Wonder Woman gets new costume
It's been a long time coming, but Wonder Woman finally has a new wardrobe. The DC comics superheroine has tossed off the star-spangled outfit that she has worn since 1941. Her new look -- dark leggings, a studded denim jacket and heeled boots -- might be something from the closet of Lisbeth Salander, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (but in a size zero).
On the DC Comics site, writer J. Water Straczynski noted Wonder Woman's need for a restyling: "What woman only wears one outfit for 70 years? What woman doesn’t accessorize? And more to the point, as many women have lamented over the years…how does she fight in that thing?"
Artist Jim Lee created the new costume, which replaces the red-white-and-blue themed bustier and knee-length boots. Here's how he described it: "Visually, the character seems edgier than before but stylish enough to warrant a second, albeit cautious, glance. The jacket and boots confirm the costume’s functionality and the open, thinner tiara and shaped bracelets reveal a lighter, even youthful, bent to the Amazonian Princess."
I'll miss the classic costume, which I'm sure fueled lots of adolescent dreams. But the new look seems less like one concocted by a bunch of cheerleader-obsessed guys, and a lot less encumbered by World War II-era patriotic themes. It's a whole lot more appropriate to the 21st Century woman, that's for sure.