Wonder Woman wears pants. I am going to give you a second to let the magnitude of this statement sink in. After 69 years of wearing star-spangled hot pants and a red-hot bustier, the Amazon Princess finally got a makeover. And it means considerably less shaving for our heroine.
First, let’s get the giggly stuff out of the way. She hits 69 and then puts on pants? Dude, backwards.
But, seriously, I am of two minds about this very new, very different look. There is a big part of my brain that catches fire at the thought of change. This is history. This is an icon. This is Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman doesn’t wear pants.
But then there is another, less prone to burst into flames part of my brain that says about damn time. Why shouldn’t Wonder Woman wear pants? Crime fighting is serious business. It requires strength. It requires smarts. It requires pants. Pants are key.
The changes are part of a re-imagining of the DC Comic superstar’s origin story. The look launched yesterday for her 600th issue penned by new series writer J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5, Changeling) and designed by DC co-publisher and artist Jim Lee. Straczynski told The New York Times:
In this new timeline, Diana no longer grows up on Paradise Island with her mother, Queen Hippolyta, but instead is spirited away before the island and most of its inhabitants are destroyed. She grows up in an urban setting instead. In its DC Source blog, her style is described as “more of a street-fighter” look.
Whoa, whoa, whoa — pants and pockets? I might need to sit down. Also, we might want to introduce this new Wonder Woman to Batwoman. Because, you know, I hear she knows a thing or two about pants and pockets. You know what I mean? Nudge, nudge. Wink, wink. They’re both lesbians now. (Just kidding — mostly.)
Now, there are several ways to dissect Wonder Woman’s new duds. From a feminist perspective, those pants are a sartorial ERA. Equal fabric for equal crime fighting. From a Project Runway perspective, I’m not exactly sure she is making it work. That jacket is a little ‘90s street urchin goth for my taste. Also, while she is now wearing pants (or leggings, if we want to get all Lindsay Lohan), the new design has in no way disaugmented her bustline. Those girls are still quite, um, wonderful.
Reactions to the new Wonder Woman have been swift and somewhere between appalled, accepting and utterly amused.
Felicia agreed, but noted the new look’s other benefits.
Of course, others were slightly more forceful with their criticism. Deadline Hollywood entertainment blogger ran a huge headline reading: “DC Comics Has Ruined Wonder Woman!” Don’t be shy, tell me how you really feel.
Still, for every fangirl and fanboy who is outraged by the new look, there is solace in the wise words of comic book artist Dean Trippe from the Project: Rooftop superhero redesign blog.
You know, as much as the look has its faults, I think it is still a move forward. It’s a lot less iconic, but a little more practical. She looks tough, if a little Hot Topic. And really, if you think about it, you can never go wrong with a nice pair of pants.