Brazilian actress Morena Baccarin has emerged as the new favourite to play Wonder Woman on the big screen.

The action movie's writer/director Joss Whedon has let it slip that the actress is his new personal favourite for the coveted role on the commentary track for the DVD release of his last film Serenity, according to the movie maker's fansite Buffy.nu.

In discussing one scene he cut from the film, Whedon suggests his young star looked "too much like Wonder Woman," and later when he discusses why so many of Baccarin's scenes were cut from the feature film, the director states he made a point of "making it up to her later," suggesting the Brazilian already has the Wonder Woman job.

Whedon has made no secret of the fact that he thinks the actress, who he worked with on both FIREFLY and Serenity, would make a good Wonder Woman - he even told fans at last year's (05) Comic-Con event in San Diego, California that she was a top choice.

Internet reports suggest that Whedon wants Baccarin for the role, while producer Joel Silver, who initially wanted Kim Basinger to don the Wonder Woman suit, is fighting for Jessica Alba.