DC. Do you know how a costume becomes iconic? It starts with not changing your mind about it every year. Sure, people didn’t like Wonder Woman with the pants. But you know what? It worked. She was far more believable as a warrior and as a woman. How many women do you know that would go to battle, or anywhere other than the beach, in the outfit you have Wonder Woman in? You shouldn’t have backed down on the pants. People would warm up to them. And given time, it could have become more iconic than the bathing suit.
This is the originally solicited image for the cover of Wonder Woman #1 after DC’s big reset (or whatever). Art by Cliff Chang. I was really fond of this take on the outfit, and I was glad that she was still wearing the pants. However, when official preview artwork started making it’s way out, we were treated to a much different image.
Why did they change their mind? It’s probably because “fans” hated the new costume, hated their “beloved” character wearing PANTS! “Wonder Woman would never wear pants!” [Actual quote from a CBR forum member]. Wait, what? She’d never wear pants?
The truth is, the people in charge of DC Comics have never known what to do with the character of Wonder Woman. And this is just another example of them worrying more about what she looks about than telling good stories.
Sometimes, DC makes it really difficult to be a Wonder Woman fan though I will never give up on her.