Beautiful as Aphrodite, wise as Athena, strong as Hercules, and swifter than Hermes, she is the one and only Wonder Woman. Sent to save Man's World from itself with the power of truth, justice, and mercy, Wonder Woman searches high and low for wrongs to right, oppressors to uproot, and general mayhem to quell. She is an icon of 20th century feminism, an emblem for emancipation in the modern world.
Like any long-running superhero, Wonder Woman has seen her share of adaptations -- and as is always the case, they range in quality. Some are intriguing artifacts of bygone ages, in which her costume was more reminiscent of regulation gym shorts than the armored gladiator gear we see in today's multiplex. Some are misguided examples of ill intent, odd aesthetic choices, and outright stupidity. None are worth ignoring, even the worst, as each and every Wonder Woman screen adaptation reveals something about what Wonder Woman means to the world -- and just how messy that meaning can be. Join us as we explore the highs and lows of the Amazon princess, from 1960s homebody to 2000s career girl.