The Bleeding Cool website has managed to get their hands on a draft of the Wonder Woman pilot script. GREAT! Time to put those fears of a Sex In The City-esque dramady about a superheroine-come-high-flying business woman who utters clichéd phrases and indulges in ice-cream sleep-overs, to rest.
Head past the jump for a taste of the mythology, character, and slightly worrying elements from the script of David E. Kelley‘s NBC pilot.
The Wonder Woman draft script apparently contains elements of continuity but also several departures from the original comics. Here’s what caught our eye:
On the Wonder Woman Mythology
- Wonder Woman still hails from the island of Themyscira. It’s like the LOST island – blinking hard to find without the aid of Faraday’s mom.
- Leaving the island means that Diana is no longer immortal.
- There ‘might’ not be an invisible jet, but Wonder Woman does have an arsenal of colorful jets.
- Diana wont be able to fly of her own accord.
- The golden lasso of truth is back, as are those bracelets that deflect bullets.
- Wonder Woman’s outfit? It wont be the original, but the script promises “a colorful spandex suit“
- Wonder Woman has three identities. Wonder Woman. Her alter-ego Diana Prince. And her day job as Diana Themyscyra, the head of Themiscyra industries. She disguises herself with the old pulling your hair up, wearing contact lenses and cutting back on make-up trick. The world and their dog knows that Wonder Woman and Diana Themyscyra are the same person (similar to Tony Stark and Iron Man), so Diana Prince is her secret identity, if you will.
- Wonder Woman’s arch-enemy is Veronica Cale, head of Cale-Anderson Pharmaceuticals. She has a secret, evil plan. Mwahaha.
- A long time ago, government man Steve Trevor crashed onto Wonder Woman’s island, ended up bringing her back with him to New York, but now they’ve gone their separate ways. Except..neither of them has quite moved on.
- The pilot features flashbacks of Diana and Steve’s first meeting.
- Wonder Woman says phrases like “You go, girl”, identifies with E.T., wants to be and belong “among” people and not just “with” them.
- Beyoncé’s Single Ladies features in the pilot script, as does Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance, and other ‘girl power-esque’ pop songs.
Obviously a lot may change from script to screen by the time the pilot is made. However, from what has been relayed, the script doesn’t get me very excited. It seems way less serious and edgy and interesting than I had hoped, and probably a bit worse than I had feared. There are some potentially interesting mythology elements in there, such as Diana’s ‘mortality’ and ‘accessories’, but I worry that this reimagining could end up as an opportunity missed as far as realizing a fitting ‘Wonder Woman’ story on the small screen.
We’ll, of course, keep you updated on any more updates as they come in. In the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts on the details coming out of the draft script.