Both Batman and Superman have seen various incarnations on the big screen, but in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice they will be joined by a superhero whose film debut is long overdue, Wonder Woman. The story of Wonder Woman’s journey to the big screen could be a movie in itself, as until now writers, directors and studios have tried and failed to make the heroine leap from comic books to film.

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Wonder Woman’s live-action debut came in a 1974 TV movie starring Cathy Lee Crosby, but she wasn’t quite as comic book fans had expected. This Wonder Woman was blonde and had a very questionable costume, which featured some blue leggings and a red coat with blue and white starred sleeves.

Of course in 1975 Lynda Carter brought Wonder Woman to the small screen, but her film debut was still decades away. It wasn't until 1996 that serious talk of a Wonder Woman movie got underway, with Ivan Reitman attached as producer and possible director.

But nothing ever materialised and three years later another Wonder Woman project was being developed, by producer Joel Silver for Warner Bros. This one had big names attached, such as Sandra Bullock and Angelina Jolie.

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Soon it seemed like Silver’s Wonder Woman movie could actually materialise, especially when in March 2005, Warner Bros. and Silver Pictures announced that Joss Whedon would write and direct the film.

Sadly two year’s later Whedon announced his departure from the film, due to the old ‘creative differences’ with the studio and Silver Pictures. Speaking about his ideas for the project in 2011 Whedon said: “She was a little bit like Angelina Jolie.”

“She sort of traveled the world. She was very powerful and very naïve about people, and the fact that she was a goddess was how I eventually found my in to her humanity and vulnerability, because she would look at us and the way we kill each other and the way we let people starve and the way the world is run and she’d just be like, 'none of this makes sense to me. I can’t cope with it, I can’t understand, people are insane.'”

“And ultimately her romance with Steve was about him getting her to see what it’s like not to be a goddess, what it’s like when you are weak, when you do have all these forces controlling you and there’s nothing you can do about it. That was the sort of central concept of the thing. Him teaching her humanity and her saying, OK, great, but we can still do better.”

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In 2007 Wonder Woman had another shot at big screen immortally, when George Miller signed on to direct a Justice League movie. Mad Max: Fury Road actress Megan Gale was cast as Wonder Woman, alongside Adam Brody as The Flash and rapper Common as The Green Lantern.

Miller’s project was first put on hiatus due to the 2007-08 Writers’ Guild of America strike, before being completely abandoned in 2011. But the project did get as far as Gale posing for test shots, which were eventually released last year on the same day as the first images of Gadot as Wonder Woman appeared.

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Wonder Woman’s journey to the big screen has taken many twists and turns over the past four decades, but with Batman v Superman she’s finally here. What’s better is, we still have much more to look forward to, as Gadot’s Wonder Woman will star in her own solo movie, due out in June 2017.