Since her debut in All Star Comics #8 (October 1941), Diana Prince/Wonder Woman has appeared in a number of formats besides comic books. Genres include animated television shows, direct-to-DVD animated films, video games, the 1970s live action television series, Wonder Woman, The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie, and the live-action DCEU films, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Wonder Woman (2017), Justice League (2017), Wonder Woman 1984 (2020), Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021), Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023), and The Flash (2023).
Cathy Lee Crosby portrays the titular character in the 1974 film which drew heavily from the comic character's "I Ching" period. This version, intended as an ABC pilot, was not continued. Instead, ABC developed an adaptation closer to the character's superhero roots, with Lynda Carter in the role. This series ran for three seasons on ABC and CBS through the mid to late 1970s.
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman producer Deborah Joy LeVine attempted to do a Wonder Woman TV series in 1999 for NBC. The character was stated to be "a Greek history professor, a young and very bright woman having a hard time juggling her personal life with her work".
In 2012, The CW, Warner Bros. Television and DC Comics were developing a new origin story for Wonder Woman called Amazon. A year later, the network pushed the pilot back until the 2014/15 season. The same year in May, the show was still in development, with a new script by Aron Eli Coleite, replacing Allan Heinberg, who wrote the previous script for the planned pilot, but in July, The Flash, by Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg was fast-tracked instead. Mark Pedowitz said that Amazon was delayed because they wanted a right script and interpretation for Wonder Woman. The project was canceled in early 2014, as Pedowitz confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter: "We did not go forward with it [...] it all depends on the script. We were very careful with Arrow, and we're being very careful with Flash [...] these are iconic characters, so we're going to be very careful with Wonder Woman. You only get one shot before you get bit". Pedowitz later said in August 2017 that the success of the feature film has killed any current attempts to bring the Amazonian warrior to the small screen on their channel.
In 2023 James Gunn announced a series focusing on the Amazons of Themyscira where Diana was raised, called Paradise Lost, as part of the new slate for DC's cinematic and television projects. The series will be set prior to the 2017 Wonder Woman film and has been described as focusing on political intrigue. It has yet to be announced if Diana herself will appear in the series.
In 1967, William Dozier, producer/writer of the Adam West Batman TV series produced a five-minute short titled Who's Afraid of Diana Prince?, intended as a proof of concept for a potential Wonder Woman TV series. The short reimagines the concept as a fantasy sitcom, with Ellie Wood Walker as mousy, meek Diana Prince who, when she looks into a mirror, envisions herself as a comic-accurate rendition of Wonder Woman, played by Linda Harrison. The short ends with the revelation that Diana actually does have the power of flight. No series eventuated.
A pilot for a potential TV revival was produced in 2011. The pilot was written by David E. Kelley and Adrianne Palicki played Diana/Wonder Woman. As of 2021, the pilot has yet to be televised though a workprint without completed special effects has circulated for years.
Gal Gadot portrays Diana Prince in films set in the shared universe the DC Extended Universe, making her debut in the 2016 film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (directed by Zack Snyder). Gadot reprises her role in her solo 2017 film Wonder Woman (directed by Patty Jenkins), Justice League (directed by Joss Whedon), and the latter film's director cut (directed by Zack Snyder). A sequel to Wonder Woman titled Wonder Woman 1984 (directed by Jenkins) was released in 2020. Wonder Woman made an appearance in the Peacemaker season finale episode "It's Cow or Never" portrayed by stand-in Kimberley Von Ilberg. Gadot made an uncredited cameo appearance in Shazam! Fury of the Gods and The Flash. A third Wonder Woman was due to begin production with Patty Jenkins once again directing but was cancelled following the restructuring of DC Studios and Jenkins' departure. A Wonder Woman spin-off The Amazons was also suggested by Jenkins, but was soon shelved as well.
Wonder Woman appears in The Lego Movie, voiced by Cobie Smulders. She also appears in a cameo in the follow-up The Lego Batman Movie (2017) and in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019), where Smulders reprises her role.
Wonder Woman appears in DC Super Heroes vs. Eagle Talon, voiced by Rica Matsumoto.
Wonder Woman appears in Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, voiced by Halsey.
Wonder Woman appears in Space Jam: A New Legacy, voiced by Rosario Dawson.
Wonder Woman appears in DC League of Super-Pets, voiced by Jameela Jamil. This version of the character boasts a more muscular build and a more simplified outfit. At the end of the film, she becomes PB's owner.
Animation studio Filmation considered making an animated series based on Wonder Woman in 1968 following the then-massive success of the TV series Batman, but nothing came out of it.
Wonder Woman's first televised appearance was as a guest in an episode of The Brady Kids cartoon series in 1972, entitled "It's All Greek to Me" (voiced by Jane Webb). The Brady kids meet Diana Prince/Wonder Woman and together they find themselves accidentally transported back to the time of the Ancient Olympic Games. The kids plan to compete in the marathon and beat the Greek athletes to qualify for the race. Wonder Woman convinces the kids to disqualify themselves, explaining that if they win the race they will change the course of history. Wonder Girl had already appeared in a series of Teen Titans cartoon shorts which was part of The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure cartoon show in 1967. Filmation was planning a "Wonder Woman" pilot among other DC related projects.
Wonder Woman appeared in Super Friends, Hanna-Barbera's Saturday morning animated series. She was originally voiced by Shannon Farnon and later by Connie Caulfield in Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show, followed by B.J. Ward in The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians.
Wonder Woman guest starred in the Superman episode, "Superman and Wonder Woman versus the Sorceress of Time", voiced by Mary McDonald-Lewis. This appearance was the first Post-Crisis animated version of Wonder Woman. Besides possessing the power of flight and no longer having either an invisible plane or high-heel boots, she had wavy hair more in line with George Pérez's Post-Crisis interpretation of her.
In 1992, Mattel planned a line of toys for girls with Wonder Woman leading a new cast of four female characters. Two had been previously established: Dolphin in 1968 and Ice in 1988. The other two were new characters invented for the series. Solara had sun-based fire powers while Starlily had earth-based plant powers. "Wonder Woman and the Star Riders" had the subtitle "Sparkling super heroines!" They were to be pitted against the villainess Purrsia (who has animal control abilities) and her mount, Panthera.
An announcement for an accompanying animated series was made during the 1993 Toy Fair, but the pilot was never produced beyond character designs and storyboards. A few test samples for the toy line were developed, as well as a short comic book story which would have been packaged with the figures. A mini comic was distributed as a breakfast cereal premium. Artwork has since been published in Les Daniels' 2000 book, Wonder Woman: The Complete History. The cancelled toy designs were recycled as part of the Tenko and the Guardians of the Magic toy line.
All the Star Riders ride winged horses, and Wonder Woman herself rides a winged unicorn named Nightshine.
Wonder Woman appears in series set in the DC Animated Universe (DCAU), voiced by Susan Eisenberg.
Before her appearance in Justice League shows, director Boyd Kirkland approached Fox Kids about a Wonder Woman animated series in 1994, following the success of Batman: The Animated Series on the same channel, and would subsequently approach Kids' WB for his concept. Although an artwork for this pitch exists, the networks passed the proposal. Justice League was the first chance to add Wonder Woman into the DCAU, as the rights had been previously tied up in possible films and television series. To introduce her into a universe already populated by long-experienced heroes like Batman and Superman, Bruce Timm and his team took a cue from George Pérez's newcomer-to-man's-world Post-Crisis interpretation. This Diana started off completely innocent and ignorant of man's world, and helped form the Justice League to defeat the alien Imperium and its army. She does not have a secret identity, as with the Pérez version, and her traditional bulletproof bracelet cuffs became bullet proof vambraces. However, perhaps as a nod to her Pre-Crisis appearance, she has straight hair and high-heeled boots suggestive of her old Super Friends incarnation. Also, her lasso did not compel truthfulness until the Justice League Unlimited episode "The Balance" in which Hippolyta activated her true power.
Her initial personality consisted of a strict adherence to Amazonian dogma (prompting some of her teammates, especially the more brash and headstrong Hawkgirl, to react to her attitude by calling her "Princess" somewhat disdainfully). Noticeable though is the effect of Man's World on Diana. Her first appearances are marked by her reflexively acting off of Amazonian ideology (in "Fury", she questions how necessary men really are), but as time passes, she becomes more interested in men (in particular, Batman, with whom she has a flirtatious and possibly romantic relationship).
While Wonder Woman's origin in the DCAU is not detailed, in the episode "The Balance", it is revealed that she indeed was a clay statue sculpted by Hippolyta and brought to life. In the same episode, Hades says that he may have helped Hippolyta do so, but this was never confirmed. Additionally, the Wonder Woman armor was originally made by the god Hephaestus for Hippolyta, and has several additional abilities activated by pressing the star on the tiara, which Diana was originally unaware of.
Steve Trevor made an appearance in the first season's three-part finale, "The Savage Time", when the League time-travels back to World War II to stop Vandal Savage from changing history. In this story, Steve is a secret agent whom Diana falls in love with. They are separated when Diana goes to stop Savage's invasion of America and returns to the present day. In the episode's conclusion, she visits Trevor at a retirement home after returning to the prsent.
Wonder Woman's eventual fate is unknown, but Kobra mentions that she is still an active member of the future Justice League during the time of Batman Beyond. She was originally supposed to appear in the Batman Beyond episode "The Call", which featured the Justice League Unlimited team. However, rights issues precluded the possibility and her appearance was instead taken by Big Barda.
Her powers are almost the same as her comics counterpart, including flight and super strength, lending Wonder Woman the ability to hold out against Superman in a fight, while both were hallucinating. In "Grudge Match", she is able to singlehandedly defeat Vixen, Hawkgirl, Huntress and Black Canary in a no-holds barred fight.
In the Comedy Central animated series South Park, Wonder Woman plays a prominent role in the Imaginationland Trilogy, in which she is depicted as a member of the Council of Nine, consisting of the nine most revered imaginary characters, alongside Aslan, Gandalf, Glinda, Jesus, Luke Skywalker, Morpheus, Popeye, and Zeus.
Wonder Woman appears in Batman: the Brave and the Bold, voiced by Vicki Lewis. Initially debuting in a cameo in "Sidekicks Assemble!", she first has a speaking appearance in "Scorn of the Star Sapphire!", which is accompanied by an arrangement of the classic 1970s Wonder Woman theme. She subsequently appears in "Triumvirate of Terror!", where she teams up with Batman and Superman to fight the combined threat of Cheetah, Lex Luthor and the Joker.
Wonder Woman appears in the Superman: Red Son motion comic, voiced by Wendee Lee.
Wonder Woman appears in the animated series Young Justice, voiced by Maggie Q. Wonder Woman appears in the pilot episode, "Independence Day", where she and the rest of the Justice League arrive at Cadmus Labs following its destruction. She is shown having a conversation with Superman about the fate of the newly discovered Superboy, though her words are not audible to the audience. She makes her first speaking appearance in the episode "Agendas", where she chastises Batman for recruiting Robin at such a young age and tries to have Captain Marvel thrown out of the League for lying about his age. Alongside the rest of the League, she is brainwashed by Vandal Savage's Starro spores in the closing moments of "Usual Suspects". In the season one finale, "Auld Acquaintance", she battles the members of Young Justice at Savage's behest before being trapped in an impenetrable force-field created by Rocket. She is presumably freed from Savage's control along with the rest of the League. In Young Justice: Invasion, which is set five years after season 1, Wonder Woman has taken on Cassie Sandsmark as her sidekick. She leaves Earth along with several other Leaguers in the episode "Alienated", to stand trial for crimes the team committed while under Savage's control. In Young Justice: Outsiders, two years later, Wonder Woman has become co-chair of the League alongside Aqualad, the new Aquaman, and is currently leading a group of Leaguers in space seeking to redeem the League's reputation against the forces of the Apokolips and the Light. She secretly keeps in contact with Batman, Nightwing, Oracle, Miss Martian and Aquaman, who are coordinating several teams in secret, and thus fears they are crossing the line.
For a sketch on the Mad series, when their fellow heroes feel under-appreciated, they appeal to Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman about being called "Super Friends".
Wonder Woman appears in one of the DC Nation Shorts on Cartoon Network, voiced by Susan Eisenberg.
Wonder Woman appears in the animated television special Lego DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered, voiced by Grey DeLisle (reprising the role from JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time).
Wonder Woman appears as one of the three lead characters in Justice League Action, voiced by Rachel Kimsey. This version started dating Superman in the episode "Repulse!" but the two decide to keep it secret from the other members of the Justice League.
Producer Butch Lukic brought a proposal to Warner Bros. for Wonder Woman animated series set in the World War II, but was rejected due to the development of the live-action film Wonder Woman, which is set in the World War I. Some of the concepts for the story and setting were later incorporated in the animated film Justice Society: World War II, which was produced by Lukic.
Wonder Woman appears as a central protagonist in the DC Super Hero Girls TV series, voiced again by Grey Griffin, this time with a Mediterranean accent. In this version, she is 317 years old (17 years old in mortal years) and sneaked away from the Amazons' island home of Themyscira to fulfill her dream of protecting the mortal world. Upon reaching the city of Metropolis, she learns to pass herself off as a typical high school student with help from the other main characters. Whenever she is around Steve Trevor, the first boy she had ever seen, she becomes extremely shy and clumsy.
Wonder Woman appears in the Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? episode "The Scooby of a Thousand Faces!", with Rachel Kimsey reprising her role from Justice League Action. She teams up with Mystery Inc. when they are in Greece and contend with a Minotaur attacking a museum which Wonder Woman thinks is a real Minotaur that was sent by Hades. A running gag has Mystery Inc. trying to prove that the Minotaur is a fake. While Wonder Woman does train Daphne and Velma, she leaves Shaggy and Fred out of the training. Scooby-Doo takes a liking to her. Eventually, Wonder Woman was able to train Shaggy and Fred when it comes to trapping the Minotaur. When the Minotaur was trapped, Mystery Inc. unmasks it to be the museum curator. Wonder Woman's Lasso of Truth breaks the Minotaur costume as the curator states that he was after the Golden Head of Apollo so that he can sell it and retire. After the curator is handed over to the police, Wonder Woman heads back to Themyscira as she encourages Mystery Inc. to continue their mystery-solving activities.
Wonder Woman appears in the DC Universe series Harley Quinn, voiced again by Vanessa Marshall. Debuting in "So, You Need a Crew?", she appears on the news battling Doctor Psycho, and is stunned, along with everybody else, when Psycho calls her the "C-word". She later makes several minor appearances in the series alongside other members of the Justice League.
In March 2023, DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn revealed that a Wonder Woman animated series is in development.
Music about or that references Wonder Woman:
Collected stories from All Star Comics, Sensation Comics and Wonder Woman (Volume 1):
The second Wonder Woman series (1986-2006) is collected in several trade paperbacks:
The third Wonder Woman series (2006-2011) is collected in several trade paperbacks:
In the fine arts, and starting with the Pop Art period and on a continuing basis since the 1960s, the character has been depicted by multiple visual artists and incorporated into contemporary artwork, most notably by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Mel Ramos, Dulce Pinzon, and others.
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