The 1970s Wonder Woman television show starring Lynda Carter was a marquee moment for the Amazon warrior. While not the first time the DC Comics heroine was adapted for the screen, it was perhaps the most prominent and enduring for the subsequent 42 years. While Warner Bros. and DC Films look to be rewriting Wonder Woman for the modern age via star actress Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins, it’s always fun to look back and wonder “what if?”
What if the bombastic special effects of Wonder Woman’s 2017 incarnation were available back in 1975 when television producers were just getting ready to unleash the first batch of episodes? How would modern acting conventions like those of Gadot and Chris Pine have translated to the funky synths and cheesy graphics of ‘70s television? Luckily, we don’t have to wonder any longer now that the folks over at ScreenCrush have created a mashup intro of sorts.
The mashup takes elements from the original theme song for the 1975 Wonder Woman television show and mixes it with some choice scenes from the current film’s trailers. Sadly for 1975 Wonder Woman purists, the lyrics from the original theme song have been purged except for a few bits and pieces. Luckily, the overall melody and funky vibe is still intact.
The differences between Wonder Woman in 2017 and 1975 are numerous, but not total. The 1975 television adaptation of Wonder Woman saw the Amazon warrior princess brave the horrors of both World War II and the ‘70s. The show saw Diana leaving her home island to return pilot Steve Trevor (Lyle Waggoner) to America. After completing her duty, she manages to stop a bank robbery and briefly becomes a circus actor, deflecting bullets with her magical bracers. Much of the first season dealt with Wonder Woman’s war on fascism in World War II, while later seasons put her in a contemporary setting.
The 2017 adaptation of Wonder Woman sees the eponymous hero leave her home island of Themyscira to put an end to the unnaturally brutal and prolonged World War I after she saves a downed pilot, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), from drowning.
Currently screening in theaters, Wonder Woman is a production of DC Films directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Robin Wright as General Antiope, Danny Huston as General Erich Ludendorff, David Thewlis as Ares, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Elena Anaya as Doctor Poison and Lucy Davis as Etta Candy.