So, you guys know how much I love Wonder Woman, right? I love Wonder Woman like burning
. I love her strength, and her authourity, and her beautiful Classical mythology background that no other superhero has, rooting her in a tradition that is both unique, interesting and (I'd argue) pretty damn empowering.So then the most recent writer decided to throw all that away and drastically alter her origin and costume.
Oooh, that costume. That horrible, horrible 90's tastic costume.
Yes, she is in trousers now (It amuses me with all the bloggers saying she's wearing 'pants'- to me she was wearing pants before
, only we call them 'knickers' :p ) and that is, yes, a score for practicality. But look at this thing. What, exactly, about skinny jeans, spurs, a bustier and a 90's bolero jacket say 'ambassador of an Ancient Greek warrior culture'? It is not 'tough' or 'elegant', it's dated and a little bit embarrassing. It also underscores the major problem of this overhaul: Wonder Woman cannot be a modern American woman. She isn't. She's an Amazon, raised on an island of warriors, poets and scholars and closer, ethnically and culturally, to the Ancient Greeks. This new origin removes anything that made her interesting or different to the hordes of other female superheroes, and strips her of her power, dignity and strength. Instead, she's an 'urban fantasy' heroine of the type that leaves me, personally, rather cold.
If a redesign was needed (and it probably was, don't get me wrong) then it needed to be along the lines of this
, not this
. We even already know that it can work as a look
. Hopefully this new design and origin won't last and we'll be back to regular programming soon.*fingers crossed*
(Also, Wonder Woman shouldn't have black in her costume for the same reason Superman shouldn't have black on his. They're heroes. Batman only gets away with it because when was the last time you saw a red, blue and gold bat?)Discussion of the costume that knows rather more about what it's talking about than mine.