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Who's Afraid of Diana Prince? was a failed attempt to bring Wonder Woman to television in 1967.

History

The first attempt to translate Wonder Woman to the small screen occurred in 1967. The success of the Batman television series led producer William Dozier to commission a pilot script by Stan Hart and Larry Siegel. A portion of the pilot, under five minutes in length, was filmed under the title Who's Afraid of Diana Prince? The piece starred Ellie Wood Walker as Diana Prince, Linda Harrison as Diana's Wonder Woman alter ego and Maudie Prickett as Diana's mother.

As with Batman, the reel took a comic slant on the character, although while the Batman character himself was played straight, in the proposed series Diana Prince (not Wonder Woman) would have been the focus of the comedy. Diana, an awkward and rather plain young woman, lives with her mother close to a United States Air Force base. Much of the film consists of her mother berating Diana about not having a boyfriend. When her mother leaves the room, Diana changes into her Wonder Woman costume and admires her reflection in a mirror. What she sees is not Diana Prince, but rather a sexy super-heroic figure (played by Linda Harrison) who proceeds to preen and pose as the song "Oh, You Beautiful Doll" plays on the soundtrack. The pilot ends with Diana climbing out a window and awkwardly flying away, indicating that, despite her apparent delusions regarding her alter ego, she does have some super powers. This pilot episode was never broadcast and the project was taken no further. The pilot has been circulated on the Internet and is of interest to Planet of the Apes fans for the early appearance of Linda Harrison, who would later go on to play Nova in the first two films of that series.

This pilot, along with proof-of-concept short for Batgirl, made by the same producer, stand as the first serious attempts at launching a live-action superhero TV series focused on a female protagonist. In the case of Batgirl, the character was instead incorporated into the Batman TV series. The next known attempt would be the 1974 Wonder Woman pilot film that once again would take great liberties with the character (albeit not to the same degree). Fans would have to wait until November 1975 before seeing a comic-accurate portrayal of Diana on screen. The first female-led live-action superhero series, The Secrets of Isis, would debut in September 1975.

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