It’s a big year for Wonder Woman from the DC comic books to the upcoming Gal Gadot fueled live action film, so it’s no wonder the favored Wonder Woman for many generations, Lynda Carter, is also being thrust back into the public eye. While Ms. Gadot is certainly giving fans a new vision of Wonder Woman, Carter’s contribution to the character can’t be denied; but where does a retired Wonder Woman go? If Supergirl writers have anything to say about it, she goes to the White House.
Lynda Carter made her return to the DC Comics universe in tonight’s Supergirl, playing the president of the United States, and, much like her past days as Diana Prince, Carter’s first appearance was explosive.
Supergirl Drafts Former Wonder Woman Star Lynda Carter
Supergirl has never shied away from bringing former stars of comic book adaptations to the series, either as guest spots or as recurring characters and, as Hit Fix shares, the series continued that tradition tonight. Lynda Carter joined the likes of Helen Slater (Supergirl), Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The Adventures of Superman), and Laura Vandervoort (Smallville) in coming to Supergirl, after having played DC characters in previous adaptations.
For Carter, making her debut on Supergirl meant donning a uniform of another kind, as she played the current president of the United States, President Olivia Marsdin.
The name chosen for Lynda’s character may have been a nod to Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston, as the two last names are phonetically similar.
Lynda Carter’s first scene on Supergirl was certainly worthy of a DC heroine’s entrance, as everyone around her was burned alive from fiery beams, directed from an unknown source. Only Melissa Benoist’s Supergirl was able to save Carter’s President Marsdin at the last moment, courtesy of her flame retardant cape.
Wonder Woman‘s Lynda Carter On Going From Diana Prince To POTUS
Lynda Carter tells E! News that she’s somewhat overwhelmed by all the attention she still gets as Wonder Woman, 40 years after the series was cancelled. Not only is Carter’s Wonder Woman character seen on slot machines, in digital comic books, and series reruns, but Lynda adds that people who have never watched a single Wonder Woman episode instantly recognize her as the Diana Prince character.
Even though feminism was a larger movement than it is today, Carter says it took some time before women were ready to accept Wonder Woman as anything more than a sexy body in a skimpy outfit. Over time, however, women began to see Wonder Woman as more than a pretty face. Even as her alter ego, Diana Prince, Carter’s character had something important to say.
“She wasn’t trying to show off, this is just who she was,” Carter continued.
Lynda, like her former DC Comics character, isn’t blind to current social issues. Ms. Carter seems particularly affected by the way in which fans are reacting to the news that Diana Prince isn’t as straight as they may have assumed.
“If you’re gay, fine, what does it matter to you? What does it matter? And now there’s a whole big thing, ‘Is Wonder Woman gay in the new [Wonder Woman comic book]?’ Who cares! It doesn’t change anything as to who she is or what she represents,” says Lynda Carter. “She’s not representing the gay community any more than she represents anything else. She represents a woman, yeah? OK! Get over it.”
Carter also says she had a great time on the Supergirl set with Melissa Benoist, who plays the titular superhero, though she couldn’t go into too much detail without spoiling some upcoming surprises. Lynda did say she spent time bonding with Benoist and offering up some words of wisdom. Carter described Melissa as “a talented and amazing girl” and said it was nice to be able to relate to everything the Supergirl star was going through with her newly found fame.
“[Wonder Woman’s] changed me in that it is a constant cause of a reflection, the impact,” said Lynda Carter. “I don’t take it personally, I really don’t. If I did, I think I would be kind of a sad person. My family keeps my feet on the ground, trust me. They do.”
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