Superheroes. It seems like they’re everywhere, and in the last 12 months no superhero was as big as Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot’s cinematic portrayal blew people away last summer and again in the winter as part of the Justice League film. Luckily, there hadn’t been a Wonder Woman live action film or TV show in a while, and so people were hungry for a portrayal of an empowered woman with equal parts strength and heart. (Just forget, if you will, the CGI-laden mess that was the last ten minutes of last summer’s film.)
It almost didn’t happen that way. Back in 2011 there was a pilot for a Wonder Woman TV show, produced by David R. Kelley of Ally McBeal fame and starring Adrienne Palicki, who now adorns The Orville. Rumors pegged it as a spectacular mess. It would have poisoned a whole generation on Wonder Woman, who was reimagined as a corporate leader who wore what could only be described as a Halloween costume.
Don’t take my word for it (or the word of the photo above. It turns out that the internet really does store everything, and you can view the unaired pilot, as well as 9 other unaired pilots, courtesy of this post over at Looper. Some of the pilots are actually really good and would have flourished in a post-Rick and Morty universe, but as for Ms. Palicki’s and Mr. Kelley’s Wonder Woman, let’s just say some things are better left unseen.
Check out some of this stuff that never had a chance at a network berth, and come back and let’s talk all about it!