Lynda Carter accepts presidential role in ‘Supergirl’

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016. Filed under: Entertainment Film Hollywood Stars

“Wonder Woman” actress Lynda Carter will be back on primetime TV, having accepted a recurring role in the second season of “Supergirl.”

US actress Lynda Carter played Wonder Woman from 1975-1979 © AFP PHOTO/VALERIE MACON

US actress Lynda Carter played Wonder Woman from 1975-1979
© AFP PHOTO/VALERIE MACON

After a couple of lower profile parts, Lynda Carter became a household name when she became the lead as Diana Prince, superpowered Amazonian princess in disguise, over a four-year run (1975-9) as Wonder Woman.

The series is now in the public consciousness again as Warner Bros has recruited Gal Gadot in the role, introducing her in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” in advance of 2017’s solo feature “Wonder Woman.”

Carter is staying within the DC Comics fold for season 2 of “Supergirl,” which is switching from CBS to The CW for October 2016 — Warner Bros and CBS being co-owners of the joint network.

This time, however, she’s not cameoing as Wonder Woman, as might be expected.

Instead, she’ll appear as the president of the United States, a role that some might say requires incumbents to have superpowers of their own.

Not that it’s rare for TV series to cast actors and actresses from previous versions of an adaptation.

Annette O’Toole had played Superman’s adoptive mother, Martha Kent, over a ten-year period (2001-11) in “Smallville.”

Nearly 20 years earlier, she had been in feature film “Superman III” as old friend Lana Lang (who was then played by Kristen Kreuk in “Smallville.”)

Similarly, John Wesley Shipp led the 1990 TV production of “The Flash” as its main character, Barry Allen.

In 2014, he returned as the Flash’s father, Henry Allen.

But perhaps closer to the casting choices that have seen Lynda Carter reinstated as US President — an interesting decision at a time when the nation could be about to elect its first non-fictional female Commander in Chief — is the process that saw Carrie-Anne Moss installed as a supporting character in “Jessica Jones.”

The same series that recalled one-time Doctor Who, David Tennant, as its superpowered mind controlling antagoinst, looked to the steely, impenetrable heroine of “The Matrix” to play a steely, impenetrable lawyer in the first season of its Netflix run.

“Supergirl” season 2 is to debut on The CW on October 10, 2016.

  cp/cm – Relaxnews

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