– It turns out that a “WONDER WOMAN” TV show, to have been written by David E. Kelley (“ALLY MCBEAL”, “THE PRACTICE”, “BOSTON LEGAL”), isn’t happening. Entertainment Weekly has reported that Kelley shopped around a script for the pilot to several major networks, and none of them bit on it (insidetv.ew.com/2011/01/07/wonder-woman-tv-show/). NBC was slated to be the last network to reject it. The article cites that a major hurdle of the series to clear is the price, as any network that bites on it would have to pay a license fee for the ironic heroine as well as require enough of a budget for episodes themselves. The recent “BIONIC WOMAN” relaunch was listed as a show that no network wants to be saddled with now. With costs a factor, it seems that a cable network is unlikely to become the home of it, as AMC has done with “THE WALKING DEAD” (and to be fair, that show has short seasons; six episodes for the first and thirteen for the second). While those involved with the show aren’t giving up on it, a source stated it is “not moving forward at this time”. Deadline, which broke the story (www.deadline.com/2011/01/tv-wonder-woman-not-going-at-this-time/), detailed that both Fox and ABC declined (given that ABC has green lit shows with Marvel, owned by parent company Disney, it is no surprise they balked at Wonder Woman), and even Warner Brothers’ minion of a network, The CW, declined on the project due to cost (yet may be the home of a show about Raven from TEEN TITANS). The only bit of positive news was that the executive team at CBS, which aired the original show in the 70’s, was “split”, so it may be possible to try to sell them on it again in the future. Some sources see it as a case of unfortunate timing, as ABC has just gotten into bed with Marvel’s new live action TV initiative and there are already other superhero shows on other networks. To date, the last alternate media presentation of Wonder Woman in which she wasn’t part of the Justice League or a guest character to arise was an animated direct to video from 2009. Many websites are either chastising Warner Brothers for being gun shy about committing to a feature film (and WB will be kicking themselves if Marvel Studios gets a big super heroine film done and it proves successful), while other figures conceding that the time to have tried to push for a Wonder Woman TV show was perhaps a decade ago (when “BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER” was still on the air). Curiously, the series was described as “Wonder Womanfighting Nazi’s in World War II”, which was the premise of the 1970’s show, although this new series was supposed to be contemporary. Spinoff has a good summary about this aborted TV show here: spinoff.comicbookresources.com/2011/01/08/warner-bros-shelves-wonder-woman/.
– DC’s Source blog offers a screen cap for their next animated direct to video film, “ALL STAR SUPERMAN”, as well as word from the series creator Grant Morrison that he likes the adaptation of his story (although if he didn’t, DC would not claim so on their official blog). The animated style of the film does look loosely inspired by the art of Frank Quietly (dcu.blog.dccomics.com/2011/01/04/an-exclusive-look-at-all-star-superman/). It will be released on Feb. 22nd. There is still no word if theNew York Paley Center will be doing an advance preview (although if they do, such word may not come until the end of the month).
– Producer Charles Roven spoke on Shock Till You Drop about his role with producing both “THE DARK KNIGHT RISES” (directed by Chris Nolan) and the next “SUPERMAN” film (co-produced by Nolan and directed by Zack Synder). He confirmed that the world of Chris Nolan’s Batman films and the upcoming “GREEN LANTERN” films as well as “Superman” all take place in their own universes and there is no plan to bridge them all together (www.shocktillyoudrop.com/news/interviewsnews.php?id=17648). While he does agree that it is a big time for DC films now, Roven seems to dismiss having team-up’s in film. He claims that “THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS” is due out in “summer 2012” and the next “Superman” in “winter 2012”, and that right now Nolan is focused on his third (and final) Batman films and he focuses on one film at a time. He denied rumors of a “CGI Superman” (to get around casting an actor of a certain height and weight), but seemed to stress that pre-production on both has “barely begun” and there may be some “overlap”. 2012 will be a big year; Marvel Studios’ “THE AVENGERS” and both of the world’s finest on the big screen – assuming the Mayans aren’t right and the world doesn’t end. In addition, a supposedly “leaked script” has hit the web and it seems to be based on the PREY story that featured Hugo Strange; however, as with any supposedly “leaked script”, it should be taken with a grain of salt (www.scriptflags.com/2011/01/batmanthe-dark-knight-rises-script.html). The supposedly leak also features Talia Al Ghul, Deadshot, and Black Mask. Comic Book Movie has a snap of actor Tom Hardy, who is playing an unnamed villain in the film, and notes that he’s now bald, which could imply Hugo Strange (www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/rorschachsrants/news/?a=27689&t=iTDKRi_T…). At any rate, nothing about this film seems to be released until WB is good and ready.
– Some last minute reshoots are being done on “GREEN LANTERN”, which is due to debut in the summer, according to the Daily Blam (www.dailyblam.com/news/2011/01/06/green-lantern-movie-crew-currently-doi…). Supposedly this is being done to do additional touch ups on the endless special effects shots in the film, not a knee-jerk reaction to lukewarm reactions to the official trailer (since, aside for the color green, the trailer cannibalizes elements from virtually every superhero film prior, from “SUPERMAN” to “IRON MAN”). WB’s plans to do films featuring any other superheroes besides Batman and Superman depend on “GREEN LANTERN” being a blockbuster bit.
– DC’s The Source blog has an exclusive screen shot of Miss Martian from the third episode of “YOUNG JUSTICE”, which will air later in the month (dcu.blog.dccomics.com/2011/01/07/welcome-back-to-happy-harbor/). Last week’s BATMAN BEYOND #1 was offered on the same day and date both digitally and in print for the same price (dcu.blog.dccomics.com/2011/01/05/dc-comics-to-publish-batman-beyond-ongoing-comic-series-digitally-day-and-date/).
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