Smallville’s Lois Thinks She’s Wonder Woman On David E. Kelley’s Harry’s Law

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Erica Durance, who played Lois Lane on the CW’s Smallville, has just been cast as Wonder Woman. Sort of. David E. Kelley, you know, the guy who tanked his Wonder Woman televisions series? He’s chosen Durance to play “a psychologically infirm woman who retreats into the persona of the DC Comics heroine to help wreak revenge on perpetrators of domestic abuse,” on his dramedy Harry’s Law. David, slowly back away from the Amazon Princess. 

Durance donned many a costume in her Smallville days and came as close as the show would go to giving us Wonder Woman by having Lois dress as an “Amazon Princess” in a convention episode (and the costume was leagues ahead of the one they gave Adrianne Palicki). Fans appreciated the effort but many still just wanted the actual Wonder Woman.

The actress is now set to guest star in the 11th episode of NBC’s Harry’s Law, which stars Kathy Bates as criminal-defense attorney Harriet “Harry” Korn, as a women who thinks she’s Princess Diana. The series was just picked up for a second season and is co-produced by Warner Bros. so there won’t be any legal issues if they want to have Durance show up in the iconic outfit.

As fan-servicey as this casting may be, I find it a bit odd that Kelley is daring to go near Wonder Woman after the horrendous pilot he gave us. And the fact that he’s depicting the role of a female empowerment character as someone who’s mentally ill I find slightly problematic as well. What are your thoughts?

(via Spinoff Online)

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