DC Comics is bringing Wonder Woman into the 21st century. Will her sensible new look empower, or neuter, DC's only A-list heroine?
POSTED ON JULY 1, 2010, AT 1:30 PM
Does Wonder Woman's makeover do her justice? Photo: DC Comics
Best Opinion: Boston Herald, Kotaku, Wash. Post, Salon
"What woman only wears only one outfit for 60-plus years?" asks DC Comics writer J. Michael Straczynski who was tasked with giving the aging superhero Wonder Woman a new, darker back story to shake up sales — plus her first big wardrobe upgrade since 1941. Gone is the skimpily patriotic bustier-and-hot-pants look. In its place: A stripeless combo of "urban-hip" black leggings, low heels, and a dark blue jacket with "I mean business" sleeve-rolling. (See aslideshow of Wonder Woman through the years.) Comic aficionados are split on the sensible new look:
Making her "dowdy" doesn't make her stronger: Wonder Woman's new outfit has "a certain admirable practicality," says Mary Elizabeth Williams in Salon, but that's not the point. "It's never just about saving the world — it's about looking fabulous doing it," and trading Wonder Woman's "unabashed flashiness" for a less revealing getup is a step backward. "What's super about a jacket? Nothing."