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Justice League - Zatanna Redesign by Femmes-Fatales Justice League - Zatanna Redesign by Femmes-Fatales
Justice League redesigns, part 10 of 12.

Having asked you all pick your favourite Justice League members from a selective list, Zatanna placed third overall. Out of 94 votes, she received 11.

Zatanna Zatara would readily admit to being a Daddy's Girl. Growing up watching his stage shows, Zatanna was inspired by his theatrics and pursued a career all her own on the stage. After the death of her parents, she took it upon herself to be their mystic successor and has become one of the world's most powerful sorcerers but also continues her father's legacy as a magician. When she and gal pal Dinah Lance (AKA Black Canary) aren't shopping on Fifth Avenue or scoping out Zatanna's competition on Broadway, they're fighting crime on the Justice League. She's since become close friends with the other female League members as well as Martian Manhunter. She also enjoys indulging in some seemingly harmless flirting with Batman as she sees it as an exercise in poking fun at his sullen demeanour which she understands to be an act. After all, it takes a performer to know a performer.

Zatanna is another tough character to design due to the fact that her sexy magician outfit is so synonymous with her character. As such, I really wanted to pay homage to that but really rework it into something a little more heroic. That meant eliminating the jacket and really reshaping everything into being a bodice with a lot of structure. It references her stage costume but it's obviously not the same. I accessorized her look with some crisp white gloves, a silver medallion with a 'Z' on it (an heirloom from her father) and a pair of moon and star earrings (a gift from her mother). Naturally, I had to toss in a rabbit. Why not, right?


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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Sonja-from-Finland Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
Zatanna has great design and I like how it's obviously based on her magician costume, but made into more superhero-like bodysuit. Infact the only negatives I find in this design, is the heels which would be very hard to walk in let alone do heroics in (though magic could be used to justify such design, either she magics them into flats when fighting or she has put a spell on them that prevents her from twisting her ankles/loosing balance) and the fact that the bodce is too low cut, she would be constantly spilling out of it in rather unflattering way, since it needs to be tight to offer support, but same tightness would also push her breasts up and there is nothing on the top to stop her breast from bulging out of the top.
Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My logic is that Zatanna's clothing are enchanted. In essence, they're a glamour and are an illusitory second skin. As such, it wouldn't matter whether she'd be wearing a full-suit of armor or a string bikini since her magicks protect her. Beyond that, Zatanna is a defensive character who doesn't engage in hand-to-hand combat.

Believe me, functionality is very important to me when I design costumes. I always consider the character's personality and abilities. I'd never put someone like Batgirl in a cleavage-bearing ensemble and I'd never depict Emma Frost like a modest nun.
Sonja-from-Finland Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
Sorry if I come across as rude in the comment, I'm not meaning to, but I'm not native speaker so I might be formating it wrong(and we are quite rude in Finland even, when we are being polite).

But Zatanna would still need to move around and I don't think she is so invulnerable due to magic that she would never need to dodge an attack, so such extreme heels don't make sense to me. A thicker or slightly lower heels would just make more sense to me, but I do admit that my knowledge about Zatanna is very limited, so maybe she is able to use a magic shield that protects her constantly and takes so much time to break that the rest of the team can come to her rescue.

I don't actually have issue with cleavage, it's the shape of the neckline and the fact that it honestly is difficult to keep large breasts inside low-cut bodices. It's mostly the fact that I have very large breasts myself and I know just by looking at an outfit, if it would actually stay in the correct place, and such extreme cleavage just pushes breasts up and they bulge out slowly. With that outfit Zatanna would constantly be adjusting her neckline and pushing her breasts back inside the bodice, but at least she has the magic excuse for the lack of wardrobe malfunctions.
I do notice the fact that you consider the superheroines personality when designing her outfit, since lot of people just make the superheroines sexy and make the costumes far too revealing/impractical for the characters personality. Batgirl, and honestly any non powered heroine, doesn't make sense in revealing clothes, because they can actually be injured just by tripping over their own feet, let alone fighting some villains. Emma Frost is very sexy though I do wish she would wear more clothes than underwear, since she's what 30 or 40 and honestly it would look horribly trashy in real life even on a younger woman, but a(n almost) middle-aged woman(even with great figure and great beauty) would just look ridiculous(maybe she wants people to underestimate her as Ms.Fanservice?).
Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No worries! :)

Like I said, her clothing would be a glamour. Glamours are magical enchantments that alters one's physical appearance in an illusitory fashion. In other words, the clothing you're seeing is an illusion created by her magic.

Emma Frost isn't 40-years-old. According to Grant Morrison's run on New X-Men, she is in her late-20s. For her to dress differently, it would significantly alter her character and she would cease being the same character we know and love. It's restrictive to place all women under a regulated rule of what they should and shouldn't wear depending on their age. Fashion is an extension of one's personality after all.
Sonja-from-Finland Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014
Glamour is the one English word that I'm just totally incabable of understanding, because it seems like illusion, but then seems to be so physical that I just get confused about what it means. :D

I actually wrote super long comment here about why I dislike the super revealing and trashy costumes, but it's kind of off topic, since this is about your Zatanna design, so I just erased it.
I don't really have anything against sexy designs, but there just are limits for me to take character seriously and believe other characters view them as serious, badass  and mature women, not as Miss Fanservices.
I also assumed that Emma was so old, because she has existed as a character longer than I have been alive and she's obviously much older than the most of the "grown up" X-Men. I though Jean Grey and Cyclops were in their 30's by now, so I figured that Emma needed to be a decade older. :D But all of the grown superheroes seem to be way younger than I assume them to be, so maybe I'm just poor at estimating comicbook characters ages.
Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Glamour has two meanings. The first refers to style and fashion, while the latter is a term Wiccans use to refer to an enchantment that temporarily alters your physical appearance. If you've watched The Craft, Sarah uses her magic to alter her eye and hair colour. That's a glamour.

Revealing costumes are fine when they suit the character. Some artists do go too far, but we've entered into an era in comics where revealing costumes are now relegated to the characters whose personality lends themselves to those looks (I.e. Starfire, Harley Quinn, Emma Frost).
Sonja-from-Finland Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
The style and fashion meaning I understand and it's actually what confuses me about the other meaning, since I'm left uncertain if glamour actually causes physical changes or if it's an illusion.

I guess I would like it if the costumes would actually be physically possible in real world, like some of Starfire and Emma Frosts costumes would require them to also have a power like glueskin, to justify the "frontless" design, like these ones have:… and…
Starfires classic costume is tolerable, because I can actually see it staying on without glue and that the artist doesn't actually show it when the top slips of a breast etc. I do also tolerate the designs that give Emma Frost pants, because it makes her tops look less like underwear and more like short and strapless tops(doesn't help that her "panties" tend to be hideous like the one used with the frontless top or thongs/strings(I'm not sure of the difference)).
Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It depends on the individual person's definition and, in fiction, the mythology of the magic in that universe. It can be a physical transformation or an illusion.

A well-known trick amongst women in the entertainment industry is double-stick tape. That's how Jennifer Lopez avoided a wardrobe malfunction while wearing her infamous Versace jungle green Grammy dress. That's reality.

In comics, costumes work differently. For instance, the X-Men's costumes are comprised of unstable molecules. This creates a second skin for the user and defies physical conventions. As such, it would be able to adhere to the skin and prevent exposure. Some mutants are also able to manipulate them. Storm, for instance, uses electricity to manipulate these molecules in order to transform in and out of her costume much like Wonder Woman's Wonder Spin.

Starfire also hails from another galaxy and planet. We have no idea what their materials and technology is like. Presumably, her armor adheres to her skin. If I'm not mistaken, her powers also sprig from absorption of solar energy (like Superman). More skin exposure means more power. Beyond that, her culture (Pre-New 52) was shown to be scantily clad. Her brother, for instance, was almost always drawn shirtless and in briefs.
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L1701E Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Not a bad redesign at all.

I'd love to see your take on Firestorm. That, and I'd like to see you tackle some of the more obscure Leaguers like Triumph or Moon Maiden.
QTcomics Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
BloodTalonHero Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Cute rabbit. The costume is similar to the pre-Flashpoint one but more detailed. The bodice looks great and I really like the design on the boots. Love it.

I'm excited to see how Diana will turn out. :)
Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I'm glad you like those particular elements.

Diana and Bruce are both inked and ready to be edited and coloured. Diana's a little special since she's going to have a variant costume included. However, with a bunch of commissions on my plate we'll see if she and Bruce get done in time for this weekend.
mpz28 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
very nice :)
Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, Zee is a pretty cool character.
SirKev66 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
I am a sucker for a well drawn Zatanna and this definitely qualifies. Nice touch with the collar that calls back her outfit from her first time as a JLA member. Thankfully that is all you took as that was not a good outfit!

Really enjoy your drawings.
Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I'm glad you think Zatanna is well-drawn here. I definitely wanted to reference her superhero costume but had a hard time picking out an element that would work and wouldn't look silly. The "Z" medallion worked out well enough.
Jyger85 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YES. Love it. :D
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