5 DC Comics TV Show Pilots That Didn't Work Out

With Wonder Woman showing that a strong female lead in a dope female-directed movie can inspire millions, DC Comics is on everyone’s minds right now. But let’s not forget too quickly that DC Comics has had their share of misses on the small screen. Here are five DC Comic-based pilots that failed to get off the ground.



Who’s Afraid of Diana Prince? (1967)

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Oh, the '60s. They were a simpler time, back before things like "empathy" and "common sense" and "respect" were around. This "wacky" take on Diana of Themyscira was supposed to feel tonally congruent with the Adam West Batman series, but was instead a tone-deaf misstep in which Diana’s mother relentlessly shamed her for being single. Come on, everyone KNOWS that female superheroes are defined by being locked down by a stable man with an income, right?



Wonder Woman (2011)

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Man, it sure did take a lot of tries to make something about Wonder Woman work. Case in point: this gaudy-as-hell pilot released in 2011, starring Adrianne Palicki as Diana. With an outfit so shiny and rubbery, what crime was she really going to fight? I feel constricted just looking at it.



Aquaman (2006)

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Speaking of Adrianne Palicki, she played the villain in this surprisingly well-received Aquaman pilot just over a decade ago. Not to judge a book by its cover, but look at the guy they have playing Aquaman — we don’t need an God of the Sea that looks like he’s fresh off the basketball court with the stars of One Tree Hill.



Justice League of America (1997)

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Take one look at the costumes used in this TV movie/pilot, and it’s pretty easy to see why it didn’t go anywhere. Seriously, render this photo in black and white and I guarantee you can convince people it was made in the late '60s instead of the late '90s. Woof.



Plastic Man (2006)

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Plastic Man only exists as a 10 minute animated pilot, with a sense of humor that would fit in perfectly on Adult Swim, but it was just a hair ahead of its time. Perhaps a fun Plastic Man is what the DC universe needs, because oof, if we get another movie as dark and as solemn as the ones that have come before, they’re going to need to post therapists right outside the theater exits.

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