Maybe we should begin to call it a curse. After years of failed attempts to bring DC Comics’ Wonder Woman to the movies – including one by Buffy‘s Joss Whedon, who was then snapped up by competitors Marvel to helm their flagship movie The Avengers – the character’s latest bid for TV greatness seems to have fallen at the first hurdle: No network wants to buy the show.
Deadline reports that David E. Kelley’s script for a WW pilot was offered to the CW, Fox, NBC, CBS and ABC, with each network passing. The CW, which currently airs Smallville (based on DC’s Superman) and is developing a new series based on Raven from Teen Titans, was said to be interested but couldn’t afford the price being asked for by Warner Bros. TV, while NBC and CBS were both unable to pick the show up for internal reasons. While Fox passed because the script wasn’t considered a fit for the network, ABC’s reasons may be slightly more complicated. Not only does the network have superhuman soap No Ordinary Family already running, but as the sister company to Marvel Entertainment, it’s also got two series from Marvel TV in development and has to consider larger corporate interests.
Kelley’s Wonder Woman pilot isn’t officially dead just yet – There is talk about making another round of network presentations in the future – but for such a high profile project (WW being one of DC’s three best-known characters, and this being one of DC Entertainment’s first TV projects since the company’s high-profile re-organization), this is an embarrassing result.
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