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Prolific producer David E. Kelley admits he made mistakes in 2011 with his rejected revival of Wonder Woman for NBC, but he insists the DC Comics superheroine remains a viable television property.
“I think it’s ripe to do it. We made mistakes with ours,” he told The Hollywood Reporter at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour. “My only regret is we were never given a chance to correct them. We had a lot that was right about it and a great cast. In time, we could have fixed what we had done wrong, we just didn’t get that chance. […] We produced it at warp speed and it’s a special effects show and it took more time than we were able to give it. We were able to give it more time and extended it had we been picked up. Just learning the storytelling — the genre was very different for me and I had a lot to learn; my learning curve probably would have gotten better.”
Despite his regrets, Kelley wishes The CW success with Amazon, a planned origin story focusing on Wonder Woman as a young superhero. Written by TV producer Allan Heinberg, better known to comics fans for his stints on DC’s Wonder Woman and Marvel’s Young Avengers, the project is being compared to Smallville, with a young Diana coming from “a remote, secluded country and until now has spent most of her life as a soldier and a leader on the battlefield.” By contrast, Kelley’s version starred Adrianne Palicki as a successful corporate executive who fights crime in Los Angeles while trying to balance the elements of her extraordinary life.
“I’m sad we didn’t get to do it but I do believe it can work for The CW,” Kelley said. “They’re smart to try it.”