We Have Met The Enemy, And He Is David E. Kelley

We harshed a lot on the new Wonder Woman TV show in our last podcast, and especially on writer David E. Kelley, who has apparently not only never read an issue of Wonder Woman in his life but has never met an actual woman in his life either. The mere suggestion of the inanities in the script was enough to get Kelley a spot on the Geekspeak Enemies List. But there was always that dim hope that maybe the show would get canned, and we’d never have to see this…”vision” on our TV sets.

Well, looks like it will actually happen, because Entertainment Weekly has our first look at actress Adrianne Palicki in costume, and…well. Here’s the photo:


*sigh*Image Credit: Justin Lubin/NBC

Couple problems here.

1) The costume looks cheap as all get out. I know it’s a TV budget. But still. Put some effort into it. Commenters over at Slashfilm are comparing it to a Halloween costume, and they are not wrong. Does vinyl just show up better on camera?

2) The pants make sense, there’s no way the legless leotard would work. But the boots are the wrong color. It’s nitpicky, I know. But it’s further evidence that NBC and DEK just want this to be a “sexy fun time female superhero show” and don’t really care about the actual character.

3) She gets pants, but no sleeves? Huh?

4) Why, for all that is holy, is Wonder Woman wearing bright red lipstick? This boggles the mind. Wonder Woman is not the type of person who “glams up” before fighting crime, and if she did wear lipstick, it certainly wouldn’t be the shade you would wear to go out clubbing in.

Remember: Joss Whedon couldn’t get HIS version of Wonder Woman made, but David E. Kelley’s “vision” of Wonder Woman as a girly-girl cosplayer is getting a prime time slot on network television.

It’s clear from this photo that if you like Wonder Woman, you owe it to yourself to ignore this show forever and hope it gets canceled faster than The Cape.


4 Responses to “We Have Met The Enemy, And He Is David E. Kelley”

  1. March 18, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Honestly? I expected much worse. As bad as the script sounds, I figured the outfit would look even more club-tastic than it already does. My biggest problem are the boots. Thats not even a continuity thing, I just think it looks stupid to have the boots be the same color as the pants. It’s distracting.

  2. March 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Really, it could have been so much worse. The pants, if we’re going for a completed look, should have been black, but the material would have made that choice gaudy as hell. The blue boots are kind of just there. They’re ugly, but a necessary evil for the color scheme.

    What we don’t know is how the show is going to be lighted. That could make the material actually work, if they write her as more of a night-time hero, and from all indications, I think that may be the deal.

    Honestly, There have been 11 seasons of Smallville. 11. The formula for that was pretty continuity friendly and serious when it started, and the fact that this is kind of reminiscent of Batman ’66, now that I think about it, makes it something that I kind of hold a bit of interest in.

    Of course, I’ll be holding my knowledge of the character and raised eyebrow towards the female depictions in check, but it’s a superhero show done by the dude who did Ally McBeal. There’s limits to how much I can expect of it.

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