It appears that after starring as Lois Lane on The CW’s long-running Superman series “Smallville,” Erica Durance is now ready to fight crime as a costumed superhero. The pretty 33-year-old Canadian actress will play a delusional vigilante who thinks she’s Wonder Woman on NBC’s David E. Kelly-produced lawyer dramedy “Harry’s Law.”
Set to premiere Jan. 11, the episode finds the Wonder Woman wannabe up on criminal charges and in need of counsel from Harriet Korn’s (Kathy Bates) Cincinnati-based law firm. Durance, who in the episode wears the costume originally designed for Adrianne Palicki in Kelly’s aborted “Wonder Woman” pilot, spoke to TV Guide about the character and outfit.
Having been in the comic world for a while now, I’m really very respectful of the people that love this character. I do take it very seriously. As a side note, just to be light about it, any woman wearing tight pants is not super excited the first time she puts them on. [Laughs] I wasn’t exactly, you know, tight pants- or underwear-ready.
I’m very grateful for the pants. I know that people were very excited about the underwear and seeing them. To be quite frank, I don’t know if I could’ve done the underwear justice at this point in time and it might have been more upsetting for people to see me in them than to not, so I think the pants are a safe bet for me.
I’ll say it again. Wonder Woman in pants makes as much sense as having the Kool-Aid Man in a pair of cargos.
Durance, who played Lois Lane on “Smallville” for 10 seasons, has got a few genre creds under her belt, namely the 2002 indie Canadian frightener Sasquatch, Uwe Boll’s 2003 movie adaptation of Sega’s zombie shoot’em up House of the Dead, and the 2006 New Line sequel Butterfly Effect 2.
She’s also guest starred on the TV shows “Stargate SG-1,” “Tru Calling,” and “Andromeda.”