I guess I’m a little late on the bandwagon with this, but it was shown to me sometime during the week. Unfortunately it hasn’t been until now that I’ve been able to sit down and actually form a complete opinion on the re-vamp.
Yes, I’m talking about the new Wonder Woman design.
Now, I haven’t been a die hard Wonder Woman fan. I don’t think I really read any of the comic books--being too busy trying to catch up on Batman and X-men sagas to get involved in another epic superhero arc.
The idea behind the character is fantastic, I love me some strong female leads. However, this wasn’t enough to draw me in and perhaps that’s why writer J. Michael Straczynski decided to re-write her origin story line and change up her style. I can understand wanting to update the look of what is generally a glorified bathing suit. However this? I don’t think anyone was expecting this.
First of all, it’s not exactly less revealing being skin tight. But in a world of superhero spandex it’s not to be unexpected. In an attempt to update her look they’re actually dated her with a jacket straight of the 80s. Yes, the attempt is decidedly less patriotic for those of us who are non-Americans, what with the stars and stripes removed (but for the nice subtle touches on the shoulderpads). However that was part of Wonder Woman’s schtick.
I guess the biggest problem here is that this can hardly be described as a costume. Instead of a woman, we have a decidedly less strong, teenaged version. It’s almost as if I’m just waiting for her to lean against her locker, swooning that she hopes Superman asks her to the prom.
Sure you can’t judge a book by it’s cover and until I see her in action I suppose I cannot completely be certain whether she’d be able to kick some ass. This is, after all, a revamp but instead of a Dark Knight, we have Wonder Woman: the teenage years.
Thankfully by the sounds of the origin story, it seems that even DC and the writers aren’t really thinking this is going to work. With a timeline/alternative universe story that could be reversed with little to no damage of the original series. The problem seems that no one has the balls or genius to know what to do with the Amazonian.
Hurry, someone get Whedon in here. Stat!
Over all, this isn’t my Wonder Woman. Sure, she was in a glorified bathing suit, but at least she was a woman. (image via: DC's source/Topless Robot)