So, this probably really isn’t news, or that big of a deal, but everyone is talking about it, so I thought I would add my 2 cents as well. I am never much on costume changes. But, I am generally ready to accept them and move on with the story. But, I am also a Marvel man, and Marvel is constantly changing their characters costumes. However, DC seems to have issues changing their main characters costumes at all.
First off, there are several things going for the old costume. It’s very well known, and a very iconic costume. The whole Red, White, and Blue, Stars and Stripes theme is always big with people. And it has been, with few deviance’s, her basic costume from the beginning. The original costume started with the Red, White and Blue, with an eagle on her chest. It wasn’t long before the skirt was converted to shorts. Her first real costume change came in the late 60’s through early 70’s when Denny O’Neil took over. He depowered her, and basically just put her in the fashions of the time. However, by 1972, she was back in her original costume, but with much more leg showing.
Of course, everyone who was around in the 70’s remembers this era’s iconic costume being worn by Linda Carter in the Wonder Woman television series. Then, in 1982, DC got rid of the eagle on her outfit, replacing it with the double W insignia.
In 1988, George Perez took over and made some changes to the backstory that finally gave a logical explanation for why an Amazonian would be wearing an American flag costume by saying American pilot Diana Rockwell Trevor crashed on Themyscira. Because Diana Trevor was considered a savior of the Amazons, two suits were made from the items found on her plane; one was worn by Diana after her death, and the other was put away until Wonder Woman won the honor of wearing it.
In 1995 Wonder Woman received her second major deviation from the main costume, when Artemis takes on the mantle of Wonder Woman. So, Diana takes on a dark blue costume consisting of shorts and basically a bikini, covered with a jacket and gloves. However, this costume did not last long, and when John Byrne took over the title in that same year, he converted it back to a simplified version of the basic costume.
For the most part, the costume had remained the same since 1995. There were some minor tweaks here and there, but the main aspects of the costume continued to stay the same. At least, until now! Jim Lee and J. Michael Strazynski have worked to change the costume one more time. At first, I was a little upset with the change. As many have stated, the costume is very iconic, and Wonder Woman is one of DC’s Superhero Trinity that includes Superman and Batman. Superman has had his share of forays into attempts at other costumes, and Batman’s has stayed fairly true to the original with tweaks here and there throughout his history. And Wonder Woman’s costume change is only the third major change from the basic costume.
As I started looking closer at the costume, and reading a bit more on it, I am now converted to actually liking the new costume. It definitely looks more functional than her normal outfit. For one thing she is now wearing pants, rather than a bikini bottom. While the colors change a bit, there are still some of the important aspects that have been kept. The double W is still there, albeit smaller and less pronounced, and of course the bracers are still a part of the costume. And, to me, the tiara is an important aspect of the costume as well, and they have kept this as well.
I think this costume is actually a great change. I don’t think an Amazonian should be wearing an American Flag costume, since she is not American. It sends a message that she is an American hero, when, given that she is from a foreign country, she really is not. Also, as others have stated, I have a feeling that this was created to get people used to it now, so they could use this costume design in a movie version, as it will be very hard to have a woman fill out the Wonder Woman outfit without looking cartoony or ridiculous. This particular costume would work very well for a movie version, and if it is introduced in the comics now, there will be less backlash when they use the costume in the movie version, which is doubtless to happen anyway.
I think the new costume is great; keeping enough of the original, yet updating it to a functional costume that will look good as well. The thing that bugs me more is the fact that JMS is changing her back story again. I look forward to this outfit being around for quite awhile, but I imagine as soon as another writer takes over the title, the costume will revert back to a variation of the original.
So, what do you think. Is the costume a good change, or should it be reverted back to the original?