Lynda Carter, who starred as the original Wonder Woman from 1975-1979 on ABC and CBS, says Hollywood should hire a female screenwriter for a possible reboot.
Lynda believes past attempts at a Wonder Woman remake have failed because Hollywood writers don’t fully understand the character’s core values. In 2011, David E. Kelly produced a Wonder Woman series for NBC, where the pilot episode was critically panned and was not picked up by the network. Recently, the series Amazon
was put on hold, with the series being “put on pause” because the script wasn’t right.
Lynda recently told Entertainment Tonight
, “They miss the point.
"I think they try to just make her a female version of a male superhero, and that's not what she is. She is an Amazon Princess and she's got really strong sisterhood values. She's smart, and she just happens to be beautiful and super strong, and she has these great cool things like these bracelets and boomerang headband and non-lethal kinds of ways of dealing with people. She's just saying, like, 'Get a grip!' all the time. … She slaps the hands of the bad guys."
She admits she’s been quiet in speaking up about possibly needing a female writer, and realizes now’s the time to say something before a big-screen appearance of Wonder Woman occurs. "Maybe they need a female writer who gets it. I've often tried not to say that, but I think it's the truth. It's like, 'Hellooooo guys, get a female that understands what that's all about.' You look at any society that suppresses women, and it's violent. Look around the world. … There's a humanity that they're missing. There's got to be a sweetness, a kindness, a goodness in the character. The rest takes care of itself."
Lynda has nothing but good memories of working on the show, even with people trying to push her down. "I have very fond memories [of doing the show]," says Lynda. "I loved the character. I loved her, and so when DC Comics called me and said, 'Hey, would you be willing to be a part of this thing,' I thought, 'That sounds great.'
"People were cautioning me. [They would say], 'Women are not going to like you,' and, 'Boy, it's going to be hard.’ But I wasn't brought up that way. I was determined to create a character that thought of herself as just a regular person; she wasn't all up about herself, and she just happened to have these powers, but she wasn't impressed with herself. I think that's probably was what the key to it is: You can't really play a superhero – if someone's trying to act heroic in normal acting, it would be like a cartoon."
Lynda will be performing at The Allen Room, at Jazz at Lincoln Center, on October 25. She is currently helping with DC Entertainment’s We Can Be Heroes campaign, which helps fight the hunger in Africa.