While Wonder Woman is getting closer to making her big screen debut, for many, Lynda Carter's portrayal of the character on the small screen will always be their image of the character. While it's not uncommon for actors in that position to show up in big screen adaptations, that won't be happening here. It's not that she wasn't interested in being involved, or that the new production didn't want her. In this case, they simply weren't able to make the timing work.
We were trying to see if I could do something with the movie, but it didn't work out. The timing was off, and I was doing other things and couldn't get over to where they were shooting.
Once you play a comic book superhero, it seems to be something that's in your blood that never entirely goes away. Helen Slater, who played Supergirl on the big screen in the 1980s now plays the character's mother on the CW series. Lou Ferrigno, who played The Incredible Hulk on TV actually cameoed in both of the more recent big screen versions. It would appear that something similar was planned for Lynda Carter in the Wonder Woman movie. The actress tells Variety that she spoke with director Patty Jenkins about doing something, unfortunately, it was not to be.
There's no discussion about what the role itself would have been. It's very likely that the conversation never even got that far since Lynda Carter wasn't able to get to where filming was taking place. The easy assumption to make is that the plan was for her to play another Amazon on Themyscura. It makes a certain amount of logical sense to put the former Wonder Woman in a role of an elder of the all-female civilization. It might also explain the difficulty in scheduling, since as far as we know those scenes were all shot in Southern Italy, while certainly a place many of us would love to travel to, it's not always easy.
Of course, if there was an idea to bring Lynda Carter into the first Wonder Woman movie, it's hardly a stretch to figure that she might appear down the road in some future sequel. Certainly, barring disaster, sequels on planned for Wonder Woman. However, Carter says that while she doesn't write it off, a future appearance isn't a certainty either.
I might, but at this point in my life, I pretty much do new parts in things. There's someone else doing the role now, and that's OK. They should do it. I support Gal wholeheartedly, and I wish her and Patty all the success in the world.
Lynda Carter isn't giving up on the comic book universe entirely. She's currently appearing as the President on Supergirl.