WONDER WOMAN (1974)
Article 4539 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Vincent McEveety
Featuring Cathy Lee Crosby, Kaz Garas, Andrew Prine
What it is: Superhero… uhh… action?
Wonder Woman sets out to locate a supervillain that has stolen information leading to the identities of 39 international spies.
Before Lynda Carter made the role her own in 1975, there was this earlier attempt at starting a series featuring Cathy Lee Crosby in the role. I’m glad they held out; had this one become a series, I doubt that it would have lasted half a season. When the action highlight of a super hero movie is a lethargic quarter-staff fight between Wonder Woman and a former friend from the island, and this occurs halfway through the movie, you know you don’t have a winner. Most of the movie involves people being very polite to each other, and Wonder Woman’s main superpower seems to be that everyone wants to take her out to dinner. In fact, the whole movie is singularly lacking in tension. And if you’re going to spend two-thirds of the movie hiding the face of your supervillain, then maybe you shouldn’t cast in the role a star with as distinctive a voice as Ricardo Montalban’s AND put his name prominently in the opening credits. In the end, this attempt a super-hero movie is dreary and lifeless, and seems to be mostly made for those who are into mildly witty banter.