“Ally McBeal” creator takes on Wonder Woman

Turns out, all the world really is waiting for her. Wonder Woman is coming back to the small screen. The reboot of the superhero franchise is being helmed by David E. Kelley, the man behind Ally McBeal, The Practice and Boston Legal.

OK, so many emotions. First, yay! I love everything about Wonder Woman and her star-spangled hotpants. Second, huh? A feminist superhero series from the soapy legal drama guy, really?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. Television and Kelley are working on the modern-day reboot. The comic book heroine has been long-rumored to be poised for comeback. In 2005 a big-screen adaptation by Buffy the Vampire Slayer mastermind Joss Whedon fizzled out when the studio didn’t like his take on the script.

In the past everyone from Angelina Jolie to Beyonce to Megan Fox has been bandied about to step into the Amazon Princess’ big red boots. No word on who Kelley and company would like to lasso up for the TV role yet. But whoever it is will have an unenviable task: Living up to the iconic Lynda Carter.

Lynda played Wonder Woman from 1975-1979 and remains, in at least my mind, the perfect embodiment of all her wonderousness. She is also why, to this day, blue eyes and black hair make me weak at the knees and other places.

But that doesn’t mean another actress couldn’t make the role her own, too. In fact, I can think of several actresses who I would like to see in the Wonder Bustier think would be amazing as the superheroine.

A few, off the top of my head: Eliza Dushku, Olivia Wilde, Chuck’s Sarah Lancaster, Katee Sackhoff (let’s not be inhibited by haircolor, folks – hair dye is cheap), Evangeline Lilly, Michelle Rodriguez (not being inhibited by ethnicity either), Paula Patton and Sarah Michelle Gellar.

But just as important as picking the right actress is setting the right tone. Wonder Woman has been a powerful feminist icon from the start. She has graced the cover of Ms. Magazine and, despite her somewhat skimpy wardrobe, been a wonderfully positive role model for young women. So Kelley better bring a modern-day Wonder Woman who is worthy of the name.

And, speaking of worthy causes, Wonder Woman is being celebrated Oct. 24 in the fifth annual Wonder Woman Day. The charity auction benefits domestic violence prevention programs. Find out more here. [Hat tip, Cat Staggs!]

So, who should be our next Wonder Woman? And what do you think about the Ally McBeal guy helming a superhero franchise? I swear to God, if he gives her a dancing baby sidekick I am flying my invisible jet over to L.A. and kicking his ass.