We’ve all been waiting with bated breath for the casting of David E. Kelley’s “Wonder Woman,” and now we’ve finally, finally got a name: “Friday Night Lights” alum Adrianne Palicki. The immediate response for the casting has been almost entirely positive (though the script itself has been almost universally panned).
If you’re not familiar with Palicki, here are the basics. The 27-year-old hails from Toledo, Ohio and, an athlete at nearly 6 feet tall, is about as physically formidable as a hot girl can get. No stranger to the Sci-Fi genre, Palicki first pinged our radar as Kryptonian Kara on “Smallville” before Laura Vandervoort stepped in to play the real Supergirl.
Of course, Palicki is best known as Tyra Collette on “Friday Night Lights,” where she started off as an underachieving, promiscuous lost cause and ultimately became one of the series’ most heartwarming, inspiring success stories. (And this is a show full of heartwarming, inspiring success stories.) Palicki played Tyra with a tough edge right up until the lights went out on the series finale.
To put it bluntly, Palicki’s got it all. She’s gorgeous and Amazonian with an “FNL” level of talent and that force-of-nature je ne sais quoi that we hope to see in all of our pop culture superheroes.
She’s definitely worthy of the role — the question is whether the role is worthy of her. Kelley has a dismal track record when it comes to writing strong, capable women — he tends toward “quirky” female characters who are a bundle of frayed nerves and bared insecurities.
Kelley’s Wonder Woman has three identities – Diana Themyscira, a billionaire with her own business empire, fidgety, insecure assistant Diana Price, and of course, Wonder Woman. The script includes an ice-cream fueled pajama party, a “Single Ladies” musical cue, and the line “Big tits save lives!” as Diana approves the design for a Wonder Woman action figure.
After the rather spectacular crash and burn of “Lone Star” in the 2010 fall season, our fingers are crossed that “Wonder Woman” becomes the vehicle that turns Palicki into a household name. We’re just pretty sure it’ll need a total overhaul first.
What do you think of the casting news? Check out one of our favorite moments from Palicki’s work below, plus an interview clip, before you make your call. Can she do justice to the iconic role?