The wake of the superhero era is upon us. From Marvel to DC, different heroes have been saving not only the world but cinemas and streaming platforms alike. Indeed, it’s a hard life for heroes, but it’s even harder if you’re unemployed. One hero that won’t be joining the gang, especially that of The CW’s prevalent Arrowverse is Wonder Girl. Queen of the South‘s very own Daily Rodriguez, who was tapped to write a pilot for the superhero series and serve as the showrunner, announced on social media on Friday that the series didn’t receive a green light.
So some sad news. For all of those asking, 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. Thanks for everyone’s enthusiasm. It meant a lot to me.
— Dailyn "La Jefa" Rodriguez (@dailynrod) February 12, 2021
“So some sad news,” Rodriguez wrote to Twitter. “For all of those asking, 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. Thanks for everyone’s enthusiasm. It meant a lot to me.”
It’s a sad day for superhero fans, especially for those who are closely watching the foundation of The CW’s Arrowverse come to life. Just when you think they were creating something special, this happens. Based on characters derived from the direct DC Comics created by Joëlle Jones, the script given by Rodriguez revolved around the story of Yara Flor, the child of an Amazonian Warrior and a Brazilian River God. With those inherited powers, Yara Flor attempts to fight the evil-doers of the world. If the series were to be picked up, it would have been the very first time a Latinx superhero to bear the mantle of the front of a DC TV series.
If you’re even just a little aware of what the story was supposed to be. The title would be a dead giveaway. It’s basically the same environment our beloved Wonder Woman was born in––the Amazons. Now being played by the beautiful Gal Gadot, Diana is the princess of the Amazons and was trained to become an unconquerable warrior––just like our supposed Wonder Girl here. As you may be well aware by now, Wonder Woman already has two movies: one being where he meets an American pilot in Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) and another where she goes incognito by curating ancient artifacts but eventually squares off with Maxwell Lord and the Cheetah––both being formidable opponents of the superhero.
Originally, it was revealed in November that Greg Berlanti’s house of DC heroes, Berlanti Productions, would be developing Wonder Girl as a series and Rodriguez is still on board to write and executive produce. However, it’s sad to say that situations are different and the network has other plans regarding the supposed moving forward of the project.
Nothing more disappointing than already working on the project for it not to be continued. As superhero fans and even streaming platform watchers, it’s sad to see one of our potential must-watch gone just like that. However, there’s no contention coming from this side of the media as if it was deemed unworthy to be shown by Berlanti and The CW, then so it shall.
Despite Wonder Girl not getting the call to join the best heroes of the network, The CW isn’t running out of superhero content in the first place because of its already-existing Arrowverse shows like Batwoman, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow. In fact, these series are renewed for new seasons for next year alongside a couple more series. Superman & Lois, on the other hand, will finally be premiering this month with Stargirl‘s second season during the latter part of the year.
There’s a lot of The CW content to look out for and though we’re disappointed for Wonder Girl‘s departure, it isn’t looking too bleak after all.