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06-30-2010, 10:10 PM


Makeover for Wonder Woman at 69

Wednesday is a good day for Wonder Woman. This 69-year-old superheroine, published by DC Comics, will don a new — and less revealing — costume and enjoy the publication of Issue No. 600 of her monthly series.

The costume ties into an alternative history for the character devised by J. Michael Straczynski, the new writer of the series, and into a quest by DC to shine a critical and creative spotlight on the heroine, who stands with Superman and Batman in its primary triumvirate of superstars, despite her series’s modest sales.

In the reimagining of her story, Wonder Woman, instead of growing up on Paradise Island with her mother, Queen Hippolyta, and her Amazon sisters, is smuggled out as a baby when unknown forces destroy her home and slaughter its inhabitants.

Mr. Straczynski, who created the television show Babylon 5 and wrote the screenplay for Changeling in 2008, starring Angelina Jolie, said in an e-mail message that he wanted to address “the wardrobe issue” as soon as he took the job.

“She’s been locked into pretty much the exact same outfit since her debut in 1941,” Mr. Straczynski wrote. “If you’re going to make a statement about bringing Wonder Woman into the 21st century, you need to be bold and you need to make it visual. I wanted to toughen her up, and give her a modern sensibility.”

He added, “What woman only wears only one outfit for 60-plus years?”

Given Wonder Woman’s pre-eminence as a female character in the largely male superhero pantheon, her looks have always been a matter of more than casual interest, to both fanboys and feminists. In a 2006 interview about her work on the series, the novelist Jodi Picoult said: “One of the first things I did was ask if we could give her breast-reduction surgery, because as a woman, I know you wouldn’t fight crime in a bustier. But I was somehow shot down by DC.”

The new costume was designed by the artist Jim Lee, who in February was named co-publisher of DC, alongside Dan DiDio. Given the assignment, “my first reaction was, ‘Oh my gosh,’ ” Mr. Lee said in an interview. But he welcomed the challenge: “When these characters become so branded that you can’t change things, they become ossified.”

The new look — with an understated “W” insignia, a midnight blue jacket and a flinty fusion of black tights and boots — is darker than the famed swimsuit-style outfit, and aims to be contemporary, functional and, as Tim Gunn of “Project Runway” might say, less costumey.

Given the hope that the character will one day have her own international film franchise (a feature has long been gestating at Warner Entertainment, DC’s parent company), one test of the design was to imagine how it would look standing next to, say, Batman’s politically neutral ensemble. “The original costume was the American flag brought to life,” Mr. Lee said. “This one is a little more universal.”

Mr. Lee has drawn his share of sexy superheroines (the X-Men’s Rogue among them), some in skimpy costume, and knows what many fans will ask: “Why am I covering up her legs?” Ultimately, he wanted her to look strong “without screaming, ‘I’m a superhero.’ ”


The new costume will almost certainly be better received than the curveball thrown Wonder Woman in 1968, when she lost her powers, dressed mod and practiced martial arts.

It took the attention of no less than Gloria Steinem to protest the change, and to help get the Amazon back into her star-spangled duds. Ms. Steinem went on to use Wonder Woman, resplendent in red, white and blue, on the cover of the first issue of Ms. magazine in 1972. A cover line proclaimed, “Wonder Woman for President.”

[It would have been quite something to be around to witness that, I must say]

That’s the kind of attention Mr. Straczynski thinks she deserves: “Wonder Woman is a strong, dynamic, vibrant character who should be selling in the top 20, and I’m going to do all I can to get her there.”



Link (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/30/books/30wonder.html) (incl. "Evolution of Wonder Woman" image gallery).

07-01-2010, 07:20 AM
The new costume sucks. They even said the change was to make it more multi-culti.

The original ones are the best.

07-01-2010, 08:32 AM
The new costume sucks. They even said the change was to make it more multi-culti.

The original ones are the best.

69 years are an eternity for a fictional charachter who underwent decades of uninterrupted publication, passing through 4 different generations of readers, from world war II to the present day.

The same charachter who was popular amongst peoples born in the early 30's, should be appealing (in a comparable way) to their grand children. Difficult to get.

It's the point behind the whole article posted.

07-01-2010, 08:25 PM

I've just realized the old Wonder Woman was actually a tanned lesbian latina!:eek:
The brainwash plot started so early...

10-05-2010, 12:01 AM

Wonder Woman is still heading to the screen, but instead of coming to a theater near you, the Amazon princess is returning to television.

Warner Bros. Television is developing a modern-day reboot of the classic DC comic book heroine and has lassoed an unlikely talent to potentially write and produce the superhero project: David E. Kelley, the showrunner behind legal dramas such as Ally McBeal, Boston Legal and The Practice.

The news comes after nearly a decade of attempts by Warner Bros. and producer Joel Silver to launch a big-screen version. Actresses ranging from Angelina Jolie to Beyonce Knowles to Megan Fox have thrown their hat in the ring for the starring role at one time or another.

In 2005, Warner Bros. announced Joss Whedon would write and direct the film adaptation. But Whedon said he never ended up being able to finish the draft, and two years later left the project (he's back in the superhero world, though, prepping The Avengers for a winter shoot).

"They just didn't like my take," Whedon said at the time. "It's pretty simple."

Any new Wonder Woman won't likely have an easy road to the small screen either.


But if any place exists for a female-driven superhero series, it would be in TV land not film. While movies like Daredevil spin-off Elektra, starring Jennifer Garner, bombed on the big screen, the small-screen has been home to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a character which first failed as a movie, and Alias, the spy series which starred Garner.

Link. (http://livefeed.hollywoodreporter.com/2010/10/wonder-woman-tv-show.html)

10-05-2010, 12:05 AM
Women shouldn't be superheroes. Fighting crime and using catchphrases is a man's business.

10-05-2010, 12:38 AM
Beyonce Knowles? Wonder Woman is not black. Remember when they tried to make Catwoman black in that god-awful movie with Hally Berry? There was even a push to make Peter Parker black. Just leave well-enough alone. Marvel and DC have no responsibility to be mult-culti. If this hurts the minorities' feelings, they can suck it up and make their own damned heroes.

And Wonder Woman is not a mestizo. Geez.

10-05-2010, 08:57 AM
Well, the day they make P. Diddy's (or whatever his name is this month) wet dream come true and cast him as 007 is when I'll really be pissed.

10-05-2010, 05:45 PM
Considering all the griping they do about whites stealing their music (which is false as far as I can tell and is often in fact the opposite), you'd think someone like P. Diddy would sense the irony of playing an English double agent.

I'm not trying to be hateful, but it's annoying to me how white culture always has to accommodate everyone else. Thank God Storm is a black character or I'm sure Marvel and 20th Century Fox would have just switched the race of an X-Men character to meet racial quotas. The Kingpin is another (badass) character that got screwed up. He's a white aristocrat (and about as white as a person gets), not a black thug like Michael Clark Duncan was in that Daredevil movie. I'll put it this way: if they had a white Storm or a Mexican Storm, I would have been pissed, too. God, I hate political correctness. And some of the biggest PC people are American comic book writers.

10-07-2010, 12:57 PM
Women shouldn't be superheroes. Fighting crime and using catchphrases is a man's business.

thanks;-) but sometimes they are. and they act not that bad.

my favorite wonder woman 6137

when a child she was like this