Xena: Warrior Princess debuted in 1995 as a spinoff from Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Xena’s origin is dark and unsavory, but her road to redemption was what made her so captivating. That was the selling point of the show, which was something both women and men could follow. Xena was greenlit nearly 20 years ago, but we can’t get a decent Wonder Woman greenlit today?
Robert Tapert, who co-created Xena, admitted (via Whoosh!) that his producing partner Sam Raimi wasn’t originally interested in the show. He wanted to go for something similar to Hercules, like Jason and the Argonauts. Raimi exclaimed, “You just can’t do a female superhero show. It’s not gonna work!” But Tapert stuck to his guns, and the show got made. Not only was it a success, but it became more popular than Hercules.”