‘Batman vs. Superman’ Costume Designer Talks ‘Relevant’ Wonder Woman

Published 6 months ago by , Updated August 29th, 2014 at 7:32 pm,

Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman may have been pushed back to a 2016 release, but that doesn’t mean we’re about to stop talking about it. The most recent updates have been mainly rumors: Will traditional Justice League member Cyborg appear? Could the Batsuit reveal be coming soon?


The various rumors surrounding the new look of Ben Affleck’s Batman include the possibility of at least two suits, with the design’s inspiration said to be based on any number of different incarnations of the Dark Knight. We also know that Superman’s suit is being re-designed, but we haven’t heard about the look of our new Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot.

The film’s costume designer, Michael Wilkinson (Academy Award nominee for American Hustle) spoke to The Wrap (via CBM) at their pre-Oscar party about his approach to the new looks for DC’s Big Three superheroes. You can watch the full video above.

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Wilkinson confirmed that he designed the new Batsuit, along with Superman and Wonder Woman’s outfits – and when told about the positive early responses, he said:

“I’m designing the new Wonder Woman costume, I’m tweaking the Superman suit. So yeah – I’m glad [to be hearing] good buzz about it.”

Wilkinson was asked about his approach to such an iconic character, and said:

“It’s a thrilling and slightly scary prospect of course. It’s so important to get her right. She really deserves to be presented onscreen in her full glory, so what I do is look at the history of the character has been presented on the big screen, small screen, comic books, and graphic novels; we process it all. Then we kind of put that aside and work out what is right for our film, for the cinematic universe that our director Zack Snyder is putting together. We try to create a Wonder Woman relevant for today’s audiences.”

A “relevant” Wonder Woman presumably means a character somehow in tune with more modern sensibilities about who the character is and what her motivations are, along with what she wears. Given the explainable, functional nature of Superman’s costume in Man of Steel, it stands to reason that the same approach has been applied to Wonder Woman.

Still, when asked if the Amazonian’s traditional armor design was still a practical choice, he replied “Absolutely!” Wilkinson elaborated:

“I mean, you just have to look at the Gladiators from ancient Rome, they did their thing… with the shield and everything. Yes, it works for ‘Thor’ and ’300,’ so let’s see what happens.”

Various Wonder Woman Costumes Batman vs. Superman Costume Designer Talks Relevant Wonder Woman

The notion of putting Gal Gadot in a breastplate and skimpy unitard seems antithetical to providing fans with an updated Princess Diana, one of the very few prominent female comic book superheroes, who is finally coming to the big screen. The ongoing comic book movie boom itself has a dearth of women heroes, so many fans were hoping to see Wonder Woman as the badass she is, perhaps even a version close to the vengeful, bloodthirsty Queen of Themyscira who goes to war against Aquaman in the Flashpoint series.

We can only hope that Wilkinson and Snyder do their best give us a Wonder Woman the modern world needs and deserves, and move away from the pandering and somewhat exploitative approach which Wilkinson might be alluding to here. We’ll know for sure when the first look at Wonder Woman’s design hits the web.

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Batman vs. Superman hits theaters on May 6, 2016.

Source: The Wrap [via CBM]

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  1. If this movie is going to be successful and be accepted by the majority of people, then the Wonder Woman presented in this movie, (since this is the first time she has ever been on the big screen) will have to be very close to the way she has been always been presented in the comics, 1970′s tv show, etc. they need to update her in the way of making her have metal amour with a leather suit rather than satin and sequins like in the ’70′s, but still matain what is familiar about her in both costume and powers. That my friends does NOT include pants. Some version of the blue hotpants with stars with a warrior Zena type skirt over it would prabably work, but she still needs to look strong and powerful yet beautiful and feminine at the same time. Anything else, I promise you will not be universally accepted and this movie will be a bomb and any hope hope seeing Wonder Woman once again gain mainstream popularity will be gone.

    • Yeah, mainstream America (the 99% of the population who have no idea Wonder Woman is coming to the big screen) are really going to base their acceptance of a character based on how much leg she is showing.

      You are completely out of touch with the real world friend.

      • JB, I believe I said that they need to keep the character close to her roots in order for the general public to be able to accept her as Wonder Woman. Update absolutely, but complete over haul with pants or whatever will not be recognized as “Wonder Woman”. If you think otherwise then I’m sorry but you are the one that is out of touch as well as delusional.

      • Well, there are people here that seem like they’d have a world-class hissy fit if she’s showing anything above her ankle…so I think the opposite also has some weight.

        I don’t think pants are a killer here, though. Personally, I think she can go with the onesie-look and not be bad with it. I’m open to that, pants, a skirt, or whatever, as long as it looks good.

    • I agree 100%, Super friend! Why can’t they make it traditional but just more solid with more durable fabric? Look at the Christopher Reeve costumer vs. the current one. Aside from the lack of red underpants, yellow belt and yellow “S” on the cape it is the same but darker, thicker, more durable and substantial looking. Can’t they do that with the Wonder Woman costume from “Super Friends” and the Lynda Carter series??

      And even in the pilot for the Lynda Carter series they do show the original skirt as a nod to the creator, which is then removed to be less cumbersome in action.

  2. update the uniform? yes please. high heels? no thank you. no more super heroines in high heels. (black widow,catwoman,invisible woman).

    • right? they don’t even wear them in the comics anymore

  3. batman vs superman and the avengers age of ultron are the only comic book movies i’m remotely looking forward to. Snyder and co will do WW justice and own 2016!! Snyder, terrio, Affleck are a power trio.

  4. I trust synder and co will do wonder woman justice and own the summer of 2016.

  5. I think

    • Wow only two words went threw.

      What I was saying was I think cliff chiangs new 52 design with the pants gives wonder woman a modern look.

      I think a gladiator look will work for bvs and if they do justice league right after as well. But for hersolo film….chiangs design.

  6. really all you need is Xenas costume done in red and blue instead of black and fasten on some ninja stars here and there and you have it.
    http://www.horrorchannel.co.uk/pictures/lightbox/xena_warrior_princes/2.jpg

  7. “so what I do is look at the history of the character has been presented on the big screen, small screen”

    i’m not that familiar with wonderwoman. was there any wonderwoman shown in theaters before?

    • Yep. Lego movie.

  8. I hope for the New costume of Wonder Woman will be beautiful…not a warrior outfit of ancient Greece…When she come to USA, she here for peace and to return Steve Trevor to the local hospital of Washington DC…this is version of William Moulton Marston, the creator of Wonder Woman 1941. If she is full Greek Armor, this will cause fear from the USA citizens whether she is here to help Batman or Superman or to help settle their difference and bring peace toward each other and form a bond of the Trinity.

    Xena is part of Greek Mythology, she and her costume serves only in Ancient Greece and Rome..her purpose was to do good deeds and become an Amazon or face the death penalty for trying to kill Caesar. She the sister of Queen Hippolyta..they share the same father god Ares the god of war..they are half-sisters…Queen Hippolyta was not raise with her..Xena at the beginning does not know she is the daughter of Ares…she was raise by mortal Greek parents.

  9. I just can’t understand how some people have a problem with Wonder Woman actually looking like a “woman”. I mean if you want a superhero on the screen with huge muscles, no boobs, wearing pants, boots without any heel at all, then your wish has already been realized— it’s called Superman !!! I’m not saying put her in fishnet stockings , go go boots, and tassels on her boobs, but good lord some of you are just really off the mark. I thought the whole message of Wonder Woman was that she was supposed to be proud to be a woman and make others admire and respect women. She can still be tough and whip the bad guys a** just as good as any man without losing her feminine character. That is what makes Wonder Woman stand out among the rest !! The way that they portrayed her in the Justice League cartoon series a few years ago, I’ve always thought gave a great balance of what I’m trying to describe here.

    • I agree I also want a feminine Wonder Woman. I don’t want to see a 7ft, buff Vera De Milo as Wonder Woman.

      • There is no such Vera De Milo in Ancient Greece….do you mean Venus De Milo…this a Roman goddess…not a Greek goddess.

        Venus De Milo-This is would be what a woman from Ancient Greece and Rome would wear in leisure time. It be authentic.. not for combat.

        Most women are not that tall 7ft it is impossible even with heels.. be able to run and jump safely without damaging their foot and heels.

        Aphrodite of Milos (Greek: Ἀφροδίτη τῆς Μήλου, Aphroditē tēs Mēlou), better known as the Venus de Milo, is an ancient Greek statue and one of the most famous works of ancient Greek sculpture. Created sometime between 130 and 100 BC. She is topless…if movie is rated R I guess this look would OK….

        • I think he was referring to the in living color skit…

          • Sure he was…

    • Femininity is not about heels…Lynda Carter who originally played Wonder Woman in the 1977 to 1979 on CBS she was ordered by a foot doctor to never run in heels ever again…this is why the boots had become flat when she started running and jump.

      Femininity is not about Boobs either…nor is Gal Gadot flat chested blamed this on DC comics, they had given full permission to hire her..she is C cup not A like you think.

      As wearing pants…women been wearing pants since Ancient Greece, they created pants for winter wear.If the weather is 30 degrees the actress is going to wear pants…despite your old fashion ideals.

      • Definition of Femininity-Traits traditionally cited as feminine include gentleness, empathy, and sensitivity, caring, sweetness, compassion, tolerance, nurturance, deference, and succorance are traits that have traditionally been cited as feminine.

        Women in Ancient Greece wore himations; and in Ancient Rome women wore the palla, a rectangular mantle, and the maphorion.

        A himation (Ancient Greek: ἱμάτιον) was a type of clothing in ancient Greece. It was usually worn over a chiton, but was made of heavier drape and played the role of a cloak. maphorion that is a broad and hieratic dress that drapes over her shoulders.

      • You know Blue Gnome, I still cannot believe you are looking at it like that. I’ m only pointing out certain attributes that the Wonder Woman character has always had. She has always had in the main public’s knowledge of her, a certain look. That look has a talk woman with curves in a outfit with short pants, and boots with heels. That’s all I’m saying. Sure they can have her bulked up, with long pants, flat boots, and approach the part like a butch woman truck driver. My point is if they go that direction like so many on here are calling for, not only will the character not go over with the public, you will be losing so many aspects that Wonder Woman has always had. I mean, we have hundreds of male superheroes, I don’t see why we would strip Wonder Woman of some of the elements that make her unique. I think that some people are equating being feminine and proud to be a woman with being ultra sexual or a sexpot. I mean that element is definitely played up in Cat Woman, but not in Wonder Woman, but she is still very much in touch with her femininity. I guess my point is let’s finally see Wonder Woman brought to the big screen with all her glory with all of the elements that have made many love her for so many years on full display, not some character we are not familiar with.

        • Definition of Femininity-Traits traditionally cited as feminine include gentleness, empathy, and sensitivity, caring, sweetness, compassion, tolerance, nurturance, deference, and succorance are traits that have traditionally been cited as feminine.

          Women in Ancient Greece wore himations; and in Ancient Rome women wore the palla, a rectangular mantle, and the maphorion.

          A himation (Ancient Greek: ἱμάτιον) was a type of clothing in ancient Greece. It was usually worn over a chiton, but was made of heavier drape and played the role of a cloak. maphorion that is a broad and hieratic dress that drapes over her shoulders.

  10. I’m hoping Wonder Woman’s costume design is along the lines of Greek armor. That way, they can keep a skimpier, comic book look without it looking completely ridiculous on an actual person. This panel from the current Wonder Woman series springs to mind: http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/12/129924/2903163-01.jpg

    Plus, if they make it look Greek, it will be a lot easier for them to position Diana as their Thor. They’d just need to look at Azzarello’s current Greek myth infused run on the character for inspiration, with an adjustment toward making the Greek gods aliens as opposed to actual gods (a la movie Thor).

    • Brian Azzarello is not following any Greek Myth…it is false even if he said so…Queen Hippolyta loss her virginity with Hercules and she was married to Theseus. Zeus and Hera is her grandparents….Ares the god of war is her father. Otrera is her mother, the high priestess of Artemis.

      • I think the key words for a Wonder Woman costume would be sexy and practical. A difficult combo but not impossible.

  11. Geez honestly people need to relize that In the 40′s wonder woman was created by a man who lived with his wife and their mistress. The reason she shows so much skin is this reason.

    The idea of a wonder woman whose outfit is based in gladitorial history and greek armor is awesome. It means she will have GREEK roots people. The greeks revered warriors. In sparta the woman were trained for war just as the men were while they never went to war it inspired many of the legends of the warrior amazons.

    The fact of the matter is that heroes change costumes. Supermans costume has evolved as has batman and even aquaman and flash. These iconic looks have been reinvisoned by many artists over the last 60 years. This is something even marvel is adressing. Look at captain america in first avenger, and then look at him in ca2. And I’m sure his suit in avengers 2 will be modified. Ironman has modified his armor in every movie and I’m sure if he dons the armor again it will be a new design. Even the color schems change.

    Fact of the matter if they decide she has armor, she’ll have armor, if they decide to put in the dominatix lingre….they will. Fact is its part of the character. In most comics she has a suit of armor she keeps for tough spots. Some show it as a more gladitorial armor protecting her sword arm and chest. Also has her in a pair of greives. Another is the winged eagle armor. She usally has a sheild a sword, a gladius, her tiara and lasso as well as the iconic guantlets.

    For those clamoring that she needs to have her iconic look….relize that the armor is a part of the look. Its like taking the s sheild off superman. Fact is the outfit has gone thru many changes over the last 60+ years.

    Some fans will be upset by the look. Some indifferent, and some amazed.

    Fact is they need tomake a functional and belivable outfit. And spanky panties and a corset, and hooker heels won’t it.

    • Sparta Women were enemies of Greek Amazons..they destroyed their tribe including their Sparta men.

      William Moulton Maston’s Wonder Woman is correct….he was following 1940 Gym class for Wonder Woman’s outfit…red, white, blue and offered cheesecake. Heart shape top and shorts or culottes were a common look.

      As for the women in William Moulton Marston’s life, Wife and Mistress were done in legal fashion…most people of the 1940s’ view him as a good Muslim…even though he claimed to be non-believer in religion.

      • All Moulton really did was take superman and reverse stuff. Superman was male so Wonder Woman was female, Supes powers were science fiction so WWs were magic, Supes has blue top and red trunks WW has reverse, Supes sent to Earth by Father WW sent to America by Mom. The only original things he created were the Lasso, those little stars on the trunks and that ridiculous invisible plane. Arguably some of the worst things about WW.

        • William Moulton Marston did no take superman and reverse stuff…. Greek Amazons were written by Homer in 400 BC….He based his story of real super heroine who was known as the White Mouse, Nancy Grace Augusta Wake….She was very curvy and very sexy woman, she would wear a heart shape top and shorts…as she rides her bike through France, beaten up Germans Nazis.

          Superman was born in the USA raise by American Parents…Wonder Woman was born in Paradise Island raise by an Greek Amazon Queen Hippolyta…

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Wake Nancy Wake is World War 2 heroine.

          • Nancy Grace Augusta Wake AC GM (30 August 1912 – 7 August 2011) served as a British agent during the later part of World War II. She became a leading figure in the maquis groups of the French Resistance and was one of the Allies’ most decorated servicewomen of the war. After the fall of France in 1940, she became a courier for the French Resistance and later joined the escape network of Captain Ian Garrow. By 1943, Wake was the Gestapo’s most wanted person, with a 5 million-franc price on her head.

            Nancy Grace Augusta Wake had dark hair big boobs, tiny waistline…very feminine yet she could knock a German soldiers out…she even killed a few Germans by using feminine instincts…with a promise of sex.

            After reaching Britain, Wake joined the Special Operations Executive. On the night of 29–30 April 1944, Wake was parachuted into the Auvergne, becoming a liaison between London and the local maquis group headed by Captain Henri Tardivat in the Forest of Tronçais. From April 1944 until the liberation of France, her 7,000+ maquisards fought 22,000 SS soldiers, causing 1,400 casualties, while taking only 100 themselves.

            • Nancy Wake’s ability to elude capture, the Gestapo called her the White Mouse.She was awarded the United States Medal of Freedom, the Médaille de la Résistance, and thrice the Croix de Guerre.

    • Gladiators were criminals of ancient Rome. They were men…Run Away Slaves or they tried to murder their master or they did murder their master, Very few were women. Women who were Gladiators they had tempted to murder or they did murdered or they were run away slave. It was a fight to the death…if they survive one day, then the next day then next day so forth. The armor was twice as heavy. Sword a dull blade.

      Greek Amazons were part of the entertainment, they were not dressed in any armament.They were nude and some may have wore the less amount of clothes. They would show off their athletic ability and skill. The fighting was fair fight…whoever knocks the shield and sword was the winner.They help train the Roman women in the goddess temple Ops to know the art of combat and athletic skills such gymnastics or the Olympic training etc .

  12. Greek Amazons were part of the entertainment in Rome…They were nude or very little dressed…the fight competition was fair…who can knock the sword and shield…

    Gladiators were prisoners for murder or they were runaway slaves.

    • Hm. Christians vs Lions. Not exactly fair and not imprisoned for murder either.

      • Christians vs Lions….they were viewed as by Roman government as criminal…and?

      • Why Were Christians vs Lions viewed as Criminal is a good Question….They were taking away the Roman and Greek gods…Caesars viewed himself as a half-god…we all must bow down to Caesars.

        Greek Amazons were written by Homer in 400 BC….he is the first to write about them..He had written the bio of Queen Hippolyta and all her sisters.

    • Most gladiators were not criminals, in fact many free citizens were gladiators.They fought for money and fame, gladiators were celebrities. There were very few female gladiators and women generally weren’t allowed to watch gladiatorial matches and when they were they had to sit in the very back. The also weren’t nude or scantily clad, they wore armour. Also the fights were rarely to the death, they fought til first blood.

      • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gladiator

        A gladiator (Latin: gladiator, “swordsman”, from gladius, “sword”) was an armed combatant who entertained audiences in the Roman Republic and Roman Empire in violent confrontations with other gladiators, wild animals, and condemned criminals. Some gladiators were volunteers who risked their legal and social standing and their lives by appearing in the arena. Most were despised as slaves, schooled under harsh conditions, socially marginalized, and segregated even in death. Some might be women, but they were not viewed as Greek Amazon or Amazon…just a murder fitting for her crime…fight to the death.

        In Halicarnassus, a 2nd-century CE relief depicts two female combatants named “Amazon” and “Achillia”; their match ended in a draw…..They were dress in the nude or very little clothing…they were not gladiators…they were commonly rich class either from Greece or from Rome…..draw means neither one could knock the shield and sword from their hands. It was not done in bloody or gory fashion. They were to warm up the crowd get the men and women excited and it included traditional Greek female athletics.

      • Greek Amazons did not wear armor in Coliseum. they nude just their Greek men soldiers were nude.

        Married women were not allowed at the Colliseum…your point is?

      • http://www.tribunesandtriumphs.org/gladiators/famous-gladiators.htm

        Gladiators were not paid..they were fighting for their life…they going to die period…

        Famous Gladiators – Spartacus

        The content of this Famous Gladiators category starts with Spartacus (c. 109 BC-71 BC). The Roman slave, possibly a prisoner of war from Thrace, who sparked a rebellion of slaves who fought against the might of the Roman Army. Spartacus was sold as a slave to the lanista Lentulus Batiatus of a gladiatorial school (ludus) near Capua. Spartacus was trained as a gladiator and used his skills to fight the Romans. His chief aides were gladiators from Gaul, named Crixus and Oenomaus.

        Roman Gladiators were slaves and prisoners of war and used the weapons and equipment characteristic of their people.

      • i have actual books on gladiators so i care little for what wikipedia, a site notorious for its inaccuracies, has to say on the subject. Don’t rely on shows like Spartacus for your information, they took a lot of liberties with that.

        • Spartacus (c. 109 BC-71 BC). The Roman slave, possibly a prisoner of war from Thrace, who sparked a rebellion of slaves who fought against the might of the Roman Army. Spartacus was sold as a slave to the lanista Lentulus Batiatus of a gladiatorial school (ludus) near Capua. Spartacus was trained as a gladiator and used his skills to fight the Romans. His chief aides were gladiators from Gaul, named Crixus and Oenomaus.

          Spartacus is not just a movie…He was gladiator from Thrace..it is documentary history.

          • I am aware of who Spartacus was, I was talking about people using the show as historical/factual reference.

        • Italians will boycott this movies because you believe Spartacus is fiction when it is part of their history.

          Wonder Woman is no Greek Amazon but Roman Runaway Slave, Roman murderer or Roman prisoner of War…this is how the Italians and Greeks will see it.

          Greeks from Greece, will say Wonder Woman is not Greek Amazon…Boycott this film.

          Greek Amazons would come to Rome in competition they wore nothing or they were topless…with a loin cloth nor armor even Italians will agree to this also it is part of their history.

          • Gladiatrix-This is the correct term is what you are looking for the female gladiator.

            She was dressed in full Roman Military armor…no sexual suggestions completely covered…she was either member of the military and paid or she was a runaway slave or prisoner of war.

            If she was in the military she was trained to competition not a fight to the death. She had to be trained in Rome…be Gladiatrix.

            • Gladiatrix sometimes spared with the Greek Amazon or against each other in friendly competition. Gladiatrix would be in full armor and Greek Amazon was topless and wearing a loin cloth…both would have the weapons and shield of their choice. It was based on minutes how long the fight was.

              Gladiatrix was a runaway slave or prisoner of war, or she was a criminal and she was going to die…The Roman soldiers would make certain of this…dulling her blade.

              How would the audience know who is who, the Romans Prefect would state so…this was friendly competition or battle to the death and what was their crime.

              • Gladiatrix if she was a prisoner of war, she had the right to fight for her freedom it was based on her master how long she had to fight to gain her freedom..this could mean five months or five fights or two to three years.

                • Gladiatrix-If she received any gifts from the audience, they were hers…the master would decided how much she would be paid…this is all based if she was a prisoner of war…not slave..

                  The gifts could mean money gold coins, jewelry, horse, cattle, clothing or flowers.

                  If she was a runaway slave, she was branded or tattoo some where, she brought to where they train Gladiators and Gladiatrix…it would depend on the master if she is ever free…from fighting.

  13. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gladiator

    A gladiator (Latin: gladiator, “swordsman”, from gladius, “sword”) was an armed combatant who entertained audiences in the Roman Republic and Roman Empire in violent confrontations with other gladiators, wild animals, and condemned criminals. Some gladiators were volunteers who risked their legal and social standing and their lives by appearing in the arena. Most were despised as slaves, schooled under harsh conditions, socially marginalized, and segregated even in death. Some might be women, but they were not viewed as Greek Amazon or Amazon…just a murder fitting for her crime…fight to the death.

    In Halicarnassus, a 2nd-century CE relief depicts two female combatants named “Amazon” and “Achillia”; their match ended in a draw…..They were dress in the nude or very little clothing…they were not gladiators…they were commonly rich class either from Greece or from Rome…..draw means neither one could knock the shield and sword from their hands. It was not done in bloody or gory fashion. They were to warm up the crowd get the men and women excited and it included traditional Greek female athletics.

  14. Wow ok geting odd now….christians vs lions wwII servicewoman…..geez.

    • Greek Amazons were from 400 BC the creator of Wonder Woman is William Moulton Martons who was from the time period of World War 2…can you figure this out?? or is it too hard for you.

  15. Wonder Woman is wearing a Gladiator outfit costume of Red, White and Blue…The Italians will view this she was slave or prisoner of war and not an Greek Amazon.

    • Then the Italians will want to know how did Wonder Woman become a slave or a prisoner of war?

      • The Italians will want to know who is the Master of Wonder Woman…since she is a slave Gladiator?

  16. http://ablemedia.com/ctcweb/consortium/gladiator2.html

    In general, gladiators were condemned criminals, prisoners of war, or slaves bought for the purpose of gladiatorial combat by a lanista, or owner of gladiators.

    Professional gladiators were free men who volunteered to participate in the games. These were men of the Roman Army. They were paid and paid well, their job was to train the slave gladiator if he had never pick up a sword and shield.

    Criminals trained in gladiator schools fought with the weapons and armor of their choice and could earn their freedom if they survived three to five years of combat.

  17. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gladiatrix

    A gladiatrix (pl. gladiatrices) was the female counterpart to the male gladiator, an armed fighter who engaged in violent combat with humans or animals for the entertainment of audiences in the arenas of the Roman Republic and Roman Empire. Though unusual, gladiatrices are attested in archaeology and literature.

    The inscription names them as “Amazon” and “Achillia” and mentions that both received a missio (honourable discharge) from the arena despite fighting each other (both were deemed to have won). Mark Vesley, a Roman social historian speculates that as gladiatorial schools were not fit places for women, they may have studied under private tutors in the collegia iuvenum.

    (Amazon and Achillia), they are depicted in loincloths and wearing traditional gladiator equipment such as greaves and a manica. Each is armed with a sword and shield; neither is wearing a helmet nor a shirt (they are bare-breasted, as in contemporary sculptural depictions of amazonomachy, but perhaps also implying a degree of sexual titillation in the use of female gladiators).

  18. http://discovermagazine.com/2001/dec/featglad#.Uxau0YZBkpI

    Amazon and Achillia are the only female gladiators whose exploits are known to have been sculpted in stone. But various chronicles reveal how bloodthirsty Roman crowds delighted in watching women fight each other in the ring.

    In Roman society, gladiators were bought and sold as slaves and condemned to become contract killers in the ring. But the Romans worshiped courage.

    Given the smaller frames and lower muscle mass of women, one might expect that female gladiators assumed lightly armed roles in the ring. But the marble relief of Amazon and Achillia suggests that at least some women took up heavy arms. Halicarnassus’s famous pair bears burdensome shields and leg protectors associated with a specific class of middleweight fighters: “I think they are provocatrices,” says Junkelmann.

    As provocatrices, Amazon and Achillia seem to have donned nearly 30 pounds of armature, including a heavy shield constructed of birch and lined with felt. To protect their sword arms, they wore either a linen or segmented-metal arm protector called a manica. “Anyone who has ever tried fighting with shield and sword,” notes Junkelmann in a recent article, “will know that an unprotected sword arm is very soon black and blue and running with blood, not so much from an opponent’s weapon as from colliding with the edge of your own shield and his.”

    Amazon and Achillia’s weapon of choice was a small, straight-bladed sword. Designed for stabbing or thrusting, it imposed a specific style of fighting. Instead of fencing or swooping around an opponent with a high, wild, slashing motion, says Junkelmann, the women would have concealed their swords behind their shields, each trying to take the other off balance and lunge forward in a surprise attack. “You have to be more aggressive than defensive, waiting your chance,” says Junkelmann. “And in the end this is more thrilling than the other, berserk style of fighting.”

  19. This film will suck huge!

  20. Make sure the new outfit makes Gal look less like a boy

  21. DC comic is the blame for hiring Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman…do not blame Warner Brothers..they had several women who audition but Brian Azzarello the writer of Wonder Woman 52 demanded Warner Brothers to hire Gal Gadot and that no other actress will do…he would not give the other actress a chance…Gal Gadot was his own choice. He and DC comics voted for Gal Gadot to be Wonder Woman. Us Fan must accept this or just watch Lynda Carters’ Wonder Woman which was made 37 years ago.

    • A writer from the comics would hold no sway over production or casting decisions.

  22. Whoever is responsible for Gal Gadot should be shot.

    • So DC comics does not own Wonder Woman? The Writer and the owner of Wonder Woman does hold and Sway the production choices. they did with Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman and Cathy Lee Crosby’s Wonder Woman.

      Brian Azzarello was rumored stated he thought Gal Gadot is the best Wonder Woman for his Wonder woman 52 and personally had been contacted by Warner Brothers about the actresses in choice…as well as the owners of DC comcics

  23. What kills me is Saundra Bullock and Lake Bell both wanted the role and they give it to someone from Euthopia

    • Sandra Bullock waited a long time and discovered there is no script…so she move on. She wanted to be Wonder Woman and wear blue contact lenses this was ten or fifteen years ago.Dc comics and Warner Brothers kept promising a script, cast, payment and there was nothing..

      Maybe there is nothing for Gal Gadot…all talk and no action…pretty girl but she looks like a teenager then an adult woman..she needs to gain weigh she needs to weigh 140 for her height…she weighs 90…

    • Ethiopia? wtf are you even talking about?

      • You not a wake are you? No one mentioned or stated Ethiopia.

        • That’s technically correct. He misspelled it.

          • Right sure.. how do you know what he means?

  24. Gal Gadot is from Israel not Ethiopia, she is not dark skin African…She is Caucasian. She is a model build instead of a woman of the 1940s’ when Wonder Woman was created.

    Greek Amazons is seen only Greek Statues…marble…hard to tell what they really supposed to be like…they were topless in battle or in the Roman Colosseum. They were in honored by the Roman with statues.

  25. Of course, she has to be reminiscent of the Wonder Woman that we all know, but I really hope they base her new look on the fact that Dianna is a Greek goddess/princess. A cross between traditional Wonder Woman and Xena would work.

  26. Xena Costume is authentic Greek Amazon…it is replica from the Greek Museum in Athens.

    For the real the breast protective plate is solid gold…for the TV series is just painted bronze to copper colored leather.

  27. In the Wonder Woman costume gallery image above, third from the right is Lynda Carter 1975-77 and third from the left is Lynda Carter 1977-79.

    • ABC and CBS Wonder Woman Costumes are own by the designer Donfeld. All of them…in both series are own by him…No one can used them unless they pay Donfeld or whoever is the current owner of the design.

      • They don’t have to be the exact design (fabrick, fit, etc.), but the TV series costumes were base on the traditional comic book of the day and the “Super Friends” cartoon series. Anything close to that may look like the Carter version but can’t be considered his design if not exact because it is the comic book design.

        • Donfeld owns the designs on ABC and CBS….period…cannot be used for the tv show or tv movie or motion picture without paying his rights to design or the disigner that current owns it.

          What motion picture can do is hire new designer given it 2014 look yet looked like Wonder Woman 52…which is the current comic book.

          Gold Age, Silver Age, Super Friends are style of Wonder Woman are of the 1970s’ let move forward for today.

          • I don’t get how you can say Donfeld “owns the design”. Maybe that’s true for the exact costume creations made for the series but not the design or basic iconic costume that was around before the Lynda Carter series in Super Friends and earlier in comic books.

            At any rate, I don’t know your age but I was a little kid in the 1970′s when Super Friends was big followed by the Reeve Superman movies debuting alongside the Carter Wonder Woman series, and I watched them all avidly. I am entrenched in the classic looks but would just like the construct to be more solid or realistic, but not completely changed. For people who know and love the characters but don’t read the comic book series today they may also feel the same way.

            • Donfield is designer of all of Wonder Woman costumes on ABC and CBS and he won nomination for the design. ABC hired him to design the costume, sew, to fit the garment to Lynda Carter’s body…CBS hired Donfield when Wonder Woman was moved by Warner Brothers to CBS…he owns this particle look.

              DC comics own the drawing rights to Wonder Woman that is all.

            • Both ABC and CBS Had given Donfield created of Wonder Woman costumes…this include wet suit, the Amazons clothes…this is includes Wonder Girl on ABC.

  28. At end of ABC and CBS Wonder Woman show all costumes design by Donfield it is possible ABC and CBS bought the Wonder Woman’s costumes of their version of Wonder Woman 1940s and 1977.

  29. Gal Gadot cannot used Donfeld if it is currently own by ABC and CBS or Donfeld…unless she pays to rent the costume.

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