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'Wonder Woman' casting rumors heat up; Plus our actress odds

Posted Friday, April 14, 2006 at 2:45 PM Central

by Tim Briscoe

Every brunette in Hollywood seems to be rumored to don the bullet-repelling bracelets of Wonder Woman. A film based on the DC Comics character is being put together by mega-producer Joel Silver for Warner Bros.

Let's quickly run through just a few of the names mentioned during the past year or so of Wonder Woman casting speculation: Sandra Bullock. Kate Beckinsale. Catherine Zeta-Jones. Michelle Monaghan. Jessica Biel. Monica Bellucci. Evangeline Lilly. Jennifer Connelly. Eliza Dushku. Alexa Davalos. Mischa Barton. Katie Holmes. Katherine Heigl. Lindsay Lohan. Rachel McAdams. Whew!

The film is in the capable hands of writer-director Joss Whedon. Whedon knows a thing or two about powerful leading ladies. Just look at his first claim to fame, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Many of the casting rumors look to a Whedon connection for their choice. Buffy/Angel and Veronica Mars (a fave of Joss') star Charisma Carpenter is one of the candidates discussed. Also mentioned, in a teasing sort of way by Whedon himself, is Firefly/Serenity (another one of Joss' creations) star Morena Baccarin. Hell, even Buffy herself Sarah Michelle Gellar has been mentioned for the part.

Since Warner Bros. is the one putting the big money up for the film, they have the biggest say, it seems. And if their investment in an unknown Brandon Routh pays off for the upcoming Superman Returns, they may do the same for WW. MovieHole.net recently mentioned that daytime TV soap actress Nadia Bjorlin is in contention. This 5'8" beauty from "Days of Our Lives" definitely has the stature and killer looks (check out those haunting eyes) for the role.

What do the fans say? The Whedon fans seem to be pulling either for Carpenter or Baccarin. The current poll on SuperHeroHype.com has Charisma in the lead. Similarly, Friday's daily poll on IMDb.com has Kate Beckinsale favored. But take that one with a grain of salt since film site JoBlo.com cooked up her hiring as a April Fool's Day joke.

We'd like to throw our own candidate into the ring with Missy Peregrym. She's the star of the upcoming gymnastics flick Stick It so she definitely has the athletic ability for the superhero part.

Here are our odds for who will earn the keys to the invisible jet: