To say the general reaction to the first official image of Adrianne Palicki in costume as the superheroine Wonder Woman was less that enthused is putting it mildly. Many a fan denounced the outfit as being far too loyal to its comic book inspiration – that is, much too shiny and brightly colorful to look anything but silly, even on someone as lovely as Palicki.

Now two new photos of Palicki as Diana Prince in action have been unveiled, and both feature a version of the costume that marks a significant improvement in design over the first image.

David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman TV show has not generated much in the way of excitement up to this point. While the casting of Palicki as Diana and Elizabeth Hurley as the villainous Veronica Cale seemed a move in the right direction, an early casting call and script review for the series’ pilot not only suggest the show’s portrayal of Wonder Woman won’t remain true to its source material… it simply does not sound all that promising, even on its own terms.

The unveiling of Palicki in costume as the Amazonian princess did nothing to abate concerns about the show – however, these new set photos (which were released by SFX) should help to actually generate some positive buzz.

Check them out below (note: that may be Palicki’s stunt double in the second image):

To get a better idea of the difference between Palicki’s costume in these photos versus the image released a few weeks back, check out the juxtaposition of those pictures below:

New vs. Old.

Obvious differences include:

  • Muted costume colors, improved lighting, and an absence of lipstick combine to make Palicki’s complexion seem much less pallid
  • Boots that are (wisely) now red, not blue, and look more practical (no high heels)
  • Darker blue pants that are no longer made of shimmery latex, and highlight the golden stars better

For an early look at Palicki running around in her Wonder Woman outfit, check out the fan-shot video below:

While seeing a comic book costume in action often makes it look better (see: Thor), the Wonder Woman outfit has also been drastically altered and looks much improved (if still imperfect) overall for it. That may not be enough to convince fans to give this show a chance just yet, but at least it’s a move in the right direction.

Source: SFX (via Topless Robot)