Note: EW has released the first image of Adrianne Palicki in her Wonder Woman costume for David E. Kelley’s new series for NBC. Thoughts below. – D.T.
Honestly, I can see what they were thinking here with a lot of the detail choices. Unfortunately it adds up to an unflattering mess.
There’s no reason for the boots not to be red (even though I kind of dig them on their own). There’s no reason for the costume’s iconic white stars and boot stripes to have been ditched. In fact, the number one thing I would change is the boots. The belt attempts to merge the old-school midriff point, the Dodson-style WW, and the current Lee version, but achieves nothing approaching the design sense of any of those. It’s too high for my taste, and too low for the current trends.
The WW emblems on the bracelets make sense for marketing purposes, but the conflicting color scheme makes the design look sloppy. (Obviously, including white or silver in the rest of the costume, especially on the belt and boots would’ve fixed this.) And the red stars all look tacked on, and at different sizes they don’t feel very thought out.
The bustier looks cheap, but it may just seem worse due to the overly photoshopped appearance of this promo image. But everything looks cheap. The gold doesn’t look like gold, and the silver doesn’t look like silver. Again, I’m hoping that’s due to the photoshoppery.
The eagle emblem is acceptable (besides the red star), but by conforming so much around the bust, it lacks visual strength. I’m a huge fan of the comics’ last design, a brilliant, if criminally unnoticed, update of the classic Wonder Woman uniform. Like some artists had before, Terry Dodson’s look combined the eagle and “WW” logos into the cleanest, most unified WW logo ever.
Anyway, like the new Spider-Man movie costume, I don’t think this is a complete disaster, but it doesn’t say Wonder Woman to me. As a guy who runs a site exclusively devoted to redesigning superhero costumes, I can understand why the folks working on film/tv versions of superheroes want to try new things, to put their stamp on a character’s look. But to move this far away from established, iconic, memorable, BRANDED visuals just isn’t smart. It doesn’t please the current fans or the older fans. There’s no nostalgia factor, no built-in love for the character.
Now get off my lawn.
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