my 2 cents on the new Wonder Woman
March 24, 2011
So, last week, a photo of the new Wonder Woman outfit for the TV show made the rounds. Holy crap, people, I can’t even begin to talk about what’s wrong with this. It looks like it came from a cheap Halloween store.
Basically, this costume illustrates in no uncertain terms that women superheroes get designed according to an entirely different set of specs than their male counterparts. With superhero outfits for men, the question seems to be, How big/tough/cool/awesome can we make this? I’m not saying the designs always succeed. But those are the specs. Then we get to the women, where the question seems to be, “How totally porn-star sexy can we make this?” Superheroines are not designed to be heroic awesome action people; they’re designed to be sex symbols for teen boys. I hate that. It means superheroines can’t possibly be believable as, you know, crime-fighting action heroes. Until that changes, we’re never going to get a good movie/TV show/whatever about a woman superhero.
(Goddammit, who fights crime in plastic?! You need a costume that can breathe, if you’re going to be running around and beating people up! And would it be too much to ask for pants that fit?)