My all-time favorite superhero, going back over forty years…
MUSINGS ABOUT THE QUINTESSENTIAL SUPERHERO, FROM MY CRUSH ON THE TV VERSION TO MY IMPRESSIONS OF THE CURRENT MOTION PICTURE RENDITION
Like every other young boy, I had quite a few crushes growing up, ranging from that girl who wore that extremely tiny pink dress on the children’s TV show The Bugaloos to Kim Richards, now known as a Real Housewife from Beverly Hills but back in the day was Disney’s top girl ingenue,
To Phoebe Cates from the iconic 1980s teen movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High,
To Nia Peeples, who was the perfect goddess in the TV version of Fame,
To Kim Fields, AKA Tootie on The Facts of Life, who I wanted to take to my high school prom.
One female form, however, eclipsed them all by a long way…
Some scenes from the TV show featuring my all-time favorite crush, courtesy of YouTube
To say that I had a crush on Lynda Carter due to her portrayal of the ultimate super heroine Wonder Woman during my pubescent years in the mid to late 1970s would be arguably the biggest understatement ever.
I particularly liked how Lynda, as alter ego Diana Prince, would do her spinning transformation into the Amazon princess before going to fight the bad guys.
For a young adolescent boy, Lynda – and the character of Wonder Woman in general – was perfect.
So much so that I still watch reruns of the show on the Me-TV Network every Saturday night, and I’m well into middle age.
Of course the fact that Lynda has aged very well hasn’t hurt my current sentiments.
So when it was announced a couple of years ago that something that I had been waiting for roughly two decades to happen – a big screen version of Wonder Woman – was at long last going to happen, I was glad but at the same time was weary that because of Lynda Carter being the ultimate image of the super hero, whoever would inherit the bullet-stopping bracelets and truth-inducing golden lasso would not measure up.
A fight scene from the already box office record-breaking Wonder Woman movie, courtesy of YouTube
I remember when a film version was considered in the 1990s thinking that Charisma Carpenter, a tall brunette best known for her portrayal of mean girl Cordelia on TV’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer, would make an excellent Wonder Woman because she had a resemblance to Lynda, but that version never got off the ground.
Nor did an attempt at a new TV series in 2011 featuring Adrianne Palicki from Friday Night Lights in a black wig, wearing pants rather than the famous sleeveless leotard, which failed miserably.
When Gal Gadot was introduced as the one taking over for Lynda in the just released movie, my attitude consisted of three words:
“Wait and See”.
It was no secret that I would be watching this new film version of Wonder Woman with an extremely critical eye, to see if the former Miss Israel would do the character justice.
After checking Gal’s portrayal out the other day, my verdict came in…
Gal was an EXCELLENT choice, along with being the right choice, to portray Wonder Woman as she did an absolutely wonderful job.
One of the trailers for the just-released feature film version of Wonder Woman, courtesy of YouTube (just click on the link).
Besides being the appropriate height as she stands at 5′ 10″, Gal’s version of the heir to the throne of Themyscira was also different from Lynda’s in one significant sense…
Her fighting skills were reminiscent of Xena, the Warrior princess from that 90s TV series, which was extremely cool; Gal’s Wonder Woman could certainly kick Lynda’s Wonder Woman’s – who didn’t do much more than push the Nazis and other bad guys around – butt in a fight.
And much like Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games, Wonder Woman – both Lynda’s and Gal’s versions – provides young girls something that is SO needed these days;
A strong female role model: Someone who is smart, can kick butt, and can more than take care of herself but who also has the ability to nurture and care for those who need caring.
In short, I was concerned that Gal wouldn’t measure up to Lynda, but those concerns were alleviated as the producers made the right choice.
In fact, as I was unable to finish Wonder Woman due to circumstances beyond my control, I plan to go see the movie again, contributing to a film that I’m sure will end up being the top grossing movie of 2017.
I certainly hope the producers have told Patty Jenkins, who directed this blockbuster, these six words…
“Get ready to direct the sequel.”
Because a sure as I’m writing this, one will be coming within the next three years.
My number one celebrity crush as a young pubescent and adolescent in the 1970s…