Of the many things the Wonder Woman movie did right (a female director, an all-female island, Robin freaking Wright, just plain everything about Diana Prince), the Amazons’ costumes have to be one of the greatest. After ages of comic book writers and video game designers making women fight wearing naught but a boob window, at last, we had some actually plausible ass-kicking gear: The warriors of Themyscira wear literal breastplates, female gaze–friendly leathers, midriff armor, and, most importantly, zero boob windows. We can thank costume designer Lindy Hemming, who said she wanted to design armor that was simultaneously “authentic and real” and “hot as hell.”
However, it looks like the upcoming Justice League movie had other plans, and fans are not happy about it. On Sunday, cosplayer Kimi (AKA GoldenLassoGirl) obtained what appear to be pics of the Amazons from Justice League. Gone are the breastplates, the armored knee-high boots, and the ab coverage. (Seriously, where’s the ab coverage?) Instead, we have Zeus’s elite group of legendary women warriors lounging around in something more akin to that infamous Princess Leia slave costume.
“Why mess with perfection?” asked Kimi on a blog post calling out the change. “Oh, right. The all-male team of directors and executive directors wanted women to fight in bikinis.” Justice League is directed by Zack Snyder, and the new costumes appear to be designed by Michael Wilkinson, instead of Hemming.
Kimi’s post spread like wildfire, and pics of the alleged new costumes quickly caused an uproar on social media. “In case you wonder: Here’s a picture of how the Amazons looked in Wonder Woman…next to pic how they look in Justice League,” wrote @Rosgakori in a viral tweet. “First designed by Lindy Hemming, second by Michael Wilkinson. Some steps backwards, methinks.”
Some steps backwards, indeed. Other users chimed in, with Melissa Silverstein, artistic director of the Athena Film Festival, calling it “a fantastic example of the difference between the male and female gaze” in another widely circulated tweet.
Since the photos surfaced, it appears as though the redesigned costumes may be for a flashback to a past era of Themyscira, making it a literal “step backward.”
“To conclude: – Yes, these Amazons are from prehistoric era, and that is why their armors are different,” tweeted @Rosgakori in a follow-up tweet. “However, that is still a horrible design & male armors are more covering. – No, the modern day Amazons did not survive from the armor changes.” But the Justice League costumes for the present-day Amazonians still appear to be a bit more revealing than the ones we saw in Wonder Woman, as @Rosgakori noted with a promotional still of actress Brooke Ence from Justice League.
Might not be the best idea to tick off a bunch of Wonder Woman fans.
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