Adrianne Palicki on the failed Wonder Woman pilot

News Louisa Mellor 18 Dec 2013 - 07:32

Her Wonder Woman pilot didn't make it out of the gates, but Adrianne Palicki has no regrets and her sights set on another superhero role...

The years after a project has failed are often when hindsight and revelations emerge from the woodwork. Bitterness and regret sometimes escape from the PR machine as a sense of 'what really happened' drifts towards the public.

Adrianne Palicki, the lead in NBC's failed Wonder Woman pilot in 2011, has no such stories to tell (well, it's unlikely she would. The Friday Night Lights actress can't afford to not look grateful for opportunities at this early stage in her career). Though the pilot didn't make it out of the gates, Palicki describes playing Wonder Woman as "one of the coolest things ever" in a recent interview with IGN. Does she have any regrets about the pilot's failure?

“I wouldn’t say regret. I was devastated when it didn’t go and it was expected to. It was one of those things that was shocking. But in retrospect it was probably a blessing. It would’ve been a really hard thing to shoot. And I got to wear the costume - I should say, I got paid to wear the costume! So not many people get to say that. [...] Maybe someday down the line I’ll get to play that character or another awesome icon again."

When told that fans were waiting to see her return to the world of superheroes, Palicki has one icon in particular on her list: "I'm waiting for Supergirl". 

David S. Goyer and co., did you hear that?


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IMHO This is what Wonder Woman should look like!!! no offence to Gal Gadot but Wonder Woman shouldn't be a size zero, This generation just doesn't need another stick thin role model alongside all the others on posters, magazines and tv with their air brushed "beauty"

Wonder Woman is a curvy Amazon Princess dammit, Lynda Carter was so perfect for the role. *deep sigh*

I could not agree more!

Why do they always say it's a pilot that failed? It is the network or channel failing for not picking up the show.

She was excellent in FNL.

Because the purpose of the pilot is in order for it to get picked up as a series. That's the whole reason it's made - normally it never even gets seen otherwise. So if it doesn't get picked up, it's failed.

hell why not there adding every dc character into justice league errrr i mean man of steel 2

That costume and make-up doesn't do her justice. Beautiful woman.

As I remember, it was not the actress, but the premise which was flawed. Diana Prince was a CEO of a giant business, or something. It was so twisted out of shape, it bore little or no resemblance to the Charles Moulton character.
Why WW suffers like this defeats me. There was a terrible "tongue in cheek" pilot years before Lynda Carter, which also crashed and burned (thankfully), and survives on the net, if you have the stomach for it.
Even the comics had the awful "Emma Peel" version, even the uniform was ditched!
We just want a faithful version of WW, like LC's. Is that too much to ask for?

I agree. I remember watching the pilot and thinking that the premise was really stupid. From what I remember she was CEO of Wonder Woman brand. She really was Wonder Woman, and either came out about it or was outed, and became a famous superhero and then had to focus on marketing the brand of her persona (like approving sexy action figures). It just didn't work and I was not surprised at all that it didn't get picked up. A Wonder Woman series needs to win new fans with an origin story, like Arrow (which had a slow start, but the second season has been pretty brilliant).

Lucy Lawless in her Xena days would have been awesome. She totally sold the physical side of a warrior woman.

When was this????

I think Lynda Carter was very skinny but generally I agree.

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