Because this might not be the Wonder Woman TV show you’re waiting for.
This new Wonder Woman does feature a lot of elements and characters from the comics continuity:
- There’s a Myndi Mayer, herein portrayed as Diana’s BFF.
- There’s a scene with comics character Etta Candy, a role that’s pretty much written like a job offer to Melissa McCarthy.
- Long ago, government man Steve Trevor crashed onto Wonder Woman’s island and brought her back to New York, but now they’ve split up. She still loves him, though, and it’s obvious that their relationship is going to be a focus.
- Diana might not have an invisible jet (if she did, I didn’t see it) but she has a whole rainbow’s worth of over coloured aircraft.
- She has the lasso, and those bracelets with which she deflects bullets.
- Her nemesis is Veronica Cale, who in this continuity is an evil scientist and rival businesswoman with a secret, nefarious plan that you’ll probably guess ahead of time.
As well as her Diana Prince alter ego (the Clark Kent disguise that’s achieved by putting her hair up, wearing glasses and cutting back on the make-up) Wonder Woman also has a third guise and a day job as Diana Themyscyra, the head of Themiscyra industries. While little Ms. Prince is a disguise, it is well known in this world that Ms. T and Wonder W are the same – think Tony Stark and Iron Man from the end of their first film on.
- Identifies with ET the Extra Terrestrial when his movie comes on TV.
- Really loves planes. Like really.
- Pines for Steve [Trevor, her ex in the show] like Carrie for Big.
- Wants to belong and be “among” people, not just “with” them.
- Sings along to the radio in multiple scenes – but nothing with a hairbrush in front of the mirror just yet.
- Doesn’t like being “marketed, commercialized, merchandised”, though she is – there’s a joke about Wonder Woman tie-in dolls having their costumes redesigned that seems to reference the recent makeover for the comics.
- When she’s Diana Prince she’s a mousey Miley Stewart, when she’s Diana Themiscyra she’s the Hanna Montana of businesswomen, and when she’s Wonder Woman she’s Wonder Woman – which is precisely twice in the whole episode.
- Is a capitalist.
- Puts on her PJs for an ice-cream filled sleepover with best friend Myndi.
First of all, why does Diana ‘need’ three alter-egos? Why must self-assured Wonder Woman pine for Steve Trevor? And why, for the love of all that’s good, must she be compared in any way to Hannah Montana?
We’re far from reviewing the actual pilot, so nothing is set in stone. But for those Wonder Woman fans who are expecting something… expected, don’t get your hopes up.