Infographic Charts the Evolution of Wonder Woman's Costume from the 1940's to Today

Thursday, 13 August 2015 - 10:25AM
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Thursday, 13 August 2015 - 10:25AM
Infographic Charts the Evolution of Wonder Woman's Costume from the 1940's to Today
Wonder Woman has certainly been controversial at times, but there's no denying that she's one of the most iconic superheroes of all time (and certainly the most iconic female superhero). Her costume is a huge part of her public persona, and with Gal Godot set to don the infamous breastplate in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and then 2017's Wonder Woman solo movie, Costume Discounters provided this handy infographic that shows how Godot's iteration of the character compares to past versions, going all the way back to the character's inception in 1941:

Infographic Charts Evolution of Wonder Woman's Costume

There are a few issues with the infographic; first, Adrianne Palicki's version of Wonder Woman was for an unaired pilot, not a TV movie, and it's odd that they would include this costume, which technically never saw the light of day, but miss several comics variations. Plus, we can only assume that her costume in Wonder Woman will be the same as her garb in Batman v Superman.

But still, it's fascinating to see the evolution of the costume over the years, especially since it's roughly parallel to the state of the women's movement. You can clearly see how the character went from being the stereotypically sexualized female superhero during the first wave of feminism, and then was almost entirely gender neutral when the second wave started in the 60's, then had a disastrous dominatrix-type costume during the 90's postfeminism backlash, and then had a practical costume, pants and all, for a brief shining moment before being handed to Zack Snyder, who is responsible for sexist dreck like Sucker Punch. Godot's costume isn't terrible or anything, but it could certainly be more progressive.

Batman v Superman hits theaters on March 25, 2016, while the Wonder Woman solo film comes out on June 23, 2017.

Via Blastr.
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