Last week saw a major hub-bub arise in the world of comic book fandom with the unveiling of a new look for superhero and Amazonian warrior Wonder Woman as part of a storyline kicking off in the character’s 700th issue which sees the character switching her star spangled bathing suit for pants, a red bodice and a leather jacket.
But if writer/director Joss Whedon had had his way, fans would have seem a similarly radically redesigned costume for the film version he had been developing for producer Joel Silver and Warner Brothers a few years back. During the film’s development, Whedon engaged costume designer Shawna Trpcic, who had worked on Whedon’s Angel and Firefly television series, to work up some possible costume designs that would work on film. This past weekend, Trpcic tweeted four of the possible outfits that she had developed.
Interestingly, there are some design elements here that artist Jim Lee incorporated into the new costume for the comics. I’m not saying that Lee plagiarized Trpcic’s work. I doubt that he would have direct access to it, as Whedon had departed the project some three years before Lee’s promotion to co-publisher of DC Comics. It is more probably a case of two artists working along the same creative lines.