Mischa Barton


  1. Kate Bosworth, Superman Returns, 2006.
  2. Michelle Trachtenberg, Gossip Girl, TV, 2008-2012.   First, Mischa won Georgina Sparks. Then, Michelle did.  So it goes.   The 121 episodes were based on the books by Cecily von Ziegesar. Think Beverly Hills 90210 with a new number… in Upper West Side Manhattan.Episode titles were all movie puns: The Blair Bitch Project, Gone With The Will, It’s A Wonderful Lie, The Wild Brunch.
  3. Maggie Grace, Malice in Wonderland, 2009.    Grace took over Alice in what was first called… wait for it… Alice in Sunderland!   But that was before North-East England’s share of the budget area dried up.   Alice in Great Yarmouth did not have the same ring to it.
  4. Adrianne Palicki. Wonder Woman, TV, 2011.   The DC comicbook heroine had not been seen on screens since Lynda Carter ended her four year reign on ABC in 1979.  Time  then, said Warner, for a new movie. Batman and Superman, had cleaned up,  now it up to the beautiful superhuman Amazon warrior Princess Diana of Themysacira, her Lasso of Truth, indestructible bracelets and invisible plane (honest). The  24 candidates ranged from Madonna to… Barton, The OC girl recovering from a “full-on breakdown” due to her 2003-2007 TV fame and uncontrolled partying. Palicki was the sole actress considered for the TVersion – she had been seen by George Miller for WW in his aborted Justice League, in 2008.   Barton then lost her again… 
  5. Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman, 2015.  On Warner shelves for a full decade (not helped by David Kelley’s disastrous 2011 TVersion), spinning through numerous directors, the demi-goddess daughter of Zeus, eventually became the Israeli Gadot. “Very different,” she said, “from the experienced, super-confident, grown-up woman”she’d teaser-trailed that year in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, 2015.  Her rivals for the DC Extended Universe included Barton, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Rachel Bilson, Sandra Bullock in 2001 (and for the 2011 tele-film), Bollywood’s Priyanka Chopra in 2006, USwrestling star Chyna, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eva Green, Mad Men’s busty Christina Hendricks (Nicolas Winding Refn’s choice, 2011), Angelina Jolie in 2001 (ten years later she was asked to direct), Cobie Smulders (WW’s voice in The Lego Movie, 2013), Kristen Stewart. The final trio, auditioning in November 2013, were Olga Kurylenko, Elodie Yung and… Gadot.



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