Diana Themyscira (Adrianne Palicki) runs one of this big business
companies with its success bassd on an action figure - that of Wonder
Woman. And that's just as well, you know, because Diana Themyscira's
official (!) alter ego is Wonder Woman, Defender of Truth, Justice, and
the American Way of Life. She also has a secret identity as Diana Prince
by the way, but ... I don't know why, and I don't know why I said but ...
Wonder Woman, the action figure saleswoman seems to have some beef with Veronica Cale (Elizabeth Hurley) who's producing and selling some muscle
building substances (= very evil steroids), which ... oh, I'm not sure.
eventually it turns out that Veronica Gale is trying to use her evil
steroids to build the perfrect soldier, and as a consequence Wonder Woman beats up (and
occasionally kills) Veronica's entire staff and has her arrested.
Wonder Woman sets up her own Facebook page because she feels a tad lonely
- and I kid you not about this one, she really does ...
ago, Wonder Woman was the perfect answer to macho
superheroes like Superman,
adding a feminist perspective to the duke-it-out mentalities of her male
counterparts - but with this TV-pilot, all of this is long gone, the once
proud heroine who has used her intuition, cunning and her lasso of truth
where her male counterparts used brute force has turned into an
active supporter of premature and unnecessary torture, murder in the line
of duty and other equally reactionary ways of crimefighting,
would love to say the pilot bombed because of all of this, but regarding
the USA's "shoot first, ask questions later"-mentalities, that's
probably not the case.
... and you know what, there's so much wrong with
this pilot at hand, it doesn't even have to be: One main problem of this
movie is, it fails to be based on an actual story, instead it tries too
hard to set the Wonder Woman-character up for the
(never-realized) series to really give the plot more than a little
consideration. And here's problem number two, Wonder Woman,
as portrayed in this movie, is really uninteresting (whenever she's not
fighting at least), she's just this corporate figurehead without a real
life who goes on Facebook (I can't but repeat: really) to find friends. That
Adrianne Palicki doesn't even try to add any additional layers to her flat
character of course doesn't help a bit. Another problem is of course that
the whole thing takes itself way too seriously - but then it's about a
sexy young woman fighting crime in a kinky costume that looks as if it was
designed to have her tits jump out of her top any moment now. I mean, Wonder
Woman is camp, don't try to gloss over it!
... and probably, all of this has contributed to the
fact that Wonder Woman was never turned into a series - and
while I personally would really love to see more butt-kicking heroines on
both the big and the small screen, in this case I can only say THANK GOD!