Saturday, March 26, 2011

David E. Kelley's "Wonder Woman" costume

A few people have asked me to chime in about the new Wonder Woman costume from David E. Kelley's upcoming NBC series.

Click on the image from Entertainment Weekly (thanks to Allen) for a larger view of Adrianne Palicki in this version of the outfit. Right up front: it's too shiny, too plasticy, and absolutely looks like a Halloween costume! I was previously aware of Jim Lee's 2010 re-design of the costume in the comics...and this new series look certainly connects to that, especially in the blue pants. However a myriad of people are very critically piping in. Fanboys, fashion designers and some major publications are calling it crap.

The big problem is you really can't monkey with such an iconic costume. Superman and Spider-Man (just to name a few) hold this distinction as well. There are certain minor alterations that can be made, but Wonder Woman's look calls for nothing less than bare legs and red boots...period! This might have been a slightly better take.

The Hollywood Reporter makes the case that there's 'no comparison' when it comes to Lynda Carter and that she'll 'always be the amazing Wonder Woman'. I agree that Carter will always fittingly be considered THE Wonder Woman...especially since I grew up with her in the role. I'm definitely open to a new interpretation and a new actress taking on the character. One of my main issues has been that the iconic costume would work it's best magic during the 1940's. Updating the story to present day only negates the stars, red white and blue colors and overall USA and democracy overtones. The same goes for Captain America, who I'm glad to see will be based during World War II...another iconic costume design that has remained intact for the upcoming movie with some wonderfully practical applications.

Yes, I intend to check out the new Wonder Woman TV series but I'll be looking at it with a critical eye. Oh yeah, if they make this like "Lois & Clark" I'll be annoyed. JUST STOP ALL THIS NONSENSE AND PUT HER ON THE BIG SCREEN!!! It's pretty ridiculous that this has been gestating in Hollywood for the past decade without any credible results. And BTW, why are they making an Ant-Man movie and they can't even make a Wonder Woman movie?...and who the hell is running the industry right now?!

O.K. that's another topic.


OMG, I just read this on!:

Although there is no official word on the background story of Wonder Woman in the new series - which still isn't a sure thing as NBC has only ordered a pilot for the show, which is described as "a reinvention of the iconic D.C. comic in which Wonder Woman -- aka Diana Prince -- is a vigilante crime fighter in L.A. but also a successful corporate executive and a modern woman trying to balance all of the elements of her extraordinary life."

A vigilante crime fighter in L.A.?
A successful corporate executive?

No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, NOOOOO!!!!! She works for the government, in the military alongside Steve Trevor!! Now I'm starting to 'wonder' if I'll actually check this show out, even though at this point only a pilot has been ordered. I hear the pooch beginning to wail. You know why? BECAUSE IT'S BEING SCREWED!!!


At March 28, 2011 at 7:03 AM, Anonymous Allen Pinney said...

Yeah, not at all convinced this is going to be any good. Bad premise, bad costume, questionable casting and David E. Kelley saying that the show is 'Way Outside Of My Comfort Zone'... Hooboy!

Here's my take on the costume and my early prediction for the show (if it gets picked up):


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