After months of hype, network bosses at NBC have decided NOT to commission David E. Kelly’s comic book adaptation to series. Ouch.
This might not come as too much of a surprise to the huge number of fans who reacted unfavorably to Kelly’s approach – the costume itself* caused widespread derision across the online community, as did many of the casting decisions (in particular Elizabeth Hurley as Diana Prince’s nemesis.)
While the more vocal online fans might chalk this up to a victory, the decision will also be heavily based on the USA’s rigorous Test Screening process – secretly previewing the near-finished product to members of the public representing the widest demographic possible. It can only be surmised the show failed miserably to appeal to any. Let’s face it, the fan community would tune in regardless - including many of the detractors - but without the general public’s seal of approval the project is ensuredly doomed.
This marks a huge blow for Kelly, as this was surely an attempt to try his hand at another genre having spent the last 25 years making shows pretty much exclusively about lawyers.
At least Kelly is in good company with this aborted attempt at bringing a live-action WONDER WOMAN to our screens – Joss Whedon was announced as the writer/director of the movie adaptation in 2005, only for producer Joel Silver to nix his finished screenplay and pull the plug in 2007.
In related news, David E. Kelly will be happy to learn that his current show HARRY’S LAW has successfully avoided cancellation and been picked up for a second season. Yep, you guessed it - it’s about lawyers.
*Come on, all you naysayers - sure it looked a ‘tad’ Anne Summers-y, but I for one applaud them for bravely sticking so close to the original and resisting the urge to over-contemporize it (see Bryan Singer’s X-MEN for the worst example of this trend).
Are you glad this project’s dead? Let us know with your comments below!