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Lynda Carter Has Confidence In David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman

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?


  • TonyM

    At least someone is.

  • Bclewis6593

    It’s on NBC that means even if the show’s any good they’ll find some way to fuck it up. Or it’ll get ignored because well it’s on NBC.

  • demoncat_4

    if Lynda giving her blessing and has faith in what David is doing with wonder woman. i will give the show a chance. plus hope her being tight lipped on if she may make a cameo means David got smart and asked her to be Hippolta sort of passing of the torch from the original tv version of wonder woman to the new and maybe long future version. though still do not like david using batmans exec by day crime fighter by night origin for wonder woman.

  • Shift

    See, this is the thing about classy actors. They rarely speak ill of projects, and if they ever do, its usually not until the project is over. Linda Carter is a lovely and sweet woman, who is from that old school of thought in Hollywood, where they try and be positive regarding any project they’re associated with, whether it be directly or indirectly.

    Even if she did think this show was absolute crap, I doubt she would say anything bad about it. She’s knows the people involved are doing their best and she wouldn’t want to rain on their parade, just like she wouldn’t want someone to talk bad about a work she’s doing. And I applaud her for being so awesome.

    I still think this show is going to blow, but Linda Carter is pure awesome.

  • kalorama

    She’s only 59? I thought she was older than that (not that she looks it).

  • Kevin Melrose

    Carter was young — younger than Adrianne Palicki — when she played Wonder Woman.

  • Anonymous

    She needs to play Hippolyta in a live action film before its too late!

    As for the TV show, I can only hope it isn’t going to reduce Wonder Woman from an Amazon warrior and feminist icon to a self-concious girl dancing in her pajamas listening to MIley Cyrus or whatever…

  • Jericho

    With all due respect and I adore Lynda Carter — I don’t know if Lynda Carter’s endorsment will help. She also gave that hideous new costume her blessing too and look how that turned out.

  • Kal-El Fan

    Carter as Hippolyta would be fantastic!

  • kalorama

    While I wouldn’t be surprised (and would, in fact, expect) Carter to at least have a cameo (why else would she be talking to David Kelley), I wouldn’t hold my breath for her to play Hippolyta. I would expect them to get a young actress to appear in that role, esp. if it’s recurring.

  • Edward_shiro

    I only hope that history does not disappoint us. There is something very important: the originality of the character. Wonder Woman is an Amazon, is the princess of the Amazons. This origin can not hide and can not affect the essence of the character to new generations.

  • Dawnell_do

    If Lynda Carter is giving her blessing then, I might give the show a chance.

  • Joeymax8

    Very, VERY well put! Lynda Carter is a truly classy person.

  • Joeymax8

    Here’s a thought…not that this would ever happen but, what if the TV series or a theatrical release used the Alex Ross Kingdom Come Wonder Woman??? Then, we could see Lynda Carter back in the star-spangled outfit!! She looks WAY younger than her age but, she could certainly pull of a KC Wonder Woman!!!!

  • Galitigatr

    Carter’s opinion isn’t worth much, notwithstanding her prior experience. First, the original series borders on being unwatchable. The writing is poor and the conflicts contrived. Second, she has a conflict of interest. She’s almost certainly been cast in some capacity, and is thus equally certain to bless the project regardless of any conceptual problems. I mean, when was the last time Linda Carter was in anything?

  • don’t care

    Has Lynda Carter even read a Wonder Woman comic? If not, her opinion is worth absolutely nothing. This show is gonna stink just like her WW did. *dodges canes and dentures*

    I will now get off your lawn.

  • J82f13th3d

    Somebody always has to be a Debbie Downer. When was the last time you did anything important? Lynda has class and the series was well enough to last from 1975- 1979 which is longer then this sh*t approaching on TV this fall will. Just saying!

  • kalorama

    I’ve read many Wonder Woman comics which, according to your logic, means that my opinion is worth something.

    It is my opinion that you’re an idiot.

  • Omegasaga

    Birds of Prey 2002 –CANCELED after 12 episodes ( dont remember this lasting more than a month.)

    BIONIC WOMAN 2007—CANCELED after 4 episodes

    WONDERWOMAN 2012 —CANCELED after 6 episodes.

  • Omegasaga

    Now why would a 60ryold hasbeen actress’s endorsement- who has been retired for 30 yrs mind you—- why would Linda Caters blessing mean ANYTHING??????????????

    This is going to be WonderWoman by name ONLY. They rest they will just make up as they go along.


    whoa whoah whooooaa UNWATCHABLE??? are you crazy?
    Season One of WW in 77 was pure golden age WW americana.
    It was beyond faithful to the character.

    Season 2 & 3 were cheese but NOT unwatchable. Its up there as THE BEST of late 70s TV shows. alongside HULK, Dukes of Hazard, CHIPS, Bionic Man ect.

    Its Dated but NOT unwatchable youngster!!!!

  • Omegasaga

    Lets get this straight- Lynda Carters WONDERWOMAN did NOT suck. –It might be dated by todays standards but saying her show sucked is like saying the LOU FERRIGNO HUlk show sucked.
    Both shows were awsome for their time.
    Both shows were an important part of late 70s pop culture.

    A show like the 1988-90 SUPERBOY tv show sucked.

  • JMC

    Yeah – The Hulk and Wonder Woman were awesome WHEN I WAS 6!!

    Looking back, like most shows of that time (Dukes of Hazard, CHIPS, Man from Atlantis, Six Million Dollar Man) they are remembered fondly through my 6 year old eyes.

    However, after catching up with them on DVD, reality has bitch-slapped me in the face – they have aged badly, they are badly written, and badly acted. The memories are great but the shows aren’t. They are drivel. They may have been great in the 70s but they are plain embarrassing now.

    I’m sure we’ll be thinking the same about 2011 shows in 2041.

  • JMC

    Not sure what your point is here – seem to be kind of ranting and raving now.

    Of course what you’re not pointing out is that there were a lot more TV shows and TV stations to compete against in 2002, and 2002 than in the 1970s. It’s a hell of a lot more cut throat in TV land now than 30 years ago

  • Wws1fan

    Lynda NEEDS to play Hippolyta!! That would make it all worth it!! Hope they can make this fly. Skeptical but I’m keeping an open mind!

  • Anonymous

    Hell the woman hasn’t slipped a bit. I’d like to see her get back in the WW costume.

  • Newark1963

    It must have been good if NBC canned it.   We all know that there line sucks.

  • Meatius

    just watched the pilot it sucks!