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'Wonder Woman' Pilot Gets a Rewrite, Adds More Butt-Kicking

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 21st 2011 11:35AM
Adrianne PalickiRemember how bothered fans were (myself included) by David E. Kelley's 'Wonder Woman' pilot script? Well, it's gotten a rewrite!

According to io9, the pages were released in February and March as the pilot filmed. In them, Wonder Woman kicks a lot more butt.

The new script features Adrianne Palicki's WW tossing men around, emphasizing just how much of an Amazon she really is. There have also been some plot tweaks, including flashbacks to Themyscira.

So, just what are the Amazonian tweaks? If the pilot leaks or makes it to series, expect to see Wonder Woman picking up at least two thugs by the throat and even jamming her thumb into one man's eye after he puts a knife to her throat.

At one point she even deals with a very road-ragey man. The two exchange obscene gestures and -- yep, you guessed it -- she ends up picking him up by the throat.

Another scene depicts her kicking a man into the air while on her back.

In the new pilot, audiences also get a little more insight into what makes Wonder Woman tick: vengeance. The pilot opens with a young man, Willis, finding out he's getting into college, but then blood starts pouring out of him. According to io9, viewers weren't going to see Willis again in the Dec. 2010 pilot script, but in this new version Wonder Woman visits him in the hospital. She urges the young man's mother to be there for her kids, and WW will handle the vengeance.

The folks behind 'Wonder Woman' have also added scenes that include Steve Trevor crashing on Themyscira, further insight into Diana and Steve's relationship and Diana speaking with Artemis (who at one point held the Wonder Woman title!).

With the promise of at least three different Wonder Woman costumes and these script tweaks, 'Wonder Woman' doesn't sound as cringe-worthy. While I'm still hesitant about much of the plot (three secret identities!?) and some of the characterization (I hope Wonder Woman doesn't cry herself to sleep at the end of the episode), things are looking up for this pilot.

Tell us: Do you think these tweaks make the pilot sound better?

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August 10 2011 at 9:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tsamazonbeauty

WHEN I WAS 7 YRS OLD SHE HAS BEEN MY IDOL 4EVER I USED TO RUN AROUND SCHOOL WITH THE BRACELETS AND GOLDEN LASSO LOL I HOPE THAT U CAN LIVE UP TO WONDER WOMANS STATUS AND NOT DISSAPPOINT THOSE ARE SOME PRETTY BIG BOOTS TO FILL(LYNDA CARTER)

May 15 2011 at 6:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wonderking2000

All of this sounds much better then what we were hearing. I still want to see her in the real Wonder Woman costume however. Update it fine. But those long pants need to go. Give her back the iconic look. The waste up is fine it's just those silly long stretch pants.

April 25 2011 at 12:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
AJ

I'll admit the pilot script is bad, but Wonder Woman does not have "three secret identities". Wonder Woman has one "secret identity" as Diana Prince. Wonder Woman's two other "identities" are publicly known as being the "same person". That is, everyone knows that Diana Themyscira, the CEO of Themyscira Industries is "Wonder Woman". Just like everyone knows that Tony Stark, the CEO of Stark Industries is "Iron Man" in the Iron Man films.

As for Wonder Woman picking up "men" by the throats (are there no evil female hench-women?) and gouging out the eyes of other men (again, are there no evil female steroid-taking hench-women?), that doesn't really sound like Wonder Woman to me. Since she's clearly being portrayed as MUCH stronger than the villains, does she really need to resort to violence? As for Diana Themyscira making "obscene gestures" to other motorists (even if they "started it"), that just seems absurd to me.

April 23 2011 at 1:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
shadowracer

What's Ronald Moore up to? Let him have a DC a superhero and see what he ends up with.

April 22 2011 at 12:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cfrisch

Wonder Woman is a super hero, she protects America from villains and then turns them over to the proper authorities. She does not seek vengeance! And she does not use obscene gestures! She is supposed to be a good role model not one that throws her weight around .

April 21 2011 at 8:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
marjowil

Wonder Woman is not about vengeance and eye-gouging and throat-picking-up-by. Sure, she can kick butt when necessary, but the WW you describe sounds like she has testosterone poisoning.

April 21 2011 at 6:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MD

It's Themyscira, not Themyscria.

April 21 2011 at 5:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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