Check out the new Wonder Woman costume above. That's her on the left... and you'll notice she's wearing pants. After nearly seven decades of fighting crime in a swimsuit and boots, the female superhero will appear in issue #600 next week with her legs covered.
"It reflects her origins in both the outside world and the world of Amazons: tough, elegant...a street-fighter’s look which also incorporates elements of her classic design," incoming series writer J. Michael Straczynski told the Cristian Science Monitor. "It reflects the two sides warring for ultimate victory, and underscores the path she must take."
I think this is a horrible development. Sure, it's patently ridiculous to fight crime in a pair of bootie shorts, but so is an invisible jet. Wonder Woman's loopy charm practically depends on a lack of pants.
Then there's the backstory -- I know dark, conflicted heroes "sell" in today's world, but can't we have any heroes who aren't all troubled and broody? I'll take a peppy do-gooder in hot pants over some tortured, punk-rock chick any day of the week... besides, there's one real Wonder Woman in my heart, and her name is Lynda Carter. No-pants was good enough for Lynda, and it should be good enough for this new, modern Wonder Woman.
Comic book expert and Fresh Ink host Blair Butler disagrees with me, pointing out that fighting crime in the comic book equivalent of your aunt's bathing suit is simply impractical, and that if Wonder Woman wants a film career, she'd better cover her gams. Here's Blair's mini-rant on the subject:
"For all the bloggers muttering that DC has, 'ruined' Wonder Woman, a few quick things. Number one: costume changes are par for the course in comics. If you think the new look is forever, you’ve clearly never read a comic book. Remember Spider-Man’s disco-ball armor from back in the day? Or his Cirque du Soleil 'Iron Spider' jumpsuit? Yeah, I’ve tried to block that out, too. Number two: Fighting crime without pants is utterly impractical. I don’t care if you’re a semi-indestructible Amazon – it’s a crappy idea. If DC wants to make a solid case for Wonder Woman popping up in movies – and they should -- then maybe giving her pants isn’t a bad idea. Because an ARTIST can draw Wonder Woman with star-spangled drawers that stay perfectly modest, even when she’s throwing a roundhouse at someone – but in a MOVIE, if you wear that, every time Diana high-kicks a bank robber, she’s going to be pulling 'a Brittany.' And, for the record, if you object to this outfit for purely aesthetic reasons – fine – but did you see that horrible white pants-suit she wore in 1969? Just saying."
Check out the new pictures and leave your comments below, Wonder Woman fans.