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Wonder Woman fans got some big news early last month when it was announced that the character would finally be appearing in a live-action feature film. But while she's getting ready to hit the big screen, it appears that plans to bring the superheroine back to the small screen have stalled. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the CW has shut down the development of Amazon, the series that was meant to tell the origin story of Wonder Woman Smallville-style.
The network began working on the show all the way back in September 2012 and the plan was to have Grey's Anatomy's Allan Heinberg develop the story. Script changes were made last May when Heroes' Aron Eli Coleite was hired to pen a new draft, and while apparently the show looked like it could have been an off-cycle pick-up, that is no longer the case. CW president Mark Pedowitz spoke with the trade today at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour and confirmed that Amazon is on ice for right now - but don't be surprised if the show is resurrected a few years down the line. Said the executive,
"It all depends on the script. We were very careful with Arrow and we're being very careful with Flash. "These are iconic characters so we're going to be very careful with Wonder Woman. You only get one shot before you get bit."
The article makes no mention of whether or not the character being in the Man of Steel sequel had any affect on the network's decision to pull the plug on Amazon, but given that DC Comics properties on television and film seem to be kept separate, one may have nothing to do with the other. Gal Gadot is set to play Diana of Themyscira in the upcoming 2015 blockbuster and will be featured alongside Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affeck as Batman.
Even without Wonder Woman, DC Comics is doing pretty damn well on the boob tube. In addition to both Arrow and Flash, Fox is currently working on a new series called Gotham (focusing on Batman's hometown and following the adventures of Detective James Gordon) and NBC is developing a pilot for John Constantine, the anti-hero of Hellblazer comics.
Would you be interested in seeing a series based on Wonder Woman's origin? Are you happy that the network is taking their time with the property instead of just jumping in both feet first? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.