Friday, March 18, 2005

Wonder Woman battle has begun…




Okay, actually it’s be going on for well over a year now. Both Sarah Michelle Gellar and Charisma Carpenter, former "Buffy" co-stars, have made it clear they want to step into Linda Carter’s boustier. While each have offered different physical assets to the part (I’m talking butt kicking skills people), things got very interesting yesterday when it was made official, Joss Whedon - creator of both "Buffy" and "Angel" - will write and direct the big screen version of the girlie superhero.

This isn’t the first time SMG and CC have competed for apart. Any Buffy fan knows that Carpenter auditioned for Buffy and Geller for the part of Cordelia. Joss on the other hand loved both girls, but saw them differently.

While I personally believe Carpenter would be far better suited for the role (and the costume), let’s not forget she and Joss are not the best of friends. During season four of Angel (2002-2003), Carpenter dropped the bombshell that she was pregnant. This unfortunately created a problem for Chase character, a loving warrior who became a super sexy sword wielding love interest in the third season. Rumors then surfaced that Joss was furious with Carpenter and had to rework the entire story arch of the season turning it into an Oedipal like theme - love your mother, kill your father – centered around Conor. Joss then killed the character of Cordelia Chase by putting her in a coma at the end of season four and killing her off in season five (“You’re Welcome”). The show became a misogynist catastrophe without Carpenter and was cancelled only a couple weeks after the You’re Welcome episode aired.

While SMG starred in the haunting beautiful Japanese horror film The Grudge last fall, Carpenter has been well off the radar with only guest TV spots on the cancelled Miss Match and Charmed. Carpenter has never had a feature film career while SMG also has credits in Scream 2, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and Cruel Intentions on her resume just to name a few.

Whedon’s feature film directing debut will hit the screen this spring, Serenity. The film is adapted from his short lived television series Firefly. He has also been rumored to take the rains of X3 while Bryan Singer dives into Superman Returns. Whedon’s film writing credits include Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992), Toy Story, Alien: Ressurection, and Titan A.E.



Why don’t we offer Amy Acker and Eliza Dushku the role too? We can throw all for ladies into a vat of jello and whip cream. Last woman standing is most wonderous.

"Planning life as a loser? Most people just turn out that way, but you're really taking charge"
~Cordielia Chase on Xander Harris



In even more Buffy related news, Nicholas Brendon who played Xander Harris for seven years has just signed on the Darren Star pilot “Kitchen Confidential” for Fox. He’ll play a pastry chef. I find it quite ironic seeing that the character of Xander is so similar to my Ben… and guess what he does for a living? Ironic. Since Buffy went dark, witty and talented Brendon hasn’t done much but enter rehab.

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