Wonder Woman is a badass. She is a person of strength, confidence, justice and power, and when DC Comics first released her comic series in the 40s, she was depicted as such.
But the screen test for a 1967 Wonder Woman television series that never came to be (thankfully) has popped up online. The female protagonist played by actress Ellie Wood Walker is the polar opposite of that portrayed by Gal Gadot in the current box-office smash hit.
First, put this in your eyeballs, but be warned: this is the cringiest thing imaginable.
What IS this!? The scene opens with Diana Prince awkwardly falling off the couch, newspaper pages flying everywhere. Gee, women get so flustered when they read, don’t they! Her mother comes to the rescue, only to then berate her daughter for not yet having a man. You can’t possibly save the world and have time to care for a husband.
“How do you expect to get a husband flying around all the time?” Wonder Woman’s mom demands. “You don’t know how it feels to be the mother of an unmarried daughter your age — the whole neighbourhood is talking!” (She’s 27, just as an FYI.)
Ew, ew, ew.
“Her mother was Queen of the Amazons, not a stay at home mother trying to get her daughter married off,” one YouTube commenter writes.
And things go on to get even more uncomfortable when Prince emerges in her red-and-gold-bustier and blue star-spangled banner bottoms. In the scene, Wonder Woman stands in front of a mirror in her bedroom, running her hands down her sides and along her hips while making ridiculous faces — which the director likely thought was sexy and flirtatious — at her reflection. So. Painful.
“Since when does Wonder Woman gawk at herself in the mirror?” another person on YouTube asks. Valid question, commenter. Only the producers of this atrocity can answer that.
If anything, this clip in contrast with the epic 2017 Wonder Woman blockbuster shows how far we’ve come. That doesn’t mean it’s time to stop fighting — far from it — but at least one comic franchise has the strong, empowered female lead it deserves.