Wonder Woman (1974 film)

Wonder Woman

DVD cover.
Based on Wonder Woman by William Moulton Marston
Written by John D. F. Black
Directed by Vincent McEveety
Starring Cathy Lee Crosby
Theme music composer Artie Butler
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Running time 75 minutes
Distributor ABC (TV)
Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original release March 12, 1974 (1974-03-12)

Wonder Woman is a 1974 television film loosely based on the DC Comics character of the same name, directed by Vincent McEveety and starring Cathy Lee Crosby. The film was a pilot for an intended television series, being considered by ABC. Ratings were described as "respectable but not exactly wondrous," and ABC did not pick up the pilot.[1] Instead, Warner Brothers and ABC developed a different Wonder Woman television concept that fit within the character of the time, turning away from the 1968-72 era that had influenced the pilot. That was fit within the restoration of the character created by William Moulton Marston, which premiered as a TV movie in 1975 and starred Lynda Carter. Crosby would later claim that she was offered the chance to reprise the role in that series.[2]


As this was produced during the Diana Prince era from 1968-72, Wonder Woman (Cathy Lee Crosby) did not wear the comic book costume including the tiara trademark and her "secret identity" of Diana Prince was not all that secret (it was restored in 1973). The film follows Wonder Woman, assistant to government agent Steve Trevor (Kaz Garas) as she pursues a villain named Abner Smith (Ricardo Montalban) who has stolen a set of code books containing classified information about U.S. government field agents.

As this was produced based on the Diana Prince era of 1968-72, the Wonder Woman of the era coincided with the British television series The Avengers, with Wonder Woman being an Emma Peel type character.


Home Media

Warner Home Video released the TV film to DVD in 2012 through Amazon.com and their Warner Archive collection.[3][4]


  1. Shales, Tom (1975-11-07). "Wonder Woman Tries Comeback". The Washington Post.
  2. Joby, Tom (1980-05-12). "Cathy Crosby turns down 'Wonder Woman' offer". Associated Press.
  3. http://shop.warnerarchive.com/product/wonder+woman+1974+1000375453.do?sortby=ourPicks&from=Search
  4. http://www.amazon.com/Wonder-Woman-TV-Movie-Pilot/dp/B00AKK6LM6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1357971613&sr=8-1&keywords=wonder+woman+cathy+lee+crosby

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