When details actually got confirmed
about David E. Kelley’s “Girl Tony Stark: The Series” reimagining of “Wonder Woman,”
the principal thing that stood out as a “maybe” for me was that it sounded like it was written with a decisively adult-aged (read: mid-30s or older) vision in mind for the lead character: Kelley’s Diana has apparently been living in “Man’s World” long enough to not only engage-in, break-off and be-wistful-about a relationship with Steve Trevor but also
to establish herself jointly as a metahuman crimefighter and
serve as CEO of a self-founded industrial corporation – all of which would seem to demand a certain amount of “gravitas” that age tends to add. Yes, Amazons are supposed to functionally-immortal, but visual-cues are visual-cues. Lisa Edelstein plays “House’s” boss
while Olivia Wilde plays one of his minions
for a reason. My train of thought was “Oh, they’re actually going for Wonder WOMAN as opposed to Wonder GIRL? I like that.”
Well, first impressions be damned. They’ve made their choice, and the new Wonder Woman is Adrianne Palicki
, age 28, late of “Supernatural,”
and “Friday Night Lights.”
Her highest-profile film appearance was in “Legion,”
though some may recognize her as Holly Rocket in “Women in Trouble.”
She’s also part of the Seth Green Cartoon Clique – doing voices for “Robot Chicken,” “Titan Maximum”
and “Family Guy.”
Not a bad actress, and you certainly can’t say she doesn’t meet certain basic “aesthetic” requirements: striking, statuesque, and it’d be uncharitable to describe her physique as anything less than “smokin'” – all the more reason to lament how unlikely they are to preserve the classic uniform.
Still… a little young-looking, I think. Not a deal-breaker, but I’m not getting “intimidation” here. Bad guys should be a bit “struck” by WW even before the “can throw a bus at you” aspect kicks-in, from where I sit.