WONDER WOMAN’s TV costume revealed

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.
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Green Lantern Tomar-Re Lives!

As far as I’m concerned, the makers of the forthcoming Green Lantern movie have gotten nothing right, and almost everything I’ve seen teasing the movie has made me worry more and more that this June 17 release is going to be a steaming pile of crap.

Tomar-Re

I’m still convinced this is going to reek, but I would like to take a moment to (faintly) praise one thing about the trailer: I kind of like the realization of Tomar-Re, the Green Lantern of Sector 2813. He doesn’t look exactly like his comic book version (designed by the great Gil Kane), but this more organic take works for me. Tomar-Re debuted in Green Lantern No. 6, way back in 1961, so he’s seriously old-school. The comic-book Tomar-Re had more of a beak for a mouth that made him look like a hybrid if bird and fish; the movie Tomar-Re is clearly much more fish, and I actually like the altered face.

Now back to the bile. You all know that I despise Ryan Reynolds’ GL costume with a hate that practically qualifies me for membership in the Red Lantern Corps. The design is terrible, and the CGI realization looks cheap and shoddy. I instantly lost all faith and hope in the movie, and the release of the first official trailer only depressed me more. Check it out:


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Green Lantern’s New Duds Are a Dud

Another superhero, another costume controversy. Images from Entertainment Weekly of Ryan Reynolds in his CGI Green Lantern costume for the forthcoming Martin Campbell movie adaptation have hit the Internet thanks to sites like iFanboy and MTV Splash Page. My initial reaction: I hate the ringslinger’s uniform!

Upon further reflection, I loathe it.

I want the costume to die in a fire because it is way too different from the hero’s classic look. In my book, this qualifies as a completely different, brand-new uniform. One that belongs on a GL from some other sector, not Earth’s 2814; it is simply too alien-looking. Are those textured ridges supposed to mimic musculature? Why? Looking at the giant GL logo on the chest, it appears to me that the designer was trying to say, “See the logo, guys? Maybe nothing else looks the way it should, but this guy is Green Lantern because he’s got the frakkin’ logo! Oh, and because he’s green.” Yeah, he is green. All over. We cannot see the entire costume, but it appears to be completely green, with no black elements and no white gloves. The mask doesn’t even look like it’s actually on his face — which it apparently isn’t, since it’s a CGI element. The mask looks like graffiti on his mug. And giving GL pupils looks like an ill-fated attempt to make him appear blind.
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