Wonder Woman stands at the forefront of everyone’s minds as this new era of superhero films continues to evolve. Though we’ve seen many different iterations of iconic male superheroes like Iron Man, Captain America, Batman, and Superman grace the big screen, neither the modern MCU nor the DCEU had focused their efforts on a big-budget solo film about a female superhero until recently. Fans were thrilled when DC announced that Wonder Woman would get her first live action solo film in 2017, with Patty Jenkins (Monster) directing Gal Gadot as the legendary protagonist.
Wonder Woman is a legendary champion for women, both fictional and not. Her legacy as an activist icon starts in the seventies, when Lynda Carter portrayed Diana Prince as a multifaceted, powerful hero with real heart. Carter, now somewhat of an icon herself, has since gone on to enjoy a storied acting and musical career. She will make her debut as POTUS Olivia Marsdin on The CW’s Supergirl in just a few weeks. The seasoned star recently sat down to discuss the upcoming Wonder Woman movie; and, like Gal Gadot, has nothing but positive things to say.
Carter, an outspoken activist for women’s and LGBT rights, began the interview with Variety by emphasizing Wonder Woman’s social importance and why the character has stayed relevant for 75 years:
“We’re still fighting the same fight. We still need more female role models. But Wonder Woman is much more than a cartoon character. She’s fighting for truth and justice and the secret self that exists in all women and girls. There’s a moral fiber and a goodness about her that all women have.”
When asked if she gave Gadot advice on her upcoming role, Carter balked, asserting that doing so would have been “presumptuous.” The actor revealed she did speak with director Jenkins, though, and tried to work out a cameo on the film:
“We were trying to see if I could do something with the movie, but it didn’t work out. The timing was off, and I was doing other things and couldn’t get over to where they were shooting.”
It’s always awesome to see the women behind these iconic roles commenting on their modern legacies. Lynda Carter especially embraces her role as a gay icon, stating in this interview, conveniently published for National Coming Out Day, that “homophobia is such a baffling thing for me. That’s where the real Wonder Woman in me comes out, and I want to bop [homophobes] upside the head and go, ‘Get a grip. Get over yourself already.'” Wonder Woman writers recently confirmed that the hero would absolutely not stand for homophobia, as Diana herself is ‘queer’ or bisexual.
Actors like Carter and original Lois Lane Margot Kidder provide a new layer to our modern conversation about women’s representation in superhero films. These women have used their iconic legacies as on-screen powerful women to influence change in the real world, and are still eager to use that recognition to make change today. It’s especially cool to see Carter openly support Gal Gadot’s work and build excitement for this upcoming reboot. We can only hope that, for the next Wonder Woman film, Carter will be able to schedule a special little cameo just for us fans.
Wonder Woman opens in theaters on June 2, 2017, followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash, The Batman, Dark Universe and Man of Steel 2 are currently without a release dates.