Wonder Woman never seems to have this problem. She's always roundhouse kicking thugs and doing the splits and whatnot, and fans have never once been subjected to an eyeful of the goods. Do you know why this is? Why Wonder Woman has never had a nip slip or a Brittney-esque photo-op? Because A) animated nudity freaks people out, and B) that's the way it works in the DC comic and animated universe. We all know that if the laws of physics that apply to our reality were applied to the DCU, Wonder Woman would be the comic version of a skin flick.
This is one of the reasons that a Wonder Woman movie has had such a hard time making it to the big screen. Her costume would not translate well into a live action feature film. I've never seen an episode of the Wonder Woman television show starring Lynda Carter, but I imagine that any fight choreography was forced to work around the restrictions of that cumbersome costume.
In a move that could potentially make her more viable for a big screen adventure, DC has opted to update Wonder Woman's outfit for the comic's 600th issue. Take a look:
It’s a look designed to be taken seriously as a warrior, in partial answer to the many female fans over the years who’ve asked, ‘How does she fight in that thing without all her parts falling out?’ She can close it up to pass unnoticed… open it for the freedom to fight… lose the jacket or keep it on… it has pockets, it can be accessorized… it’s a Wonder Woman look designed for the 21st century.
With the latter part of that statement, it seems like he's trying to sell a Barbie doll. I'm wondering if those female fans that they are attempting to appeal to are all that interested in Wonder Woman's ability to accessorize. But, what do I know? I'm a guy who's sweatpants have formed a permanent bond with his skin.
Nonetheless, I'm still in favor of the change. Anything that makes a character or a concept more realistic seems to be all the rage these days, i.e. The Dark Knight. Not to mention that covering up some skin on the most well-known Amazon would help to remove the stigma that male readers only enjoy female characters if they are, let's say, provocatively drawn.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this is a step forward toward the production of a Wonder Woman film. It would be nice to see a high quality female superhero flick for a change.
Are you a fan of the traditional costume or the new one? How do you think it'll effect the chances a movie happening?