Wonder Woman is celebrating her 75th anniversary this year with a planned DC Comics film starring Gal Gadot, well next year. They were close.
But will the woman who made the character a household name in the 1970s show up to pay respect?
Lynda Carter would love to do just that. But the original live-action Wonder Woman is very busy these days. And despite a friendly phone call from Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, Carter told Variety‘s Brent Lang that showing up in the new film just didn’t work out.
“She talked to me on the phone about the character, and we were trying to see if I could do something with the movie, but it didn’t work out. The timing was off, and I was doing other things and couldn’t get over to where they were shooting.”
That busy schedule also is what almost cost Carter a recurring role in The CW’s Supergirl series, where she plays the president. Instead of casting another character to play the role, producers of that series simply bumped the character to Season 2, hoping they could find a chance to squeeze Carter in.
Wonder Woman, however, didn’t have the same luxury to move its schedule around, and filming primarily in Europe didn’t help bring the movie and Carter together, either.
Yet in a way, Carter likes the chance to reflect, while stretching her legs as an actor.
“At this point in my life, I pretty much do new parts in things. There’s someone else doing the role now, and that’s OK. They should do it. I support Gal wholeheartedly, and I wish her and Patty all the success in the world.”
Wonder Woman was a break out role for Carter when the series launched in 1975. And more than 40 years later, the actress has lent her voice to games like Elder Scrolls Online and Fallout 4. She’s also reprising her role as Gov. Jessman in Super Troopers 2, the sequel to the 2001 comedy that put five Vermont state police officers far too close to other human beings.
Although Wonder Woman in any form is not in her immediate future, Carter is still proud the role she played in promoting the legacy of the character, and hoping for a day soon where she is not a rare heroine for audiences to enjoy.
“The reason she existed in the first place was that, when she came on the scene, there was nothing for girls to look up to. We’re still fighting the same fight. We still need more female role models.
“But Wonder Woman is much more than a cartoon character. She’s fighting for truth and justice and the secret self that exists in all women and girls. There’s a moral fiber and a goodness about her that all women have.“
Carter is expected to make her debut as President Olivia Marsden in the Oct. 24 episode of Supergirl.
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