Gal Gadot is the new Wonder Woman, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for the actress who previously held the role. Lynda Carter starred in the most successful “Wonder Woman” project to date, an ABC TV show that aired from 1975 to 1979. Even though Gadot is taking over, many fans were hoping to see Carter in the 2017 superhero flick. Unfortunately, Carter has revealed that their wishes haven’t come true.
A representative for Carter, Pete Sanders, told the Washington Post that she will not appear in the film. “She wishes it success,” Sanders added.
Carter previously noted that she wouldn’t mind being involved in the film, even if it was just behind the scenes. “I would love to be involved in a creative position of it,” Carter told Entertainment Weekly in April. “I know so much about what people want from it, I think, that just being as a consultant on a movie. I think it needs a woman.”
Rumors were fueled when Chris Pine, who is set to play one of Wonder Woman’s love interests, dodged a question about a possible cameo from Carter. “If I could tell you that I wouldn't, but I can't,” Pine told E! News when directly asked about Carter making an appearance.
It wouldn’t be new for DC to add a veteran superhero actor to a play a new role in a modern retelling. John Wesley Shipp, who played Barry Allen in 1990 version of “The Flash,” now plays Barry’s father on the CW retelling. CBS’ “Supergirl” features the original Supergirl, Helen Slater, as the current hero’s adoptive mother and Dean Cain, Superman on “The Adventures of Lois and Clark,” as her father. Slater and Cain, as well as Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder, who played Clark Kent and Lois Lane in the '70s and '80s “Superman” movies, also played roles in the now-defunct “Smallville.”
Though Carter apparently won’t be in the first “Wonder Woman” film, superhero movies are famous for having sequels so there will likely be other opportunities for Carter to appear.
“Wonder Woman” is scheduled to hit the big screen on June 23, 2017. Check out the new footage from the film here.