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Adrianne Palicki Looks Back on Her Brief Time as Wonder Woman

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In the two weeks since Warner Bros. announced the casting of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in the Man of Steel sequel, there’s been a lot of rumination about the character’s tormented history with Hollywood, most recently demonstrated by a rejected NBC pilot and a proposed drama The CW has placed “on hold.”

But while fans and pundits may grouse about all of the missteps and missed opportunities on the superheroine’s road to live-action adaptation, Friday Night Lights veteran Adrianne Palicki has nothing but positive things to say about her all-so-brief time as Wonder Woman in David E. Kelley’s pilot.

“I got to play Wonder Woman, which was, by the way, maybe one of the coolest things ever,” she told Asked whether she regretted that the network didn’t pick up the pilot, the G.I. Joe: Retaliation actress replied, “I wouldn’t say regret. I was devastated when it didn’t go and it was expected to. It was one of those things that was shocking. But in retrospect it was probably a blessing. It would’ve been a really hard thing to shoot. And I got to wear the costume — I should say, I got paid to wear the costume! So not many people get to say that. [laughs] I’m really blessed to have gotten to do that and maybe some day down the line I’ll get to play that character or another awesome icon again.”

Palicki was just cast in From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, the El Rey Network drama inspired by Robert Rodriguez’s 1996 cult horror film. Gadot will make her debut as Wonder Woman in director Zack Snyder’s still-untitled Man of Steel sequel, which arrives July 17, 2015.


  • Kabuce

    Would love to see the Wonder Woman pilot Is this available to watch anywhere? Did they make a DVD or something?

  • David Fullam

    It was on YouTube for all of a few hours. Never say never, but my gut feeling is that it will most likely never get a DVD/Blu release.

  • glantern35

    You can find it in a lot of comic book shops and comic book conventions.

  • Brian from Canada

    The episode is floating around torrent sites — you should be able to find it. It’s actually not a bad pilot: there is clear potential there, but it’s not NBC material and CW was stuck with Ringer instead. I don’t blame anyone but bad timing for it not getting to air; it’s certainly better than Bionic Woman, Knight Rider or many other reworkings for TV.

    Strangely, this article doesn’t mention GI Joe, where Palicki will no doubt reprise her role when a third one is commissioned from Paramount/Hasbro. She proved there she can be an action star with personality.

  • Tophman

    Yeah, try the P2P scene. They never made a DVD for it because NBC axed the show even before they finished the special effects on the pilot (in many scenes, you can see the stunt wires and even a metal barrier used in a car-bumps-into-WW-then-gets-crushed scene).

    So many things were wrong with the pilot but the most annoying for me was the costume. The colors and cut were just wrong and as beautiful as Adrianne is, it was very unflattering on her.

    Oh well, at least we’ve got Snyder’s version to look forward to.