Carter stars as Wonder Woman
The Warner Brothers
Television series Wonder Woman
is based on the DC
Comics 'Superhero' character co-created by Dr.William
Moulton Marston and his wife Elizabeth (Sadie) Holloway-Marston. The Wonder Woman character first appeared in 'All Star Comics'
number 8, in December 1941. The
Marston's creation is a distinctly feminist character and this trait
has in the main been adhered to by other writers subsequently. Wonder Woman was one of the first female 'Superheroes',
and is based on the
Greek mythological character
Princes Diana of the Amazon Warrior Tribe of Scythia.
former 'Miss USA' Lynda Carter stars as Wonder Woman in the series which
originally aired in the United States from 1976 until 1979. The
season on ABC Television is set in the World War Two era (1942). For
the second and third seasons broadcast on CBS, Wonder Woman is now a crimefighter in the
present day (1970s). Although not the first television adaptation
the character, Lynda Carter's portrayal is widely accepted as being the
Although the main series ran from 1976 until 1979, the pilot
episode for the show was first broadcast in 1975, under the title 'The
New Original' Wonder Woman. Following
this pilot episode, three further episodes were aired under the same
name in 1975/1976. These first four episodes also formed part of the
1976/1977 series of the re-titled Wonder Woman series.
In the pilot episode of Wonder Woman shown in 1975, an American Army
officer, Steve Trevor (Lyle Waggoner) crash-lands on 'Paradise Island' (somewhere in the 'Bermuda Triangle') and is badly injured. Princes Diana (Lynda Carter) nurses
him back to health, but also falls in love with him! With Steve Trevor now fully recovered, 'Paradise Island's' female
population decide that he must return to
the fight against the Third Reich.
It is decided that one of the women from the
island is to go with Steve Trevor
and this is decided by an olympic games-style
Diana emerges as the winner and duly accompanies Steve Trevor back
to Washington D.C. to help with the war effort.
Diana assumes the identity of Diana Prince, Steve
Trevor's secretary. When Diana Prince is confronted
dangerous situation, she quickly finds a discreet location and
transforms herself, using a pirouette motion into the fully costumed
Wonder Woman, thus enabling her to take advantage of the special
'superhuman' powers with which she is endowed.