Kelley got as far as writing a pilot script and shopping it around to all five broadcast networks, but for varying reasons, none of them were able to give him a greenlight. Their reasons were largely political or mechanical:
- ABC had to pass on DC Comics’ leading lady because ABC’s owner Disney now also owns DC’s chief competitor, Marvel Comics, with whom the alphabet network is currently developing Hulk and AKA Jessica Jones.
- CBS reportedly came the closest to signing on, but its executives couldn’t come to a consensus on taking the plunge.
- The CW, which would arguably be the best fit for the show — since DC and The CW are both owned by Warner Bros., and CW has already proven it can find success with a DC Comics superhero — can’t afford the project’s effects-heavy budget.
- Fox said no because it wasn’t a good fit there.
- NBC might have been able to give the show a suitable home, but everything is in a wild state of flux there due to its changing of the guard.
Since most of the reasons were rooted in timing issues, Kelley is considering letting the project cool for a while and then shopping it again at a later date.