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CW Developing 'Wonder Woman' Origin Story

A year after NBC passed on David E. Kelley's take on the super hero, the youth-skewing network behind "Smallville" and the upcoming "Arrow" is prepping a project focusing on the early years of Diana of Themyscira.

“Wonder Woman”
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Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman

A year after NBC rejected David E. Kelley's Wonder Woman, the CW is prepping its own take on the DC Comics super hero.

Grey's Anatomy's Allan Heinberg is attached to write Amazon (working title), an origin story about Wonder Woman's alter ego Diana of Themyscira, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

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As first reported by Vulture, the project will focus on Wonder Woman as a budding hero rather than the already established personality that existed in Kelley's take that starred Friday Night Lights' Adrianne Palicki.

"As well crafted and contemporized as it was, it was a big and radical shift for viewers to embrace this new idea -- and that may, to some degree, have had to do with why it didn’t make it," Warner Bros. TV president Peter Roth told THR last year, noting at the time that Wonder Woman's future at another network was to be determined.

The CW's Amazon is in the early stages of development and there is no script order attached to the Warner Bros. TV and DC Comics project as of yet. 

The Wonder Woman take would make sense for the CW, which found success with its Superman origin story, Smallville. That series, which starred Tom Welling as a young Clark Kent as he evolved into Superman, ran for 10 seasons on the network.

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Should the project move forward, Amazon would join the network's newest DC Comics series, Arrow, starring Stephen Amell as the bow-and-arrow clad superhero.

The effort marks the latest in a long line of big and small screen takes on the famed heroine, following the 1975079 TV series starring Lynda Carter. In 2005, Warner Bros. announced Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) would write and direct a film adaptation, which ultimately never materialized.

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The comics, meanwhile, continue to reboot the hero, most recently connecting her romantically with Superman after a short-lived costume change that evolved Wonder Woman's costume from a sexy one-piece to include pants.

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