ByStephen Patterson, writer at
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Wonder Woman has received rave reviews since it hit theaters last week. The -led feature film is the latest instalment in the and, if the reviews are anything to go by, it will continue raking in millions at the box office for several weeks to come, making the DCEU's first critical and commercial success.

Despite being the first big-screen adventure for Wonder Woman, this isn't the first time we've seen a live-action version of the superhero. There have been several attempts to bring the iconic character to life on television and, while 's classic series is the most renowned, Wonder Woman has come to life on television screens on numerous occasions (and in a few attempted occasions).

As is the case with several DC like Batman or Superman, one of the most remarkable things about Wonder Woman's onscreen history is the variety of costumes that the character has sported over the years. With that in mind, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to look back at all of the live-action Wonder Woman portrayals and rank the costumes from worst to best.

6. Ellie Wood Walker (1967)

[Credit: ABC]
[Credit: ABC]
  • Seen in: Who's Afraid of Diana Prince? (1967 unaired pilot)

The producers of the classic Batman series attempted to make a Wonder Woman spin-off during the late '60s. Unfortunately, all of the campy humor that made Batman great was nonexistent in this pilot episode that represented everything the Wonder Woman character was not.

Actress Ellie Wood Walker starred in the title role, and her Wonder Woman costume looked like it had been purchased in the local gift shop. The colors remained faithful to the comic book character, but that wasn't enough to save this dreadful pilot. We're still thanking Hera that ABC did not pick up the series. You can watch it here, if you dare.

5. Cathy Lee Crosby (1974)

[Credit: Warner Bros]
[Credit: Warner Bros]
  • Seen in: Wonder Woman (1974)

Actress Cathy Lee Crosby wore a completely different Wonder Woman outfit in the 1974 TV film. With blue leggings and a red zip-up skirt, the costume wasn't the traditional Wonder Woman look. (The film was made during the Diana Prince Era in the Wonder Woman comics, which saw her sport pantsuits instead of the more common superhero outfit.)

It's definitely a unique style and, at the time, it was definitely comic-accurate. ABC opted not to turn the pilot film into a weekly series. Coincidentally, less than a year later, the same network would pick up the Lynda Carter Wonder Woman series.

4. Adrianne Palicki (2011)

[Credit: WB TV]
[Credit: WB TV]
  • Seen in: Wonder Woman (2011 unaired pilot)

Adrianne Palicki starred as the titular character in a Wonder Woman pilot back in 2011. However, like the two pilots listed above, NBC passed on picking up the series and, despite being a modern take on the character, it's easy to see why. Although it was written by TV titan and Ally McBeal creator David E. Kelley, the storyline was pretty unusual to say the least.

Set in a world where civilians know that Diana Themyscira (yes, that was actually her name) is Wonder Woman, Palicki sported an outfit that was actually pretty comparable to the comic books. However, there was one major snag: it was made out of cheap latex that almost resembled plastic.

3. Lynda Carter (1975-1976)

[Credit: ABC]
[Credit: ABC]
  • Seen in: Wonder Woman (1975-1976)

After two failed attempts, ABC finally hit the nail on the head when they cast Lynda Carter as the titular heroine in Wonder Woman. During the show's first season, Carter wore a Wonder Woman outfit that was as comic-accurate as one could get. Complete with the star-spangled shorts and the eagle symbol, Carter became the character while wearing that wonderful, colorful outfit. This is the Wonder Woman the world needed.

2. Gal Gadot (2016-Present)

[Credit: Warner Bros]
[Credit: Warner Bros]
  • Seen in: Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016), Wonder Woman (2017), Justice League (2017)

We've all been waiting years for Wonder Woman to successfully transition to the big screen, and actress Gal Gadot made that possible. Making her first appearance in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, some of us were a little disappointed to see a Wonder Woman outfit void of the traditional bright red, white and blue colors.

However, we later learned that the reason for the lack of color was due to the armour having worn in battle over the years. Finally, Gadot was able to wear a more colorful version of the outfit in the latest DCEU film, Wonder Woman, which is set several decades prior to Batman v. Superman. Simply put, her costume looks great.

The outfit is much more realistic that some of the others on this list; the strong armor gives Diana the protection she needs when battling the bad guys. It's practical and badass — a rare combination for superheroes these days. Moreover, we've never really seen the warrior version of Wonder Woman on screen before. Gadot and the outfit will pop up again later this year in Justice League.

1. Lynda Carter (1977-1979)

[Credit: CBS]
[Credit: CBS]
  • Seen in: The New Adventures Of Wonder Woman (1977-1979)

When the hit Wonder Woman television series was canceled by ABC due to high production costs, CBS swooped in and offered to save it under the condition that the action would move to the then-present 1970s. Retitled The New Adventures Of Wonder Woman, Carter was fitted with a new outfit to match the new era. The red and blue colors were heightened and the eagle was replaced with a golden palm tree-style symbol.

This second Carter outfit is the quintessential Wonder Woman look, and it continues to define the character — at least, for older fans. It's unlikely that we'll ever get a more iconic costume than this, but millions of new fans may feel that way about Gal Gadot's.

Which Wonder Woman costume is your favorite? Tell us in the comment section below.


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