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While fans remain skeptical about David E. Kelley’s reimagining of Wonder Woman, and somewhat divided on the casting of Adrianne Palicki, the figure most closely associated with the superheroine has thrown her support behind both.
“I think it is an amazing role to play,” Lynda Carter, who portrayed the character from 1975 to 1979, tells The Baltimore Sun. “I know she is going to be really nervous about it, just because you would be. But I have a lot of confidence in [writer] David Kelley and what he’s going to come up with. David Kelley’s so talented, and that’s really where it needs to be, is in the writing.”
Of course, it’s the writing — or at least the premise — that’s caused the most concern. A leaked draft of Kelley’s pilot script revealed significant deviations from the DC Comics series and the ’70s television show, most notably in the depiction of the character as a successful corporate executive who fights crime in Los Angeles as Wonder Woman while trying to juggle all the elements of her extraordinary life (and while maintaining a third, secret identity).
“I spoke with David yesterday, and he’s really, really excited about it,” the 59-year-old Carter tells the newspaper. “I think the story needs to be retold. It needs to have a fresh look at it. It affected a lot of people. I think it’s time, I think it’s important to have it out there again.”
But when asked whether she might have a cameo, or some other role, in the NBC drama, the actress becomes tight-lipped: “That is something that I … even if I were, I couldn’t tell you.”
It’s worth noting that, in the pilot script, Diana keeps a photo of her mother and sister on her nightstand. What are the chances we’ll see Carter in a recurring role as Hippolyta?