Nice Hera! We’ve all been merely wonderstruck by Surprise Girl’s golden armor within the kaleidoscopic posters launched for Wonder Woman 1984. However we additionally know our historical past—that is removed from the primary time Diana’s style selections have set the world abuzz. To possibly a higher extent than every other A-Record DC Tremendous Hero, Surprise Girl’s look has been radically interpreted again and again. Take a look at her costume and discover what went into its design here after which learn up on 5 of essentially the most daring items in Surprise Girl’s wardrobe under. Then get your hypothesis engines revving on whether or not any of them shall be seen when Surprise Girl 1984 lastly hits screens.
Leisure Go well with Lariat
Maybe the definitive Surprise Girl storyline of the Silver Age and/or Bronze Age started in Wonder Woman #178, when Diana discovered herself pulled in two instructions. Whereas her individuals put together for a long-awaited journey for Themyscira to ascend to the next aircraft of existence, Steve Trevor, the love of her life, has been framed for homicide. In the end, Diana selected to stay within the mortal world, abandoning her mantle as Surprise Girl and the unbelievable powers that got here with it. She ALSO selected a brand-new wardrobe, sporting all kinds of these mad mod outfits of the 1960s. However most memorable of all of them was her pure white coloration scheme, visually representing the tabula rasa she had manufactured from her life. As the primary situation of the storyline asks, with out her connection to Paradise Island, with out her powers, “Who Is Surprise Girl?” Later, the white jumpsuit from this period would return for Surprise Girl’s “One Yr Later” storyline, because the signature look of her re-established civilian id Diana Prince.
As followers of Wonder Woman’s iconic 1970s-era TV series can attest, maybe simply as well-known as Diana’s costume modifications is the way in which she executes them. All through the collection, an exuberant 180 diploma pirouette is sufficient to magically change Diana’s road garments into her Surprise Girl raiments—or no matter number of her go well with known as for. Probably the most distinctive of those transformations could also be her star-spangled wetsuit, full with a tiara-patterned bathing cap which protects her fastidiously managed hair as she plumbs the depths of the Pacific shoreline. And when a motorbike chase known as for, Diana’s diving go well with doubles as her chosen biker gear…with an added helmet for security, after all.
Belts and Biker Shorts
And talking of biker gear, properly… Look, earlier than you decide, perceive that the ’90s had been a unique time. All of the DC Tremendous Heroes had been dressing like this, attempting to out-extreme and over-edge one another. And with Diana having just lately misplaced the title of Surprise Girl to her rival Artemis of the Bana-Mighdall, can you actually blame a gal for attempting one thing completely different? For those who’d prefer to witness Diana’s journey by way of the wildstorm of the image-obsessed nineties, the story begins in Wonder Woman #93.
Jim Lee’s 21st Century Girl
It’s straightforward to neglect after the a lot wider line reimagining that got here with the New 52 in 2011, however one of many largest comedian e book headlines of 2010 was the dramatic modifications that author J. Michael Straczynski and artist Jim Lee delivered to Diana for the historic Wonder Woman #600, in each story and costume. Some frankly doubtful claims had been made on the time that this was Surprise Girl’s first vital costume change since her debut in 1941—although as we will clearly see from this record, nobody placing forth such an concept was greedy a Golden Lasso of Reality. As soon as once more divorced from her previous on Paradise Island, Diana dug her ’90s blue bomber jacket out of the closet, and paired it with a extra wise high and darkish leggings (which some individuals went MAD over, allow us to inform you). Looking back, the entire ensemble really seems fairly good. However it wouldn’t be lengthy earlier than Jim Lee drafted a redesign hewing nearer to her basic search for the New 52.
Golden Eagle Armor
Eagle-eyed readers have already noticed a probable supply of inspiration for the daring look showcased within the Surprise Girl 1984 posters and trailer: the gold-plated, winged armor of author Mark Waid and artist Alex Ross’s Kingdom Come, as donned by Diana throughout a climactic battle of the gods. Nothing in need of operatic in its scope, the Wagner-invoking Valkyrie look was definitely applicable in capturing the dramatic tone of the fabric…although it has a sure Hawkwoman vibe to it. If this was the truth is a place to begin for the 2020 movie’s armor, then, if something, it appears the costume division might have been exercising RESTRAINT of their design. However who is aware of? If every new poster and trailer have taught us something, it’s to count on the sudden from Surprise Girl 1984.
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