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Wonder Woman Wednesday: Did John Byrne Design Wonder Woman’s Movie Costume?

Hola, Wonder-Philes! This week, we’re going to discuss whether legendary comic book creator John Byrne designed Wonder Woman’s movie costume.

Ever since the first image of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman from BVS was revealed, her costume left Wonder fans cold – the largest complaint being that the colors were too dark and that it was too reminiscent of Xena, Warrior Princess. She also had a sword which caused quite a ruckus.

Now, Wonder Woman has had many costumes over her 75 year run. Some amazing (George Perez, Adam Hughes – my favorites) and some not so favorites (I, Ching, Agent Prince.) The reason Wonder Woman’s costume was red, yellow, and blue was because Superman proved to be successful with those colors. And it was wartime, so they wanted to promote patriotic colors. She’s basically stayed true to her roots by maintaining certain elements of her costume. Tiara? Check. Red and gold bodice? Check. Some form of star-spangled blue bottoms ? Check. Red Boots and the magic lasso? Check.

So, during writer/artist John Byrne’s run on Wonder Woman, he bumped off Wonder Woman. (It was a thing in the ’90.), leaving the world without a Wonder Woman. Luckily, Queen Hippolyta, Wonder Woman’s mother, immediately took over the mantle of Wonder Woman in grand Joan Crawford fashion. Then, she immediately went into the past to join the Justice Society of America and help them fight in World War 2.

Byrne did redesign the costume for Hippolyta, and it looks exactly like the movie version. You don’t believe me? Inverted tiara, sword, shield, and skirt thingy. And giant gauntlets. It’s the same costume!

I realize the alterations were likely a coincidence, and I’m sure Zack Snyder would never lift something directly from a comic book for the big screen. Oh, wait…

So, I guess we’ll never know for sure.  What do you think? I’m not sure if it’s intentional, but hey, there aren’t any conspiracy theories about Wonder Woman, and I wouldn’t mind starting one. Mwah! Mwah! hah ha!

That’s a wrap! See you next week! As always check out our sister Facebook Page, “I Am Wonder Fan,” 
and, as always, follow me on Instagram (@MichaelFitzTroy).

Michael Fitzgerald Troy, Fanbase Press Contributor



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