The CW Passes On ‘Wonder Girl’ Project

by Erik Amaya

Yara Flor’s adventures will remain strictly on the comic book page for now.

The CW has passed on the potential Wonder Girl series based on the recently introduced Future State Wonder Woman. The news comes via pilot writer and producer Dailyn Rodriguez, who took to Twitter on Friday to deliver the bad news.

Wonder Girl is not getting picked up at the CW. I was very proud of the script I wrote. Wish I could’ve shared the world I created, but unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be,” she wrote. “Thanks for everyone’s enthusiasm. It meant a lot to me.”

The program planned to center on Yara, the new Wonder Woman created Joëlle Jones. Slightly re-imagined as a Dreamer in the US who also happens to be the child of an Amazon and a Brazilian river god, it would have presumably seen her learning to harness her powers and dealing with being a multi-racial demigod in a country still having trouble cottoning to either concept. It, along with Ava DuVernay‘s Naomi project and the Black Lightning spinoff Painkiller — represented the beginning of a new look for the Arrowverse.

Naomi, meanwhile, is going to pilot stage while the Painkiller concept will debut in an episode of Black Lighting‘s fourth and final season later this season. And while networks rarely offer reasons behind their decisions to pass on a project, we can’t help but wonder if HBO Max content chief Casey Bloys‘ comments about DC media speaking with “one voice” had some part in the decision. Will a different show featuring Yara emerge on the streaming platform at some point?

As it happens, Max is developing its own slate of shows including next January’s Peacekeeper, a long-in-development Green Lantern series from Arrowverse head honcho Greg Berlanti, a Strange Adventures anthology series also from Berlanti, a Gotham P.D. series based in the same reality as Matt Reeves‘ upcoming The Batman, and a J.J. Abrams take on Justice League Dark. It is also developing a DC Super Hero High comedy series from Elizabeth Banks and a three-part Aquaman animated series from James Wan. Considering all of the named talent involved in these projects, you also have to wonder if Yara needs some sort of patron to shepherd her through the difficulties of TV development.

Also, as we speculated just yesterday, it also possible WarnerMedia will want to call all of the Arrowverse characters home at some point so they can re-imagined for HBO Max. While that won’t happen soon — The Flash, Batwoman, and Legends of Tomorrow have already been renewed for the 2021-2022 broadcast television season — the network may be sensitive to a time when it may occur. Although jointly run by WarnerMedia’s TV arm and CBS, relying on DC superheroes may not be a strategy it can rely on through the 2020s.

(h/t: comicbook.com)

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