Earlier this month we learned the (good?) news that NBC decided to pass on and not air the David E. Kelley revamp of Wonder Woman but today we get our first look at the failed pilot that will likely never see the light of day. Screencaps and a detailed review of the unfinished pilot made their way to the Internets this weekend and they give us a pretty good feel of how the show might’ve turned out. As you can see in the photos below, the new WW costume actually turned out almost exactly like the original pantsless WW costume … but that still wasn’t enough to save the show.
David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman pilot has been the subject of public scrutiny pretty much ever since its inception. After considering the completed pilot, NBC decided to pass on picking up the show, and from the looks of it humanity was saved from yet another very bad TV series. All that being said, almost everyone wants to actually see this pilot in order to assess just how terrible it is. Well, it’s apparently been making the rounds, and some stills from the pilot as well as a review have popped up. Hit the jump to check out the images, as well as some excerpts from the review. Wonder Woman starred Adrianne Palacki, Elizabeth Hurley and Cary Elwes. Someone at iFanboy (via our partners at Omelete) got their hands on the pilot and wrote up a full review. Apparently the actual pilot differed immensely from Kelley’s original script that made the rounds earlier this year, at least by way of dialogue/details. Although it sounds like the overall plot stayed the same (Wonder Woman’s been reimagined as a corporate executive) … While the reviewer noted that Elwes’ performance was a bit over-the-top, and the use of television talking heads discussing Wonder Woman’s influence on society came off as corny, he was quite satisfied with the pilot overall, especially after the script changes … Hopefully someday, we’ll get the version of Wonder Woman fans have been waiting for. Until then, we can sleep well knowing that David E. Kelley’s hands are off the property permanently.
You know, I’m not sure if I would’ve love this show — tweaked costume and better script or not — but I have to admit, I wish I could get the chance to watch the pilot for myself. And I’m not gonna lie, I love the sight of Adrianne Palicki wearing a more traditional Wonder Woman costume. No pants = AWESOME! That being said, Michael Ausiello from TVLine got to watch the pilot and this is what he had to say about what he saw:
WW Pilot Post Mortem: So bad it was… awful. Dull. Humorless. Confusing. NBC was right to euthanize it. Adrianne Palicki deserved better.
Meh. Still, I’d love to see it. Click below to see some of the screencaps from the failed Wonder Woman pilot … it may be the only look that we will ever get of David E. Kelley‘s vision of Wonder Woman.