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Thursday, March 24, 2011

My Two Cents: Wonder Woman's New Show

You may have not realized this by now (or if you haven't read this or this), but I'm a pretty big Wonder Woman fan.  I've read as many of the comics as I can get my hands on, and I'm enjoying (with some reservations) the new relaunch of the comic.

However, when I heard about NBC creating a new Wonder Woman show, I have to admit, I was worried.  Instead of a long rant, I'll try to keep my points succinct.

  • David E. Kelley. 
    • Pros: He has a long history of really high rated (Ally McBeal) and really high quality (Boston Public) shows.  Plus he helmed Doogie Howser.
    • Cons: He's never done an action show before.
  • NBC
    • Pros: They're now under the leadership of Bob Greenblatt who helped Showtime topple HBO with shows like United States of Tara, Weeds, and Dexter.
    • Cons: It's a network show, so no big budget.  The network is currently struggling with low viewership. And they're notorious for canceling shows before giving them a chance.
  • Smallville (Just go with me on this one)
    • Pros: The show has gotten quite a following during the last few years (even if it's a bit of a cult following), so people might be more open to another superhero show.
    • Cons: The style of Smallville was more whiney teen-angsty (then young adult-angsty) than action show.  So that's what people will want from their superhero shows.
  • Adrianne Palicki
    • Pros: She looks like she could kick some ass, plus she apparently reads comic books.
    • Cons: I've only seen her in Legion, which was an awful movie.  (Note to self: check out Friday Night Lights)
  • The Costume (Here's a great debate over sexy vs slutty in regards to the costume)
    • Pros: I like that there are definite nods to the traditional costume and the new costume in the comics.  I actually like that she's wearing pants.
    • Cons: Way too shiny.  But I have a sneaky suspicion that it will look better in the context of defeating the bad guy.  Putting her in front of a white background with pretty harsh lighting is about the worst thing that could be done.

I'm still going to give the show a chance.  And if it's like Smallville, I'll grin and bear it through multiple seasons, too (if it gets the chance).


Angela Scott said...

I watched Wonder Woman as a kid and loved it. Watched it all the time. So this recreation of Wonder Woman has a lot to live up to--Linda Carter is a legend.

I'm willing to give it a chance. I'm curious now, but my feeling is mixed. I wonder how it will do.

Didn't know they were recreating this show--thanks for the heads up. And yes, her outfit is super shiny.


Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I'm definitely going to watch the Wonder Woman show but I don't like the costume. Maybe it will just have to grow on me some before I can accept it.

J E Fritz said...

I was interested in the show until I found out NBC was involved, because I'm afraid that it's going to be another "The Cape." David E. Kelley makes me feel a little better about that, but I don't trust NBC's decision making skills.

Witless Exposition said...

@Angela, I didn't grow up watching Linda, but I know it has a lot to live up to. Maybe if enough people like us give it a chance the network might.

@Michael, if the show is good, I think the costume will grow on me pretty quickly. So I guess we just have to wait.

@JEFrits, my thoughts exactly (except for The Cape, I never got around to watching it). I don't really trust NBC, but we'll see what they do with it.

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the Tsaritsa said...

It could be all right. I liked the Superman series with Terri Hatcher. Sometimes super hero shows can be good television. I'll definitely give it a go.

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