UPDATE: Deadline is now reporting that “Iris,” as we suggested might be the case, was merely a code name for the character. The pilot for Amazon will feature a Diana after all. Now they just have to write the thing. And all the other stuff that comes after. We use “after” loosely, of course.
And now, the original article:
It’s been around 18 months since NBC passed of David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman pilot, but there may be hope for DC Comic’s leading lady in her bid to lasso TV audiences. Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva reports that the CW and Warner Brothers are looking for an actress in her early to mid 20s, 5’8″ or taller, to fill the lead role in Allan Heinberg’s Amazon, a Wonder Woman origin story.
Here’s the thing. That lead’s name will not be Diana. TV’s new Wonder Woman is a young “fish-out-of-water” called Iris.
It wouldn’t be the first time a superhero’s given name didn’t make the jump to the silver screen. Bruce was famously re-christened David “Lonely Man” Banner for CBS’ Incredible Hulk series in the late 70s. Why? Reportedly the studio feared that ‘Bruce’ was widely considered a ‘gay name’ and aloso hoped to sidestep such comic book silliness as Stan Lee style alliteration. Other than corollaries to the late princess of Wales and the recent failed Wonder Woman series, we’re scratching our heads as to why the CW is distancing itself from “Diana.” It could be as simple as the desire for a fresh start. It may even be a placeholder designed to conceal the character’s true identity so as not to deter any actors who might otherwise shy away from comic book adaptations.
Regardless, it all sounds a bit more promising than Kelley’s premise, which seemed overladen with Diana’s three interconnected lives. Amazon appears to be a back-to-basics approach, grounded in the character’s origins as a warrior maiden, unfettered by that last Diana’s corporate and merchandising frustrations.
Here’s Andreeva’s commentary on the call sheet:
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.”
True romantics? That’s me!