Last week, the world got their first glimpse of the revamped Wonder Woman. Acclaimed producer, creator, and writer David E. Kelley is behind the new show that features Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights) as the title character. A photo was released to the media of Palicki in her Wonder Woman costume and the response was…underwhelming.
With comic based characters like this, you can expect there to be a small cheese factor, but with someone as talented as Kelley we thought he could make a more modernized incarnation of the hero. Judging from the photo, and the response from fans, we’re not sure about his take on her.
First and foremost, we have nothing against the casting of Ms. Palicki. She’s actually a believable choice for the role. She’s a former model, and stands at 5’10,” which is great considering Diana Prince/Wonder Woman is an Amazonian warrior. Her height is definitely a plus. If you haven’t seen the revised costume for Wonder Woman, you can view it here.
It would be great if they attempted to give the character some muscle definition and a more domineering look. We understand they don’t want to isolate the male audience that just wants to see a pretty girl on screen, but they also shouldn’t isolate the female viewers who want to see more than eye candy.
Aside from the physical aspects of the new Wonder Woman, we’re concerned about the creative direction Kelley will take. The writer recently admitted, “It’s not really what I do; it’s not a genre that’s in my wheelhouse.” He then went on to say that it’s good to step outside of your comfort zone and do something you’re not necessarily familiar with. Kelley’s background credits include Alley McBeal, The Practice, and Boston Legal, which could be seen as blessing or a curse.
Kelley’s previous shows featured career women in high powered positions, which was great, BUT they were always emotional wrecks. Their lives were consistently turned upside down by botched romances that turned them to mush. Diana Prince can be vulnerable but she would never drown her sorrows in a carton of ice cream. So with all things considered, should we be worried about the new Wonder Woman?