Monday, March 21, 2011

Presenting The Bland New Wonder Woman Costume

This new generation is going to be presented with a new Wonder WomanComing from atime that was privileged to be graced by her presence I’d say it’s about time.
However after the main star’s choice of an Adrianne Palicki and this recent unveiling of her costume Wonder Woman is bound to be a character figure that wouldn’t live on in anyones memory forever.

rom a place and a generation that accorded me awareness of this mythical figure throughher television series she is first and foremost a real character to me than the comic bookcharacter she originally was. With the now alteration of comic book superheroes’ stories to make it more exciting on film and even on TV neither the TV heroine version nor Wonder Woman’s cartoon adaptation had been any sort of disappointment in my then-youngdeveloping mind.

Though t
he character first saw light on DC Comics‘ 1941 comic book, saw TV appearances from 1975 to 1979 though her television series and only saw regular cartoon exposuresthereafter via Super Friends and Justice League this Amazon with super powers did take a hiatus and a long one after that.

Born through the vision of creating a “distinctly feminist role model whose mission is to bring ideals of love, peace and sexual equality” Wonder Woman’s powers range from having superhuman strength, incredible speed, a notably proficient skill in hand-to-hand combat and magnificent knowledge in the art of tactical warfare. She uses her Lasso of Truth and has her indestructible bracelets as shield. Her head of thick, wavy, raven hair is set off by a tiara and she gets around in herinvisible airplane.

If young girls are made aware of the idea of a feminist icon at such a young age this comic super heroine is to blame.

Just a month ago NBC announced a Wonder Woman reboot with Friday Night Lights star Adrianne Palicki stepping into Diana Prince’s shoes (Wonder Woman’s alter ego).
Though the original TV series had a wartime environment this reboot version would have Diana Prince as a corporate executive in L.A.

Much as reactions, mostly negative, came out regarding the main cast none surpassed my personal disappointment than when just a few days ago Wonder Woman’s costume came out.
Personally attracted and never let down (to anything on reel) my intial gauge of any project is on either or both of the characters’ publicized costumes and/or a movie or series’ publicized cinematic effects.

There is something quite off with this new Wonder Woman get-up though I can’t say or even pinpoint yet initially what is was.

The crime-fighting beauty would be in a bustier, vinyl leggings complimented with the mandatory boots in high heels.

Though a blogger already commented on a lot of pixelating because of the foreseeable costume malfunctionduring her action scenes it is still far from the real reason why, for me, the costume is nagging disappointment.
With a project that is being hoped to be picked up to be a series I’d say mere costume just spells the death of this NBC project. This would really be very disappointing considering the fact that after all networks turned down this series (with NBC only giving it an after-thoughtthey surely would lose a probable huge following by mere costume points alone. Forget the unknown Adrianne Palicki (27) as little girls, who nowadays can eye good fashion, might get the feel of being turned off by the costume that they probably saw being sold somewhere as a Halloween costume.
 On the lookout for ideas on how others see a reboot version of Wonder Woman’s costume I took to googling for images and found four sketches all done by Shawna Trpcic a costume designer who had worked on several TV shows already.

And with her vision I saw what was off-putting with this new Adrianne Palicki Wonder Woman costume: First and foremost the obvious her get-up is so shiny it does seem like a little girl’s Halloween costume.

Second I have this innate feeling that, yes, an invisible strap to hold her bustier would’ve been better and more complimenting to those assets that the costume designers highlighted with an uncomfortable underwire. Trpcic’s suggestion of a halter-type-of-top would be safer, more comfortable, less expensive with those pixelating touch-ups minimized and would look just fine.
And last, the cause for my disappointment realized: the original Wonder Woman costume showed her amazing body. Though going around nowadays in that same original costume showing one’s physique would be the most hilarious and most suicidal thing closest to this new Wonder Woman costume Trpcic’s suggestion of having the same almost fully-clothed Amazon showing her abs via a strategically designed bustier is the best and one of the mostgenius sketches I had ever seen. After all, aren’t modern women nowadays so keen on their body, nonetheless their abs, that they spend hours sculpting it in the gym? Women empowerment isn’t just having the brains nor just the guts but also finding the time to work on a body that a woman can flaunt or clothe in the most tasteful way she desires. So why hide Palicki’s strong, sculpted, beautiful abs in a conservatively boring and stupid costume?

If there is one exact vivid parallel to describe this new Wonder Woman piece of a costume I’d say it’s never far-off from James Franco’s Oscar hosting: stone-cold-boring, a disaster and a career suicide in the making.

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