Wonder Woman’s latest costume reflects her new standing in the DC universe

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Superheroes! It seems just about every week, a hero decides to hang their regular costume up for something new and improved. Before going back to the old costume a year or two later. There’s a new Batman in Gotham these days. Superman is rocking a simple jeans and T-shirt look.

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And now the final member of DC’s trinity, will also be donning some new threads. Threads which carry some significance as Wonder Woman embarks on new adventures.

Before we get going, remember, SPOILERS. THOU HAST BEEN WARNED!

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If you’ve been following Wonder Woman lately, you’d see that the character has become more than just a Themyscirian emissary who happens to stop weekly threats to reality and our planet. Diana is now a hero, a diplomat, queen of the Amazons and most importantly, the new god of war.

And her new look is meant to embrace her attitude towards becoming a true Wonder Woman. That’s according to writer Meredith Finch, who explained to CBR how the costume evolved to be more in line with the suits that the rest of the Justice League wears, which David Finch designed.

“One of things Dave and I discussed was that the initial costume that she wore was the one that she put on when she left Themyscira and went into the world of men”, Finch said.

At that time, she wasn’t part of the Justice League. She was just herself. I wanted the costume to be more in line with what other members of the Justice League are wearing. I also wanted it to be in line with the fact that she is a queen now.

If you look at the costume that Hippolyta wore — traditionally, queens tend to put on much more ceremonial costumes. And, she’s also a warrior, so I wanted to be a really strong, solid costume. It hints at the Amazon culture but also fits in the modern world.

While Wonder Woman is no stranger to costume redesigns, she’s always gone back to her traditional star-spangled look. This Hephaestus-designed costume however, is a proper reflection of the current Wonder Woman and her standing in the DC Universe, according to Finch:

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If you look at the sketch designs that Dave did (published in “Wonder Woman” #41) for the new costume, first and foremost, they are all intended to be reflective of the character. And when you find something that works, it’s like a title for a book: It just works.

Dave did quite a few costume designs, and once he did the one that we landed on, it worked instantly for both of us. Getting approval from DC Editorial was fairly easy, because looking at it, the costume just has a synergy with the character.

It’s strong and reflective of who Diana is, and is still very recognizable as a Wonder Woman costume.

The nice thing is that because it’s a new suit, if we decide that we want to add something to it, we’ll be able to do that. But looking at who she is right now, she’s not just Wonder Woman and an Amazon princess — she’s Wonder Woman and the God of War.

As a god, she really is invincible. The suit is much more a reflection of who she is than an addition to who she is. But to be fair, it was designed by Hephaestus, so I am sure there is something special in there because he does love her.

I like it! There’s a certain feeling of royalty to the suit, that emphasises the fact that Diana is a queen and one of the most dangerous people in the DC universe, a fact hammered home by the fact that she now has a position amongst the Greek pantheon of gods.

It’s like a winter version of Xena’s iconic armour, ready to kick ass and take some names.

Last Updated: June 24, 2015

Darryn Bonthuys

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