There's not much time left before Wonder Woman hits theaters and we can barely contain our excitement. The latest installment of the DC Extended Universe has already received glowing reviews from fans and critics alike, even surpassing The Dark Knight to become the highest rated superhero movie on Rotten Tomatoes. Not bad for the Amazon princess's first solo film outing!
However, before Gal Gadot was kicking butt as the Amazon warrior, it was Lynda Carter who donned the red, white, blue and gold leotard for the classic TV series back in the '70s — a portrayal that has since become synonymous with the Wonder Woman character. Carter gave us the unforgettable spinning transformation, the addictive theme tune and proved week after week that no-one else could ever play Wonder Woman like she did.
Carter herself provided a glowing review of the Patty Jenkins' movie and appeared alongside Gadot at the film's Los Angeles premiere. Whether you're a diehard fan of the TV series or have never seen so much as a snippet, here are six episodes of Wonder Woman worth viewing before you head to the cinema to see the new DCEU film.
1. Season 1, Episode 1: 'The New Original Wonder Woman'
The upcoming #DCEU film isn't the only live-action version of Wonder Woman to tackle Diana's origin story. The classic TV series, which ran from 1975–1979, was incredibly faithful to the comics and saw Diana competing in a series of tournaments on Paradise Island. The pilot episode was set during World War II and featured the titular character donning the familiar outfit for the very first time as she moves to Washington, D.C. to help US Air Force Major Steve Trevor defeat the Nazis. Sharing many similarities with the upcoming movie, the first ep of the Lynda Carter series is certainly a great starting point.
2. Season 1, Episodes 5 And 6: 'The Feminum Mystique'
During a special two-part episode, Diana returns to Paradise Island when the Nazis threaten her homeland. Wonder Woman refuses to let the invaders destroy her home and, with the help of her fellow Amazons, she's able to overcome the evil infiltrators.
This episode delved deep into the history of the Amazons as well as explored the origin of Feminium — the special metal that is used to make Wonder Woman's bulletproof bracelets. If you want to touch up on your mythology before the new film, then this two-parter should do the trick. Moreover, these episodes saw the introduction of Diana's younger sibling Drusilla, a.k.a Wonder Girl, played by a young Debra Winger.
3. Season 2, Episode 1: 'The Return Of Wonder Woman'
While the first season of #WonderWoman rated well for ABC, the network was loath to renew it due to its high production costs. However, CBS offered to save Wonder Woman from cancelation if the show's creators opted to move the lasso-wielding heroine to the modern 1970s era.
Repackaged as The New Adventures of Wonder Woman, Carter swooped back onto screens with a new outfit and new job. This time, Diana aided the fictitious Inter-Agency Defense Command (IADC) alongside Steve Trevor Jr. While the World War II episodes of the first season were arguably better written, this version of Carter's Wonder Woman is the one that viewers hold in high esteem.
4. Season 2, Episode 2: 'Anschluss '77'
One of Wonder Woman's first '70s-set adventures saw her take on a group of Third Reich fanatics who attempt to clone Adolf Hitler, bringing back World War II memories for our beloved heroine. "Anschlus '77" features an enduring moment in which Wonder Woman chases after the bad guys and hitches a ride on the bottom of their helicopter.
Carter performed this stunt herself against producers' wishes, and says it got her "into big trouble" with the powers that be. If you need a reminder of how much of a wonder woman Carter really is, then this episode is ripe for a revisit.
5. Season 2, Episode 17: 'IRAC Is Missing'
Before Arrow's Felicity Smoak, Smallville's Chloe Sullivan and Supergirl's Winn Schott, there was the Information Retrieval Associative Computer — Diana Prince's personal computer that gave her everything she needed while she worked undercover at the IADC. Moreover, the trusty technological device knew her secret identity yet never told a soul.
When criminal mastermind Bernard Havitol stole I.R.A.C, Wonder Woman was forced to intercept and rescue her trusty technological sidekick before the antagonist could blow them all to kingdom come. One of the more heart-stopping episodes of the series, "IRAC is Missing" had us on the edge of our seats.
6. Season 3, Episodes 20 And 21: 'The Boy Who Knew Her Secret'
By the third season, Wonder Woman had dropped all of the comic book pretense to became less a superhero series, more an outright '70s cop drama. However, that's not to say there weren't some great superhero episodes. In fact, one of the best of the entire series occurred toward the end of the third season.
"The Boy Who Knew Her Secret" saw Wonder Woman team up with a young boy to take on a race of alien invaders. The two-part adventure was much darker than the rest of the series and it is definitely one of the most well-written installments.
Wonder Woman hits theaters on June 2. Are you excited to see Diana Prince's first cinematic solo outing? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.