Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Wonder Woman Gets A Questionable Makeover
My not so deep, dark secret: My husband reads comic books.
Oh, excuse me, graphic novels. Snicker. As you can imagine, I give him a lot of grief for this, but as he pointed out to me, revisiting a harmless childhood hobby like that isn't such a bad midlife crisis, compared to what some dudes do. True dat.
I figured he'd be proud then when I was able to talk comics with him and chat up Wonder Woman's new outfit. I'd heard a story on NPR about how Wonder Woman is getting a makeover. That had my attention. Comics — who cares? But Wonder Woman? She's been my idol since I was 7. I spent hours in the backyard spinning myself silly because I thought — scratch that, I knew — I could turn into her, just like Diana Prince did on the old '70s TV show.
His response: "Eh, I don't care about DC Comics."
But, back to the true subject at hand: a fashion critique. Naturally I'm all for girl power and stuff, what with the XX chromosomes and all, but I just can't get on board with the argument that this so-called makeover brings her into the 21st century. I hate that outfit. It's....biker blah. Very pedestrian. She doesn't look like she's going to fight crime — she's going to Express to see if any of those pants will fit over her thighs.
Where's the flash? Where's the glam? Where's the plain wonder?
Say what you will about how hoochie the other outfit was, but it's iconic. This is Wonder Woman. Yes, it showed a lot of skin but covering up the body in a skintight costume doesn't exactly de-hooch it, eh Catwoman?
And don't even get me started on the flat, shapeless hair.
Perhaps a new outfit isn't as pressing as a T3 blow dryer. Bet she could trade in the lasso of truth for one.