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TV stars to be in the new Wonder Woman movie

by Brad Trechak, posted Jun 26th 2008 8:00AM
Wonder WomanIt's an animated movie to be put out by DC Comics in the direct-to-DVD market, but it's a movie nonetheless. The lead voices are Keri Russell (formerly of TV's Felicity) who plays the Amazon princess and Nathan Fillion (of Firefly fame) who voices Steve Trevor. Other actors providing voices include Virginia Madsen, Rosario Dawson and Alfred Molina.

Going with our Retro Squad theme of the week, a lot of Whedon alumni seem to be lending their voices to DC Comics animation. I've been re-watching the two seasons of Justice League Unlimited and voices for that have included half the Firefly line-up: Morena Baccarin, Gina Torres, Adam Baldwin and Nathan Fillion. Also involved were Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof and Juliet Landau from Buffy and Angel. Furthermore, Adam Baldwin and James Marsters were on the Superman: Doomsday DVD and David Boreanaz was involved with the Justice League: New Frontier DVD.

Of course, Whedon himself was involved in the oft-delayed Wonder Woman live-action film. Perhaps there's a big Joss Whedon/DC Comics conspiracy that I don't know about?

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I still believe that Megan Gale should portray Wonder Woman, if not in the JL film, then at least in the WW movie. She's just too good a choice to throw away now that the JL film is on hold...yet again. sigh... Lynda Carter should most definitely portray her mother, Hippolyta. And developing the characters and relationships on Paradise Island (i.e., the Queen, Artemis, Donna Troy, etc.,) and Greek mythology (i.e., Ares, Circe, Aphrodite, etc.,) along with the characters from Man's World (i.e., Steve Trevor, Etta Candy and the Woo-Woo Girls, the Cheetah, etc.,) would prove awesome for viewers! And provide her with her iconic accoutrements (i.e., tiara that she also uses as a boomerang and video phone; earrings that can translate any spoken language; bracelets that deflect objects and can create a force field around her) as well as her other magical super powers (i.e., mimic anyone's voice; the transformation twirl; and the ability to see the good in everyone). And let's not forget to include her invisible jet/Wonderdome cast of characters.

As for a No-No List, how about the following Don'ts as well:
1. Don't make her a teenager; make her 2000+ years old. It makes for a richer background and back-story.
2. Don't make her fly. She's not Superman. That's what her cool and unique invisible jet is for.
3. Don't take away her iconic costume. She wears the American flag and that's part of her unique appeal.
4. Don't make her overtly sexy/sexual.
5. Don't make her too mannish/butch. Allow her to have some curves, just not gratuitous jiggle.
6. Don't cast well-known actors other than Lynda Carter (for obvious reasons). Allow views the chance to get to know the character as the character and not some actor AS the character. Christopher Reeve and Lynda Carter are great examples of this!
7. Don't exclude villains from her comics. There are tons of great ones to use (e.g., Circe, Silver Swan, Cheetah, Dr. Poison, Ares, Dr. Psycho, etc.).
8. Don't forget to include her secret identity. The one thing that most EVERYONE who talks about WW comments on is that FAMOUS Lynda Carter twirl. There's lots of fun and excitement seeing how she'll be able to keep her secret in order to protect the ones she loves in Man's World as well as to be undercover.
9. Don't overlook the invisible jet/Wonderdome. Lots of creative possibilities and uniquely rich characters to draw upon.
10. Don't get rid of her high heels. They're silly in some ways, but she IS a comic book character, and if you look at most comic book characters, they're costumes really don't translate into the real world. But that's part of the fantasy and appeal. It's not supposed to be real world.

June 27 2008 at 8:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scott Benson

No conspiracy: Bruce Timm's stated on more than one occasion that he's a huge fan of all things Whedon, and made it a point to cast as many Whedonverse actors as possible in his DCU projects.

June 26 2008 at 11:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Morena Baccarin would make a great Wonder Woman

June 26 2008 at 10:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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