Four actresses who played Wonder Woman
After topping the domestic box office thus far this year, “Wonder Woman” is now available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital services. The film stars Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, who comes to man’s world to try to put a stop to World War I. The film, directed by Patty Jenkins, has already been slated for a sequel.
In celebration of the home video release, let’s look at four women who have played the Amazon Princess in live-action.
Cathy Lee Crosby
Wonder Woman first appeared on live-action TV in 1974, in a made-for-TV movie called “Wonder Woman,” starring Cathy Lee Crosby. She didn’t wear the traditional comics uniform, though at one point she sports a red, white and blue outfit. In the film, she’s assistant to government agent Steve Trevor, on the trail of a villain played by Ricardo Montalban.
Carter starred in the retooled Wonder Woman series from 1975 to 1979. The first season aired on ABC and was set in the World War II era. The second and third seasons, airing on CBS, were set in the then-contemporaneous 1970s. Lyle Waggoner played Steve Trevor in season one, then Steve Trevor, Jr., the son of his original character, in the second two seasons. Carter’s Wonder Woman is the version that had, certainly prior to the 2017 film, had the largest impact on the public consciousness.
Palicki is well-known to genre fans. She played Lady Jaye in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” and also was once slated to play comics’ most famous heroine. Her leading role in David E. Kelley’s “Wonder Woman” pilot never made it to series for NBC in 2011. Palicki probably is best known for her role as Tyra Collette in the critically acclaimed “Friday Night Lights” television series. She played Bobbi Morse/Mockingbird on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Former model and former Israeli soldier Gal Gadot (“Fast &Furious”) was cast as Wonder Woman for “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” She reprised the role in this year’s “Wonder Woman,” the top domestic box office draw of the year. She will reprise the role in “Justice League.”