UPDATE: "Amazon" producer Allen Heinberg revealed on Twitter that Wonder Woman will remain Diana for the television series. DC Entertainment CCO Geoff Johns also spoke out, stating that the codename Iris was used to "try and avoid speculation."
The CW's planned Wonder Woman series is moving forward with the launch of a search for an actress in her early to mid-20s to play the iconic DC Comics superheroine, here named Iris rather than Diana.
Deadline reports Warner Bros. Television has hired a casting director and released a character breakdown for the lead role on "Amazon," an origin story by television producer and comics writer Allan Heinberg that's been compared to The CW's long-running "Smallville." While casting typically doesn't begin until after a pilot order is given, for a project like this the network likely wants to have the key actors in place before deciding on a green light.
The casting breakdown obtained by Deadline describes a young Wonder Woman who "comes from a remote, secluded country and until now has spent most of her life as a soldier and a leader on the battlefield":
"Because of relentless brutality of her life at home, Iris looks at our world with absolute awe and astonishment. She’s delighted and just as often horrified by the aspects of everyday life that we take for granted: skyscrapers, traffic, ice cream. It’s all new and fascinating and sometimes slightly troubling to her. Iris is completely unschooled in our world, our culture, our customs. And she’s completely inexperienced at interpersonal relationships. She has no social filter, does not suffer fools, and tends to do and say exactly what’s on her mind at all times. She’s bluntly, refreshingly honest. She can tell when you’re lying to her. And she doesn’t have time or patience for politics or tact because she’s too busy trying to experience everything our world has to offer. There are too many sights to see and things to learn and people to care for. Hers is a true, noble, and generous heart. And she will fight and die for the people she loves. Iris is a fierce warrior with the innocent heart of a romantic and she will fight to the death to make the world safe for innocents and true romantics everywhere.”
The September announcement of "Amazon" came more than a year after NBC rejected David E. Kelley's "Wonder Woman" pilot, which starred Adrianne Palicki as a successful corporate executive who fights crime in Los Angeles while trying to balance the elements of her extraordinary life. The CW, a joint venture of Warner Bros. and CBS corporation, passed on Kelley's proposed revival because of its price tag.
Following the end of "Smallville" last year after a 10-season run, The CW has found success with another DC-based property, "Arrow," which has become the network's biggest hit of the fall season.