A new fan video imagines the opening of the Wonder Woman TV series from the late 1970s with the new movie’s cast. With the first solo movie for Wonder Woman just a day away from its official opening, fans of the Amazon warrior princess can finally breathe a huge sigh of relief as the famed comic book character created more than 75 years ago is finally getting the big screen treatment she deserves.
Of course, the film marks the first official live-action appearance of Wonder Woman/Diana Prince since Lynda Carter brought the character to life on TV from 1975 to 1979; and the images of ABC-turned-CBS network series are so indelible that the upcoming movie has inspired several sentimental tributes to the sights and sounds of the time it played on the small screen.
In a new video released by Screen Crush Thursday, the Wonder Woman series has been retrofitted with Wonder Woman movie footage, and begins with a title card from the Association of Independent Television Stations, Inc. and a voiceover from AITS affiliate WOR-TV in New York. From there, the video kicks into a grainy, videotape-quality opening credits sequence of Wonder Woman that merges the title treatment, graphics and theme song from the 1970s series with action sequences from the new movie. Three of the movie’s stars get the freeze-frame treatment: Gadot, Chris Pine, and Danny Huston, and near the end of the faux TV opening, we also get a “Directed by Patty Jenkins” credit thrown in to complete the retro experience.
The video serves as yet another wonderful tribute to the Wonder Woman TV series, and reflects the same sort of passion and respect for the series that was featured in a ’70s style Wonder Woman teaser trailer released in April. The cultural impact of her live-action predecessor certainly isn’t lost on Jenkins, who says she has layered in subtle Easter eggs in the film that serve as homages to series. Jenkins is so connected to the past that she’s even included a scene in the film that was inspired by director Richard Donner’s Superman, starring Christopher Reeve.
It’s fun to see that fans are taking advantage of the nostalgia created by a classic series like Wonder Woman, because as big as the superhero movie business is now, very few had their turns on the small screen before heading to the land of feature films. With any luck, Jenkins will be back at the helm of the planned Wonder Woman sequel, creating more footage for people to merge with the character’s past more than 40 years ago. Hopefully next time around, Carter will be included in the sequel in a cameo role to create the wonderful parallel universe.
Source: Screen Crush