Toledo’s Wonder Woman unveiled to controversyWritten by Jim Beard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Internet busted a gut recently when the costume for producer David E. Kelley’s upcoming “Wonder Woman” TV pilot — starring Toledo’s Adrianne Palicki — was revealed in an official image. Comic fans began bitching about everything from the lack of the outfit’s traditional red boots to the space between Palicki’s breasts — I don’t make these things up, I just report them.
A few things come to mind when viewing this new take on the 1940 character: This TV costume is a combo of Wonder Woman’s classic look and what she currently sports in her comics.
From the waist up, she’s rockin’ the red bustier with golden eagle we all expect, but from the waist down the Amazon warrior has squeezed herself into a pair of skintight, well, tights, as opposed to the traditional short-shorts. Perhaps this was the best way to go, avoiding any embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions or bikini waxing.
Also, there’s a definite tang of playing down the patriotic aspects of WW’s classic gear; gone are the white stars that spangled her blue bottoms in the comics and her chest eagle’ has been reduced in prominence. And let’s not dredge up that whole red boots thing again — that bright blue seems to go on forever. At the very least, they’ve retained the traditional tiara and bracelets, which are pluses in this outfit’s favor.
Maybe a Facebook poster summed it up best, when he commented that Palicki looked as if she was wearing one of those “sexy Wonder Woman” Halloween costumes as seen in myriad flyers every October. To be fair, a TV budget doesn’t usually resemble that of a film’s, but overall there is a low-rent quality to the image that doesn’t inspire much sense of wonder. Then again, it’s amusing that so many people are working up such a lather over the character when in recent years her comic books haven’t mustered much in the sales or interest departments. So, where’s Lynda Carter when you need her? Stay tuned: she’s reportedly making a cameo in the pilot … maybe she can still fit in her old costume.