Trivia / Wonder Woman

The Comic Books

  • Exiled from Continuity: Complex legal issues resulted in Wonder Woman and her supporting cast being unable to appear in a number of DC television adaptations. For example, she was supposed to appear in "The Call", an episode of Batman Beyond, but had to be written out and replaced by Big Barda, and was also the only JLA member to not appear in Static Shock. The producers of Smallville have similarly said they tried to use her in the show, but were unable to due to legal reasons. Her sidekick, Wonder Girl, was also barred from appearing in the cartoon adaptations of Teen Titans and Young Justice (though for the latter, Greg Weisman has said that the issues were eventually lifted). Wonder Girl finally joined the cast in season 2 of the latter series.
  • Name's the Same: In the Perez run, Myndi Mayer refused to let Diana be called "Princess Diana", her proper title, because there was already one at the time. Instead, Myndi gave her her superhero name "Wonder Woman", though Diana herself was ambivalent about the "stage name".
  • Science Marches On: Originally, Paradise Island was kept hidden from the world by being always covered by clouds. When satellite mapping was invented, someone would have noticed that one spot of the ocean was always cloud covered and would have investigated. So it was changed to magic somehow keeping it hidden.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Gail Simone revealed in an interview that she wanted to have Hippolyta become engaged to marry another woman, Phillipus, but the plot was vetoed by the higher ups. Cue Yuri Genre fans everywhere giving a Big "NO!".
    • The New 52 was set to give Diana's costume pants, but this was ultimately scrapped.

The TV Series

  • The Cast Showoff: Lynda Carter sang two songs in the episode "Amazon Hot Wax" that were taken from an album, Portrait, that she released in real life around that time.
  • Hostility on the Set:
    • Tensions between Lynda Carter and Lyle Waggoner grew to the point that as the series went on they appeared in fewer and fewer scenes together. So that Waggoner's character would have more activity on the show, producers brought in S. Pearl Sharp to play fellow IADC agent Eve. Waggoner was to be completely written out of the show as in the last episode of the series Diana is relocated to the Los Angeles bureau of IADC. In recent interviews, Lynda Carter has denied any tension existed.
    • Debra Winger didn't like working with Carter, but Lynda said that they didn't have any problems and was like a big sister to her.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The first TV pilot movie, starring Cathy Lee Crosby and Ricardo Montalban (as the bad guy), is mostly forgotten today. It was once released on VHS, and didn't make it to DVD until 2012.
  • No Stunt Double: Carter sometimes did her own stunts because it allowed better closeups of the action. In one memorable scene she hung from the bottom of a helicopter as it took off; she later stated that the producers were... less than pleased when they found out.
  • Old Shame: Debra Winger doesn't look back fondly on her time as Wonder Girl. In fact, she spent her salary on buying out her contract with Warner Bros..
  • Shout-Out: The episode "Spaced Out" featured scenes set at a sci-fi convention, allowing the show to make references to other franchises, most notably Logan's Run. [[[] According to the writer of the episode]], while the producers of the show got permission to not only reference Logan's Run and feature actual costumes from the show, they were denied permission to dress a character as Superman, despite Warner Brothers actually owning DC Comics.
  • Stunt Double: Fairly easy to spot, even from behind; the stunt doubles did not have Carter's wasp waist.
  • Unfinished Episode: An episode entitled "The Velvet Touch," involving toxic makeup, was unfilmed because star Lynda Carter was a spokeswoman for Maybelline.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Wonder Woman's swimming costume was originally a bikini, but the one that was designed had trouble staying on in the water (oh, to see some test footage of that...), so they redid it as a full-body outfit.
    • Debra Winger was supposed to appear in more episodes, and there was even talk of a Wonder Girl spinoff, but she wanted to focus on more dramatic work.
    • Angie Bowie was also in the running to play Wonder Woman, and after she didn't get it she went so far as trying to launch her own show about Marvel's biggest female character at the time, Black Widow. The show would have also featured Daredevil as a major character.
    • According to Lynda Carter, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, and Kate Jackson all auditioned for the part of Diana Prince/Wonder Woman.
    • The final broadcast episode of the series featured a reboot in which Diana relocates to Los Angeles and begins working with a new team of agents. Had the series continued, of course, this new format would have continued.