Back in 2011, it looked like a sure thing that Wonder Woman would be returning to television in a new series produced by David E. Kelley and starring Adrianne Palicki (later of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and soon to be seen in Seth MacFarlane’s sci-fi comedy series The Orville) in the title role.
Kelley, whose credits have included L.A. Law, Ally McBeal, Boston Legal and Goliath, admitted to Vulture, “It’s not really what I do. It’s not a genre that’s in my wheelhouse. But then I started thinking, ‘What if there were such a person in today’s world and what must it be like to be her?’ And I was imagining the sense of social isolation that she must feel, that she indeed would probably be a rather complicated beast. When I started thinking about all the complications and potential layers to this superhero, I just got more and more intrigued. It was also something I was a little bit afraid of. That’s good, too. Any writer should get out of his or her comfort zone, and this was way outside of mine.”
Palicki notes that playing Wonder Woman was a surreal experience for her. “David Kelley really fought for me on on that one. He really felt I was her. And it was a lot of pressure, I’m not going to lie. I was taking on a huge responsibility to a lot of people, fans, DC Comics... everything. But it was one of the cooler roles of my life and experiences. And I got paid to wear the costume!”