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The CW is Forgetting About That Wonder Woman Show

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Before we all got bogged down in this Gal Gadot and “Are her boobs big enough to play Wonder Woman?” nonsense, there was an idea to get Wonder Woman back on our TV’s and I’m not referring to the Adrianne Palicki version. When Arrow became a hit last fall, The CW wondered (hehe) what other superhero characters they could give the “Year One” treatment, and they liked one pitch called Amazon. Although it wasn’t ready for this past fall, many believed that the netlet would give it another go, but today at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, CW bosses said for the record that Amazon is no more. (more…)

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As the season of television series pickups, renewals, and cancellations draws to a close there’s only a few more shows whose future hang in the balance. One of those is NBC’s Hannibal, which still hasn’t received confirmation whether it’ll be renewed or not, and does not appear on the NBC’s fall schedule. Another is the CW‘s Wonder Woman prequel, Amazon.

At CW’s upfronts earlier today, CW Topper Mark Pedowitz confirmed with Entertainment Weekly Amazon wasn’t dead, but remains in development and won’t be seen in the coming 2013-2014 season.

Oh God, yes. It’s being redeveloped. We don’t want to produce something that doesn’t do the franchise justice. It’s the trickiest of all the DC characters.

A leaked casting notice from last year told us who they’re looking to cast as the Amazon Princess. They want a young woman, as this series will be exploring Diana’s teenage years, though the casting names the woman as Iris, and she must be 5’8 or taller. Diana– err, Iris, comes from a, “secluded country where she was raised as a solider in a brutal environment. Now a stranger in a strange modern big city, she’s a fierce warrior with the innocent heart of a romantic ­ and she will fight to the death to make the world safe.”

Pedowitz assures EW these “basics” are still present in their development of Amazon, but that they need to work on perfecting the execution. Which I’m all for. If they do a Wonder Woman televisions series, they need to do it right. Think we’ll see Amazon in another year or so? Or is the Amazonian not fit for TV?

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Amazon began streaming its highly anticipated new series – a follow-up to the popular horror-comedy Zombieland – today (like the title says). Unfortunately, it wasn’t up long before the site mysteriously pulled the pilot. According to BleedingCool, it’ll be back up in 24 hours or so. You can still go to Amazon, but all you’ll get is a “Coming Soon” message.

In the meantime, check out the trailer: It looks pretty badass 🙂

Source: BleedingCool

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With the casting now finalized for Amazon‘s Zombieland show: Tyler Ross is Columbus, Maiara Walsh is Wichita, Izabela Vidovic is Little Rock, and Kirk Ward  is Tallahassee, we’ve got our first good look at them all together,

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Man, do I hope this doesn’t suck. Though with a pilot coming from screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who also wrote the film, I’m really not all that worried. The series will start roughly two weeks after the events of the movie, and this first season will have a 13 episode run. But, if you want the series to make it to a 13 episode run, you’ll need to support it from the start. Amazon will be releasing the pilots for all of their prospective shows and let the fasn decide which becomes a fully-fledged series.

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Stay tuned for more as it develops. But in the meantime, what are you thoughts on what we’ve seen so far?

Source: Collider

Wichita Cast for ‘Zombieland’ TV Show

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Things are progressing pretty quickly for Amazon’s Zombieland television series. Only last week we learned Tyler Ross and Izabela Vidovic had landed the roles of Columbus and Little Rock, and today THR is reporting Maiara Walsh has been cast as Wichita. Sure, she’s no Emma Stone, but I’m hopeful the brunette’s got the comedic timing and zombie bashing skills to fill the role.

The official show description for Wichita is, “a natural con-woman and tough girl who with her younger sister Little Rock teams up with Columbus to survive the zombie apocalypse and search for survivors,” which isn’t all that different from how the movie set her up, either.

Now we wait to hear who’ll be filling Woody Harrelson’s shoes in the role of boisterous ass kicker and Twinkie connoisseur, Tallahasee. Who do you think would make a good fit?

Source: Coming Soon

‘The Amazon’ Delayed For Another Year

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Many people have been putting their hopes in the eventual creation of an actual interesting Wonder Woman project.  Be it a movie or a television series, something better than the goofy 70s series is in order, especially given the rise of super hero popularity these days.  CW expressed interest in getting it done and they were supposed to be putting together a pilot for The Amazon here soon.   But, alas, it has been delayed.  By an entire year.  Sigh.

With the success of Arrow, it’s not likely that the CW will completely abandon the chance to do Wonder Woman.  Er… I mean do a series about Wonder Woman.  The fact that they’re delaying for a year could be a sign that they’re taking their job seriously and that we could actually see some quality being brought to the show.  Unfortunately, it could also be a sign that they’ll forget all about it and we’ll never hear a damn thing about it ever again.  Only time will tell.

At last report, actress Amy Manson was leading the pack for the possibility of playing the Amazonian princess, though by the time the pilot reaches production we could be looking at a different face.  Stick around for more details throughout the year.

 

Thanks to ComicBookMovie for the heads-up.

Things are slowly progressing for the CW‘s new Wonder Woman show, Amazon. As of now there’s no finalized script and nobody’s been cast, but that’s okay. David E. Kelly has admitted his Wonder Woman pilot was a rushed production which likely played a role in it not being picked up, – and being incredibly sucky – so I’m okay with slow. What I’d like, though, is to at least know who’s going to play Diana, Amazon princess and eventual Wonder Woman.

And here’s our first candidate, Scottish actress Amy Manson, best known for appearing in two episodes of Torchwood and a variety of other U.K. television shows. The Evening Express of Scotland reports she’s made it through two rounds of auditions and is currently awaiting to hear if she’ll be coming to the States to continue the process. Manson shared, “it’s a brilliant script, all about her younger years. It seems a lot edgier than past series.” Of course, she can’t be talking about the actual script as, like I said, there isn’t one, but these audition sides were leaked earlier.

Honestly, I don’t know much about Manson other than she’s 27 which sounds a little old for the spin on Wonder Woman they’re going for. Then again, she sure looks young enough and choosing not to cast a teenager will likely help in establishing Diana as a force to be reckoned with. She’s Wonder WOMAN, not Wonder GIRL. Here’s hoping we’ll know who is playing the Amazon soon, I’d like to see this show premiering in the fall and, I’m sure, so would the CW.

Speaking of Wonder Woman, Jaimie Alexander has been pretty vocal about what she thinks is needed to make a Wonder Woman show successful as well as the representation of female superheroes in general. You probably best know Alexander as the Lady Sif from Thor and soon Thor: The Dark World, but she’s a bonafide superhero fan and not just because she plays one in the movies.

Last week Alexander spoke with MTV about Kelly’s failed Wonder Woman pilot and female superheroes, today’s she’s back with more. Below the cut you’ll find an excerpt from Alexander’s interview with Mania where she talks more about a Wonder Woman TV show and the state of women in action films, particularly the superhero genre.

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I’m sure we all remember – though I’m also sure we’d like to forget – the doomed Wonder Woman pilot from a couple years ago. It was a huge misstep in what could have been the Amazon’s return to glory and a chance for her to receive equal representation as a member of the DC’s Trinity. But alas, it sucked, and never even aired.

Now, another mythic superheroine is speaking out about what was so horribly wrong with David Kelly’s failed attempt and how she thinks a Wonder Woman TV show should be handled. Listen up producers of the CW’s upcoming Amazon, the Lady Sif, Jaimie Alexander, has some pointers for you,

Let’s talk about this for a second. You have very few female superheroes dominating films these days, unless they’re in a skin tight outfit and their boobs are pushed up to their chin. It’s not okay. All she does is sit and eat ice cream while she’s crying over a boy. I know that never aired, but that’s what the script said.

There needs to be a positive role model. If you’re going to make ‘Wonder Woman,’ make it like ‘The Bourne Supremacy.’ Let’s do something awesome like that. Like ‘Alias.’ That was a fantastic show. Why can’t we do that? Why does she have to be in hot pants and spandex? I get it, it’s visually stunning for half of the people, but at least make her grow a pair!

I would also suggest staying as far away from how Wonder Woman is portrayed in the current run of Justice League. Seriously, Superman needs to teach her how to be a hero?! Suggests she take on a secret identity!?! Ugh. It’s like they don’t even know who she is anymore!

How do you think Wonder Woman should be portrayed, in either film or TV? We know the premise for Amazon is looking for a younger Diana, but what about the Justice League movie?

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While the flux-capacitor hasn’t been perfected, and we can’t help you fix any past holiday humbuggery, maybe we can help you get this holiday season off to a good start.

For the next 12 days (Dec 1st-12th), the staff of Nerd Bastards will be listing a few of their favorite nerdy things. Gadgets, doohickeys, thingamabobs and more – all sorts of  items that have been Nerd tested and Bastard approved. Basically, stuff you want, things you need, and everything you can’t have.

We hope you’ll  find some unique and nerdtastic gifts among our selections, and that they make their way under your tree, Menorah or Kwanzaa bush.

Hit the jump for Nick Bungay’s list of Nerdful things. Check back tomorrow for Matthew Jackson‘s list. To see archive of this feature, click HERE.

1. Ultimate Kate or Die #1 by Kate Leth

Tattoos, relationships, lesbians and guinea pigs. What does all of this have to do with comics? Everything, that’s what. This collection of comic strips from Nova Scotia artist Kate Leth is on sale now for a steal at $5 a pop, and it’s well worth the price. Featuring strips on everything from cosplay and tattoo etiquette, to the secret relationship between Spider-Man and Deadpool, it’s 32 pages of fun wrapped up in one neat, shelf fitting package. Although, if you live in the Halifax area, just go over to Strange Adventures Comix & Curiosities, they’re always holding a few issues just in case and you might even meet Kate.

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