Wonder Woman Gets A New Costume (For a Movie?)

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Wonder Woman Wonder Woman Gets A New Costume (For a Movie?)

DC Comic Icon Wonder Woman will celebrate her 69th year of existence by wearing a redesigned outfit – one that actually looks like the proper apparel for someone constantly engaged in combat – in this week’s 600th issue of the monthly comic series.

Famed comic book artist Jim Lee came up with the Amazonian warrior princess’ new look for the latest issue of Wonder Woman, which was written by Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski.

The new costume is all the more appropriate, since Straczynski’s new story is a reimagining of Wonder Woman’s origin – one in which the princess is only a baby when her home and family on Paradise Island are murdered by exterior forces.

Here is Straczynski’s take on Wonder Woman’s new look (which you can check out below as well):

“It’s a look designed to be taken seriously as a warrior, in partial answer to the many female fans over the years who’ve asked, ‘How does she fight in that thing without all her parts falling out?’  She can close it up to pass unnoticed… open it for the freedom to fight… lose the jacket or keep it on… it has pockets, it can be accessorized… it’s a Wonder Woman look designed for the 21st century.”

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Will this benefit or detract from the long-in-development Wonder Woman live-action movie?  I personally think this will help the film’s prospects of getting made, as this new design feels more in line with the modernized superhero costumes that we’ve seen in most every successful comic book movie since X-Men came out back in 2000.

It will definitely help to satisfy fans who thought that Wonder Woman’s traditional look was too degrading and silly to work in a live-action movie – although that didn’t stop stinkers like Catwoman or (to a lesser extent) Elektra from being made…

What do you think?  Will movie studio executives start taking Wonder Woman more seriously now that she has a new look?  Do you prefer the old one?  Let your voice be heard in the comments section below.

Source: New York Times (via THR)

Wonder Woman art by Jim Lee

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  1. Maybe they should go real amazon with a short toga with one boob uncovered and a girdle type belt and some strap sandles. They could give her a bow but then she’d have to burn one boob off.

    • you know that one boob that supposed to be exposed is cut off in greek myth

  2. I want an armored WW. A tough WW. A Diana that looks like something an Amazon should be, with the incorporation of modern warfare whatnot. All the other superheroines can keep their leather catsuits, but this is Wonder Woman we’re talking about. A man-hating female tank who’s strong as Superman with a godly temper. I love that aspect about her– she’s just so different from the usual playboy bunny-in-spandex.

    This new change is, er, “L.A. busygirl”. I keep imagining her flipping out an iPhone and saying “omigod girl” while drinking Jamba Juice, and that’s scary. I do love Jim Lee’s artwork, though.

    • Wonder Woman is not a “man-hating…tank”. She simply believes in egalitarian justice, not that one gender is better than the other. Don’t turn turn her into a “womyn”; otherwise, her movie will NEVER get made.

  3. Actually she is man hating they have struggled with that in several issues. It’s been a common thing in the comics her struggles with the man hatred that’s been brain washed in to her by her culture.

    • I can’t believe I need to point this out, but NO, Diana is NOT a man-hater. There are, indeed, a number of her fellow Amazons who do certainly hate (outright DESPISE?) males…Artemis (at least originally) was a prime example. Many of the residents of Paradise Island/Themyscira hold anger in their hearts for the brutality of the outside world or wrongs done to the Amazons in the distant past. Diana, however, does not hold all in the off-Island cultures who possess XY chromosomes responsible for the ills of the planet…at least not entirely or exclusively. It is precisely because she is NOT a hateful person that she was chosen to travel to “Man’s World” as a representative and ambassador, at first informally, then in a more official capacity.

      • By the way, the struggles to which you refer have involved other DEEPER issues, not simply “I hate men; let me take out my frustrations on some brutish males; oh no, should I reconsider???” No, just…no.

  4. She is to a certain extent a man hater. She hides it to the best of her ability but there have been timed it’s slipped out. She’s just less violent with her man hate and sticks with snide remarks. To a certain extent though she is a man hater or at least holds a certain amount of dislike of the vast majority of men and almost always shows a preferance for women

    • I’m stunned…From where are you getting this???

    • Dan,

      She’s not a manhater. William Moulton Marston never made her that way. He made her strong, but nurturing. If she seems hard, then it is because of others’ misinterpretations, and their lack of ability to balance a soft but strong woman.

      If you are suggesting that she “only likes women”, that is just entertaining a fantasy.

      In the comics, and other formats, she is confident enuf to banter with her male counterparts and earn respect, without coming off as uptight or something else. She can stand toe-to-toe with them, and yet show the compassion that a good person must have to be a hero instead of a villain. That is what has kept her around for so long, and why many–male and female–love her.

  5. Where her legs?!?!?!? Where’s the sex appeal in pants?

  6. Umm from both the wonder woman and JLA comics there is a vast amount of history toward her struggle with disliking men. She has only really allowed her self to like a very small circle and tends to blame alot of the worlds problems on men she tries to hide it and it’s part of her inner struggle between her beliefs and the men she had grown close to.

    • Ummm, no. She has not struggled with men because they’re men; she has had problems with certain, specific men because they are evil or unjust or even disrespectful. The worst offenders have been Zeus and Ares, both male yes, but she has been constantly frustrated by them because they do not live up to standards of divine wisdom and fairness Diana holds most dear. For every man she fights, she opposes TWO evil, frustrated, often sickeningly submissive or massively aggressive WOMEN. Circe, Cheetah, Artemis, and half the Amazons as a whole come to mind.

      Why is this so hard???

  7. Really makes me wonder if you understand the character and her inner struggles at all

    • Funny…I have been wondering exactly the same thing about you.

      • Exactly. She was just made a Star Sapphire in Blackest Night because she loves everyone. Doesn’t really sound like a man hater would be up for that role.

  8. Artists of this generation are just too arrogant. They don’t respect comic legacies, like Alex Ross do. All they ever do is reboot, reimagine, and redesign whichever legendary character they prefer while mocking the originals. Well if they’re so smart, why don’t just come up with some new, original characters? To all of you new artists, please leave our legends as they are. They belong to geniuses that came before you.

    • For real. That’s like changing Superman’s costume. That look is the iconic look, and changing it is just wrong.

      • your the reason why shell never be more than that sex appeal

  9. Yep, she is now younger, hipper, and unAmerican.

    Someone needs to stop turning American icons into international icons. This is getting a little too pathetic.

  10. Honestly, though i’m glad they gave her pants and a higher-cut top, it’s been changed way too much. Where did the gold torso armour go?! And they should have kept the boots (while losing the high heels – let’s be serious, no one can fight in stilettos).

  11. And @Daniel
    Stop and think for a moment how much misogynist, woman-hating stuff gets let slide in the other 99% of comics.
    A few scenes of complete disillusionment with men(which aren’t really even completely man-hating, though it would be PERFECTLY understandable if they were) doesn’t even COME CLOSE to comparing with the raw deal that women get everywhere else in comics.
    And thats not even getting into the plethora of crappy substitutes for superheroes we’re given as a lazy attempt to appeal to the female market (catwoman, supergirl, spidergirl? Seriously?).

  12. I’m not saying she is gay if that’s what you are infering. As far as the big main heroes she likes and respects them mostly however, she has shown a clear preference and disdain of most men. Maybe that wasn’t the original intention but more than a few times that’s how she has come off. She’s very preachy and tends to blame men for most of the worlds problems.

  13. Although I am not a fan of Jim Lee, after how he fleeced Dreamwave Comics, and ran the TF property into the ground (God bless IDW), but I like the new look… for the most part.

    1) I think the red top with the “W” now being a collar instead of a brassiere is more practical without losing the charm, and eliminates the possibility of “overexposure”.

    2) I like the jacket. While it is more contemporary/punk, than it is classical, it is still in keeping with the toughness that she has… and the star(s) on the shoulder is a nice nostalgic touch.

    3) Tiara. Naturally; symbolic and funtional.

    4) Choker? Not sure what purpose that has, but okay.

    5) Bracelets/Gauntlets. This is a vast improvement, assuming that they are still non-pliable metal. It always bugged me that her bracelets (and tiara) were always colored gray/silver, which never matched her outfit. These gauntlets do. The only drawback to them is the loss of symbolism. The bracelets were not just a functional device to deflect bullets, etc. They were also a constant reminder of the bondage that the Amazons suffered in ancient Greece before they escaped to Paradise Island. So I’m mixed on that item.

    6) I like the belt, but I don’t like how the Golden Lasso hangs from it. It’s as if it is double-looped, or secured by 2 points, front and back. This means critical lost time in fumbling to unsecure it for use. Just stick with the single-point attachment. Thanks.

    7) I hate the pants/bottoms. There is absolutely no character to them. It is so generic. If you must do something other than the briefs, then go back to the skirt, or at least dress up the pants with somee stars like before. Maybe run a stream of stars down the outside of each leg? Something.

    8) After the pants, there’s such a predominance of… what is it? Blue? Black? Why not add the red boots back, but instead of the white stripe, do a gold stripe, to compliment the gold in the rest of the outfit?

    Although I really don’t believe that the delay in making a Wonder Woman movie is solely the fault of her attire, and neither do I belive that Diana nor any actress portraying her should ever be ashamed of wearing the outfit (it is just as iconic as Supe’s or Bat’s outfits), I could tolerate an adaptation like this one, if they made it more in line, as I have suggested.

  14. Hey guys fist want to say the new outfit might make Wonder Woman look like A biker chick. But it is A lot more practial in fights than the old one. As for Diana being A man hater you should reread The Blackest night comics. In that images of her sisters(Cassie and Donna) couldn’t stop her. Nor could the image of her mother what did stop her was the image of Bruce Wayne/Batman and the feelings she has for him. Does that sound like A man hater

    • This costume reminds me so much of the Justice Lords Wonder Women costume.

  15. I don’t like the costume. I don’t really like her new look aswellshe looks like a rocker who is poorly dressed. Her costume is to show some respect to the country but the look sort of say bad girl. Heals kind of a no no she’s a warrior what warrior fights in heals? I think that the costume differs too much from original and will drive away those that are not die hard fans and possibly help lose interest to those who really like the character. I look at the art and it depicts a young women not a warrior princess. My opinion of course

  16. Guys why don’t you see this the WW of Philippines http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcToRI0X6q5vPcN6tYuJgz4Fy9qXyPlrhELDfw-fb4F4AFxKTe4F

  17. Best Wonder Woman images I’ve seen are by a guy named Jeff Chapman on DeviantArt. The old suit isn’t practical but it’s classic Wonder Woman. If Jeff implemented the blue with star loincloth that was in Mark Waid and Alex Ross’ Kingdom Come graphic novel, I think we’d have the perfect Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman outfit.

    Where the outfit doesn’t work is off the page in live action. But it works just fine in computer generated sequences like the DC Universe Online cinematic. I’d like to see a sorta-photo-realistic CG feature length Wonder Woman movie with the classic outfit. Not… whatever the hell this getup is supposed to be. Whatever it is, it is not “Wonder Woman”, doesn’t say, “comic book” “Super Hero”, or “Goddess”. Let’s face it: It’s crap.

  18. Sorry, but anything remotely or vastly different from the origoal Wonder Woman costume is a disaster in the making, as would be the recent spate of “rubber, tight-fitting” DC heroes have been forced to wear. Please, no rubber pant suits, longer bracelets, a stylized tiara, a similar yet updated (origonal

  19. Sorry, but anything remotely or vastly different from the origoal Wonder Woman costume is a disaster in the making, as would be the recent spate of “rubber, tight-fitting” DC heroes have been forced to wear. Please, no rubber pant suits, longer bracelets, a stylized tiara, a similar yet updated original booster, and movie that features ALL of her magical strengths would be perfect. Also, the retelling of the history of her birth as well as the Amazons history leading to their relocation to Paradise Island would be ideal. And let’s be real: no one but Angelina Jolie working for a secret, classified government operative in a modern, action-filled blockbuster is the way to go. Og

  20. Sorry, but anything remotely or vastly different from the origoal Wonder Woman costume is a disaster in the making, as would be the recent spate of “rubber, tight-fitting” DC heroes have been forced to wear. Please, no rubber pant suits, longer bracelets, a stylized tiara, a similar yet updated original booster, and movie that features ALL of her magical strengths would be perfect. Also, the retelling of the history of her birth as well as the Amazons history leading to their relocation to Paradise Island would be ideal. And let’s be real: no one but Angelina Jolie working for a secret, classified government operative in a modern, action-filled blockbuster is the way to go. Of course, an explanation for her absence since the 70s OR an entirely new (first) introduction to the US/world would be ideal! Lastly, ParAdise Island would need to be regularly featured and her “invisible” plane needs a dramatic & realistic update.

  21. I’ll probly get bashed here for my opinion. But i hate DC’S New 52 reboot costumes the heroes wear. Mostly Superman,Batman, WonderWoman’s. If WB/DC are serious about makin a great Justice League film for everyone to enjoy, then i prefer the traditional costumes for that film & solo films that follow.

  22. I hate this look . It’s retro 1980′s and not in keeping with the characters mythos. Put hew in an amazon look similar to a roman gladiator.

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