David E. Kelley's imagined Wonder Woman reboot will be staying in his imagination: EVERY network has passed on his pilot script. Although Deadline calls it a case of "unfortunate timing," it turns out each network passed for a different reason.
Kelley, the man who brought a sensitive yet determined Ally McBeal to television, had met with DC Comics and had written a pilot, which he shopped around.
According to Deadline, "the project was never considered a fit for Fox and was taken to the network mostly out of courtesy." The CW couldn't afford the cost of the superhero show, and because of NBC's "managerial changes," the network couldn't dredge up the "licensing fees." CBS considered it but ultimately said no.
But Deadline says the reason why ABC rejected it was "politically motivated."
With its empowered female lead, Wonder Woman seems well suited for the network, but word is a potential DC-Marvel clash got in the way. ABC parent Disney acquired Marvel last year for $4 billion, and ABC and Marvel have been busy developing Marvel properties, including a Hulk series with Guillermo del Toro and David Eick and an adaptation of a Marvel female superhero, Jessica Jones, with Twilight writer Melissa Rosenberg.
Since Disney owns both Marvel and ABC, it might cause strife within the Disney family if ABC looked to DC instead of closer to home.
Now we can honestly say that Wonder Woman (and her alter ego, Diana Prince) was the first casualty in the Marvel/DC wars.