Katee Sackhoff reveals why that Wonder Woman TV show didn't want her

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Jan 6, 2014, 11:48 AM EST (Updated)

Once upon a time, that now-defunct Wonder Woman TV series could've starred Katee Sackhoff. So why didn't it? 

Sackhoff's been a fan favorite among genre lovers for more than a decade now, and she keeps putting out stuff we just eat up, from voice roles in animated projects for Marvel Comics, DC Comics and Star Wars to an ass-kicking supporting turn in last year's Riddick (a franchise she says she'd be up for returning to). She also recently teased that she's got new and "big things" on the horizon, so we're definitely set to keep seeing more of her. Sadly, though, we also have to take a moment to think about what might have been. 

For quite some time now, Sackhoff's been talking enthusiastically about playing various superheroes and supervillains, and she's likely at the top of many fans' lists to play characters like Harley Quinn for DC/Warner Bros. and Captain Marvel for Marvel. There's still hope for Sackhoff in those departments, but it seems the Wonder Woman ship has sailed now that Gal Gadot has been cast to play the first big-screen incarnation of the character in 2015's Man of Steel sequel. And that's a shame, because according to Sackhoff, she went after a Wonder Woman part once and was turned away.

"I'd love to play Wonder Woman. I remember auditioning for the Wonder Woman television show and being told that I wasn't the Wonder Woman type, but if I wanted to play the best friend, I could audition for that," Sackhoff said in a new interview with Total Film.

"And I remember thinking to myself, 'You obviously haven't seen my work!' [laughs]"

So the lead role in David E. Kelley's Wonder Woman show, which eventually went to Adrianne Palicki, could have instead gone to the actress who won us all over with her performance as Kara "Starbuck" Thrace on Battlestar Galactica, arguably the strongest (and I don't just mean physically) female character in genre television since Buffy Summers, but it didn't because Katee Sackhoff isn't "the Wonder Woman type"? Huh? 

Sure, she's got the wrong natural hair color for the part, but when has that ever stopped anyone? Emilia Clarke is not a natural blonde, Scarlett Johansson is not a natural redhead, and we're already living in a world with a ginger Lois Lane on the big screen anyway. Other than that, it's hard to imagine what major barriers really lie betwen Sackhoff and the "Wonder Woman type." Oh well ...

Sackhoff doesn't seem to be holding any grudges, though. She's still very enthusiastic about the possiblity of someday playing Harley Quinn, saying she "might give away my firstborn" for a shot at the character. She's also still very eager to land a role in J.J. Abrams' upcoming Star Wars films, even if it's a decidedly background part.

"If J.J. would listen, I would play a rock in the Star Wars movies. I think that they're fantastic, I think that he's a great choice, and I'm excited to see what happens in that world," Sackhoff said.

So, while we might never get to see Sackhoff as DC Comics' legendary Amazon, she's definitely got some ideas about her genre future. 

What do you think? Would Sackhoff have been a good Wonder Woman?

(Total Film via Comic Book Movie)