With the recent conclusion of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot Man of Steel scheduled for June 2013, it’s time for us to start thinking about what DC character Warner Bros will bring to the big screen next as they build to the inevitable Justice League movie. Since Batman will likely be rebooted sooner rather than later and Superman returns next year, the obvious first choice is the third member of DC’s holy trinity of heroes: Wonder Woman.
Excluding the aforementioned Dark Knight and Man of Steel, Wonder Woman is the most recognisable character, and definitely the most iconic female, in the DC universe. She stands as a strong and powerful icon for women in an industry that is even more male dominated than most. There have been eight Batman and six Superman live-action movies (including the announced upcoming releases) but Wonder Woman has never appeared on the big screen.
Despite existing for over seventy years, the Princess of Themyscira has only ever starred in animated movies. The closest we’ve come to a feature film was a television movie back in 1976 and in which Cathy Lee Crosby played a blonde spy called Diana Prince, reminiscent of the powerless “I Ching era” comics. Fortunately, Lynda Carter’s 1976-1979 series was far truer to the Wonder Woman comics readers had grown to know and love.
However, after taking it up for the second and third season, along with rebranding it as The New Adventures of Wonder Woman, CBS decided to pursue their sitcom schedule more heavily and cancelled the show. Since then, Wonder Woman has never appeared in a live-action format, except for a now infamous ill-fated pilot thirty two years later. After being turned down by every major US television network, the modern day Los Angeles-based take on the character a pilot episode was finally ordered by NBC. Adrianne Palicki was announced as the star of the show in February 2011 and by May, NBC had announced that they would not be picking up the series.
I think we can all agree that it’s about time someone did justice to one of the most iconic women in the history of pop culture.
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