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Adrianne Palicki Is Wonder Woman

Friday Night Lights star Adrianne Palicki has landed the lead in David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman revival for NBC, Variety reports.

The 27-year-old actress will play corporate executive Diana Themyscira, who fights crime in Los Angeles as Wonder Woman while maintaining a third, secret identity as Diana Prince. The DC Comics superheroine was last seen on live-action television in 1979, when she was famously portrayed by Lynda Carter. According to Deadline, Palicki was the only actress invited to test for the role.

Announced in October, Kelley’s reboot hit a snag early last month when all the networks passed on his script. However, NBC, now under new president of programming Bob Greenblatt, surprised virtually everyone about four weeks ago when it ordered the pilot. It will be directed by Jeffrey Reiner, a co-executive producer of Friday Night Lights.

Palicki, who played Tyra Collette on the first three seasons of that acclaimed NBC series, is no stranger to superhero adaptations: She was the evil Siren in the ill-fated Aquaman pilot. She also portrayed Sam Winchester’s doomed girlfriend in the pilot episode of Supernatural, and appeared in Fox’s short-lived drama Lone Star. Palicki co-stars in the upcoming remake of Red Dawn.

And in case you’re wondering, her IMDb.com biography says she’s 5’11”.

Here, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, is NBC’s official description for Wonder Woman:

The series pilot is a reinvention of the iconic DC Comics title in which Wonder Woman — a.k.a. Diana Prince — is a vigilante crime fighter in Los Angeles but also a successful corporate executive and a modern woman trying to balance all of the elements of her extraordinary life. Kelley and Bill D’Elia (Boston Legal, The Practice) are the executive producers. The pilot was written by Kelley and will be directed by Jeffrey Reiner (NBC’s The Event). Wonder Woman is from David E. Kelley Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

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  • Packagemanups

    Hopefully she gets the mole between her eyes removed cause what ever she is in, I always end up stairing at that thing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/strivearth Zen Strive

    I want costumes! Show me costumes!

  • http://nailsin.mysite.com nailsin

    Whatever.

  • http://storywiseguy.com/ Chris Buckley

    I don’t get it. IS the character even an Amazon?
    Great casting, but the premise sounds awful.
    I was rather hoping they’d just commit to JMS’ “all-new” treatment as her new official on-screen origin.
    Sad to see them fragmenting this character across different media.

  • Anonymous

    I sincerely hope this doesn’t suck.

  • DP

    CW should have used WW in the Smallville finale. Then they could have used it as a back door pilot.

  • http://www.spinoffonline.com Kevin Melrose

    The CW had to pass on the pilot script because it was too expensive.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    I don’t think Geoff Johns (as Chief Creative Officer) would let the series move forward if they changed too much.

  • Action_terry

    WTF and how in tf can it even be inhumanly possible, much less probably, that television and film-makers so consistently make everything petty and inevitably pitiful… From Goddess to gawd awful… How creative… As though the teeth guard Dark Knight wasn’t bad enough…

    T.

  • Sean

    This is NOT Bridget Regan…..

  • Shift

    In terms of the actress selected, I suppose she could play Diana. Although, honestly, I don’t find her quite exotic enough for the role.

    In terms of the story however… Sigh. This isn’t Wonder Woman for me. I don’t expect them to keep every aspect of her continuity the same. That’s impossible when you go from one media to another. But the very least they could have done was stay with her premise and origins. Warrior amabassador of the Amazon people, who was made of clay and is the embodiment of truth.

    The whole idea of her being a corporate executive doesn’t sound remotely like any interpretation of the character EVER created. And making such a massive change… Didn’t they learn anything from the CATWOMAN movie?

  • William Moulton

    Man I hope this sucks!

  • Shift

    Which is funny considering this show sounds like the budget is going to be pretty simple. I mean, she doesn’t have the invisible jet and it doesn’t sound like the Greek God stuff is going to play a factor, and so on. Honestly, from that previous article that describe what could be going into the story, it sounds like Boston Legal with the occasional hero bit thrown in.

  • Michael

    Dammit! I wanted Bridget Regan for Wondy! *sigh* well, maybe if she ever makes it to the silver screen, Bridget can play the role

  • http://twitter.com/AdamDrivesFar Adam Kirby

    Not exotic enough? When has Wonder Woman been drawn in any way that’s more exotic than your average white woman with big tits?

  • Dolcealberto

    WOW I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!

  • Thesnappysneezer

    goddess no, jms needs to be castrated for what he has done

  • jason

    Brigit Regan is a nightmare to work with and also stuck on CBS Blue Bloods forever since it’s a hit.

  • Thom Vane

    I want to care about who is cast as Diana McBeal but I don’t.

  • PixelPusher

    Ok, now I’m SOLD. Good choice can’t wait to see it.

  • Anonymous

    I was really down on this. But I’ve been watching every ep of Harry’s Law and it reminded me how great the writing is in Kelley’s shows.

    Not optimistic this will be a faithful take on the character, but since I really don’t care much for her anyway at least I’m more convinced this could turn out to be a decent-to-compelling hour of television weekly.

  • TheBoyWonder

    True, but ‘Smallville’ can barely afford a set. If it got any cheaper, we’d be watching sock puppets.

  • http://forwhenifeellikesharing.tumblr.com/ Bear

    Booooooooooo.

  • Hysan

    It took me a few minutes to realize you guys meant Bridget Moynahan. She’s about 39 going on 40, which means she’s way too old for the role as it is. Diana is normally in the 25-30 year old range.

  • XK

    Wonder Woman is very rarely drawn as “your average white woman with big tits,” but instead as a strong, imposing woman of clearly foreign (although it’s sometimes questionable if they capture Greek phenotypes) origin.

  • XK

    Not sure who you were replying to, but I think the people who said Bridget Regan actually did mean Bridget Regan… not Bridget Moynahan, (except for jason, who is clearly confusing the two). Bridget Regan was part of the short-lived Legend of the Seeker show, and, since her appearance on that show, has had a small, but vocal contingent who think she should play WW.

  • XK

    You’re thinking of Bridget Moynahan. ;)

  • demoncat_4

    nice one step closer even if the show is looking like alley mcbeal mated with batman elements as a superhero. and still think they should have Linda Carter as Hypolita.

  • JMC

    Wow – you need to check your priorities (or vision) if that’s what you end up staring at regarding Adrianne : )

  • JMC

    No man deserves to be castrated – except Hitler, Charlie Sheen, and Graeme McMillan – of course I am talking about the ones above his neck :)

  • JMC

    Damn – I was hoping Betty White would get it!!

  • Jay

    They can’t find someone hotter than this? Sorry, this girl doesn’t cut it for me as Wonder Woman

  • Flip Maker

    What is wrong with you?

  • Shift

    Barely afford a set? The Farm, the Fortress of Solitude, the Daily Planet Bull pen, the DP Rooftop, the Watchtower base, Luthor’s Office, the main street, not to mention the assorted evil villain locations and bases as well as assorted one-shot sets like JSA Brownstone or the Hawk’s temple? Seems to me their set-budge is pretty good all things considering.

  • JMH

    Gina Torres or GTFO.

  • Shift

    Many times actually, depending on the artist. While some artists make all their women look generic, others like George Perez for example have worked hard in their art to make certain that Diana looked more Greek than Caucasian, emphasizing facial structure, nose and eyes.

    And even then, we’re not talking about the comics, are we? We’re talking about a TV show. So considering her family origins are from Ancient Greece and the fact she’s from a completely different country of sorts, yeah, I would picture her being more exotic.

  • DavidH

    Really dude? Come on now.

  • Tomfitz1

    You should check out the Aqauaman pilot episode, with her in her Siren costume! ;-)

  • Chimera Nottingham

    Her last name ‘Themyscira’ maybe hints at her true origins…

  • RunnerX13

    The farm set was build ten years ago, and half the show takes place there, and we see the same crappy city street set in every Metropolis exterior.

  • CaseyJustice

    I like her.

    I’ll also be the bad guy here and just say it: Wonder Woman’s history in comics is god-awful. Super convoluted, completely impenetrable and utterly unrelateable. I love what JMS is doing in the WW book, because it’s actually turning Diana into a character, and that’s what needs to be done for a TV show. The audience needs something to hold onto. In the pilot, she’s still from Paradise Island, she’s still an ambassador to Man’s World, she’s still all the god stuff we like, but what she’s not is a political figure sitting through boring meetings and diplomatic crap. She’s a hero living a human life, with human problems. A marked improvement, I’d say.

  • Nick

    Doesn’t matter who they cast because the premise is so awful. The show will tank quickly and fanboys won’t be too broken up because they’ll hate it so much anyway.

  • Jbwbubba

    I want to say she also did an episode of smallville at end of season two maybe three in which she played the first version of supergirl/kara

  • Jbwbubba

    Yeah, she played Kara in the Season 3 finale ‘Covenant’

  • K Durant

    this sounds like they werent to sure what to do so they shoved this $h!t our way to say they tried. Cut the crap and do the Wonder Woman series thats been in the comics for the last 60 plus years

  • 2000filmfan

    Thank you CaseyJustice, I’m glad someone said it (absolutely no sarcasm).

  • Modernpost

    Mmmno. Wrongly placed plastic boobs.

  • http://twitter.com/Dawnell_do Dawnell_do

    Okay she hot but can she act is what I want to now!?

  • Admin

    Without even seeing it, it will fail because of the usual reasons when depicting a female superhero on network TV–

    1) It will be too politically correct. Superheroines need to be SEEN and unself-conscious about it. Her suit will simply not be sexy/skimpy/tight enough. If Lynda Carter didn’t have such imposing cleavage in her 1977 suit, do you think anyone would remember her?

    2) they will typically target the wrong audience a la Bionic Woman and Birds of Prey: 16-24 females who COULD CARE LESS.

    3) They will underserve the audience that DOES CARE 16-55 MEN.

    4) It will not be written by someone who cares: a Fanboy with real writing skills.

  • Alemander

    Not sure if this was mentioned, but isn’t this going to be what the remade Bionic Woman was? That flopped fast, didn’t it? I don’t see this succeeding either.

  • Deluxedistributing

    she has a mole??? next i bet your gonna tell me she can speak too…

  • Sijo

    She looks OK to me, let’s see how well she acts.

    I’m also not terribly worried about the premise, other than if it doesn’t have her origin, powers and costume, then it’s not Wonder Woman, period.

  • Shift

    Actually the use of the Farm seems lessened these days, instead they seem to be using the Roof, the Bullpen, and the other places I mentioned, aside from the street.

  • Rance_Llacuna

    It happens to be a coincidence that she has also starred in two other DC Universe based TV shows. Smallville (Season 3 Finale) and Aquaman (Pilot)

  • a true DC fan

    Gee uh besides looking like a generic hot brunette– she doesnt resemble a GREEK AMAZON at all.

    ALSO i love how DC tv & movie adaptions just make shit up. When in the history of the character did she ever work as a corporate executive in LA of all places???

    This is a prime example of why DC properties totaly suck in movies and TV.

    IF it wasnt for the fact that we got plenty of BATMAN in the 90s in bot cartoons & movies that was pretty darn close to faithful…. i would cry foul over the CHRISTOPHER NOLAN versions.
    As it is i still think the NOLAN bat suits are horrendous fron head to toe.

    WW will be a failure on TV.
    As will GL in the theater this summer.

  • Omegasaga

    IF you think GEOFF JOHNS has any creative power in the TV or movie aspect of DC characters– then you are fooling yourself.

    Geoff might be mega popular in the comics world but he is a complete NOBODY with ZERO power in the TV & Movie industry.
    As if he would dare object to David E Kelley. please.

    As it stands- RYAN RENOLDS Hal Jordan is a mockery of everything Geoff has achived with that character.

    DC has ZERO say in ANYTHING when it comes to their properties. Just as MARVEL has ZERO say in what sony is doing with Spidey or the Xmen

  • Omegasaga

    ITs NOT impossibel to make a straight forward faithfull comic adaption. From the costume to the basic origin of teh character. Its completly possible.

    SPIDERMAN 1 & Superman 1 are THE prime examples of doing it correct.

  • Omegasaga

    You know nothing about the character.

    It would be like Hollywood casting Jayden Smith as Harry potter .

  • Omegasaga

    If the casting is just a generic run of the mill brunette, and the basic plot of the show is out of some big wigs ass…..and the costume is different ( black spandex) — then how is this WonderWoman by anything other than namesake?

    Was GIJOE the rise of cobra an adaption of GIJOE or just some BS with the name stamped on it?

  • Omegasaga

    Dear 14yrold i suggest you checkout the ALEX ROSS WW graphic novel from 2001.
    But more importantly see George Perez Iconic reboot from 1986 ( available on amazon).

    Not only are those two works faithful and streamlined– but they capture the true essence of the character.

    for the last 25yrs most creators have used the above works as their template for WW.
    Its only a rotaion of editors that screw it up now and then.

    See the Xmen and Spiderman comicverse for totaly incomprehensible.

  • Omegasaga

    There are only 2 formulas for a popular TV show based on women. IF you dont follow either formula… then all you have is a 6 episode SEASON 1 on DVD 3 months after the fact.

    Formula 1) hot teen/20 somthing girl(s) with a pretty 20somthing cast . Throw them into any concept as long as it has cutten edge fashion and pop culture referances.
    Basicaly BUFFY or SMALLVILLE.
    —–But that aint Wonder Woman

    Formula 2) mindless campy storytelling with ultra hot women in dental floss outfits teasing soft core with some laughable action.
    ie BAYWATCH or XENA——which is perfect for a WW tv show.

    there is NO other way to depict this character….. i dont want to know what makes WW as a corporate woman in LA tick…… i just want to see her T & A in the Iconic outfit.

  • Shift

    Umm… yeah, if you read my post again, you’ll realized that wasn’t what I said.

    I said it’s impossible to keep EVERY aspect of the continuity the same. That means they don’t vary in any way.

    No franchise has ever been able to keep every aspect of continuity the same in the movies as the comics. For example, Spider-Man ignored the mechanical webshooters and instead gave him organic ones. They also ignored Gwen Stacy until Spider-Man 3, and instead altered Mary-Jane’s history to fit into the movie franchise instead of the original comics. Superman meanwhile ignored the Superboy aspect of his past, and instead had him go from Clark to Superman.

    What I was saying was that comics have very thick and extensive histories, and it is impossible to present ALL of it in a movie. You have to edit and adjust it to fit into a different media.

  • Shift

    Kelley can’t push through on a project without the approval of DC. And considering how much Geoff Johns has fought for other things in his career (for example, fighting against Dan Didio’s decision to kill off Nightwing during Infinite Crisis), I think you’re underestimating him.

    David E Kelley is just the writer. He’s not the final word on anything. DC and NBC get the final word on things.

    And how exactly is Ryan Renolds a mockery of anything. You haven’t even seen the movie yet. Seems a bit odd to insult his performance without anything to back it up.

    And no, DC has a say in things, because its their property. If something bad gets pushed through, its not because they didn’t have a say, its because enough dollar signs were given to them.

  • Shift

    Actually, she’s not. There’s no indication that her powers come from the gods, there is no indication that she’s an ambassador of peace and the fact this show seems to depend primarily on Diana being an executive rather than a super-hero, and Steve being a lawyer instead of a fighter pilot, it implies that we’re going to be having a lot of boring office meetings and court room scenes instead of any action or appropriate character behavior and development.

    And how exactly is her history god-awful? The basic premise of the character is pretty simple. Amazon queen wants baby, makes it out of clay, gods make give it life. She saves a pilot, and goes back to “man’s world” to help protect the world and teach peace. She acts as an amabassor for her people, and fights as a super-hero.

    Sure, the comics have altered history, but that applies to all super-heroes. The primary premise of the character has always remained the same and is much more interesting this this tripe.

  • W_lazac

    Finally!!! they found someone that looks like Linda Carter to be a Wonder Woman!! Im so excited!!