Though not as well-known as the rogue's galleries of her fellow Leaguers Batman and Superman, Wonder Woman's bevy of baddies are extremely dangerous and are some of the most terrifying villains the DC Universe has to offer. I decided to redesign a handful of Wonder Woman's most memorable and most interesting foes as part of my re-imagined DC Universe. The third piece I've done is the fire-wielding Priestess of the Crimson Flame, Zara.
Zara is about as Z-list as they come when you think of Wonder Woman villains. She's almost exclusively a Golden Age villain who disappeared as the years went by. In her original origin, she was said to be an Arab girl who was once a slave despite the fact that she was depicted as a Caucasian redhead with a French accent. I decided to expand her origin. Sold into slavery by her father, Zara spent years as a victim who suffered from daily abuse. When she became a teenager, her metahuman abilities manifested. She burnt her village to the ground Carrie-style and began roaming across the Middle East, assembling her own cult of female warriors. The Cult of the Crimson Flame was dedicated to doling out vengeance against the men Zara felt were harming women. Her extreme and violent behaviour put her on the radar of the Amazing Amazon known as Wonder Woman. With Wonder Woman as an enemy, Zara was sought out by Queen Clea and her growing organization of villainesses whose sole goal was to ruin and destroy Wonder Woman. Zara joined willingly. Despite her pyrokinetic abilities, Zara is a level-headed individual who is cold and calculating with her plans. Though she possesses a terrifying temper, she is the silent type and is a mistress of manipulation.
When it came to her design, I wanted Zara to look like a sensual belly dancer. I wanted her sexuality as the forefront as a way of pushing against the expected norms of a woman of her geographical background. I also wanted her to look Middle Eastern so her skintone is richer and her hair colour is dark. The costume itself actually resembles Jade's from Mortal Kombat (that was both intentional and unintentional). I went with a red colour scheme to reference her powers as well as her sensuality. I hope you all like it!
Remember, all the other DC Comics redesigns I've done can be found in my gallery. Also, the information here is a creative and speculative re-imagining of the character so it is all effectively non-canon.
You can check out more Wonder Woman-related redesigns below.