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Wonder Woman, the iconic super-heroine of feminism, gets a makeover, a new face, and a fresh run at a new television series. While we all anxiously await the inevitable Justice League movie and the rest of the associated superheroes get their own movies, it seems Wonder Woman has, once again, been relegated to the small screen. The Wonder Woman TV movie is slated for sometime in 2011 and only went into preproduction on March 15, 2011 (NBC has picked up the pilot).
While most feminists we know wear combat boots and have spiked hair (yeah, we went there), the new Wonder Woman (played by Adrianne Palicki) has a new uniform and it’s sexy enough to be the envy of all the Latex/Fetish models at their next trade show/convention. As you can see from the picture of Palicki in our gallery, the new outfit includes a pair of blue, skin-tight pants (we would kill to be a part of the wardrobe team that helps her into that little number) and a red and gold bustier that does a a better job than a Wonder Bra in enhancing the young actress’ chest. If you can past all that, you’ll notice that the ever-present lasso of truth and indestructible bracelets are still a part of her uniform.
While there have been several attempts at bringing Wonder Woman to life, none have done exceptionally well. We hope you’ll join us in this tiny retrospective of the various incarnations of Wonder Woman – and tell us what you think in the comments section below. We might be thinking Adrianne Palicki might be hotter than Catwoman.
Ellie Wood Walker/Linda Harrison played a straight-up “comedic” version of Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in Wonder Woman: Who’s Afraid of Diana Prince? back in 1967. This short film was written by the same team who wrote the popular ‘60s Batman television series. While Batman producer, William Dozier, commissioned this short to be made in the hopes that Warner Bros. would give him the green light to produce a pilot for Wonder Woman, his hopes were rightfully flushed.
In 1974, Cathy Lee Crosby brought the character to life in the made-for-television movie Wonder Woman. We’re not too sure what was so wonderful about this take on the Amazonian since she had no powers and had blond hair. It still got decent ratings at the time though.
Every boy in America discovered something about themselves when Lynda Carter took on the role back in 1975. To date, this has been the most successful and emblematic version of Wonder Woman, having a four-year run on television. Who could resist those blue eyes and those spinning transitions from Diana Prince to Wonder Woman? The storyline of this incarnation of Wonder Woman followed the origins portrayed in the comic book series more closely than any others.
Finally, in the late ‘90s there was a fourth attempt to bring Wonder Woman into everyone’s living room. This one was penned by the creator of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Deborah Joy LeVine. Obviously, it never happened.