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Can Wonder Woman appeal to a modern audience?

In her 70 year history, Wonder Woman has never made it to the big screen. Wonder Woman almost made it to television this fall, with legendary TV producer David E. Kelley behind it. A pilot was produced for NBC, but in the end, NBC decided not to go with it.

DC Comics recently redesigned Wonder Woman, giving her pants and a jacket to cover up her rather bare classic look. Once the show was dropped, the pants dropped too (no, not like that), with DC having no need of coordinating a look across media properties.

The pilot's leaked out online, so there are reviews available. The consensus seems to be that it was cheesy and not quite there, but that there are the sparks of something, particularly in the actress portraying Wonder Woman (also known for her work on "Friday Night Lights"), Adrianne Palicki. This generation apparently won't get the chance to watch a Wonder Woman TV show of their own.

Want to see a peek at what that show was all about? Here's a behind the scenes clip of the TV show that wasn't to be:

You can also see a clip from the unaired pilot here:

Wonder Woman really became a pop culture icon in the 1970s, when Lynda Carter brought her to life on TV the first time. It led to generations of women dressing up in Wonder Woman garb for Halloween, twirling around and pretending to deflect bullets with their bracelets. She's an empowering character; artist Cliff Chiang describes her as "extremely self-confident."

Geoff Boucher from the L.A. Times' comic book blog, Hero Complex, interviewed the creators behind the new comic book reboot of Wonder Woman recently. They talked about the changes being made as they try to refresh Wonder Woman for a new era; will any of these make her more appealing, either in comics or beyond? And is her revamped origin, making her a daughter of Zeus, better or worse? (Check out this Think Progress piece for an interesting discussion of the feminist implications of her new origin.)

Be sure to check out more from the L.A. Times' comic book blogger Geoff Boucher and Eleanor Smeal of Ms. Magazine on Patt Morrison, talking about why Wonder Woman hasn't translated to film.

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