Erica Durance, the actress who played Lois Lane on CW’s hit series Smallville, has an upcoming guest appearance on an episode of David E. Kelley’s Harry’s Law. Erica will shimmy into a familiar pair of tights for Harry’s Law, as she plays a mentally unstable person who believes she is Wonder Woman.
Although no stranger to the Wonder Woman persona, having donned a similar Amazonian Princess wardrobe for an episode while playing Lois Lane, this particular costume is actually the infamous “new pants” costume from David E. Kelly’s giant fail Wonder Woman pilot. The outfit was originally worn by Adrianne Palicki and was cause for a lot of controversy over the look, which was followed by alterations that were a little better received.
In a recent interview with TV Guide, Erica talks about how it felt to step into those iconic tights so soon after the controversy.
How does it feel actually getting to play Wonder Woman… of sorts?
Erica Durance: “Of sorts” is the best way to put it and it’s probably the best way to play it because you get to have a little bit of freedom and you’re not judged quite so harshly. The way that I was able to work with the character Wonder Woman in this is through the eyes of a woman who desperately needed a strong female archetype to look up to, and she had gone through such terrible things and this was her alter ego. I would challenge anybody who said that she didn’t think she was Wonder Woman. This is how she found her way out.
So, as an actress, getting to put on the suit and play Wonder Woman was fantastic and then I got this whole other layer because of the way David E. Kelley had written it, to ground it in this kind of humanistic viewpoint, which was lovely.
Usually I’m the guy who is very picky about my heroes. For example, I hated seeing Ryan Reynolds play Deadpool, Green Lantern and Hannibal King, even though I find him a fantastic actor. In my personal opinion, Erica pulls off the costume so much better than Adrianne Palicki. Just off of the images of Erica alone, I find myself totally buying it. I could see her as Wonder Woman just as we saw her make a great Lois Lane. Those are just my thoughts on it, what are yours?
Erica Durance’s episode of Harry’s Law airs Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 9/8c on NBC.