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Posted on Thu, Jul 8, 2010 : 12:28 p.m.

Wonder Woman's new gear: Love it or hate it?

By Jen Eyer

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Wonder Woman has a new look, and I'm loving it.

Apparently I'm in good company — Project Runway's Tim Gunn approves of it, too. From

Unveiled this past Tuesday by publisher DC Comics, Wonder Woman’s new, more covered-up, outfit has received a decidedly mixed and sometimes downright hostile reaction from fans and observers.

...“Project Runway” personality Tim Gunn has made a career out of having good fashion sense, and he’s squarely in the “pro” camp.

“I love Wonder Woman’s new look,” Gunn told Newsarama writer Alan Kistler. “This new look says, ‘I’m confident, I’m powerful, I’m sexy, and don’t mess with me.’ Furthermore, she looks like a citizen of the real world rather than a creature from another land.”

He also points out that the new, less costume-y outfit should allow her to "morph into situations in a less noticeable manner and, thereby be even more effective at combating evil doers."

Indeed. Not to mention that it will be much less chilly for our dressed-up daughters on Halloween.

Jen Eyer is on the Community Team at She leads the Parenting and Pets sections, and writes feature stories, blog posts and opinion pieces. She can be reached at 734-623-2577 or



Wed, Jul 21, 2010 : 8:49 p.m.

It took true courage to dress like the original Wonder Women like Linda carter did.She clearly demonstrate the power of femininity and the fearless of a True Super Hero,just by her appearance alone.Girls/women need a strong roll model,as Linda Carter was who projected femininity Bioko and beauty.This new "attempt" is just another Superman in boxer shorts.There is no real pizzas here,just a jumble of flea market mix and match clothing to help young girls identify with what they wish they could wear.What's tragically missing is that,with the Original Wonder Women,unlike this new wannabe,everyone knew what the "Wonder",was.It was that we were all Wondering how she did all that cool stuff and still kept her top from bouncing off,up or out.The only thing I'll be wondering about the new WW is when will she be replaced again;and I hope it's real soon.


Sat, Jul 10, 2010 : 7:19 p.m.

jeff4179 I am also envious of your brilliant comment. well done.


Fri, Jul 9, 2010 : 10:02 a.m.

jeff4179 - wonderful comment-I'm jealous I didn't think of it first! Readers - Wonder Woman's costume predates Lynda Carter by many years in DC comics. Lynda's was almost an exact copy of the comic character's. Of course, Lynda was a little more fun to watch...

Rob Caplis

Fri, Jul 9, 2010 : 8:35 a.m.

Actually, Lynda Carter loves the new costume: "I think Wonder Woman has a mind of her own. And I think she was just kind of ready for something new. She's got an attitude and if this is the new thing that she wants to wear, well, by God, she's going to wear it. And I like that. And I hope that in the story someone mentions, where's the old one? And she says, get over it!"


Fri, Jul 9, 2010 : 7:56 a.m.

jeff4179: Ditto. Awesome comment. I just feel so cared for, protected, warm and fuzzy knowing that my City Counci is looking out for me.


Fri, Jul 9, 2010 : 6:45 a.m.

They say that one measure of our economic confidence is how conservative our clothes are. During recessions, particularly severe recessions, skirt hemlines drop, guys put back on the ties, and suits come back into style. That change of costume makes it look like we're we're much less confident today than in the past, which is probably true. And remember that when the original costume was drawn, air conditioning was much less common. Would anyone have wanted to run around all day running and catching bad guys in the heat of the past few days in the getup above? That looks like a great spring/fall costume. It looks way too hot right now.


Fri, Jul 9, 2010 : 5:48 a.m.

Linda Carter definitely will not approve this.

Brian Bundesen

Thu, Jul 8, 2010 : 8:49 p.m.

@ jeff4179: Best comment I've seen on


Thu, Jul 8, 2010 : 8:36 p.m.

Perfect-from a sociological standpoint; the darker colors, the much more covered and protected appearance; the somewhat bellicose motif. All are suggestive of and reflective of a change in social mood, from bright, confident, expansionary, to dark, depressionary, potentially adversarial. This outfit would not have worked during the recent great bull market. Now, it 'seems' right. At least for a few years, until the next rise. Some new fashions throughout the western world are showing similar trends.


Thu, Jul 8, 2010 : 6:55 p.m.

Not sure why people are getting so worked up about this. The costume is being introduced in the context of a storyline. Her traditional costume will inevitably return when that storyline is finished.

Theresa Taylor

Thu, Jul 8, 2010 : 4:03 p.m.

Some things are sacred. I am NOT a fan!!

Top Cat

Thu, Jul 8, 2010 : 3:59 p.m.

Sorry but Tim Gunn is not capable of truly appreciating how "wonderful" Lynda Carter looked in the original outfit. Now THERE was a superhero. The image above is something you see on the streets of Royal Oak on most night.


Thu, Jul 8, 2010 : 3:32 p.m.

I'm waiting to hear the Ann Arbor City Council debate on this issue before forming my opinion.

Macabre Sunset

Thu, Jul 8, 2010 : 2:52 p.m.

I don't know. Seems the equivalent of putting a burqua on Aquaman.