|Alex Ross' 'Wonder Woman'|
Now the CW has recently announced that it is dumping the 'Amazon' television series before it begins. 'Amazon' was supposed to be an origins series for 'Wonder Woman,' similar to 'Smallville.' This is the second 'Wonder Woman' series to fall flat. There was also a NBC 'Wonder Woman' pilot in 2011 that was cancelled before it aired.
So yes, I'm super thrilled that we finally have a 'Wonder Woman' and that 'Wonder Woman' will eventually be seen onscreen for the first time in three decades, but this begs the question(s). 1) Why has it taken so long? 2) Why doesn't 'Wonder Woman' deserve her own feature film? 3) Why can't anyone develop a 'Wonder Woman' television series? I'm not sure if the blame lies with DC Comics or the Hollywood machine.
|Gal Gadot is 'Wonder Woman'|
Some have said it's brand recognition. 'Wonder Woman' doesn't have the brand recognition that 'Batman' and 'Superman' have. This sounds the least plausible. 'Wonder Woman' is one of the big three in the DC Comics universe. So it can't be brand recognition.
Even after reviewing all of the likely reasons, I'm still a bit puzzled as to why we haven't seen 'Wonder Woman' in over 30 years? Surely there has to be a good reason? This pains me to say as I'm a DC Comics fan, but Marvel does appear to be a more flexible franchise. Marvel seems to know how to use their catalog of superheroes and use them effectively. In my opinion, DC Comics has an amazing catalog. If only they used it?
|The'Black Widow' film has not "quite" been confirmed.|
Long story short, Gal Gadot may be the new 'Wonder Woman,' but we won't see her until 2016. In the meantime here is a list of all of the other recent comic book films and television series currently on or in development (THAT ARE NOT 'WONDER WOMAN').
As you can see from this list, there is no good reason we haven't had a 'Wonder Woman' film or series yet? And there is no good reason why 'Wonder Woman' shouldn't get her own feature film. Please feel free to disagree with me in the comments.
- 'Agents of Shield' 2013 - Present (Marvel)
- 'Arrow' 2012 - Present (DC Comics)
- 'The Walking Dead' 2010 - Present (Image Comics)
|'The Flash' television series has been confirmed.|
- 'Justice League' movie - Which will hopefully include 'Wonder Woman'
- Agent Carter (of 'Captain America,' Marvel) television series is rumored to be in development.
- The Flash (DC Comics) has been greenlit for a television series.
- Hourman (DC Comics) television series is rumored to have been picked up by the CW.
- 'Black Widow' (of 'The Avengers,' Marvel) film will possibly be released in 2016. The key word being "possibly."
- Gotham (DC Comics) television series is rumored to be in development by the CW. 'Gotham' is about Commissioner Gordon's pre-Batman days.
- Now to add insult to injury, Constantine (DC Comics) has been given a pilot by NBC. Yes, 'Constantine' is the comic the 2005 Keanu Reeves' movie was based on.
- iZombie (DC Comics) is rumored to be in development. It's about a med student turned zombie.
- 'Ant Man' (Marvel) movie is in the works. Paul Rudd has recently been cast in the title role.
- 'Fantastic Four' (Marvel) reboot is planned. Michael B. Jordan has been cast as 'The Human Torch.'
|An 'Agent Carter' series is rumored to be in development.|
- 'Smallville' Television Series, 2001-2011
- 'Birds of Prey' Television Series, 2002-2003
- 'Green Lantern,' 2011
- 'Catwoman,' 2004
- 'Batman' (Christopher Nolan franchise 2005 - 2012)
- 'Man of Steel,' 2013
- 'Superman Returns,' 2006
- 'The Watchmen,' 2009
- 'Jonah Hex,' 2010
OTHER DC COMICS RELATED TITLES
- 'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,' 2003
- 'Human Target' Television Series, 2010-2011
- 'Constantine,' 2005
- 'V For Vendetta,' 2005
- 'Road to Perdition,' 2002
- 'A History of Violence,' 2005
- 'The Losers,' 2010
- 'R.E.D.,' 2010
- 'The Spirit,' 2008
- 'Alien v. Predator,' 2004
- 'Hellboy,' 2004 and 2008
- 'Sin City,' 2005
- '300,' 2007
- 'Captain America,' 2011
- 'R.I.P.D,' 2013
- 'I, Frankenstein,' 2014
- 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,' 2014
- '300: Rise of an Empire,' 2014
- 'X-Men' franchise 2000 - Beyond
- 'Blade' Television Series 2006
- 'Painkiller Jane' 2007
- 'Spider-Man' Franchise 2002 - Beyond
- 'Daredevil' 2002
- 'Hulk' 2003
- 'The Punisher' 2003
- 'Elektra' 2005
- 'Fantastic Four' 2005
- 'Iron Man' Franchise 2008 - 2013
- 'The Incredible Hulk' 2008
- 'The Avengers' 2012
- 'Thor' Franchise 2010 - Beyond
- 'Ghost Rider' 2006 and 2012