It was no surprise that the Internet blew up when Gal Gadot was cast as Wonder Woman in Zach Snyder‘s upcoming Batman VS. Superman follow-up to Man of Steel. Any casting news these days is going to be met with a certain amount of initial fan-boy and girl outrage and bewilderment, but what does the only actress that has truly been successful playing the Amazonian Princess have to say?Lynda Carter twirled into Wonder Woman’s costume lasso for four years (1975-1979) on television and is the image that instantly comes to mind when someone says Wonder Woman. Metro recently caught up with Carter and asked for her opinion about the enduring appeal of Wonder Woman.
There’s an identification factor. She’s not your average superhero. It’s not so much about her super powers as it is about her ethic. I always thought of her as a figure who stands for what’s right. We all know what’s wrong with the world today, so maybe we need her right now.
Is it going to be strange for her to see Gal Gadot play the role?
I don’t think so. It was a long time ago. I care more about the character continuing than holding on to my piece of it. I hope she has fun with it.
Another complaint that was heard around the Internet at the time of Gadot’s casting was how Wonder Woman was added to the already superhero heavy film, why not in her own stand alone movie?
And maybe that’s better. She won’t have to carry the whole film. It takes the pressure off. I wish her well. I’m just glad she’s going to be out there again. Maybe she’ll get her own show again.
Lynda Carter is a kindhearted, polite, and genuine person. She’s always the consummate professional when it comes to interviews so I wasn’t expecting any kind of catty comments about Gadot’s casting to come from her, but she does have some nice thoughts about the characters and what impact it had on her life.
I can’t imagine life without her. I started as a singer and after Wonder Woman, I was able to do a lot with that. I’ve done many TV movies and TV series since, it really launched my career. It’s never held me back. I’ve done pretty much what I wanted to do. I met the son of the man who created Wonder Woman. He came to one of my concerts and we had a great chat about what his father’s vision of Wonder Woman was and how I inhabited the kind of character he wanted to create. It’s a sound endorsement. The man who created Wonder Woman also invented the lie detector test – so the lasso of truth came from that. That’s a piece of trivia for you.
I realized a long time ago that people like to talk about it and I embrace the character – I always have. It’s a long time ago but when people come up to talk to me about it, it’s a way of connecting with them. It’s like going to see a concert and seeing someone play their greatest hits – if they didn’t play their greatest hits, it would be the same as if I never talked about her. She’s a great character.
What I would really like to see a cameo with Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman’s mother Hippolyta. Wouldn’t that be a nice nod to the past and the actress that helped spark the modern popularity of the character?