|Adaptations of Wonder Woman in other media|
|Created by||William Moulton Marston
|Original source||Comics published by DC Comics|
|First appearance||All Star Comics #8 (December 1941)|
|Novel(s)||Wonder Woman: Mythos (2003)
Wonder Woman: Amazon Princess (2003)
|Reference book(s)||Wonder Woman: The Complete History (2000)
Wonder Woman: The Ultimate Guide to the Amazon Princess (2003)
|Films and television|
|Film(s)||The Lego Movie (2014)
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Wonder Woman (2017)
Justice League (2017)
|Super Friends (1973-1986)
Wonder Woman (1974)
Wonder Woman (1975–79)
Justice League (2001-2004)
Justice League Unlimited (2004-2006)
Justice League Action (2016-)
|Video game(s)||Justice League Task Force (1995)
Justice League Heroes (2006)
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe (2008)
DC Universe Online (2011)
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (2012)
Injustice: Gods Among Us (2013)
Since her debut in All Star Comics #8 (December 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 show, Wonder Woman, the 2014 CGI theatrical release, The Lego Movie, and the live-action DCEU films, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Wonder Woman (2017). In November 2017, she will appear in the DCEU release, Justice League and will also appear in Wonder Woman 2 (2019).
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a 2016 American superhero film and the second installment of the DC Extended Universe. It is also the first live action theatrical film to feature Wonder Woman. In late 2013, Zack Snyder cast Gal Gadot in the role over Élodie Yung and Olga Kurylenko. Some fans initially reacted to this choice by criticizing Gadot's appearance. Snyder would later comment on his decision to cast Gadot, stating that he
tested a bunch of actresses, as you can imagine. But the thing with Gal is that she's strong, she's beautiful, and she's a kind person, which is interesting, but fierce at the same time. It's that combination of being fierce but kind at the same time that we were looking for.
Gadot described Diana as having "the heart of a human so she can be emotional, she's curious, she's compassionate, she loves people. And then she has the powers of a goddess. She's all for good, she fights for good." She also said that Diana has "many strengths and powers, but at the end of the day she's a woman with a lot of emotional intelligence". Gadot underwent a diet and training regimen, practiced different martial arts and gained 17 pounds of muscle for the role. Gadot was previously offered a different role (as a villain) in Man of Steel, which she declined because she was pregnant at the time; this allowed her to later be cast as Wonder Woman in the film's follow-up. Gadot signed a three-picture deal. She was only paid a base salary of $300,000 for the movie itself.
Gadot reprised the role in 2017's Wonder Woman, the fourth installment in the DC Extended Universe and Wonder Woman's first theatrical solo film. The film is directed by Patty Jenkins, with a screenplay by Allan Heinberg, from a story by Heinberg, Zack Snyder, and Jason Fuchs, and co-stars Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, and Elena Anaya. Jenkins' role as director makes her the first female director of a studio superhero movie.
Set in 1918, the film tells the story of Princess Diana, who grows up on the Amazon island of Themyscira. After American pilot Steve Trevor (Pine) crashes offshore of the island and is rescued by Diana, he tells her about the ongoing World War. She then leaves her home in order to end the conflict, becoming Wonder Woman in the process. Development for the film began in 1996, with Jenkins signing on to direct in 2015. Principal photography began on November 21, 2015, with filming taking place in the United Kingdom, France, and Italy before wrapping up on May 9, 2016, the 123rd birthday of the creator, William Moulton Marston. Additional filming took place in November 2016.
Wonder Woman premiered in Shanghai on May 15, 2017, and was released in the United States on June 2, 2017, in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D. It received largely positive reviews, with critics praising the direction, performances, action sequences and musical score. The film set records for the biggest domestic opening for a female director ($103.3 million), the biggest opening for a female-led comic book film, the highest grossing female-directed live-action film and the highest-grossing superhero origin story domestically . It has grossed over $812 million worldwide, making it the sixth highest-grossing film of 2017.
Gadot is scheduled to return as Wonder Woman in Justice League, the fifth installment of the DCEU. Months after the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and inspired by Superman's sacrifice for humanity, Batman and Wonder Woman assemble a team of metahumans consisting of Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg to face the catastrophic threat of Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons who are on the hunt for three Mother Boxes on Earth (in Themyscira, Atlantis and Victor Stone himself).
Shortly after the success of Wonder Woman, director Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns had begun working on a treatment of the script for a sequel. At San Diego Comic Con 2017, Wonder Woman 2 was announced along with several other DCEU films. The Hollywood Reporter later revealed that Warner Bros set a release date of December 13, 2019 for Wonder Woman 2 and that Jenkins is in talks for the sequel. In August 2017, Deadline reported that Warner Bros. and Jenkins are nearing a "historic" deal that will make her the highest paid female director. Actress Geena Davis in an interview stated she wants a role in Wonder Woman 2. On September 11, 2017, Patty Jenkins officially signed on to direct Wonder Woman 2 with Gal Gadot reprising her role as Diana Prince / Diana of Themyscira / Wonder Woman. A few days later Dave Callahan was hired by Johns and Jenkins to co-write the script for the film.
Wonder Woman refers to both a 1974 television film and a 1975-1979 television series.The 1974 television film, directed by Vincent McEveety and starring Cathy Lee Crosby, was a pilot for an intended television series being considered by ABC. Ratings were described as "respectable but not exactly wondrous," and ABC did not pick up the pilot. Instead, Warner Brothers and ABC developed a different Wonder Woman television concept that fit the more traditional presentation of the character as created by William Moulton Marston, turning away from the 1968–72 era that had influenced the pilot. Wonder Woman, which premiered in 1975, starred Lynda Carter and eventually led to the Wonder Woman TV series. Crosby would later claim that she was offered the chance to reprise the role in that series.
Who's Afraid of Diana Prince was a proposed 1967 television series, that only resulted in the production of a short pilot. The success of the Batman television series led Batman producer William Dozier to commission a pilot script by Stan Hart and Larry Siegel. Batman writer Stanley Ralph Ross was then asked to perform a re-write, after Hart and Siegel's script was deemed unsuitable. A portion of the pilot, under five minutes in length, was filmed by Greenway Productions, the company behind the Batman show under the title Who's Afraid of Diana Prince? The piece starred Ellie Wood Walker (Robert Walker Jr.'s wife) as Diana Prince, Linda Harrison as Diana's Wonder Woman alter ego and Maudie Prickett as Diana's mother. In the proposed series Diana Prince (not Wonder Woman) would have been the focus of the comedy. Diana, an awkward and rather plain young woman, lives with her mother close to a United States Air Force base. Much of the film consists of her mother berating Diana about not having a boyfriend. When her mother leaves the room, Diana changes into her Wonder Woman costume and admires her reflection in a mirror. What she sees is not Diana Prince, but rather a sexy super-heroic figure (played by Linda Harrison) who proceeds to preen and pose as the song "Oh, You Beautiful Doll" plays on the soundtrack. The pilot ends with Diana climbing out a window and flying away, indicating that, despite her apparent delusions regarding her alter ego, she does have some super powers. This pilot episode was never broadcast and the project was abandoned.
Reports surfaced in October 2010 that Warner Bros. Television was teaming with writer-producer David E. Kelley to pitch a new Wonder Woman television series to networks. The major networks all turned down the series, but NBC, the final network to initially pass on the project, announced that they had ordered a pilot on January 21, 2011. In February 2011, Jeffrey Reiner was hired to direct the pilot. A few days later, it was announced that Adrianne Palicki was selected to play the title role. Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter pointed out that the costume was causing a divide, with many exclaiming it was "too trashy and too bad porn-y". Warner Bros. later changed the costume, replacing the blue boots and rubbery pants, due to fan criticism. Elizabeth Hurley and Tracie Thoms were also cast as villain Veronica Cale and Diana's personal assistant, Etta Candy, respectively. Pedro Pascal was cast as Ed Indelicato, Wonder Woman's liaison to the police department and Cary Elwes as Henry Detmer, who runs the day-to-day operations of Diana's company. Actor Justin Bruening was cast to play Steve Trevor. The plot was "a reinvention of the iconic DC Comic in which Wonder Woman – aka Diana Themyscira – is a vigilante crime fighter in L.A., but also a successful corporate executive and a modern woman, trying to balance all of the elements of her extraordinary life." After watching the pilot, television critic Alan Sepinwall described it as "embarrassing ... [I]t was all I had feared, and more". Writing about the show for Flickering Myth in 2017, Neil Calloway said "it has its moments ... [B]ut it was probably dated in 2011 ... We didn’t really lose anything by it not being commissioned into a series." On May 12, 2011, NBC announced that it would not be picking the project up for a series.
In 2012, The CW, Warner Bros. Television and DC Comics announced that they were developing a new origin story for Wonder Woman called Amazon. In early 2013, the network pushed the pilot back until the 2014/15 season. On May 16, 2013, The CW announced that 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. However, in July 2013 The Flash, by Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg was fast-tracked instead. Pedowitz confirmed that "Amazon is on pause (as) the script is not exactly what we wanted, and with an iconic character like Wonder Woman, we have to get it right." In January 2014, Pedowitz told The Hollywood Reporter that the project was no longer in development: "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." In August 2017, Pedowitz confirmed that the CW had "no plans to redevelop Amazon at this point" due to the success of the 2017 feature film.
Cobie Smulders provides the voice for Wonder Woman in The Lego Movie, a 2014 3D computer-animated adventure comedy film written for the screen and directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from a story by them and Dan and Kevin Hageman. While the film features a few live-action scenes, it is primarily an animated film.
Wonder Woman's first appearance on television 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.) Interestingly, Filmation was planning a "Wonder Woman" pilot among other DC related projects.
Wonder Woman appeared in Super Friends, the 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" wherein she and Superman battle a sorceress named Cyrene. BJ Ward lent her voice to the female antagonistic character in this episode.[not in citation given]
Her appearance is notable for being the first and, until her DC animated universe incarnation, only 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. Like in the Super Friends series, her back was fully exposed.
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, however a 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.
DC Animated Universe (DCAU) refers to the shared universe centered on a group of animated television series based on DC Comics, produced by Warner Bros. Animation from the early 1990s to the mid-2000s; beginning with Batman: The Animated Series in 1992 and ending with Justice League Unlimited in 2006. Some parts of the associated media franchise including direct-to-video feature films and shorts, comic books, video games and other multimedia adaptations are also included in the continuity.
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. As with the Pérez version, she neither keeps a secret identity nor has an invisible plane (although in the Justice League Unlimited first-season episode "For the Man Who Has Everything", she unveils the plane). Also in this series, her traditional bullet proof 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) and experiences the emotional excesses of man's world, as compared to the Amazons (who are portrayed as somewhat stoic if not emotionally stunted). Batman's affections for Wonder Woman, however, are somewhat confirmed in the Unlimited episode "This Little Piggy", where he admits his feelings to Zatanna when requesting her help in changing Diana back (she was turned into a pig by Circe). Batman's and Wonder Woman's mutual feelings are implicated in the JLA episode "The Brave and the Bold", when Wonder Woman manages to stop a missile crashing into Gorilla City. When the weight of the missile head crushes her, Batman rushes to the site and attempts to clear the rubble while everyone else is too stunned by Wonder Woman's possible death to help. However, Wonder Woman is found unhurt, and when she sees Batman's gloves covered in dirt in his attempt to save her, she kisses him on the cheek. Batman and Wonder Woman share a kiss in the Justice League season finale "Starcrossed" (they kissed in order to hide their faces from Thanagarian patrol). In the episode "Kid's Stuff", Wonder Woman, in her eight-year-old form (voiced by Dakota Fanning), also flirts liberally with the young Batman, who acts as miniature version of his adult self, either ignoring or being embarrassed by her advances.
She finds joy but also discovers a temper that frequently needs to be checked by her teammates ("Hereafter", "Hawk and Dove", "Eclipsed", etc.). Later episodes dealt directly with her temper and Diana’s eventual mastery of it. She since adopted the role of ambassador of the Amazons at her mother’s request ("To Another Shore"), bringing another Post-Crisis trait to the DCAU.
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 somehow brought to life. In the same episode, Hades says that he helped Hippolyta sculpt the clay statue that would eventually become Diana, making him feel almost like a father to her, but was banished before she was brought to life. That claim, however, was never substantiated (when Hawkgirl points out she could use the lasso on him, Diana says it doesn't matter). It was revealed that the Wonder Woman armor was originally made by the god Hephaestus for her mother, Queen Hippolyta, not Diana. However, in episodes, again like "The Balance", it was insinuated and implied that the armor was eventually made for her purposes and use. She had stolen her armor to use once Hippolyta forbade her to enter the outside world. Later in the series it is revealed that Diana did not know that the armor had additional abilities, which could be activated by pressing the star on the tiara.
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 in order to stop Vandal Savage changing history. In this story, Steve is an agent of the OSS, 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 her friend, now a very old man, at a retirement community.
Wonder Woman's eventual fate is unknown, but Kobra mentions that she is still alive during the time of Batman Beyond. She was originally supposed to appear in the Batman Beyond episode "The Call", which featured a future Justice League. However, rights issues precluded the possibility and her cameo was instead taken by Big Barda. She returns in the Justice League Beyond 2.0 comic, which is set some years after the conclusion of the Batman Beyond series.
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. She has a weakness to pierce wounds as shown by Devil Ray's poisonous dart harming her. 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 of all imaginary characters. She along with Aslan, Gandalf, Glinda, Jesus, Luke Skywalker, Morpheus, Popeye and Zeus teach Butters to control his power of imagination to help defend their land against all the evil imaginary creatures created.
In Batman: the Brave and the Bold, Wonder Woman makes a non-speaking cameo as a member of the Justice League in the episode "Sidekicks Assemble". She is only shown from behind and is not identified by name. At San Diego Comic-Con 2010's Batman: The Brave and the Bold panel, it was confirmed that Wonder Woman would appear in an upcoming episode of the show. Wonder Woman appears in the opening segment of the 2011 episode "Scorn of the Star Sapphire!" rescuing Steve Trevor from Baroness Paula Von Gunther. Her appearance is accompanied by an arrangement of the classic 1970s Wonder Woman theme song. She was voiced by Vicki Lewis, who also voiced Star Sapphire in the same episode. 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 animated series Young Justice voiced by Maggie Q. At New York Comic Con 2010, it was confirmed that there are no longer any restrictions involving DC characters appearing in animation, thus making it possible for Wonder Woman to be used. 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, Wonder Woman has taken on Cassie Sandsmark as her sidekick. She leaves Earth along with several other Leaguers in the episode "Alienated," in order to stand trial for crimes the team committed while under Savage's control.
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 as one of the three lead characters in Justice League Action, voiced by Rachel Kimsey. This incarnation has started dating Superman in the episode Repulse but the two decide to keep it secret from the other members of the Justice League.
The star of Xena: Warrior Princess, Lucy Lawless, provided the voice for Wonder Woman appeared in the 2008 direct-to-DVD animated adaptation of the award-winning miniseries Justice League: The New Frontier.
Keri Russell provided the voice for Princess Diana/Wonder Woman, in Wonder Woman, a 2009 direct-to-DVD animated superhero film. The plot of the film is loosely based on George Pérez's reboot of the character, specifically the "Gods and Mortals" arc that started the character's second volume in 1987. It is the fourth in the line of DC Universe Animated Original Movies released by Warner Premiere and Warner Bros. Animation.
Wonder Woman appears as a main character in the direct-to-DVD animated film Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, and is voiced by Vanessa Marshall. Unlike the traditional portrayal in the comics, Superwoman is not portrayed as being the Crime Syndicate of America's version of Wonder Woman, but instead Mary Marvel. Despite this, Wonder Woman and Superwoman become rivals and the Amazon Princess bests her in the final battle. However, the Syndicate does include a villainess named Olympia, whom was confirmed to be a Wonder Woman equivalent by the film's writer Dwayne McDuffie.
Wonder Woman (voiced by Susan Eisenberg, who had previously voiced her in the DCAU) plays a role in the direct-to-DVD animated film Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. The film is based on the Superman/Batman: The Supergirl from Krypton storyline. In the movie, Wonder Woman is tipped off by Batman about the existence of Kara, and she, Lyla, and Batman convince Superman to let her stay on Paradise Island where the Kryptonian will learn to gain full control over her power. After two months of training on Paradise Island, Darkseid sends an army of Doomsday clones to the island, and Diana fights them along with Superman, Batman and her Amazonian army. Midway through the fight, Batman realizes something is out of place and leaves the fight. Superman destroys the Doomsday army with his heat vision. Batman informs Wonder Woman and Superman that the Doomsday army was a diversion as Darkseid came and kidnapped Kara and killed Lyla as well. This prompts the three of them to go to Apokolips along with Big Barda. On Darkseid's planet, Wonder Woman fights the Female Furies and Granny Goodness along with Barda. After a long fight, Barda and Diana win and confront Darkseid, throwing Granny at his knees. Back on Earth, Diana wishes Superman and Kara well as they leave the island. She is seen at the end applauding for the latter as she assumes her new identity of Supergirl.
Michelle Monaghan voices Wonder Woman in the direct-to-DVD film, Justice League: War. Here her outfit is designed to resemble her outfit in the New 52, though it received some changes so that it was less revealing. Similar to the New 52 comics, she is portrayed as being attracted to Superman. She eventually becomes romantically involved with him as shown in the film's sequels.
Wonder Woman appears in the direct-to-DVD animated film Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League, voiced by Kari Wahlgren.
A parallel universe version of Wonder Woman, voiced by Tamara Taylor, appears in the direct-to-DVD animated film Justice League: Gods and Monsters, as well as the tie-in series Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles. This version is the New God Bekka. She is married off to Orion on Apokolips as part of a union between her grandfather, Highfather and Darkseid. She learns Orion is nothing like the New Gods of Apokolips and falls in love with him. Immediately after the wedding ceremony, she begs Orion to run away with her, but before they do, the New Gods of New Genesis slaughter Darkseid and his servants. Orion tries to intervene but is also killed. Bekka stands in defiance of Highfather, and as they try to restrain her, she teleports away using the Mother Box in the sword Orion gave her as his wedding gift. Sometime after she joins Superman and Batman to form the Justice League. At the conclusion of the film, she leaves the League to confront her past, with Lex Luthor accompanying her.
Rosario Dawson reprises her role as Wonder Woman in them 2016 direct-to-DVD animated film, Justice League vs. Teen Titans. She continues dating Superman, but finds modern films in poor taste. Their date is ruined when Superman becomes possessed and goes berserk.
Wonder Woman appears in the web series DC Super Hero Girls, voiced yet again by Grey DeLisle.
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