Wonder Woman - The Animated Film Picture

Wonder Woman costumes continued.

In 2009, Warner Brothers released the very first feature length animated film for Wonder Woman. The eponymous movie was written by Michael Jelenic and fan-favourite Gail Simone, loosely adapted from George Perez's iconic origin story from the late-1980s.

Centuries after an epic battle between the Amazons and the army of Ares, the Amazons' seemingly idyllic life is interrupted by the crash landing of pilot Steve Trevor on their hidden island paradise. Realizing the brash pilot must be returned to "Man's World," Queen Hippolya declares the necessity for an ambassador to take him home. She subsequently holds a contest and her rebellious daughter Diana wins after successfully completing the infamous Bullets and Bracelets gauntlet. During this competition, Ares escapes from his imprisonment and it is then that Hippolyta adds to Diana's mission. She must return Steve Trevor to his home and then vanquish Ares.

As a fan of the DC Universe Original Animated Movies, I found Wonder Woman to be by far the best entry into the series. It was action-packed and witty, while still staying true to many of the central themes in the character's mythology. While it has its share of issues, Wonder Woman is a touching story of one woman's quest for understanding and her never-ending struggle for justice. Interestingly, the film was denied a sequel due to its supposedly low sales figures. The truth, however, is that Wonder Woman is one of Warner Brothers most successful releases in this line of animated films. In fact, it has exponentially higher sales figures than the later Superman films (eat it, Clark) and boasts higher sales than many of the Batman releases. On top of that, Wonder Woman is one of the most critically acclaimed films. Clearly, Warner Brothers isn't very good at math and are wearing their sexism blinders from the 1950s.

For the film, Wonder Woman was given yet another revamp in terms of her costuming. She appeared once more in her iconic star-spangled suit, but this time it featured some new design elements. The famous double-W emblem had its third "wing" removed and wrapped around the bodice, instead of appearing as a chest plate. The belt hung lower on her torso and attached at the middle, thus featuring a seam down the middle of the front. The briefs' stars lined up in a single file fashion, while the boots were slightly slouchy. Another notable element was the larger size of the tiara and Diana's mass of straight hair. This look would later be adapted for other films in the DC Universe Original Animated Movies line-up, as well as in Young Justice, but with the Perez-style double-W instead of the wrap-around.


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