Elizabeth Hurley Will Play Wonder Woman's Nemesis—and There's a Lesbian Twist

There is an "unstated chemistry" between Hurley's character Veronica Cale and Adrianne Palicki's Wonder Woman, aka Diana Prince

By Jennifer Arrow Mar 03, 2011 8:35 PMTags
Elizabeth Hurley, Adrianne Palicki, Wonder WomanFrederick M. Brown/Getty Images; DC Comics; Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Who's bad? Elizabeth Hurley, that's who!

The beautiful Brit has been cast in Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman pilot as what Hurley called "the evil villain" on her Twitter. But exactly which character is that in the Wonder Woman pantheon, what's the last remaining hitch in this deal, and what's the homoerotic twist to the character?

Here's what we can tell you:

The original casting call for Wonder Woman made it pretty clear who that Veronica Cale will be the "evil villain." The breakdown describes the character thusly, "Female, open ethnicity, late 30s to early 40s. Beautiful, highly-educated, highly accomplished, she runs one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the country...but she's afflicted with the serious deep-seated Wonder Woman envy. Whatever she is, or will be in life...she'll never be her. And it causes her innards to rot. She loves men, but likes women. There might be an unstated chemistry between her and Wonder Woman, at least on her side."

So, we're getting Elizabeth Hurley and Adrianne Palicki together in a quasi-erotic rivalry? Sounds yummy, and it sounds exactly like the formula that made Tom Welling's Clark and Michael Rosenbaum's Lex Luthor such a formidable pairing in the early days of the WB's Smallville.

The casting is not 100 percent official, as there's still the little matter of an international work visa, but other than that, all systems should be go on this much-talked-about pilot.

Are you excited about the return of Wonder Woman to television? Or are you bracing yourself for another clunky NBC genre drama in the vein of Bionic Woman, Knight Rider, Heroes and The Cape?