Spoiler: I really like the Wonder Woman armour…but I do have One Small Complaint. Or maybe boob plate counts as Two Small Complaints.
By contrast, I am going to argue that battle lingerie is truly and sincerely more practical than King’s Bounty: Inadequately Armored Princess’s getup.
– the @bikiniarmorbattledamage Tumblr
– this link on the costumes of Wonder Woman in their historical context.
We’ve been getting a few requests for comment on Amanda Weaver’s write up on the armor in Wonder Woman but I’ve been refraining from talking about it too much for a few reasons:
- Like @jillbearup, I do not envy anyone who had to balance the all the demands of the people who got a say in how the movie looked
- Amanda Weaver’s article also seems to be written with the understanding that Costumers don’t get to dictate the overall look, rather they have to meet the expectations of directors, producers, etc.
- Aspects such as the materials and techniques used in different periods and cultures are pretty fascinating to costume/armor nerds. It’s good stuff and Lindy Hemming clearly did her research and a lot of hard work.
- Due to the last time they made a costume for a live action Wonder Woman the bar for improvement was so low the only way you could trip on it was if you dug it out of bedrock.
- The problems with the Amazon armor design seem to be less the fault of the movie team(s) and more the fault of Warner Bros/DC Comics wanting a particular look for their amazons, mostly likely due to not wanting to oppose seventy-six years of branding
And the last one is particularly a shame since the one of the early movies in the current generation of superhero films not only chose to move away from the iconic costumes, made fun of them… and fans enjoyed it:
Ultimately the flaws with the amazons costumes in the movie reflect that bigger problem that, unlike Superman and Batman, Wondy isn’t allowed to be re-invented so she be a part of the real world. Particularly due to a misguided lack of confidence in female character and partially due to an ancient myth.