Great Hera! At DC Universe, we’re all simply wonderstruck by Wonder Woman’s golden armor in the kaleidoscopic new poster for Wonder Woman 1984 (as revealed by the film's director Patty Jenkins yesteday via Twitter). But we also know our history: this is far from the first time Diana’s fashion choices have shocked the world. To maybe a greater extent than any other A-List DC Super Hero, Wonder Woman’s look has been radically interpreted time and again. Take a look at her costume below and then read up on 5 of the most daring pieces in Wonder Woman’s wardrobe. Get your speculation engines revving on whether any of them will be seen when Wonder Woman 1984 opens on June 5th, 2020!
LEISURE SUIT LARIAT
Perhaps the definitive Wonder Woman storyline of the Silver Age and/or Bronze Age began in Wonder Woman #178, when Diana found herself pulled in two directions: while her people prepare for a long-awaited journey for Themyscira to ascend to a higher plane of existence, Steve Trevor, the love of her life, has been framed for murder. Ultimately, Diana chose to remain in the mortal world, abandoning her mantle as Wonder Woman and the incredible powers that came with it. She ALSO chose a brand new wardrobe, sporting a wide variety of those mad mod outfits of the 1960s. But most memorable of them all was her pure white color scheme, visually representing the tabula rasa she had made of her life. As the first issue of the storyline asks, without her connection to Paradise Island, without her powers, "Who Is Wonder Woman?" Later, the white jumpsuit from this era would return for Wonder Woman’s “One Year Later” storyline, as the signature look of her re-established civilian identity Diana Prince.
As fans of John Barrowman on DC Universe's DC Daily can attest, perhaps just as famous as Wonder Woman’s costume changes is how she executes them. Throughout the 1970s Wonder Woman television series, an exuberant 180 degree pirouette is enough to magically change Diana’s street clothes into her Wonder Woman raiments — or whatever variety of her suit is called for. The most unique of these transformations may be her star-spangled wetsuit, complete with a tiara-patterned bathing cap which protects her carefully managed hair as she plumbs the depths of the Pacific coastline. And when a motorcycle chase is called for, Diana’s diving suit doubles as her chosen biker gear… with an added helmet for safety, of course.
BELTS AND BIKER SHORTS
And speaking of biker gear, well… look. Before you judge, understand that the '90s were a different time. All the DC Super Heroes were dressing like this, trying to out-extreme and over-edge each other. And with with Diana having recently lost the title of Wonder Woman to her rival Artemis of the Bana-Mighdall, can you really blame a gal for trying something different? If you’d like to witness Diana’s journey through the wild storm of the image-obsessed nineties, the story begins in Wonder Woman #93.
JIM LEE’S 21ST CENTURY WOMAN
It’s easy to forget with the much wider line relaunch that came with the New 52 in 2011, but one of the biggest comic book headlines of 2010 was the dramatic changes that writer J. Michael Straczynski and artist Jim Lee were bringing to Diana for the historic Wonder Woman #600, in both story and costume. Some frankly dubious claims were made at the time that this was Wonder Woman’s first significant costume change since her debut in 1941 — though as we can clearly see from this list, no one putting forth such an idea was grasping a Golden Lasso of Truth. Once again divorced from her past on Paradise Island, Diana dug her '90s blue bomber jacket out of the closet, and paired it with a more sensible top and dark leggings (which some people went MAD over, let us tell you). In retrospect, the whole ensemble actually looks pretty nice. But it wouldn’t be long before Jim Lee drafted a redesign hewing closer to her classic look for the New 52.
Some eagle-eyed readers have already spotted a potential source of inspiration for the daring look showcased in this week’s new Wonder Woman 1984 poster: the gold-plated, winged armor of Mark Waid and Alex Ross’s Kingdom Come, as donned by Diana during a climactic battle of the gods. Nothing short of operatic in its scope, the Wagner-invoking Valkyrie look was certainly appropriate in capturing the dramatic tone of the material… though it has a certain Hawkwoman vibe to it. If this was in fact a starting point for the 2020 film’s armor -- and at this point, we’re willing to bet 5 silver drachma on that -- then, if anything, it seems the costume department may have been exercising RESTRAINT in their design. But who knows? If this new poster teaches us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected from Wonder Woman 1984...