Wonder Woman's Changing Clothes

Cristen Conger

What do you give a superhero to commemorate her 600th comic book? A new outfit, of course.

On Wednesday, DC Comics revealed a revamped Wonder Woman with a revised background story and more modest crime-fighting clothes.* Instead of the American flag-esque bustier and hot pants Lynda Carter wore so well, Wonder Women will now wear full-coverage tights and a bolero over a higher-cut bustier.

The costume change as a way to reinvigorate the series that has sold since 1941, and DC Comics is angling to score Wonder Woman a movie like her other (male) crime-fighting compatriots including Batman, Spiderman and...Ghost Rider? J. Michael Straczynski, the new Wonder Woman writer, explained to the New York Times that he envisioned the more modest costume - which still covers a very curvaceous body - as a way align the Wonder Woman's persona more with today's strong female:

"She's been locked into pretty much the exact same outfit since her debut in 1941," Mr. Straczynski wrote. "If you're going to make a statement about bringing Wonder Woman into the 21st century, you need to be bold and you need to make it visual. I wanted to toughen her up, and give her a modern sensibility."

Of course the original, more revealing costume passed the feminist test for Gloria Steinem back in 1972 when Wonder Woman was taking names in those satin shorts. That year, Steinem featured the brunette superhero on the inaugural cover of Ms. magazine.

*Thanks to listener Esteban for sending over the article!

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