Gal Gadot Wonder Woman

Unlike Batman, Spider-Man and Superman, who have been brought to the big screen repeatedly and played by multiple actors, Wonder Woman has only been brought to life twice; once in a poorly received TV movie starring blonde Cathy Lee Crosby and more famously on the ABC TV series starring Lynda Carter.  Because of this, Carter is most people’s sole association with the character in live-action, and still has a rabid fan base to this day.  (It certainly helps that Carter was absolutely perfect for the role, physically and personality-wise.)

Over the years, Carter has remained a vocal champion for the character and anytime there is any Wonder Woman news in the media, Carter seems to be one of the first people asked about her opinion.  She has already expressed her support for the new Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot, who will bring the character to life in ‘Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice‘.

“It’s almost impossible to play a superhero anyway. You can’t. You just have to play a character that happens to do these amazing things. That’s the only way you can do it. And the costumes all take care of themselves.”

“I’ll have to wait and see. I hate to comment on something that I haven’t seen and I’m very supportive of Gal Gadot. I’m very supportive of them doing Wonder Woman, putting her in any capacity. I think she needs to be out there. … It’s high time somebody took a chance and did it and so I’m really happy about that.”

Now it’s Carter’s turn to critique Gadot’s costume, which was unveiled at Comic-Con.

“Well, I was missing the red, white and blue, I have to say… I don’t know. I haven’t seen it yet, so I really can’t comment. Maybe there’s a lot more color in it than what we saw in the picture.”

The picture is indeed dark, so it’s hard to form a decent opinion.  I can’t even really tell what colors it is.  I think it’s a dark burgundy with dark gold.  That’s what would make sense.

lynda-carter-running-wonder-womanIt’s a sharp contrast to Carter’s vibrant red, white, blue and gold ensemble.  Many often wonder why Wonder Woman, given powers by the Greek gods and hailing from the island Themyscira wears a costume inspired by the American flag.  The answer is that she debuted in 1942, when America entered World War II.  Her outfit was meant to show that she was coming to the US as an ally.  This has been revised over time, but that’s the original explanation.

Keep in mind, however, that we really haven’t even seen Batman’s costume in color.  The only image of Ben Affleck in the uniform was monochromatic.

Henry Cavill’s first Superman costume was considerably darker (and drabber) than the comic book version, but as we’ve already seen, the version in ‘Batman V. Superman’ has been brightened up.  Hopefully this gives us hope that Wonder Woman’s costume will also come across as more vibrant in the finished movie.

In the comics, her costume has slowly shifted from the American-themed look, by swapping out her American eagle logo to a stylized WW, first in gold, now in silver.  The star-spangled shorts now only have two stars on them.  In fact, she doesn’t even live in the US in current continuity– she lives in London.

The movie costume tends to favor the fairly recent version drawn by Darwyn Cooke in ‘The New Frontier’ which borrowed more from the Greek gladiator look, with shin guards and a heavy armored skirt.

What look do you prefer?  Do you think Gadot’s costume is more realistic?  Or do you prefer Carter’s brightly colored attire?

Source: Screen Rant