Wonder Fashion

April 8th, 2011 | Posted in General

Super Hero media saturation is really reaching outrageous proportions these days. Since the success of the Spider-Man, Batman and now Iron Man films, Hollywood can’t get enough of superheroes. Films on the way from Marvel include Thor, Captian America, X-Men: First Class and supposedly followed by the Avengers featuring both Iron Man and the Hulk, a reboot of Spider-Man and another Wolverine. On the DC side, Green Lantern is coming out shortly with a third Batman and yet ANOTHER reboot of Superman on the horizon. Even television is getting in on the act. A new series featuring on Wonder Woman is shooting a pilot for NBC.

As DC just did an “reboot” (I am really getting sick of that word) of Wonder Woman in their comics I don’t know if that storyline is what will be followed in the show or not. The biggest “buzz” is about her new outfit.

Sequential Tart, among others, are busy debating the problems with the outfit with observations like “no intelligent crime-fighting woman is going to wear heels all day long (you don’t see policewomen wearing heels do you?)”… well, actually on TV you DO, since every female TV detective is not only wearing high heels all day long but seems to always be a total hottie knockout as well… and “The size. It’s just too small. It looks like a one-piece that she was practically shoe-horned into. It’s stretched so tight, her breasts are about ready to pop out … and if she runs or fights, they will.”

That’s all in good fun, but I’d point out that the realistic functionality of the clothing a superhero is wearing pales a bit to the fact that we are talking about a COMIC BOOK SUPERHERO who likely possesses powers that are impossible in the world of real physics (a 130 lb woman could not lift a car no matter how strong she was), so who cares if her heels aren’t sensible???? If you are going to pretend she can leap across a 40 foot street you might as well pretend she can do it in six inch heels.

Besides, let’s face it. Wonder Woman’s costume has always been one of the silliest in comicbookdom. The thing is, it does have it’s plus side… if I were a crook and was confronted by this:

I’d surrender immediately. Yes, ma’am!


  1. Lash LeRoux says:

    Great post, Tom. I would submit to any horrified feminists, that while the new costume may be a bit sexier, it is by no means skimpier than the old Linda Carter outfit — which showed more leg than a women‚Äö√Ñ√¥s swim team.

  2. Mark Engblom says:

    From what I understand, the WW TV show’s only resemblance to the comic book reboot is that she’s wearing pants. The TV show sounds incredibly corny, since it tries to combine low-wattage TV “action” with Allie McBeal-like girly-girl goofiness (i.e. pajama sleepovers). Plus, she’s got a basement full of snarky geeks who help her solve crimes. Pass.

    As for everything else, it’s a great time to be a comics fan! I can’t wait to see “Thor”!

  3. Hi Tom. Thanks for the info and image. Wowsah! She is totally hot. A bit colorful for tv but what the hey. I’m a little confused as to what you guys mean by reboot. Does it mean the story is changed like the Incredible Hulk movies?

  4. julio cesar naranjo says:

    Hi Tom im agreed with you ill surrender in no time, just take me Wonder Woman. Take care.

  5. Ron says:

    They actually changed the pants to dark blue less shiny with stars down the leg, and red boots. This was due to “Internet outrage”. Interesting world we live in!



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