the other...

    by TDH1138

    I was talking to a good friend of mine, a very well know "WW" Cover artist, and we joked about the first view of the Costume at C2E2. He said that it was going to be something that either flops within 2 episodes or in 10 years we're all sitting around and we see an ad for the Series Finale and we look at each other and say "That's still on?!?" You know... like Smallville (or what I've been calling Shitville since season 1). And any moron who still thinks Tom Welling should have been Superman in the new film, wear Tinfoil on your head so we know who the fuck you are.

  • May 9, 2011, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Glib TV executives don't get comics.

    by Doctor_Strangepork

    Throughout the 70's and 80's comics fans had to deal with the super condescending "Bam! Pow! Whop! Comics aren't just for kids anymore!" headlines. Now, we have to deal with a failing network medium that treats comics like a lame fuck around. Maybe someday, HBO will bring us a mindblowing Daredevil series based on Miller and Bendis' runs by David Chase. Or Warren Ellis' Planetary by Steven Moffat. Until then, we wait.

  • May 9, 2011, 8:10 p.m. CST

    i predict...

    by pdburnsy

    six seasons and a movie!

  • May 9, 2011, 8:12 p.m. CST

    I second a HBO Daredevil series . . .

    by Nick

    But since the Daredevil rights are owned by Fox (well movie rights), I wouldn't mind an FX series. Miller and Bendis can't get that off the ground fast enough.

  • Smallville is terrible.

  • May 9, 2011, 8:24 p.m. CST

    I'll say it again, NBC...

    by jedimast3r

    ...if you want this to be even half as big as you wish it to be: <p>Dump Kelley; <p>Find someone familiar with the comics to head-pen the series; <p>Ramp up the action; <p>Switch to the classic WW gear; <p>Involve Themyscira and characters like Artemis and Diana's mother; <p>Watch some DCAU shwos to get a feel of how to get Diana right; <p>Buddy sidesicks work well if done properly; <p>Ditch the Knight Rider dude; <p>Have DCU guest appearances, a la Seasons 8-10 of Smallville to enrich your show.

  • May 9, 2011, 8:26 p.m. CST

    Why not body armor?

    by Norman Colson

    I mean they doing it wrong with spandex.... Give her traditional warriors armor and make the show darker. it doesnt belong on nbc... If your gonna make it realistic, then do it all the way not half ass. I mean diana kills when she needs too, not like batman when he's given no other option, but damn diana in her mind will do what is neccessary, shit like that, does not belong on nbc.... lol.

  • May 9, 2011, 8:37 p.m. CST

    I laugh every time I see something about this

    by torontoxic

    Its just so damned lame. Watching Herc try to hype this up is like watching a dad cheer on his fat son while he makes his way slowly towards the hurdles. We all know he won't make it but its fun to watch him fall.

  • LMAO!

  • May 9, 2011, 9:41 p.m. CST


    by Norman Colson

    she has real nipples...

  • May 9, 2011, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Jaime Alexander's Sif would kick Palicki's WW ass!

    by Thanos0145

    A Wonder Woman who kills, uses her Lasso as a whip, and gives someone the finger when she gets cut off. Why did they get someone who doesn't understand the character like David E. Kelly to write this? Hopefully this doesn't get greenlighted but knowing NBC it will.

  • May 9, 2011, 9:55 p.m. CST

    So the verdict is that the pilot more or less sucks, right?

    by tylerzero

  • May 9, 2011, 10:15 p.m. CST

    MC Hammer wants his baggy crotch back

    by deelzbub

    anyone who cries "Camel Toe" at either of those photos has no idea what one is. They went out of their way to give her baggiest crotches I've ever seen on a pair of spandex pants.

  • May 9, 2011, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Train wreck, perhaps?

    by Nick Michalak

    From that description, it sounds like a real train wreck of a pilot. Doesn't sound as bad as "Birds of Prey," but it doesn't sound like anything I want to watch. What Smallville, at least, has had going for it is a team of writers and showrunners that know the source material, and were able to update it for a modern audience. This does not sound like a promising series, and I anticipate yet another mid-season soft reboot. You know, you want to be positive about these things, but the networks sometimes give you no choice but to be a pessimist.

  • War criminal.

  • It will be lame if we get the Smallville treatment that tries to be original when you should stick with your source material.

  • 1990s NBC = Must See TV NOW NBC = Must change the channel now TV

  • May 9, 2011, 11:14 p.m. CST

    This has no shot...

    by xsikal

    ...of making it to series. I'm glad we'll be able to stop talking about it after Monday.

  • and is running away from the odor.

  • May 9, 2011, 11:54 p.m. CST

    It's worse than Smallville but he'd watch a second episode?

    by Monkey Butler

    Those two things don't really go together. Smallville is and always has been a joke of a show.


  • May 10, 2011, 1:15 a.m. CST

    Dead in 6 episodes. Guaranteed.

    by V'Shael

    NBC has fucked this into a cocked hat.

  • May 10, 2011, 1:30 a.m. CST

    Sounds like crap

    by Phategod100

    Please keep a;; involved away from Future Comic book properties.

  • May 10, 2011, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Actually it stayed on for 3 but whose counting.

    by Phategod100

  • May 10, 2011, 2:17 a.m. CST


    by john

    especially since that broad has no boobies

  • May 10, 2011, 2:36 a.m. CST

    "At some point she switches to the iconic star-spangled panties."

    by buggerbugger

    Ah, so there's a moment when she thinks "Hey, if I'm going to both kill (apparently quite cavalierly) and torture men, I might as well be a complete and utter cocktease while I'm doing it"? Niiiiiiiiiice!

  • May 10, 2011, 3:05 a.m. CST

    "wasn’t even as good as ‘Smallville.’”

    by newc0253


  • May 10, 2011, 4:21 a.m. CST

    And yet Smallville went 10 seasons.

    by StoryFirst

    Losers. It is a great show.

  • May 10, 2011, 5:17 a.m. CST

    Fox doesn't own the Daredevil TV rights

    by frankenberry

    From what I understand, Disney/Marvel can do whatever they want with Spider-Man, Daredevil, and X-Men, as far as TV goes. Sony and Fox only have the film rights, which I figure Disney will end up having to buy someday. (It must suck having to buy rights to characters you already own.)

  • May 10, 2011, 6:19 a.m. CST

    old news

    by palewook

    next week you breaking the series has not been picked up by nbc yet? as of last friday, nbc was not convinced this wonder woman offered their network a chance at more viewers than harry's law. one series will be one next season, the other won't. currently harry's law appears to be the winner. unless someone behind the scenes can change the suits minds to take a chance (spend the money) and order wonder woman. the test screenings are a tool to gauge what they have, results have been mixed.

  • May 10, 2011, 6:37 a.m. CST

    Not as good as Smallville?

    by mayorofsmpleton

    That's like saying "It doesn't taste as good as THAT dog's shit but..." Smallville is embarrassing.

  • Practically speaking, why would the character need to stick with one WW ensemble? She could have a wardrobe filled with mix-and-match variants to put on for whatever fits a mission or her mood. Batman and Iron Man have variants of their suits.

  • May 10, 2011, 6:46 a.m. CST


    by mayorofsmpleton

    Lasted 4 seasons. 4 crappy seasons. The time a series runs doesn't equal quality. Smallville's ratings are dreadful. They're just adequate enough to continue to skate by on the CW network -- mostly because the network itself is in such a bad state. Even this year it would be a lock for renewal if the producers weren't done with it. If it were on any other network the last 7 years it would have been dumped. It's got lower standards due to CW's state of doom and a built-in brand recognition plus the benefit of strong DVD sales, etc. It's a multi-platform property so it's easy to justify renewing. It's never been considered anything more than a horribly acted and scripted piece of nonsense. It was funny picking each an every episode Smallville borrowed the entire plot of a random Buffy episode for. ;) I think they probably abandoned that after a few years. Afterall, Buffy only made 7 seasons -- Not enough to ape stories from (and isn't there some series of comics that would be a better source for story ideas...? Like Superman or something like that?) ;)

  • May 10, 2011, 7:39 a.m. CST

    More like Bird of Prey!

    by Judge Briggs

    Get it? Get it? Because this show will be as shitty as Birds of Prey but with only Wonder Woman running around... BOMB!

  • Prof is right. WW should have a huge closet filled with varieties of outfits -- one to wear for stealth missions, one for public appearances, one for riding a motorcycle, etc.. She is after all a woman -- you think she'd be content with just *one* pair of boots? This version of WW also markets her image to the public and sells merch. So a good writer should be able to work in this fact into episodes -- maybe there could be a character who's Diana's personal costume designer. WW shouldn't be confined to wearing one type of uniform, especially in a TV series.

  • Alexander rocked as Sif in THOR and managed to finally find WB's movie Wonder Woman. Kill this TV trainwreck and sign Alexander for a WW movie instead.

  • May 10, 2011, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Is it just me

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Or does this actress look like ex wwf "women's" wrestler Chyna? Scary!

  • May 10, 2011, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Smallville lost its way in season 4.

    by eric haislar

    5 was a improvement. 6 and 7 where a fucking joke. 8 was better and 9 and 10 have been pretty strong. Looking forward to the final this Friday.

  • May 10, 2011, 10:14 a.m. CST

    I love that NBC is committed to Superheroes...

    by Tom Fremgen

    I just they could get a good show, WW just doesn't sound good. But tons of people hated the Green Hornet before it came out, and I had a blast with it when I saw it.

  • May 10, 2011, 10:29 a.m. CST

    For those who keep saying Adrianne "has no boobs"...PIC

    by Cheif Brody <p> Plenty of boobs for me...and she's not even really trying in that 'between takes' shot. <p> Oh, really doesn't sound like NBC is behind this thing anyways. Maybe The CW will be desperate enough to pick it up after NBC passes. It'll be on longer than 6 episodes on the 'Dubya' if it goes that route. Might even make it a few years there. <p> NBC has to be gun shy with superhero shows after The Cape tanked so hard...and Heroes fizzled into obscurity...and ABC's No Ordinary Family failed to garner an audience.

  • May 10, 2011, 10:44 a.m. CST

    from what I've read about the pilot...

    by BooBoosDaddy

    the classic panties ain't gonna help this train wreck. My wife is a Wonder Woman nut. She's gonna be pisssssedd!!

  • May 10, 2011, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Smallville is an amazingly great show! FUCK THE HATERS!

    by ThaJackaL

    Seriously I cannot believe I've read from a couple of dorks here that Smallville is terrible.. That show is easily the best live action Superman related show in the history of TV! Every season has been great, and Tom Welling is this generations Superman. Deal with it. Smallville is an awesome show, and if this WW is not as good as Smallville then it will flop... Smallville lasted 10 seasons because it's a great show with this generations Superman!

  • May 10, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Didn't NBC pass on this until the Comcast takeover?

    by Voice O. Reason

    The fact they didn't want it made, but their corporate masters did should tell us something.

  • May 10, 2011, 12:51 p.m. CST


    by eric haislar

    Dude I have watched smallville from the beginning and while it is easily the best live action Superman show. It has had more moments of awfulness then greatness. The writers ran out of ideas long ago and could not move the character of Clark forward after season 5. This is to do with they had to keep the show going with no end date in sight, plus American tv's 22 episode order is a burden on most shows once they hit there 5th or 6th season. it had been spinning wheels since season 6 and really did not start going anywhere again till season 9. You mean to tell me Lex and lana getting married was a good idea? or Clark as the Traveler with Veritas? or lana a witch, or Jimmy not being Jimmy, or chole a metor freak but then it is never mentioned again? I will give you the show has some amazing moments(Ie, green arrow, justice league, Erica Durance as Lois, John Schneiders pa Kent, and of course Christopher Reeve.) that are awesome and I do get you excited for what is coming....... but they never follow through with what is promised. that being said i have enjoyed smallville and look forward to the final. it has been a long time coming being how this show should have ending 4 seasons ago.

  • May 10, 2011, 1:43 p.m. CST

    You know what makes a beautiful woman ?

    by 2LeggedFreak

    Cheek -bones --of which this poor lass appears to have none . Oh and then some camel toe---of which this poor lass has none And Smallville may have been good once but come on...anyone that can't see that Season 10 is the worst pile of lazy shit-infested filler has no critical faculties--I'm determined to see it through to the end because its Superman but at times I feel like packing it all in--its been dire this year.

  • May 10, 2011, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Biggest waste of 10 years, "Smallville" or "Stargate: SG1"?

    by Arafel

    Wow, that is a tough question, but I would have to go with "Stargate: SG1", because at least Smallville had a hot piece of ass in Lois Lane. Stargate: SG1 casted some of the ugliest women on TV for their unwatchable show. I mean, what the fuck? I couldn't watch 5 minutes of that shit, and it was on for over 10-11 years? Really, how did the fuck did that happen?

  • May 10, 2011, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Palicki's hips are too narrow and her tits are too small...

    by Arafel

    ...for her to be playing WONDER-WOMAN. Really, there were easily 100 other actresses that David E. Kelly could have cast who were hotter and have the same level of acting experience.

  • May 10, 2011, 2:38 p.m. CST

    This moon-faced kid doesn't really exude 'Amazon Princess'

    by smackfu

    Oh well. TV and Hollywood needs to learn their lesson, stick with Marvel and independents. Beyond Superman, Batman, and the adult properties, the DC universe is simply too silly for the screen. Most of the Marvel properties involve characters that are easily relatable, regular joes who stumbled into power, and often reluctantly became heroes. DC Universe's main players however, or not relatable, have interchangeable personalities - a guy given a magic ring by an organization of space police. A guy from Atlantis that talks to fish. An amazon princess, who's default garb for some reason is the gawdy flag of one of the nations of the world she finds herself in. An alien from Mars? The reincarnation of an egyptian prince? By interchangeable personalities, I mean this. I've always been a Spiderman\Xmen guy. I never read Captain America as a kid, or even Hulk or Iron Man, and I hated the Fantastic Four. But I knew *who* they were despite only occasionally reading their comics. Their personalities, motivations, and problems are clearly defined and integrated into their stories. But having read the same number of DC comics, I know *nothing* about WonderWoman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman etc. Add to that multiple people being the different heroes at different times, and the multiple universes, and what you're left with is an unapproachable comic universe that can only be appreciated by die hard, die hard fans.

  • May 10, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Its the 21st Century

    by In Action Man Reborn Requiem

    Wonder Woman should wear a star spangled G-String. I vote for a very special episode where WW fights crime in Brazil but, has trouble getting the requisite bikini wax due to her super strong Amazonian pubes.

  • May 10, 2011, 5:02 p.m. CST

    fully agree here

    by Raymond

    only bad thing on stargate was that after SG1 and Atlantis (which also was good but not as great as SG1) some idiot cancelled Atlantis for that flying turd that is still poluting television know as Stargate Universe. Someone should really put that out of our misery!

  • May 10, 2011, 5:33 p.m. CST

    That Original Costume Actually Had A Prayer Of Working...

    by Grimmjow Jeagerjaques

    If they'd just made the boots red instead of blue. I can live without the bikini bottom since it probably can't translate to live action without coming off as campy and cheesecakey. With all that's going against this show if the producers really have the balls to try to make the bikini bottom work, more power to em'. I can also deal with the new red boots in the "WW Running" pics since it'd probably look ridiculous to have her haul ass down the street in heels like a Bayformers chick. Maybe boots could be justified if WW flew in this. Does anyone know for sure if she'll be flying? With all the advances in practical comic book to live action translations that have been made in the past few years, it seems like the producers would've been able to find a happier medium between the comic look and a plausible live-action look. Maybe they're over-thinking it a bit. But yeah, this'll probably bomb hard. It's not like the script and story themselves are generating any positive buzz. Too bad WW couldn't have made her modern live-action debut on Smallville alongside Batman. Especially since those three are DC's "Big Three". I mean, my days of Smallville fandom are long over but not having Clark meet Bruce and Diana was just a WASTED opportunity. Whatever the reason for that was, whoever's idea it was to leave Bruce and Diana out, it was just a damn shame.

  • May 10, 2011, 5:53 p.m. CST

    "Not as good as Smallville". Five terrifying words.

    by Yeti

    For obvious reasons.

  • May 10, 2011, 6:50 p.m. CST

    We forget...

    by themikejonas

    That even though Smallville is written like a big-budget Power Rangers now, back in its first season--especially the pilot-- it was actually pretty good and full of potential, despite the MOTW format.

  • May 10, 2011, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Sounds clueless

    by darthSaul666

    Why would WW torture anybody when her Lasso makes people tell the truth?

  • May 10, 2011, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Pants vs. Skirt- Who cares?

    by blueant

    It's 95% Wonder Woman as far as I can tell. Ever think maybe the weather may favor wearing pants sometimes? Save the skirt for High temperature locales and to keep the series interesting, What will Vanna wear tonight? :p

  • May 10, 2011, 7:54 p.m. CST

    A Superhero hybrid of Boston Legal & Ally McBeal?

    by darthSaul666

    That's really fucking clueless.... Good thing I've given up on network programming in general... If a show is not on HBO, SHOWTIME, or AMC... It's usually the dumbest and most cliched thing ever made IMO As might expect I'd probably never watch this show anyway... That's my $0.02.....Carry On!

  • May 10, 2011, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Chick super heroes don't work in real life

    by Emperor_was_a_jerk

    She looks frail and weak. This little wrists of hers look like they could snap. Female super heroes just don't work in live action. Always looks silly.

  • May 10, 2011, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Letting David E Kelly do a superhero show

    by Dr. Hfuhruhurr

    Is like letting Michael Bay do a Jane Austen adaptation. He puts Wonder Woman in a board room just so he can channel his inner Ally McBeal. I mean, really.

  • Not just EPIC FAIL, but EPIC FUCKING FAIL!!! I KNEW David E. Kelley was going to destroy this show from the very beginning. If Wonder Woman is going to remind everyone of Ally Mc Beal and Boston Legal, and Kelley uses the same fuckin' crap indulgent formula he used in his last, what, five shows, instead of making Wonder Woman closer to the comic book, this show is DONE! OVER! GOOD-BYE!!!

  • May 11, 2011, 9:21 a.m. CST

    I think what they are going for here....

    by emeraldboy

    is a tough and no nonsense wonder woman. not carter's wonder woman which was peaceful dipolmat.

  • May 11, 2011, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Smallville is a bigger waste.

    by shutupfanboy

    Mainly for the fact DC let them use iconic characters and fucked them up. Stargate is well Stargate and if you fucked them up who would know. The finale episode for Smallville will ultimately determine its fate and so far with the spoilers, being a punchline is what its set-up to do.

  • May 11, 2011, 3:16 p.m. CST

    She Looks like Rosie O'Donnell in the second pic

    by Acappellaman

    Granted, a much THINNER Rosie O'Donnell, but look at that mug - totally Rosie!

  • May 11, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Check out Wonder Women #607 for her new costume

    by Faust_8

    it looks like pic one not the stars spangled shorts. Oh my god, the writers are trying to match the TV to the current comic book. What a crime to all fanboys.

  • May 11, 2011, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Smallville lost me during season 8

    by Faust_8

    and I was hanging on for the last few even, couldn't do it anymore.

  • May 11, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Wonder Womyn

    by tailhook

    Cause really.. they butched her up but good.

  • May 12, 2011, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Looks like we won't have to argue about this anymore...


  • May 12, 2011, 9:03 p.m. CST

    NBC has opted not to pick it up