When Wonder Woman first appeared in 1941, she was intended to be a “distinctly feminist role model whose mission was to bring the Amazon ideals of love, peace, and sexual equality to a world torn by the hatred of men.” Since then, the DC Comics character has inspired multiple TV series, an animated movie, and several other film projects that never made it past the production phase. Today it was announced that famed TV producer and screenwriter David E. Kelley is working on a new Wonder Woman TV series. Excited by the news, we decided to do a quick casting call of our own for the title role.
Provided that she can handle the Lasso of Truth as well as she did a gun on Dollhouse or a wooden stake on Buffy, Dushku would be a natural fit. We imagine that she’d have a more violent take on the Wonder Woman character than Lynda Carter’s version (remember how angry she was as Missy Pantone in Bring It On?), which is more in line with her comic book roots as an Amazon champion. While mildly disturbing, the poorly photoshopped image above gives you an idea of how great she’d look riding around in an invisible jet. Our only real concern is if she’d be willing to cheat on Joss Whedon (who never got his film version off the ground) by working with Kelley.
We’re basing this one solely on Bilson’s dark-haired good looks (Lynda Carter was a former beauty pageant winner) and the fact that when Summer Roberts surprised her comic books-obsessed Seth Cohen by dressing up as Wonder Woman for Chrismukkah, it was one of our all-time favorite moments on The O.C. Other than a few cameos on shows like Chuck and How I Met Your Mother, Bilson hasn’t been that busy since she left Newport Beach, but rumor is that she’s currently working on a top secret project with Josh Schwartz.
Before it moved to from ABC to CBS, The New Original Wonder Woman (which then became The New Adventures of Wonder Woman) was known more for its sophisticated humor than its action sequences. If Kelley decides to go the more comedic route as well, it would make every geeky guy’s favorite funny girl Olivia Munn perfect for the part — provided that she’s not too busy taping segments for The Daily Show. Aside from guaranteeing a built-in audience (thanks to G4, Munn has a serious fan base), it would make for a nice followup to her cameo in Iron Man 2 as Chess Roberts.
Quit rolling your eyes, and think for a second. This is David E. Kelley, who, whether he likes it or not, is probably best known for bringing Ally McBeal and all of her Dancing Baby neurosis into this world. If he decided to make his Wonder Woman equally quirky, we can think of no better actress for the part than Zooey Deschanel. She’s built a film career around playing zany girls, and just think about how likable she is on TV (remember those cameos she did on Weeds?). The photo above is of Emily Deschanel from an episode of Bones, but the sisters look enough alike that it gives you the gist. Cute, right?
One of the biggest issues TV audiences had with Wonder Woman was her impromptu costume changes. As a former stylist, the reality TV star might be able to come up with something better than Carter’s signature twirl/thunder sequence to signal Diana Prince’s outfit transformation into her super-heroic counterpart. Plus, as someone who never puts down her BlackBerry, we assume that she’d be comfortable with juggling multiple accessories — the lasso, indestructible bracelets, and tiara. Admit it: this version could be so bad that it’s good. Or it could just be so bad.