This is the seventh in a series of character redesigns for an imagined Wonder Woman live-action television series as produced by myself initially based off George Perez's iconic run on the Post-Crisis title. Here we have the mother-daughter duo Julia and Vanessa Kapatelis!
Of all of Wonder Woman's allies, the Kapatelis family are probably the most obscure despite being perhaps the most important. Julia served as Wonder Woman's guide to Man's World when Diana first arrived in America and helped the Amazon Princess to learn English. She's also aided her in battle more than once. In addition to this, Julia really became like a surrogate mother for Diana while she was in America. Vanessa, meanwhile, served as the little sister Diana didn't have (in Post-Crisis continuity at that point). The two were very close and Diana's influence in Vanessa's life helped to show how beneficial it is to have such a good role model as Wonder Woman present. I really love Julia and Vanessa as characters and am dismayed by their eventual removal from Wonder Woman's comics. To add insult to injury, Julia and Vanessa were plagiarized when John Byrne created Helena and Cassie Sandsmark. They are carbon copies of Julia and Nessie. Luckily, Phil Jimenez brought Julia and Nessie back later on to create some fantastic drama (and a great catfight between Cassie and Nessie). For me, I see these two as being essential to the series and really as being the centre for everything. They are a stabilized influence in Diana's life and I wouldn't want to phase them out.
When it came to coming up with new looks for Julia and Vanessa, I wanted to go the opposite for Julia but simply do an update for Vanessa. In the comics, Julia was very plain and at times frumpy. Rather than perpetuate this I wanted Julia to essentially look like Meryl Streep at a charity event or casual red carpet. Overall, Julia's look is really Meryl Streep-inspired and I think she looks fierce. I imagine her being "the cool Professor" (made even cooler by having Wonder Woman live with her). It's also worth mentioning that I made purple Julia's signature colour in order to further link her to Hippolyta and imply a maternal link to Diana. Nessie, meanwhile, I wanted to give a very casual appearance. I wanted her to remain the plain Jane she was in the comics but I updated her to look more like teenagers in the present. Of course, I also wanted her outfit to reflect her being a fan of Diana's so I purposely made her look a little like she'd be a Wonder Girl. Overall, I'm quite happy with how this mother-daughter duo came out.
Helena and Cassie Sandsmark... eat your frumpy and whiny hearts out.
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