CW's 'Amazon' To Depict 'Tactless' Twentysomething Wonder Woman Who's Never Had Ice Cream
Many have tried and failed to reboot Wonder Woman for contemporary audiences (some rather famously - looking at you, David E. Kelley). If The CW succeeds with "Amazon," their origin series will envision the Amazonian warrior princess as a tough twentysomething fish-out-of-water named... Iris.
According to Deadline's Nellie Andreeva, a casting breakdown calls for Wonder Woman/Iris (maybe that's just a code name, let's hope) who's at least 5'8" and looks to be in her twenties; the character "comes from a remote, secluded country and until now has spent most of her life as a soldier and a leader on the battlefield."
Wonder Woman may be a leggy Amazonian goddess who's handy in a fight, but her journey is so Beastmaster 2: "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."
This Wonder Woman is a tactless heroine with no social skills who's an overachieving idealist who "can tell when you're lying to her," although it's unclear whether that's because she has a Lasso of Truth or if that iconic accessory has been metaphorically internalized.
"Iris is completely unschooled in our world, our culture, our customs," continues the breakdown. "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." Etc., etc.
Avengers director Joss Whedon (who's also tackling Avengers 2) was set in 2005 to write and direct his own Wonder Woman film, which would have also followed a fish-out-of-water approach. Whedon described his version of the Wonder Woman mythos to Rookie Magazine last year:
“[Wonder Woman] was a little bit like Angelina Jolie [laughs]. She sort of traveled the world. She was very powerful and very naïve about people, and the fact that she was a goddess was how I eventually found my in to her humanity and vulnerability, because she would look at us and the way we kill each other and the way we let people starve and the way the world is run and she’d just be like, ‘None of this makes sense to me. I can’t cope with it, I can’t understand, people are insane.’ And ultimately her romance with [classic Wonder Woman love interest Steve Trevor] was about him getting her to see what it’s like not to be a goddess, what it’s like when you are weak, when you do have all these forces controlling you and there’s nothing you can do about it. That was the sort of central concept of the thing. Him teaching her humanity and her saying, OK, great, but we can still do better.”
Meanwhile, Warner Bros. is concurrently planning a Justice League movie and Wonder Woman standalone films, which will need to find their own starlet to don that star-spangled onesie and boots.
So, let the casting games begin! Shout out your best picks to play "Iris," AKA Wonder Woman, in the comments below.