Sunday, March 20, 2011

So, It Looks Like They Screwed Up Wonder Woman

Source: TVGuide
As I've documented here many times, I'm a big fan of DC Comics from way back, and I've been frustrated with Warner Brothers' (the owner of DC) relative inability to do anything decent with most of their super heroes and other comic book properties. Sure they've struck gold with the rebooted Batman/Dark Knight franchise, and pleased a few people (like me) with Superman Returns. But with rare exceptions, they can't seem to get their shit together.

Take Wonder Woman for example. She's the most famous super heroine, and third or fourth most well known super hero period. But outside of some animated adventures (as part of a team), or the campy 70s drama series with Lynda Carter, they've done nothing with her of note. For many years, they've been working on a movie treatment, and basically gotten nowhere. And now, finally, she's being brought back, again on television.  The initial reports sounded dicey at best (Not only will Palicki play the star-spangled crimefighter, who's now based in L.A., but she'll also play her alter-ego, billionaire CEO Diana Themyscira and Diana's mousy assistant Diana Prince.), but the first "reveal" of the new Wonder Woman costume has me rolling my eyes even harder.

The new costume is a sort of melding of the current umpteenth incarnation of the comic book Wonder Woman, and her more traditional, well known one. You know, the bustier and panties. Look, I get that Wondy's original garb is potentially a little silly for a realistic depiction, though Lynda Carter did a pretty credible job. The original show's weakness was the time period in which it was set, and the style of tv dramas at the time. But they got  it mostly right. Move that same setup into the present day, with the modern, more complex storytelling of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer or TrueBlood, and you'd really have something. This new, David Kelly take? I do not have high hopes.

Wonder Woman First Look of Adrianne Palicki in Costume
Anyone who doubted that Friday Night Lights star Adrianne Palicki could fill Wonder Woman's bustier and boots can now judge for themselves. . .

Read more at: TV Guide

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