Tomorrow is the big day! Wonder Woman, one of the most highly anticipated films of the year, hits theaters tomorrow and we cannot wait to see this adaptation of the classic DC Comics character.
With all the excitement of the upcoming release and with today being Throwback Thursday and all, we can’t help but think back to the 1970’s television version starring Lynda Carter. Though she wasn’t the first to portray the character, she is certainly the most well known in pop culture and, that’s why today, we are dedicated our Throwback Thursday to the Wonder Woman television series and Lynda Carter!
The series originally aired on ABC in 1975 with Carter as Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman. Prince was an Amazonia warrior who would fight bad guys with her bullet deflecting bracelets, her lasso of truth and her all around kickass fighting skills.
The series only lasted on season on ABC though as it faced challenges and backlash on the network because of the feminist messaging contained in the series.
In a past interview, The Hollywood Reporter spoke with Carter about the issues from the network. Carter said:
“Right away, there was a pullback by the network on the feminist issues. They were still in a 1950s mentality of ‘Oh, these damn women.’ They were afraid of alienating the men in the audience.”
Those sentiments are pretty much the opposite of what’s been going on recently with the 2017 film release with several theaters across the country hosting women-only screenings of the film. Nevertheless, the Wonder Woman series was able to find a new home on CBS, where the series was re-titled The New Adventures of Wonder Woman and the show ran for an additional 2 seasons through 1979.
The 1970’s series really defined feminism and “girl power” for so many young viewers, helping to make the character continue to be the strong presence she is today. In THR interview, Carter reflected on how much she loved working on the series:
“I loved getting up in the middle of the night, driving to the studio as dawn was breaking, being on the set. It was everything I ever hoped for. I think every newly famous actor should go into therapy because you live in a crazy bubble, but it was still a blast.”
Check out the YouTube video below of all the Wonder Woman series intros. Are you excited to see Gal Gadot take over as this iconic character?
A karaoke obsessed, craft beer enthusiast and lover of all things pop culture, Denise enjoys all facets of entertainment from Broadway to box office blockbusters. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, concerts (lots and lots of concerts), volunteering, reading and playing with her rescue kitten, Samantha (who rescued who, right?).