If you were one of the many (many!) who saw the costume Adrianne Palicki dons for NBC’s Wonder Woman pilot and tittered, “No… seriously?” you were probably gratified when a seemingly revamped get-up was unveiled. “The producers listened!” you might have cheered. “Amazing!”
Only, it turns out, they didn’t change anything — and they didn’t have to, because according to NBC president Robert Greenblatt, the particular outfit sported by the superheroine in the Hollywood Boulevard set photos spied last month was always in Diana Prince’s closet. In fact, in addition to that and the “shiny” look unveiled in the original publicity still, there’s a third version that has yet to leak — and it should make fans of the original series very happy.
“There was an initial outcry about the long pants — you know, skintight pants as opposed to those little shorts [worn by Lynda Carter in the original TV series],” Greenblatt concedes to TVLine.com. “But the shorts were always planned. They are actually used in the final confrontation when she beats Veronica Cale (played by Elizabeth Hurley).”
“We haven’t made any changes from what was planned,” the NBC boss reiterates. “But it’s always good to hear the feedback. I’d rather have people really passionately engaged in conversation, even if they hate something, than be kind of bored.”
There’s no chance of that. Even if fans tire of wardrobe policing WW’s attire, they can always go back to overanalyzing an early draft of David E. Kelley’s pilot script that was leaked in February. “There’s always critiques of everything,” Greenblatt sighs. “If we listen to all of that, we would probably never be able to get the job done. David’s a great writer… and I actually think he’ll bring an intelligence to [the show] that other … writers might not. I think it’s going to be interesting to see it cut together.”
While it would seem like a safe bet that not just he, but all of us, will get to see it cut together and on the Peacock’s schedule come fall, Greenblatt counters, “I’ve been doing this long enough to know that nothing is a safe bet. Even with the best of intentions and the best people, you just don’t know until you see it finished — and we’re a few weeks away from that. But it’s been getting a lot of attention. A lot.”
What do you think? Can TV’s new Wonder Woman realize its potential and live up to (play down?) the hype? Sound off below as if we’d roped you with a golden lasso of truth! (With reporting by Vlada Gelman)