What began as a Man of Steel sequel became something more with the addition of Batman, even more so earlier this month when Gal Gadot was cast as Wonder Woman in the same film. Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman vs. Superman (no official title yet) has effectively become a film about DC’s Trinity.
Upon hearing the news Lynda Carter tweeting her congratulations to Gal Gadot.
Now the original Wonder Woman, on TV from 1975 to 1979, was asked by Metro what she thought about the casting and Wonder Woman in general.
When asked about the enduring appeal of Wonder Woman:
“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.”
On what impact the show had on her life:
“I can’t imagine life without her. I started as a singer and after Wonder Woman, I was able to do a lot with that. I’ve done many TV movies and TV series since, it really launched my career. It’s never held me back. I’ve done pretty much what I wanted to do. I met the son of the man who created Wonder Woman. He came to one of my concerts and we had a great chat about what his father’s vision of Wonder Woman was and how I inhabited the kind of character he wanted to create. It’s a sound endorsement. The man who created Wonder Woman also invented the lie detector test – so the lasso of truth came from that. That’s a piece of trivia for you.”
Asked if it would be strange seeing someone else play the iconic character:
“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.”
Finally what about the fact that Wonder Woman will be in a film that already has Batman and Superman rather than her own film:
“And 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.”
Batman vs. Superman (or whatever) was scripted by David S. Goyer from a story he co-created with Zack Snyder, and is now being rewritten by Chris Terrio. Snyder is directing. Man of Steel‘s Henry Cavill will reprise his role as Superman in the film, Ben Affleck is Bruce Wayne/Batman and Gal Gadot is Diana Prince/Wonder Woman. Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane will also reprise their roles in the sequel.
It is scheduled to hit theaters on July 17, 2015.