Bloggers on Wonder Woman's Leggings: Is the Makeover Superheroic?

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At 69, Wonder Woman finally changed out of her Wonderwear.

She's got pants! This excites me because, in fact, her new outfit more closely matches the theme song from the '70s TV show:

In your satin tights/
Fighting for our rights/
And the old Red, White and Blue

And I freely admit that the '70s TV show, not DC Comics, is my canon for all things WW.

Her iconic costume, which DC introduced in 1941, graced the first cover of Ms. Magazine and spawned a million Halloween costumes involving doctored bathing suits and tin-foil cuffs -- but it wasn't in stride with these modern times. DC Comics unveiled the new look on its blog yesterday:

Promotional portrait of American actor Lynda Carter in costume in front of a backdrop of stars for the television series, 'Wonder Woman,' 1976.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Wonder Woman makeover courtesy DC Comics
Image courtesy DC Comics

Screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski, who's reimagining the Wonder Woman series for DC, told the New York Times,

"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."

The Times reports that Straczynski worked with artist Jim Lee to develop a look that reflects her new backstory: Wonder Woman no longer had a happy Amazon childhood. Now, she has a tragic past: Villains destroyed Paradise Island and its residents when Ms. Woman was just a baby.

Dark backstory = Jeggings, elf features, and a Backstreet Boy jacket. Good to know.

Bloggers on Wonder Woman, Feminism, and Comic Books

You're Welcome for the Wonder Woman Earworm:

(The Cathode Ray Choob has a great tribute to the Wonder Woman theme song.)

What do you think about Wonder Woman's makeover? Love, hate, don't care? Let a woman draw her next time? Share your thoughts in the comments.


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