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It looks like Wonder Woman might be making a return to prime-time network television — again.
More than a year after NBC passed on a Wonder Woman pilot, Vulture reports that a new series starring the DC icon is in very early development at The CW, with the working title of “Amazon.” It’s said to be at the script development stage at this point, written by Allan Heinberg — a TV and comic book veteran, whose credits include The O.C. and Marvel’s Young Avengers, plus a 2006 run on the Wonder Woman comic book.
The series is said to be a Smallville-esque take on the character, depicting Wonder Woman’s early days.
Wonder Womanbecame a household name with the Lynda Carter-starred series that ran on ABC and later CBS for three seasons, from 1976 to 1979; Ally McBeal creator David E. Kelley’s 2011 Wonder Woman pilot starring Adrianne Palicki received a mix of abundant pre-release hype and persistent bad buzz, and was ultimately not picked up as a series.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Geoff Johns and Jim Lee hinted that the other elephant in the room, Lois Lane’s previously-thought destined relationship with Clark, simply doesn’t exist. AP writer Matt Moore even went so far as to say “She’s still around, but the two have never dated, nor are they likely to.”
Lee added to the assumption, and noted that this relationship between Superman and Wonder Woman will reach far beyond just the pages of Justice League or just the reactions of other superheroes.
“The way Geoff unfolds the story and the implications of 2 of the most powerful characters in the DCU becoming a team is something that goes beyond the question of ‘What about Lois and Clark? This is a statement to every nation and geopolitical organization in the entire DC Universe giving creative teams ample material to explore this relationship on so many different levels.”
Meanwhile, at the New York Daily News, Lee says he likes that this will get people talking.
“If you change anything from the length of a cape to the shape of a belt buckle, there’s always some fan that notices and is appalled. We’re very lucky to have a very passionate fan base.”
Rocksteady Studios is developing a new Batman video game for 2014, Variety reports, one that would take place before Arkham City and Arkham Asylum and also feature members of the Justice League.
This is just one of the series of projects that Warner Bros. is developing reportedly in a coordinated branding effort to maximize the Justice League intellectual property and whet audience appetites for an eventual Justice League film.
Varity ties the game it to one of several recent projects — citing efforts including last year’s New 52 relaunch; CW’s fall-debuting Arrow TV series and the Lego: The Piece of Resistance movie, featuring animated Batman and Superman. The Hollywood trade also cites the projects as efforts to prepare the market for what’s next in a world with no more Christopher Nolan Batman movies. Variety calls it Time Warner’s “mandate to monetize its stable of iconic superheroes.”
In addition to a Justice League movie, which Warner hopes will be ready for 2015 (a script by Will Beall is in the “polish” stage), Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green are writingThe Flash, and Michael Goldenberg has been hired to write Wonder Woman. All three worked on 2011′s Green Lantern film.
Though WB execs declined to comment on the article, Variety reports that the studio plans to reveal their upcoming film plans for DC’s characters within the next several months.
While Disney and Marvel were busy shooting “The Avengers” last year, Warner Brothers quietly began getting its own all-star superhero pic back on track, tapping “Gangster Squad” scribe Will Beall to write “Justice League,” based on the WB-controlled stable of DC Comics superheroes.
Warners originally tried to mount a “Justice League” movie several years ago, with George Miller directing from a script by Kieran and Michele Mulroney. That iteration was set to star Adam Brody as the Flash, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman and then-newcomer Armie Hammer as Batman. Back in January 2008, the studio cited a lack of tax breaks as the main reason it pulled the plug on the project, which also needed a rewrite that wasn’t possible because of the writers’ strike.
DC Comics is a vital component of Warner Bros.’ intellectual property, as “Green Lantern” scribes Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green were tapped to write “The Flash” for director Greg Berlanti, while another “Green Lantern” scribe, Michael Goldenberg, was hired to write “Wonder Woman.”
James Robinson is finally getting to talk about Earth 2, and while he’s not giving much away.
The comic, which Robinson is launching in May with artist Nicola Scott, will tell the story of heroes first emerging on the alternate Earth. It will focus on heroes like Batman, Wonder Woman, and Flash — but the people wearing those costumes may not be the same as the more familiar heroes on the main DCU Earth.
Robinson revealed that:
- This is a complete reboot of the Earth 2 concept.
- Earth 2 has a “five-year jumping on point like the main DCU Earth” for its superhero story.
- The story of issue #1 begins with a few characters (including Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman) who are “gripped” in a dire situation. But then an “event” happens, and “out of that conflict,” some familiar faces begin to “take the mantles of superheroes in the future.”
- Jay Garrick is the “everyman” through which readers are introduced to the world of Earth 2. While the name Jay Garrick may be familiar to older DC readers as the elderly Golden Age Flash, in this comic, he’s younger, as seen in our exclusive art for the cover of Earth 2 #2.
- Alan Scott and Al Pratt are also key characters in the story of Earth 2.
- Robinson said: “It isn’t the Justice Society. It’s Earth 2. So it’s going to be a whole world of different characters.”
- The comic also introduces different versions of Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman, but Robinson said Earth 2 is an “ensemble” book, and doesn’t just focus on the Trinity
- The first issue also includes Helena Wayne as Robin, and Karen Starr as Supergirl, before they somehow end up on the main DCU Earth as Huntress and Power Girl (as seen in the current Huntress mini-series and May’s World’s Finest).
- The differences between the main DCU Earth and Earth 2 are not traceable to one easy explanation (such as, “they lost the war”).
- Fans of Wally West and Donna Troy should not expect to see them on Earth 2, because Robinson said he doesn’t know what the plans are for those characters.
- Although Parademons show up on the first variant cover to Earth 2, don’t expect to see Darkseid
- DC and its writers have a tough time figuring out what to call the main DCU Earth. Robinson originally used terms like “Earth One” and “Earth Prime,” but Newsarama inquired with DC editorial and was told that Robinson should have used “main DCU Earth.” This is the second time a DC writer accidentally used the wrong name for the main DCU Earth in an interview with Newsarama.
There’s still not a lot known about DC’s new Earth 2 series set to debut this May, other than the creative team of writer James Robinson and artist Nicola Scott, and that it’s set to star the Justice Society.
Exactly what form this Justice Society will take isn’t yet clear, and on Friday DC revealed a variant cover by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado that features alternate versions of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, rather than familiar Justice Society characters like Alan Scott, Jay Garrick and Wildcat.
In January, Robinson gave this Earth 2 tease: “Earth 2 is a world that’s very like our own, but at the same time vastly different. It has known great conflict and danger…a dark menace defeated but at a great cost both to the Earth and to its superheroes of that time. Now, in the present as new menaces emerge to attack the Earth, so new heroes must emerge too, learning to work as a team (or perhaps Society is a better word) while facing these new threats head-on. Who are these heroes? Will their powers include speed, bestial fury, and maybe even green light? Wait and see.”
Here’s how DC described Earth 2 in its original announcement: “The greatest heroes on a parallel Earth, the Justice Society combats threats that will set them on a collision course with other worlds.”
With all the superhero films hitting the big screen, many feel it’s time to make a Wonder Woman movie. “Drive” director Nicolas Winding Refn has made it clear he’s interested inmaking a movie about Diana Prince, and current ”Wonder Woman” creative team Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang recently weighed in on the character’s film prospects as well.
Of course, how can we forget that “Avengers” director Joss Whedon once took a shot at a big-screen “Wonder Woman” movie? Even though he’s spending his time with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes at the moment, he hasn’t forgotten his vision for “Wonder Woman.”
Speaking to New York Magazine, Whedon said about his since shelved take on Wonder Woman: “She sort of traveled the world. She was very powerful and very naïve about people, and the fact that she was a goddess was how I eventually found my in to her humanity and vulnerability.”
“She would look at us and the way we kill each other and the way we let people starve and the way the world is run and she’d just be like, None of this makes sense to me. I can’t cope with it, I can’t understand, people are insane,” he described.
“Ultimately her romance with Steve [Trevor] was about him getting her to see what it’s like not to be a goddess, what it’s like when you are weak, when you do have all these forces controlling you and there’s nothing you can do about it,” Whedon went on. “That was the sort of central concept of the thing. Him teaching her humanity and her saying, okay, great, but we can still do better.”
***Spoiler warning! Upcoming developments in Wonder Womanare revealed below, proceed with caution!***
DC’s “The New 52″ relaunch is now in month 2, but the publisher is still surprising readers, the latest being a new origin — and parent — for Wonder Woman.
Another new origin? I think I want to say this is Wonder Woman’s 5th new origin story since the character debuted.
As Monday on DC’s official publicity blog The Source, in the current continuity, Wonder Woman’s mother is Hippolyta and father is Zeus. This is a significant change to the character’s history, who traditionally has never had a father figure and was said to be formed from mystical clay. Of upcoming developments in the series, The Source says, “the king of the gods will ensure that nothing goes as planned for his defiant daughter.”
The updated origin will be revealed in November’s Wonder Woman #3, the New York Postreports. The newspaper also states, “The paternity revelation is one of several DC will be dropping about their retooled characters at the New York Comic Con, which kicks off at the Javits Center on Thursday.”
DC Comics is relaunching their entire line of comics this September with 52 new #1 issues. The Michael Show Podcast has been bringing you the news as it breaks. Now that all 52 #1 issues have been announced, let’s put them all together. A few of these issues I did not report on until now but you can see the first issue cover below:
1) Justice League of America #1
2) Aquaman #1
3) Captain Atom #1
4) DC Universe Presents #1
5) Firestorm #1
6) Flash #1
7) Green Arrow #1
8) Justice League International #1
9) Mister Terrific #1
10) The Savage Hawkman #1
11) Wonder Woman #1
12) Green Lantern #1
13) Green Lantern Corps #1
14) Green Lantern: The New Guardians #1
15) Red Lanterns #1
16) Batman #1
17) Detective Comics #1
18) Batman and Robin #1
19) Batman: The Dark Knight #1
20) Batwoman #1
21) Batgirl #1
22) Catwoman #1
23) Birds of Prey #1
24) Nightwing #1
25) Batwing #1
26) Red Hood and the Outlaws #1
27) Swamp Thing #1
28) Justice League Dark #1
29) Animal Man #1
30) Demon Knights #1
31) Frankenstein: Agent of Shade #1
32) Resurrection Man #1
33) Vampire #1
34) Voodoo #1
35) Hawk and Dove #1
36) Legion Lost #1
37) Legion of Superheroes #1
38) Static Shock #1
39) Teen Titans #1
40) Blue Beetle #1
41) Stormwatch #1
42) Blackhawks #1
43) Men of War #1
44) All-Star Western #1
45) Deathstroke #1
46) Grifter #1
47) OMAC #1
48) Suicide Squad #1
49) Action Comics #1
50) Superman #1
51) Supergirl #1
52) Superboy #1
Between a Twitter dick pic and a sexting nude photo scandal, Rep. Anthony Weiner and Gossip Girls Blake Lively have provided many opportunities to learn plenty of life lessons from Michael. Plus, get your Geek! on with the biggest news in comic land: DC Universe revamping and relaunching their entire line of comics.
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On Tuesday, The Michael Show posted a story about DC Comic’s revamping their entire universe — once again — and restarting all their titles with issue #1. Today, DC Comics released more information, including titles and covers of a few restarted titles and a few new ones.
CAPTAIN ATOM #1
DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #1
GREEN ARROW #1
JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #1
MISTER TERRIFIC #1
THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN #1
WONDER WOMAN #1
DC Comics…have we not learned our lesson with Crisis on Infinite Earths, Zero Hour, One Year Later or anyone of the other universe restart stunts you’ve pulled in the past? Captain Atom, Deadman, Hawkman, Mister Teriffic and Aquaman are all great characters. Problem is, they are great in team books but in solo titles they don’t pull in the readers.
Check out some shots from the cancelled Wonder Woman pilot written by David E. Kelley, which starred Adrianne Palacki as Wonder Woman in what the general consensus from TV insiders expressed to be a god-awful adaptation! Regardless, I would have still liked to of seen it.
After weeks of rumor, DC finally made official that it is relaunching their entire comics line with 52 first issues.
And leading the charge will be the launch of even longer-rumored Geoff Johns/Jim Lee collaboration on Justice League.
Relaunching a title with a new No. 1 sees a jump in sales but in most cases it’s a short-term effect. Marvel Comics is guilty of renumbering titles all the time only to fall back, a year or two later, to the previous numbers. Is DC really going to ignore Detective Comics’ issues which are running in the 880s and restart the comic?
Tune in this September. In the meantime, an image of John and Lee’s Justice League has been release and it looks pretty awesome. Check it out above.
Michael has a run in with a woman who has four kids, recently done gold glitter nails, an iPhone and pays for her Jack in the Box with an EBT card. Also, the date of the rapture has been updated, Lindsay Lohan’s naughty bits are all over the place, Selena Gomez gets dry-humped by a midget resulting in death threats, Avril Lavigne has a potty mouth and releases a new single.. In Geek! news, X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass sequel update and a Justice League porn parody.
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Yes, you read that title right. Dare I say this both scares me and interests me at the same time:
Is it possible the world didn’t end because Macho Man Randy Savage stopped Jesus from starting the rapture? Just a thought. On today’s show, doomsday prophet ‘flabbergasted’ world didn’t end, Arnold Schwarzenegger update with an introduction to the hotness that is Katherine Schwarzenegger. Also, Demi Lovato takes on cyber bullies then tweets unattractive picture of herself, Michael questions if Pippa Middleton’s apple ass is overrated and a listener e-mails an upskirt picture of Vanessa Hudgens. Then, Rebecca Black confirms she is not pregnant and an update of comics big three: Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman.
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After receiving mixed reviews during test-screenings, the much-anticipated, David E. Kelley produced Wonder Woman pilot has reportedly NOT been picked up by NBC!
Apparently, the fan backlash regarding the changes made to the costume didn’t help matters, either.
My thoughts? Who cares. This was doomed to fail from the beginning. The story of the new Wonder Woman series was going to be Diana versus an evil corporation where she worked. Eh. Lame.
Gone are the starred blue hot pants and red boots that Lynda Carter (right) wore back in the 70s — instead replaced by hip-hugging blue pleather from the waist down (left).
The cuffs, lasso, crown and bust all remain. Which costume do you prefer better?
I’ve always been a fan of Wonder Woman, superheroes and TV shows/movies about superheroes. However, what I have read about this new Wonder Woman series, and after seeing the costume, I am not convinced this show will last more than a season.
I hope I’m wrong but we’ll see what happens…