So, here’s the thing: I’ve always loved Wonder Woman. Well, okay… ever since I was about 6 years old, anyway. Which is a long time – especially if you know how old I am! 🙂 My first experience with Diana was, of course, the classic TV show starring the beautiful Lynda Carter.
I soon discovered the joys of comic books. My brother and I would go to the local newsagent (back in the days when they actually stocked US superhero comics) where we’d spend all our pocket money on our favourite titles. He started with Batman and soon added Spider-Man to his monthly haul. I started with Wonder Woman, and then branched out into Marvel with Dazzler (don’t judge me), The Avengers and X-Men. The first issue of Wonder Woman I ever bought was the one below – no.272 of the first volume, dated October 1980. Wow, I feel so old:
Reading the stories behind those colourful covers gave me more happiness than I can tell you. I even loved the back-up stories in Wonder Woman. A couple of times it was Wonder Girl (Donna Troy!), but mostly it was Huntress who became another favourite. Back in those days, Huntress was from an alternate Earth and was the daugher of Bruce Wayne and Catwoman… (Shut up, Kaz! You’re geeking out.)
Anyway. The reason I’m talking about this is because lots of people asked me on Twitter the other day what I think of the new costume – the one that has just been revealed as the costume Adrianne Palicki will be wearing in the forthcoming Wonder Woman TV pilot. I think it’s cool that whenever something happens with Wonder Woman, I get asked for my thoughts. It’s like… I have to give my official statement. 😉 There have been many and varying opinions on this Important Matter, especially in the comment sections of blog posts ‘breaking’ the news of the costume.
(Honestly? You know what irritates me about all the debate? So many people have opinions on a costume, and yet they really don’t care about the character. I wonder how many of those who are saying nasty things about it have even bothered to pick up a Wonder Woman comic, let alone buy it… Okay, I admit it: I’m a Wonder Snob! *g*)
You know what, let’s just compare the original TV series costume with the new one:
I actually don’t mind the changes. The costume still embodies the spirit of Wonder Woman, and there are plenty of cool things about it. I’m very glad she’s wearing
trousers pants leggings. Heh. I wish they weren’t quite so blue and shiny, but it could be worse. In fact, my biggest issue with the whole thing is the fact that they changed the colour of her boots from red to blue. Um… why? I don’t get that change at all. But the more I look at it (not that I’ve looked at it all that much *cough*), the more I like it.
Funnily enough, I said to someone that the changes I’d make would be to darken the
trousers pants leggings, maybe tone down the brightness of the red, and definitely change the boots back to the classic red. In fact, something like Jamie McKelvie’s Wonder Woman for ‘Project Rooftop’ would be awesome:
© All rights reserved by Jamie McKelvie
And then, of course, this happened. Look! Somebody already tweaked the new costume. This is why I love the internet:
Mohammad Haque from Hawk Studios, I salute you!
I could talk about Wonder Woman all day, but I think I’ll just leave you with this: