English: "Who's Afraid of Diana Prince?".
First Draft of the Script: Stan Hart / Larry Siegel.
Second Draft of the Script: Stanley Ralph Ross.
Producer / Narrator: William Dozier.
Director: Leslie Martinson.
Production Company: Greenway Productions.
Proposed Format: 30 minutes.
Genre: Camp live action.
Theme: "Oh, Beautiful Doll."
• ELLIE WOOD WALKER [ Diana Prince ]. • LINDA HARRISON [ Wonder Woman ]. • HOPE SUMMERS [ Mother ]. [*] Some sources claim it was MAUDIE PRICKETT.
By 1967 William Dozier had two superhero TV series on the air: Batman and the Green Hornet. Being Batman on the peak of its success, he had in mind to bring to life the other famous superhero that never reached the screens in any format: Wonder Woman. He asked writers Stan Hart and Larry Siegel (from the staff of Mad magazine) to develop a draft for a half hour series. Obviously his approach would be that of the campiness, which he proved so successful on the Batman series. The first draft of the script didn't reached Dozier's expectations and asked Stanley Ralph Ross to re-write it. Ross was the responsible for many of the best Batman episodes, and the same Ross that paradoxically would be the writer of the Lynda Carter series almost a decade later.
A five-minute “screen test” or “short presentation” was shot with the purpose of selling the idea to a network. In this presentation we meet a plain and silly 27-years old Diana Prince who lives a "normal" life in a normal apartment with a grumbling mother. No Paradise Island, no Queen at sight.
She seems to be so silly and much depending on her mother, which by the way, it's worried about the life her daughter it's leading playing a "flying" superhero:
• Diana Prince: "Mother! Mother, I won't be having any dinner tonight".
• Mother: "No dinner! Oh, don't be silly! Where do you think all that strength comes from? From the stars? No, from my cooking".
• Diana Prince: "I've got to help Steve, he's waiting at the airport and the plane..."
• Mother: "Look, you're not so smart if you can't take a Mother's advice. Now, this is not kind of a night for you to be flying around in that outfit".
• Diana Prince: "Mother!"
• Mother: "This is kind of a night for you to watch TV or read the newspapers. Eat your roast-beef".
• Diana Prince: "But the fate of the free world depends on me"
• Mother: "Alright! Eat first, save the free world later. You can't be a decent Mother on an empty Summer".
• Diana Prince: "This can't wait, the nation needs Wonder Woman".
• Mother: "And what about Wonder Woman, does the nation care what she needs? Like a fellow for example?"
• Diana Prince: "Please Mom, not now."
• Mother: "Sure, not now, never. How do you expect to get a husband flying around all the time?". Isn't about time for you to decide to stand on a spot for a change? You don't know how it feels to be the mother of an unmarried daughter your age. Now the whole neighborhood's talking. Look at Lucille Maxwell, now she's 25 years old and got three kids already.
• Diana Prince: "But Mom! She's not married".
• Mother: "Details... Always details! Would you stop eating when I'm talking to you?"
• Diana Prince: "Mom I've got to rush!"
Nevertheless, the world -and Steve Trevor- needs Wonder Woman. She pays no attention to her mother and eagerly runs to turn into Wonder Woman simply putting her blue bracelets on and passing thru a closet. As Wonder Woman she thinks she's an irresistible and raving beauty:
"Wonder Woman - who knows she has the strength of Hercules. Who knows she has the wisdom of Athena. Who knows she has the speed of Mercury and who thinks she has the beauty of Aphrodite"
After a neverending vanity scene in front of the mirror delighting herself with her image as Wonder Woman, she runs into action. She goes to the window and simply goes away ridiculously "flying" while her mother keeps on rattling and rattling:
"Away, away, you vision of enchantment. You got a job to do".
Fortunately due to the failure of The Green Hornet series, this presentation never materialized into a series. If not maybe the story would have been different.
04:45 (4 minutes, 45 seconds). VHS:
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This presentation, which was part of the unmaterialized pilot for the proposed series, was never broadcasted and it was used to try to sell the series. VIDEO:
"1967 PRESENTATION" by Greenway Productions. TRIVIA:
Diana Prince [ELLIE WOOD WALKER] and Wonder Woman [LINDA HA-RRISON] are portrayed by two different actresses.
Diana's Mother is a plain-clothed typical housewife far from being Hippolyte, the Queen of the Amazons.
When Wonder Woman is watching herself in the mirror, her reflection turns in the wrong direction.
The full script is 41 pages long, and though the filmed scene is taken out of the script, it features additional gags not included on the original.
Shortly after this project, LINDA HARRISON, went on to play Nova on the cult classic "Planet of the Apes".
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