Lynda Carter: Warner Bros./Courtesy of Getty Images
Michael Slezak
March 17, 2005 AT 05:00 AM EST

All the world’s been waiting for her. And now, it appears Wonder Woman is one step closer to sporting her satin tights on the big screen, as Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon has been tapped to write and direct Warner Bros.’ live-action adaptation of the DC Comics superhero.

”Wonder Woman is the most iconic female heroine of our time, but in a way, no one has met her yet,” Whedon said in a statement. ”She’s someone who doesn’t belong in this world, and since everyone I know feels that way about themselves, the character clicked for me.”

While Wonder Woman made her All Star Comics debut in 1941, getting her own spin-off within months, there’s one challenge she’s never mastered: scoring her own film franchise. The character, an Amazonian princess from Paradise Island named Diana, was brought to the small-screen by Lynda Carter in a 1976-1979 TV series that ran on ABC and CBS.

Though many Buffy fans will surely salivate at the prospect of Whedon reteaming with that series’ leading lady, Sarah Michelle Gellar, there’s not yet any word on which actress will wield Wonder Woman’s coveted golden lasso and bullet-deflecting bracelets. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Whedon will begin work on Wonder Woman once he finishes post-production on Firefly, the film version of his short-lived TV series.

For fans who can’t wait for their Wonder Woman fix, the DVD of the TV series’ third and final season is set for a June 7 release.

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