Joss Whedon explains why he doesn't think Wonder Woman works on TV

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Sep 27, 2013

If you ask Joss Whedon, there's a reason why a new Wonder Woman TV series hasn't gotten off the ground.

Before he became Marvel's go-to superhero guru, Whedon famously (or infamously) worked on a big-screen version of the legendary Amazon for Warner Bros., which ultimately passed on his take. Since then, there have been two attempts to bring Diana back to the small screen. The first, created by David E. Kelley and titled simply Wonder Woman, reimagined the character as a corporate executive, and though it got a pilot order from NBC, the show ultimately didn't make it to series. The second, The CW's Wonder Woman origin tale Amazon, was pushed back to the 2014/2015 TV season earlier this year, and then put on pause when The CW decided to try its hand at a Flash TV series to complement its DC Comics hit Arrow

Once upon a time, the character was a TV hit with the 1970s series starring Lynda Carter, but these days, outside of animated appearances, Wonder Woman just can't seem to make it back to the small screen. What's the problem? Well, according to Whedon, it might just be that, in the superhero adaptation-rich world we live in now, TV is just too small to contain her.

“It is hard. She’s a tough nut to crack. I know she’s famous as a television show, but I don’t think she lends herself to television," Whedon told Entertainment Weekly. "I think she only works on an epic scale. I saw a bit of the David E. Kelley [NBC pilot]. That was not a good marriage.”

Few fans would argue with the idea of seeing Wonder Woman on an epic scale, but outside of that rumor that she might pop up alongside Batman and Superman in 2015, we don't have any indication that it'll happen soon.

What do you think? Is Whedon right that we shouldn't even bother with Wonder Woman on TV anymore, or at this point would you take any half-decent Wonder Woman adaptation you could get?

(EW via The Mary Sue)


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