WHAT IS IT?
Wonder Woman is a 2011 TV pilot starring Adrianne Palicki as DC Comics' powerful princess, erm.... Wonder Woman! The show was written by Ally McBeal scribe David E Kelley and featured Liz Hurley in the role of the show's villainess Veronica Cale.
When it was announced that a Wonder Woman series was being produced all of the major TV networks passed on the idea, however NBC showed interest. Actress Adrianne Palicki was then cast in the role and it wasn't long before images of the star decked out in Spandex cropped up on the internet.
Fans, trolls and pretty much anyone with eyes, voiced their concerns over the images of Palicki, claiming that her new outfit looked, well, a bit shit and the show was going to be awful.
Regardless of the fan backlash, production continued on the pilot anyway, with the episode completed in time for the 2011-2012 season. Unfortunately for Palicki, NBC then changed its mind about picking up the series so the show never made it past the pilot stages.
WHAT WAS GOOD?
OK, maybe this is a bit of a controversial statement here, but Wonder Woman was actually not that bad. The script showed potential (with some snappy dialogue), and compared to some of the other shite that makes it past the pilot stages this really wasn't the monster it could have been.
The pilot made references to current events (including the double dip recession) and presented a Wonder Woman that was very different to the one portrayed by Lynda Carter in the iconic 1970s TV show. That wasn't necessarily a good thing, however it did at least demonstrate that Kelley and Co were keen to update the character for a new generation.
WHAT WAS BAD?
Despite a strong performance, played with a great deal of conviction by Palicki, the Wondy of the 2011 TV pilot was not a Wonder Woman for everybody. In fact, the character's hard edge, no nonesense approach to crime fighting was very off putting for fans and well wishers alike.
Oh and her boobs were too much of a distraction in that outfit.
WHY PUSH THE BUTTON?
The fact that Wonder Woman wasn't picked up by a TV network (plus everything stated above) would usually be reason enough for you to push the button on this one, but before you get trigger happy with your digits hold fire for just a few more seconds.
Wonder Woman was not a great pilot, but it was an acceptable one. Sure, David E Kelley's take on the character wasn't quite right, but in fairness fans had already derailed this project long before it had even got going. Early negativity was perhaps one of the biggest reasons why the show failed at such an early stage.
Pushing the button would erase the pilot from existence but would only leave yet another large Wonder Woman-shaped hole that needs to be filled! Palicki's Wonder Woman was not the definitive version of the character (arguably that title is reserved for Lynda Carter) but that doesn't mean the pilot should be disgarded like toxic waste. Instead the pilot should be the blueprint for a better show/film featuring DC's most impressive superheroine.