Wonder Woman as a television or film franchise hasn’t been written off, despite recent attempts at a revival failing.
The character still proves popular in magazines produced by DC Entertainment, however production company Warner Bros are struggling to come up with a successful television or movie format for the character.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon had been given the job of bringing the character back for a big budget movie in 2007, however the project was shelved. In 2011 a television pilot, produced by David E. Kelley failed to transform into a series.
To date the most successful run was the 1975-1979 television series produced by Warner Television and starring Starring Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman aka Diana Prince. It ran for three series and nearly 60 episodes. (pictured)
The legacy of both the television version and comic book creation is proving a challenge for a revival it seems.
We have to get her right, we have to. She is such an icon for both genders and all ages and for people who love the original TV show and people who read the comics now.
What you do in TV has to be different than what you do in features. She has been, since I started, one of the top three priorities for DC and for Warner Bros. We are still trying right now, but she’s tricky.
I think one of the biggest challenges at the company is getting that right on any size screen. The reasons why are probably pretty subjective – she doesn’t have the single, clear, compelling story that everyone knows and recognises.
There are lots of facets to Wonder Woman, and I think the key is, how do you get the right facet for that right medium? – President of DC Entertainment Diane Nelson told The Hollywood Reporter
Wonder Woman as a comic book character was first seen in 1941.