This is the first photo of Adrianne Palicki in costume for David E. Kelley’s WONDER WOMAN pilot. On the plus side, the costume doesn’t look like the terrible togs WW currently sports in her comic book incarnation, but on the other hand, it looks like it’s made of plastic or vinyl. Weird.
It’s not as bad as it could have been, but it certainly is not nearly as good as it could have been. The brightly colored, shiny costume appears to have been designed to look good in still photos, almost as if the intention were to bring individual panels of a comic book to life with static shots of live-action models. It’s difficult to imagine the costume in motion – if only because Palicki looks so very stiff and uncomfortable in this pose. It makes me think the uniform is very constrictive (She certainly appears to be…er, tightly packed into the bustier…)
To me, it looks calculated to appeal to non-comics fans who have certain expectations of what a “superhero costume” should look like in the 21st century – in other words, not as campy as the old ‘60s BATMAN or 1977’s THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN series, but still a little on the silly side. I don’t know who designed this, but judging by the uniform alone, I don’t think he/she is a comics fan. The hair is right – and it reportedly is not a wig; Palicki dyed and cut her own follicles. The costume appeals to the part of me that likes bright colors and shiny things, but it does not work for the comics fan in me.
Palicki herself is attractive, and is best-known for her run as Tyra on FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (a show that I hated. There, I said it!). She should be able to handle the demands of this role – which appear to be acting weepy and juggling not two but three different identities: Diana Themyscira, the chairman of Themyscira Industries; executive assistant Diana Prince; and Wonder Woman. I’m far from convinced that the creator of ALLY MCBEAL is the right man for this project. Check out this lacerating analysis of the pilot script from Daily Beast. Not good at all. (Yes, the script actually calls for WW’s first action sequence to be set to the tune of Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies.”)
I’m holding my breath that this isn’t going to be the disaster that the Green Lantern live-action movie is shaping up to be, but since the title character’s costume is also royally screwed up, part of me fears it’s going to be even worse! Poor DC Comics…