Wonder Woman opens this weekend, and a good number of us are crazy excited for it. Since her introduction in All Star Comics #8 in 1941, Wonder Woman has become one of the most recognized super heroes of all time. So it would be only natural that eventually she would also get her own TV show the same way Batman and Superman did. Of course, it wouldn’t be an easy road. The first time Diana would possibly grace the small screen was in 1967, with an unaired pilot called Who’s Afraid Of Diana Prince? with Ellie Wood Walker. If you’ve never seen it before, brace yourselves for something even more campy than Batman 66.
Despite being produced by William Dozier, who also produced Batman 66 and The Green Hornet (which was sadly canceled quickly, despite being good), the pilot didn’t impress anyone. Of course, this version of Wonder Woman is laughable at best. The test pilot would have likely been turned into a weekly sitcom, featuring Wood and her mother (who is most likely actress Maudie Prickett) as Diana faces everyday challenges like an overbearing mother and being an unwed woman. I realize that sounds ridiculous to read in this day and age, but here we are. Wood’s portrayal of Diana is simply awful. She’s clumsy, awkward, and most likely doesn’t know or use the true extent of her powers.
Thankfully this never went past the pilot stage, as it would have likely been disastrous for the character. I am however glad the Who’s Afraid of Diana Prince? pilot surfaced online, since it’s still a part of the characters history.
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