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This is the first 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. First up is the star herself, Princess Diana AKA Wonder Woman.

When it came to designing Wonder Woman's costume for the show, I simply had to revisit a previous design I'd done. I wanted it to have a definite Greek influence to it as I imagine the armour would have been made on Themyscira. As such, she has a typical Greek battle skirt and a more structured leather bodice. She's also given straps. A strapless costume on Wonder Woman, no matter how iconic, is still eye-roll worthy considering the fact that her breasts would pop out of it within five seconds of heading into battle. I also stylized the golden circles that hold the straps together to include Ws in them. It may look busy in my style but this is intended to be a costume worn in real life so construction is essential. I hope you all like it. :)

Stay tuned for more Wonder Woman-related redesigns!
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AndyofIndiana Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist
I love this!  Favorite!
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, I appreciate that.
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MadFacedkid Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
This should of been her rebooted design or something similar. Love the battle skirt.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, but this is actually an old design. I've since updated it as part of my massive redesign series of the DC Universe. You can see the updated version here: femmes-fatales.deviantart.com/…
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ralphuniverse Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
I like the straps, I like the skirt. The boots not so much. How about giving her greaves of a similar design as her bracelets so they would match.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is actually an old design. I recently redid the design as part of my re-imagined DC Universe series. You can check it out in my gallery.
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ragdollfun Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
I love this redesign!
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.
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Snoopykatlover Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
love it alll BUT the skirt NEEDS to GO!!!
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
And just why is that?
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Snoopykatlover Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
i just hate how they try to make wonder womanmore"appropriate" yet half of the other women have their chest hanging ot(stasrfire,star saphire) Love the artwork and the char. bio. its just me^^kinda like in the new 52 they were about to give my girl pants!!! like WHAT IS THAT?!? but i guess its just me.lol
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
For Wonder Woman, it's never made sense to give her the shorts or the pants right out of the gate because that is not part of the Amazons' fashion lookbook. They adhere to Ancient Grecian styles so it'd be unlikely that they'd send their emissary out in fashions that they wouldn't even be familiar with. To have her dressing in a glorified bathingsuit makes little to no sense. I think people just have this image stuck in their mind of Wonder Woman dressing like she's a stripper and they feel conflicted when they actually see her dressed in something that is functional and appropriate even when it makes the most sense not only for the character but for her history. There is also a thread of people out there who are unable to take Wonder Woman seriously because she prances around in a bathingsuit. Yeah it may look aesthetically pleasing but it's not practical and it doesn't convey the message Diana preaches. Wonder Woman is NOT Starfire so it wouldn't make sense to have her dress like her. My feeling is that characters should always dress appropriately for who they are and it should make sense. It wouldn't make sense for Emma Frost to be wearing a turtleneck just as it wouldn't make sense for Barbara Gordon to be wearing a cleavage-bearing Batsuit. Wonder Woman comes from a time in comic book history when all women wore the standard Beauty Queen bathingsuit costumes so it's time we stopped treating Wonder Woman like she's still a relic from 1941.
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ralphuniverse Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
Actually the original 1941 version wore a short skirt a bit longer and more modest then you gave her. Here is the sketch:


The swim suit works fine in the comics and seems to be prefered by readers. However a TV show or movie is different.  Pants would demean her to just another comic book heroine. The skirt is the way to go, it maintains her femininity but makes more sense.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There's a rather large misconception that Wonder Woman wore a skirt in her first appearances. She wore culottes that gave the impression she wore a skirt. Hardcore WW fans may know that her creator drew her in shorts because his wife felt she shouldn't wear a dress.

(Since when are pants demeaning?)
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ralphuniverse Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
When compared to other characters. Let me try to be clear. We are discussing a movie or TV show.  In my view WW has to be shown as the great female superheroine. Like Superman & Batman are the two great male heros. In our culture WW is the first female super hero people (especially non comics fans) think off.  Therefore she has to be shown better then the rest.

Just about every female superhero character on TV or movies wears pants. Ass kicking, pants wearing super gals are now common.  To put WW im pants would both masculinize her drag her down to their level. She is better then all of them. Her costume needs to accentuate her femininity not hide it.  So forget about pants. The little skirt you draw is certainly appropriate.  

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Ralph
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not sure if you realize it but that comes across as ignorant and mildly sexist. If a woman wears pants she's not feminine?! That seems like a really dated viewpoint. It's also ignorant to the fact that portraying her on-screen in a bathing suit would be ludicrous and people would laugh at it.

I also fail to see how Wonder Woman would be "dragged down" because it implies the action heroines out there are somehow inferior just because they wear pants. It's the 21st century dude, not the 19th.
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Snoopykatlover Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
i thought she wore it because it was idk suitable for mans world in a way. i like the cute bathing suit look, one of my favs. plus its an age old look from waaay back. i like the origionals. except bastman's blue suit look>< true tho, i see where your comming from
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YokoNakajima Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Student
Wonder Woman was in shorts in her first appears in 1941
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Snoopykatlover Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
oh rly. wow thx for the info.^^
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It wasn't suitable for Man's World though. The comics made a point of people criticizing Wonder Woman for her outfit. After all, her outfit would have been HIGHLY inappropriate for a woman to wear in public in 1941.
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Snoopykatlover Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
true, but i guess ppl are cool now with it. considering her new 52 wear, so glad. thats like her trademark wear . im happy they stuck with the original and still do years to come.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Her New 52 outfit is a far cry from her so-called original costume considering her original costume had culottes. I think the newer, modern generation looks for a more contemporary and practical costume for Diana - hence why so many people embrace the Grecian look. I think those that don't are mostly being stubborn and closed-minded.
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YokoNakajima Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Student
I was wondering how do you draw an attached sword on a belt such has wonder woman or amazons
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YokoNakajima Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student
sorry, that question sounds studip any tips are drawing a sword attach to a belt. What I mean is I'm looking at Ancient Armor and the swords are or their sides. Sorry if I'm bothering u
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Now you know? Swords can be strapped anywhere really. Xena wore hers on her back.
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RewindEject Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
I love the more greecian feel to this costume. It always bugged me that hypolytta sent her champion and ambassador of themiscyra into 'Man's World' in a one piece bathing suit. The straps seem to be mostly out of necessity, but it was really creative of you to stylize them as you did. And I agree, she most definitely does need support. I love how you incorporated the clasical eagle and the W monogram; was that your invention or was it derived from somewhere else? My one complaint is that the boots look slightly out of place; with the ancient greek armor look to the rest of this, they look a bit too modern to me.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :) I really appreciate you taking the time to comment on this piece the way you have. Of course, I'm glad you like the elements of the costume particularly those that pertain to the Greek influence. I do think straps are essential to being able to take her costumes seriously. In terms of the incoporation of the WW and the eagle, that's not really my invention since it has been used to some degree by other artists. Mind you, my design here is slightly different from the usual amalgamations. Believe it or not, I do agree with you on the boots because it does seem a little anachronistic. I did have a previous design with more straight-up armoured shin guards over her boots. However, I've always strayed from going full-on Greek with her shoes because so often people expose her toes and I've always seen that as silly. I always imagine Diana wincing as she stubs her toes in battle. Unlike Superman, her skin isn't impervious to damage.
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AndornArakh Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Awesome design, reminds me of her medusa battle armor. I personally think something like this should have been her N52 outfit. It's got the original colors and the same classic look but gives her a stronger, less exposed look.
Only thing I'd add is the frank miller nose guard tiara but thats just me.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The tiara isn't so much a battle piece but rather it's a symbol of her royal status. Phil Jimenez explicitly states that the tiara is a royal one so having a nose guard on it places it more within the context of battle than a piece of jewellery within the Themysciran monarchy. Besides, the nose guard hinders eye sight. Fold a piece of cardboard onto your nose and you'll see what I mean.
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playfulkitty828 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Diana's abilities have been verified. Still unsure whether she or Donna have more abilities, but with the two together the villains wouldn't last more than two pannels if this were to be a comic (I know its supposed to be a show :D).

I think its really awesome that she's multilingual. Its sometimes easy to forget superheroes' more average abilities (Superman's news reportion, Jean Grey's and Peter Parker's knowledge of science, etc), and it's nice to see it brought up.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Though Diana may have plenty of powers you have to remember that Wonder Woman's rogue's gallery, unlike Batman's, is comprised largely of mythological figures whose abilities are often on-par with Wonder Woman's. She fights monsters, witches and divine beings whereas most other comic book characters just fight costumed psychopaths.

Diana's multilingualism is far from being average. It has to do, presumably, with her being semi-divine since she picked up English in a matter of weeks when being taught by Julia Kapatelis. It might be an Amazon thing as well since Queen Hippolyta and Artemis picked up English really quickly. Artemis would also be an interesting example since she doesn't hail from Themyscira yet she still spoke Themysciran plus the Bana-Mighdall variation and learned English when she became Wonder Woman. Also, Jean Grey's knowledge of science is exclusive to the movies and the Ultimate comics. In the 616 universe, Jean Grey wasn't a science expert and the only skill that was really ever emphasized for her were her teaching and fashion abilities.
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playfulkitty828 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
I guess the more powers you give Diana the more powers you have to give her enemies . . . Although it makes perfect sense for an Amazon who is friends with gods from Greek myth to fight monsters from Greek myth
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Urvy1A Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Greek influence works in this redesign you have. The straps work too, it gives more interest to Diana as a warrior rather than a sex symbol. Proof that you do not need a heroine's costume to be strapless for the breasts to pop out, there is more to a strong female character than a sexy outfit.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wearing a sexy outfit isn't a bad thing but it should always suit the character. I've never particularly found Wonder Woman's costume to really be all that sexy as it was just a metallic bathing suit with stars on it so it never really screamed "Damn that's sexy" but I can understand why some would find it that way... for some they see a major showing of skin as equalling sex or sexy. For me, I want to make sure a costume works for the character and that it suits them. I come from a perspective where clothes and fashion is an extension of our personality and that our clothes is our physical presentation of who we are to other people. As such, it just seems a little off that Wonder Woman's would be a bathing suit. Lol.
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playfulkitty828 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
I :heart: it :D The Greek inspired skirt is a nice touch, very creative but suits the character perfectly. I love the straps, actually: I find the gold "W" decorations very stylish, almost like something you could pick out at a store. However I do think that with two-sided tape or clear straps her breasts would not pop out, although straps are clearly more comfortable and more practical.

The idea for a Wonder Woman live action show is great :D
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!

I'm glad you like the individual elements of the costume and the straps in particular. I tend to find that straps fall by the wayside when people do new designs for Wonder Woman. I understand that she's almost always had a strapless costume but I can't help but feel for the poor girl. I'm not a woman but I know full well that breasts need a certain amount of support. While double-stick tape and clear straps are great for prom or wedding or red carpet dresses... it's just not going to cut it for hardcore battles. Diana needs to be locked and loaded in her costume so that she's not worried about her breasts spilling out of her top. It is interesting to think about how Lynda Carter never really spilled out of her costume on the '70s series but, of course, the top was constructed in such a way that it made it difficult for that to happen but still offered very little support.
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playfulkitty828 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
You're welcome!

Although it would technically be possible to fight in a strapless/clear strap costume, it would be much more comfortable and reassuring to have straps. Personally I would go for straps . . .

I think Lynda Carter had a stunt double for the action scenes, didn't she?
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, Lynda Carter had a stunt double usually for the knock-down drag-out catfights and for the super stunts (i.e. whenever Wonder Woman would do super high jumps). However, Carter could frequently be seen taking part in less intense fight scenes and was always did Bullets and Bracelets on her own. The series is also known for its frequent usage of Carter running around for long stretches of time (think: Baywatch or '70s Charlie's Angels) so that was where she was at the highest risk of spillage.
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E-Ocasio Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012   Artist
Wouldn't it be nice if WB finally made a live action feature film or films or her. This design would be great to see in real life!
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes it would. Of course, there are a million and one ways a feature film of Wonder Woman can go wrong. Wonder Woman is often one of the characters adapters get wrong when they bring her to television or animation (though she was written exceptionally well in her animated film).
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E-Ocasio Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012   Artist
I agree. If done I don't it to be the silly fiasco Supergirl was, and then that awful Catwoman Halle Berry movie that had nothing to do with Selina Kyle or the Batman universe:angered: !
I think whoever will be in charge needs to use that animated movie as a reference or blueprint to the script and story. And learn a thing or two from the way Paramount Pictures has made the recent Marvel superhero movies.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The problem is often that the worst comic book films are the ones that venture too far from the character's essential mythology. Whoever does a Wonder Woman film needs to study George Perez or Greg Rucka's work on Wonder Woman's comic book title or else they're doomed to make it suck. The problem, of course, is that Diana's mythology and narrative has been altered drastically in the New 52. If they choose to follow what they're doing in the comics now, it'll be very different from what she's been like for many years.
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E-Ocasio Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012   Artist
Aside from the costume changes on most heroes posted by fans here like yourself, I have no idea about the storyline changes in any of the DC heroes and villains, nor the reasons DC had to do so, because I simply cannot afford to buy comics anymore:blush:.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL! I can sympathize with that. The irony though is that comics are now cheaper than they've been in about a decade (if not longer) and that they're more readily available especially with the advent of digital comics. XD

When it comes to storyline changes, there are too many to describe. However, the reason DC relaunched was two-fold. 1) They wanted a bold new direction for their comics and they needed to fix up their convoluted continuity and 2) they were losing money so they needed something drastic to attract new readers.
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E-Ocasio Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012   Artist
I'm too old:cries: I remember when I bought comics for a dollar or less! Pardon my ignorance but does one has to pay for digital comics as well?:confused: I've seen previews in the DC official site but not the full comic.

Thanks for letting me know why they did this! I'm out of touch, however as a consumer I do sponsor their TV shows, movies and other products every now and then. I just cannot justify buying a number of comics every single month on my incredibly tight budget.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, when you purchase the comics digitally online via official sites you pay a price that is about a $1 or so less than the printed price.
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seanwiccan18 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
I always love when you start a new series of drawings, especially when they are drawing of a television show you have come up with. This is a television show I could get 100% behind. Knowing how much you put into developing your Femmes Fatales show, I know that this Wonder Woman show will be an epic one. Basing the first season off George Perez's iconic run is a no-brainer. I look forward to seeing all the other redesigns you've got up your sleeve. I know they will all be just as awesome as Diana's here.

I first started reading Wonder Woman vol. 2 with you just so I could read more of Cassie and her first appearances in comics, but as I slowly started to read deeper and deeper into the title I realized I was reading it to read more of the current characters. Cassie doesn't appear until issue 105, and I couldn't care less how long it takes to get there since now I love every other character that is is the title at the point we are at. I've never really been a huge fan of Wonder Woman's, I mean I've liked her, I just haven't really gone out of my way to get to know her character better. I'm really glad that you suggested we read her title together because I find myself falling in love with her even more issue by issue. George writes Diana so incredibly well. He really does let her embody what she is all about. It's really nice to see a character written so well for so many issues in a row. It also helps that she has such an amazing supporting cast of characters, which I know will show up in these redesigns. It's hard to pinpoint just one thing that I love about Diana since I just love her whole character. I really do love everything about her. Lol. I like how she's not one to rush into battle. She likes to analyze that situation before doing anything about it, and thanks to Athena she has the wisdom to come up with some great plans. I also like all the different relationships she has with the other characters in her book. Julia, Nessie, Steve, Hippolyta, and her Amazon sisters. I also love when George takes her back to Themyscira and we get to see Diana interact with her sisters. I mean you would think after spending so much time together that these women would be sick of each other, but they aren't. They are truly sisters and it really shows in how the interact with one another. I know I look forward to reading more and more of her title, even after George leaves. I'm hoping to read some more today and probably will after commenting on Ares. Lol.

This piece is just amazing. I really love how you revisited your previous redesign for Diana and improved upon it to make it more suited for a television show. You were really able to make it look like something you would, and should, see on a Wonder Woman television show. Everything about is gorgious and wonderfully drawn. I definitely see the Greek influence in the outfit itself. It certainly looks like something that the Amazons themselves could make. I really love the whole look itself. Everything from the two layer skirt, to the straps with the gold "w"'s to her long flowing hair. I really am loving this skirt. I love how you added another layer to it. It really makes it pop and stand out. I also really like the darker tone of the blue. It goes great with the darker red. Speaking of the red, the bodice itself looks great too. The eagle chestplate really looks amazing and totally ties this look together. I think you did a great job on the various line work in this piece. Everything looks flawless. I have to say that you're getting really good at doing the Wonder Woman families lasso's. The way that you do them now looks really cool and I'm glad you figured out how to do them like that. I also love the sword strapped to her. One of my favorite parts is how you added the "W"'s to the straps holding up her bodice. Those "W"'s really look cool and I could totally picture Diana having something like that. You also did a great job on the bracelets and tiara, and her hair looks fabulous. I love how long and flowing you made it. I think her face looks great and I really like how soft and demure she looks. I think the pose is something interesting for Diana to be in. It's something new and I think it works for her in an odd way.

I know you said you think that this looks too busy, but I have to disagree. I think it looks perfect and you were really able to bring across what you wanted to. This is a fabulous redesign for Diana and it sets the tone for whats to come in this redesign series. Just from seeing this one piece, I would love to see this television show to happen. I know with you as a producer, and probably writer as well, I know that the show would be a huge success. I'm going to comment on Ares now and look forward to who ever comes after him.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.

Wonder Woman has always been a character that's been close to my heart since she was one of the comic book characters I was introduced to first. She along with Catwoman and the X-Men were really the characters I went to when I went to the comic book store to look for something to buy as a kid. She's stuck with me for a very long time and I'll always love her as a character since I think she's such a great role model for everyone.

I feel like George Perez is one of the writers who truly understood Diana and wrote her in a way she deserved to be written. He had so much love and respect for the character. She was written so consistently well and was so beautifully depicted that it's hard not to love what he did with her character. His vision became the primary depiction of Diana for nearly everything following his run. Obviously there would be departures and dips in this treatment from lesser writers but I think Perez was just incredible to her. I think part of what I loved aside from layering her narratives and giving her a distinct supporting cast is that he wrote her seriously and treated Greek mythology with more respect. There weren't any silly Amazon gadgets, high heeled shoes or invisible planes.

In terms of the design, I'm happy you don't think it's too busy. I mean, in 2D form it probably is but the costume itself isn't meant for comics or animation but for real life. It would just be a gorgeous costume to see her in on screen.
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seanwiccan18 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
That's cool hearing who got you started in comics. The X-Men were what drew me into comics as well. I think that Diana is a great role model for everyone as well.

Yeah, I agree. George really did a great job with Diana and her whole book. The supporting cast was great and he took Diana to new heights. He made her the Wonder Woman everyone could look up to and love. I really like how he treated the Greek myth too. He did treat it with respect and made it into something even more believable.

Yes, it would be a very gorgeous costume to see on screen. I certainly would love to see it on screen and I know this whole television show would be awesome to see come to life.
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Dc Relaunch Style, Done Right!
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