Warner Bros. announced earlier this month that Gal Gadot has signed on to play Wonder Woman in the highly-anticipated sequel Batman Vs. Superman. But it was Lynda Carter who most notably brought the iconic superhero to life in the Wonder Woman TV series, which ran for three seasons from 1975 to 1979. Since that time, only Adrianne Palicki has dared jump into the infamous superhero outfit for a pilot that never made it to series, with Princess Diana of Themyscira never before being portrayed on the big screen.
While some actors shy away from talking about their most iconic past roles, Lynda Carter has always held the character close to her heart, and doesn't mind sharing her thoughts on the DC Comics legend. When asked whether or not it will be odd to see someone else playing Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter offered this insight into what its like finally turning over a beloved icon after all these years.
"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."
Wonder Woman is being set up as a supporting character in Batman Vs. Superman, an ensemble that also includes Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck) and possible villains such as Lex Luthor. More Justice League members may also be announced for this upcoming sequel in the near future. How does Lynda Carter feel about Wonder Woman becoming a bit player instead of the headliner?
"...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."
She then talked about how the character has remained so iconic after all these years.
"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.
I realised 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."