The CW Begins Casting Its New Wonder Woman TV Series


Back in September we learned that The CW is planning to produce a new TV series based on Wonder Woman, just one year after NBC failed to bring the Amazonian superhero to the small screen. Today we learn that The CW has put the call out for young actresses to audition for the new lead role of Wonder Woman. A treatment for the show has made its way to the Internets and it sounds pretty cool … except for the fact that the plan is to change WW’s secret identity name from Diana to Iris UPDATE: It turns out her name won’t be changed after all. HMMM. Click below to read the treatment and learn more about this possible new series.

To all actresses in their early to mid-20s who are 5’8″ or taller — you may be TV’s next Wonder Woman. I’ve learned that Warner Bros TV, the studio behind the CW drama project Amazon, has hired casting directors Barbara Fiorentino and Danielle Aufiero to launch a search for the lead in the project in anticipation of a potential pilot pickup. A breakdown for the role has been released, providing a glimpse into the Tarzan-like fish-out-of-water premise and the central character of the Wonder Woman origin story written by Allan Heinberg that chronicles the female superhero’s life as a young Amazonian, before she becomes a warrior princess with super powers. According to the breakdown I’ve obtained, her name is Iris (not Diana).

“She comes from a remote, secluded country and until now has spent most of her life as a soldier and a leader on the battlefield. Because of relentless brutality of her life at home, Iris looks at our world with absolute awe and astonishment. She’s delighted ­and just as often horrified ­ by the aspects of everyday life that we take for granted: skyscrapers, traffic, ice cream. It’s all new and fascinating and sometimes slightly troubling ­to her. Iris is completely unschooled in our world, our culture, our customs. And she’s completely inexperienced at interpersonal relationships. She has no social filter, does not suffer fools, and tends to do and say exactly what’s on her mind at all times. She’s bluntly, refreshingly honest. She can tell when you’re lying to her. And she doesn’t have time or patience for politics or tact because she’s too busy trying to experience everything our world has to offer. There are too many sights to see ­and things to learn ­and people to care for. Hers is a true, noble, and generous heart. And she will fight and die for the people she loves. Iris is a fierce warrior with the innocent heart of a romantic and she will fight to the death to make the world safe for innocents and true romantics everywhere.”

See … where I think NBC ran into problems was that they decided to make too many changes to an already well-loved and iconic character. By changing up Wonder Woman’s costume so drastically, the show started to generate bad buzz even before any footage was seen. The show just was not able to bounce back from the negative buzz and it died before it lived. While I’m encouraged that this new WW series on The CW might find the same success that Smallville did years ago (or like the success that Arrow is enjoying now), I am concerned when I hear stuff like they are planning to change the character’s name. Iris is not a name that I positively respond to, I just don’t. Besides, whether or not Iris is a good name or not is moot … the character is an Amazonian princess named Diana, why change her name? Still, this is all very early in the process. The pilot hasn’t even been ordered yet so … we’ll see. I’m hopeful but cautious that Wonder Woman will actually find new life and more success on TV again. Fingers crossed.

UPDATE: It turns out that the name change isn’t a real thing, thankfully:

“So much for using code names to avoid internet speculation. ;),” [Allan Heinberg} posted after news of the casting search broke. Geoff Johns, a writer who recently made headlines by finally having Wonder Woman and Superman hook up in Justice League issue 12, chimed in saying, “If a WW show happens her name is of course DIANA. Codenames (like IRIS) are used in casting a lot to try and avoid speculation.” Heinberg retweeted Johns’ message.

This is great, great news! I can’t wait to hear more :)

[Source, thanks HooverNYC]

  • Serenity

    I’m more of a Marvel girl, but even I can’t get past the name change. It’s, like, I’m reading this post and every time I see “Iris,” my mind just comes to a halt. I’m curious about why somebody thought this was a good idea.

    • @Serenity — It has occurred to me that maybe the name change is something they’re testing out … by putting it out there, they can gauge what fans think. The first look at the NBC WW costume was meant to test the waters and boy, did they get screwed. I hope saner heads will prevail in the end and just keep her name Diana (even if they change her last name from Prince, she really should be Diana).

  • Lulu

    I kinda like Shelley Hennig for the role…

    I have much more faith in the CW doing it than NBC.

    • Lulu

      Ooooh, or Phoebe Tonkin… Not sure how long her role on Vampire Diaries is supposed to last though.

  • LiQue

    i would love to see Cobie Smulders !!! she was fierce in Avengers i think she can pull WW off

    • Brittany

      While she would be awesome, she is a little old for this role.

  • LiQue

    i would love to see Cobie Smulders as WW, i think she was great in avengers, she can pull it off!

  • Hoovernyc

    Iris was used only for the casting notice. Her name will be Diana should there be a pilot/series.

  • Brittany

    I am glad to hear that it is the CW doing this, I have enjoyed their treatment of Arrow so far and I really like Smallville. It will be interesting to see who they cast.

    • Joan

      Oh yes, I started watching ARROW expecting the worst and, so far, I’ve been surprised! I think that the way the CW has been working together with DC has made all the difference. And their castings keeps getting and better, for both recurrent and guest characters. I wasn’t expecting to like it as much. If they keep the same formula for WW, I’m excited!