Lynda Carter Says ‘Wonder Woman 3’ Won’t Happen ‘Unless There’s Enough Fan Pressure’: ‘I Don’t Understand That’

By | March 29, 2024

Lynda Carter thinks this is the only way Wonder Woman 3 will ever be made is if there is demand and outrage from fans.

“I don’t think they want to do it unless there’s enough pressure from fans,” the original Diana Prince tells Yahoo Entertainment. “I just don’t think they have the mind to do it.” And I don’t understand that, because it seems to me that Wonder Woman is different from other characters. She’s not just a superhero. Her whole thing is about peaceful solutions. She’s not aggressive for the sake of being aggressive. It’s a different story. It’s about inner strength, outer strength. I don’t know why they filed it because it’s a great franchise.

The director’s third film Patty Jenkins, which was killed off in December 2022 during DC Studios’ overhaul, “was really interesting, great and about something important,” Carter teases. “Not just your typical thing. But they don’t want anyone else to make it.” (Last year there seemed to be renewed hope, but it failed. Jenkins, which is currently being worked on Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, said this month Wonder Woman 3 is dead “for now, easily forever.”)

Carter, of course, played TV’s Wonder Woman from 1975 to 1979. With the help of her golden Lasso of Truth, Miss World USA 1972 captured fans of all ages. When Jenkins brought the franchise to the big screen in 2017, with Gal Gadot in the title role as the Amazon warrior princess, she consulted with Carter, of whom she was a longtime fan. Carter appeared in the sequel as the warrior Asteria Wonder Woman 1984, which was released in 2020 and would appear in the third film.

Gal Gadot, Patty Jenkins and Lynda Carter are on the red carpet together.Gal Gadot, Patty Jenkins and Lynda Carter are on the red carpet together.

Carter with Gal Gadot, left, and Patty Jenkins at the Wonder Woman premiered in 2017. (Chelsea Lauren/Variety/Penske Media via Getty Images)

“I have to give a lot of credit to Patty and Gal, because interest in my show peaked when they came on the scene” and rebooted the franchise with the record-breaking first film, Carter says. Their take on the iconic character “was intentional – and the way I played the character was intentional. To be good, kind, strong and do everything for the right reasons. Even when she was angry, she was angry at the right people.”

The female superhero “represents who we really are inside,” she says. “We are strong and beautiful at all ages. We are powerful, loving and kind. That is the essence of us.”

When the films were announced, with Gadot as the new, younger face of the franchise, people were naturally looking for a sexist catfight-style story.

“We all hugged each other and we’re really good friends,” said Carter, who is in a group text chat with Jenkins and Gadot. “We immediately took the steam out. “No, we love each other.” “Oh, damn.” It’s great to share that legacy with someone.”

While Carter, 72, recently said she turns down most acting offers that come her way: “Anything Patty asked me to do, I wouldn’t turn down,” she says.

It’s hard to believe that Carter’s version of Wonder Woman turns 50 next year. The show ran from 1975 to 1979 and Carter was the highest-paid TV actress at the time. She arrived hours before her call time to practice acrobatics for the role, and credits her famous Wonder Woman turn to dance training. But it was a very different era of TV making.

Carter as Wonder Woman.Carter as Wonder Woman.

Carter’s version of Wonder Woman attracted male and female fans of all ages. (ABC Photo Archive/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images)

“They didn’t really have stuntwomen then. They only had stuntmen,” she remembers. “The first time they tried to put a man in my costume, it was ridiculous. They tied a man in a wig. He had a square body! I said, ‘There’s no way that could be me. He has a Wonder Woman suit with short legs and big arms. You can’t go far enough away to know it’s not me. ”

She says she was told, “‘Oh no, I’ll be fine.'”

After Carter pulled off a risky stunt where she was pulled up by a helicopter without a safety net, the network brought in a woman as her regular doppelgänger. Jeannie Epper, of the famous Epper stunt family, got the job. However, both women would train for the stunts, so Carter would do the beginning of a jump, Epper would take over for the harder part (like punching through a window), and Carter would do the ending.

“You have to look like you’re doing them correctly,” says Carter. “I did a lot of fight scenes, which I loved.”

Carter’s fans may know that in addition to her superhero duties, she has always been a singer. She headlined a number of TV specials in the 1970s and 1980s. Singing has remained an important part of her life and has helped her cope with the death of her 37-year-old husband, Robert A. Altman, in 2021. Her new single ‘Letters From Earth’ is about things she would tell him if she could.

“He was my husband,” she says of Altman, who died of myelofibrosis, a chronic leukemia. “I heard about the experience of losing someone as… an actual physical pain – and it is. It’s so incredibly strange when you love someone so much – and then they just disappear from the face of the earth.”

While Carter, who shared two children, James and Jessica, with Altman, has been “determined to be happy” since his death, “because the last thing I know [he] wish we wouldn’t be able to move forward,” she found herself trying to reach him. “I thought, ‘Where are you?’” she says. “His physical presence is gone, but his presence still lives in my life.”

She found a connection by writing letters to him, which she turned into the song, polished by her co-writer John Jarvis. She was touched by the reception.

“A friend whose husband recently passed away came to me and said, ‘It’s like you wrote it for me. I feel so lonely without him,” she recalls. “We were standing there in the Library of Congress – at this amazing dinner for Elton John – and she was crying. I’m overwhelmed by the responses I’m getting. It’s what every writer and singer wants: for your music to touch someone else… and somehow anchor it in their heart. I really want people to feel the healing of it.

Carter poses with her husband and their children together on the sidewalk during the actress's 2018 Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony. Carter poses with her husband and their children together on the sidewalk during the actress's 2018 Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony.

Carter with her husband and their children at the actress’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony in 2018. (Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images)

Carter has other songs she wants to release this year – some are fun and not at all serious – stories about her life right now. “But ‘Letters From Earth’ is very special to me,” she says. “[Robert] was a wonderful person – and I still want to talk to him.

Whether Carter is at the Library of Congress dinner, the White House or Paris Fashion Week, she gets a kick out of news coverage of her red carpet moments. She has been called a “golden goddess,” and people are obsessed with her enduring beauty and sometimes her shoes.

“I travel a lot with my daughter and it seems like we get a lot out of it,” Carter says of Jessica, who is also a singer. “But I’m really tickled” by the headlines. “I’m tickled.”

She says her approach to style is to “dress classically” and “not really think about it too much” or “buy the latest.” As for the sneakers: “It’s really about: I don’t want to wear heels,” she laughs.

Carter continues: “I try to use a lot of creams, but time marches on. Age just is what it is, and I try to do it in an elegant way.”

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