From Tantalizing to… Pantalizing

Normally milestones are celebrated in a variety of joyous occasions. Parties are thrown, bottles of champagne are popped, “special edition” versions of items are released, or, if you’re the cast of The Hills, you’ll go to Costa Rica for copious amounts of alcohol and drama. According to an article the CS Monitor released today, the #600 issue in the Wonder Woman series will release a newly fashioned superhero to the world.

Meet the 2010 Wonder Woman:

Kidding…sort of. Here’s the actual 2010 version of Wonder Woman, in her all new pant-suited glory:

This comes as a really big change from the original Wonder Woman getup. It’s like watching Miley Cyrus growing up, only backwards.

Wonder Woman...before

Some things are still original about her outfit. I mean, she’s still got the original bodysuit underneath all that…pleather. DC has really done it this time with a celebratory re-design, because nothing screams “superhero” more than a sketch from Lindsay Lohan’s clothing line. According to J. Michael Straczynski, the new getup “reflects her origins in both the outside world and the world of Amazons: tough, elegant…a street-fighter’s look which also incorporates elements of her classic design . . . it reflects the two sides warring for ultimate victory, and underscores the path she must take.” Designed by DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee, “it’s a Wonder Woman look designed for the 21st century.”

Honestly, I think this is less about toughness and elegance than it is about trying to make one decent role model for kids these days. Rather than simply kicking ass and taking names, the new Wonder Woman is still good-looking, less overwhelming in the sex appeal department, and has hair that even Tyra Banks can’t attain in a weave. The new Wonder Woman still has a body that’s comparable to Heidi Montag version 3.2, but dressed far more modestly than today’s entertainment industry standards.

That being said, I don’t think DC Comics necessarily did this as a rebuttal to fans asking the usefulness of her outfit – because in the past, a one-piece swimsuit was useful for spiking comic book sales in the ages 13-20 male population. Now that being scantily clad is the new trend, with celebrities simply letting body parts fall where they may (i.e. Britney Spears), I think DC Comics did this as a testament to their comic-book fan base; underneath all that material is the idea that you don’t necessarily have to be barely clothed to be successful.

by Jennifer Kearney

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