Despite the abysmal failure of the David E. Kelly-penned Wonder Woman pilot starring Adrienne Palicki, the studio appears to be moving forward, albeit in a different direction, with a show currently code-named “AMAZON.”
Entertainment Weekly reported on Thursday that they’d obtained the casting breakdown the studio is releasing as they search for the series lead:
Iris comes from a remote, secluded country and until now has spent most of her life as a soldier and a leader on the battlefield. Because of relentless brutality of her life at home, Iris looks at our world with absolute awe and astonishment. She’s delighted and just as often horrified by the aspects of everyday life that we take for granted: skyscrapers, traffic, ice cream. It’s all new and fascinating and sometimes slightly troubling to her. Iris is completely unschooled in our world, our culture, our customs. And she’s completely inexperienced at interpersonal relationships. She has no social filter, does not suffer fools, and tends to do and say exactly what’s on her mind at all times. She’s bluntly, refreshingly honest. She can tell when you’re lying to her. And she doesn’t have time or patience for politics or tact because she’s too busy trying to experience everything our world has to offer. There are too many sights to see and things to learn and people to care for. Hers is a true, noble, and generous heart. And she will fight and die for the people she loves. Iris is a fierce warrior with the innocent heart of a romantic and she will fight to the death to make the world safe for innocents and true romantics everywhere.
While there was some consternation on the part of fans at the character being named Iris, it is apparent to anyone who’s spent some time following the way the Hollywood machine operates that this is simple misdirection to throw the less-than-savvy blogger off the scent.
What is definitely interesting is the approach that they appear to be going with. The breakdown shows signs of a show concept that is more in keeping with the CW network’s traditional format, which has been heavy on interpersonal drama, even in fantastical settings like Supernatural or Smallville. With the widespread success of this season’s Arrow, which has managed to keep those “cheese” elements to a bare minimum, it would seem that the studio has finally nailed the right mixture of drama and action, and are looking to expand their super-heroic offerings.
The folks over at ScreenRant have managed to get their hands on some scene breakdowns for auditions, which show a very human take on Princess Diana as she explores “man’s world” for the first time. This approach bears strong similarities to the excellent animated feature that was released last year, and shows that the studio is taking a much more considered approach to character development than they did in the Kelley flop, which gave audiences a Diana who had already established herself in the eyes of the American public.
While the project is still in very early stages, it is worth keeping an eye on. There are very few shows on TV right now that feature female leads with the strength that could potentially be found in a series like AMAZON. If super-hero shows are to be all the rage in the next decade, it is only fitting that the lexicon include one of the best and strongest, and that she be done right.
We’ll continue to follow the story as it develops, so stay tuned to Capeless Crusader and keep your eyes and ears open.