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.”

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