At their TCA session today, ABC revealed that its untitled female superhero drama from Wonder Woman writer Allan Heinberg won’t be going forward. It’s unclear whether the show will be redeveloped, be it for ABC or Disney’s upcoming streaming service Disney+.
Though no official details weren’t made public, the series was expected to focus on lesser-known female superheroes. It would’ve been the second female-driven comic adaptation on ABC following Agent Carter and fourth overall, including Agents of SHIELD and Inhumans. ABC also previously fielded pilots for Damage Control and SHIELD spinoff Most Wanted while developing a John Ridley-led drama.
Female-fronted comic series have been growing in number in recent years, with Marvel having Jessica Jones at Netflix. For its part, DC has the likes of Supergirl and iZombie at The CW, as well as series built around Stargirl and Harley Quinn set for the DC Universe streaming service.
It will be interesting to see what type of Marvel presence ABC will have going forward, as President Karey Burke has expressed a desire to reclaim her network’s supremacy among female viewers. Where superhero shows generally skew male, it will be difficult to find a property that would fit the ABC lineup while maintaining the network’s relationship with the comic giant.
What type of comic series would you like to see the network do? Should Marvel save its comic series for Disney+? Is there a particular character that you think would make for a good broadcast series?