For Diana Prince fans a.k.a Wonder Woman, here is a recap on how this superhero has evolved throughout the years, to be specific 76 years. Her appearance has been shaped from the start by American culture’s ever-changing ideas of female independence and beauty. With vague memories of Wonder Woman back in the days and having just seen the newest film adaptation of Wonder Woman, the heroine (Gal Gadot) has really set the bar for female superheroes. Well in my opinion at least.
Just look at her, I am speechless. The new Wonder Woman movie is breaking records and has fans totally stoked, myself included.
Looking more closely at Wonder Woman’s 75-year-old history, it is apparent that the heroine has constantly evoked mixed feelings be it fear, awe or attraction. Wonder Woman’s body has been a canvas upon which authors, artist, and audience have changed women’s shifting gender roles and beauty standards from the 1940’s through today. Following how Wonder Woman’s appearance has evolved in the comics, and films and TV adaptations reveals how her creators respond to beauty standards throughout the years by playing with her proportions, skin color and costumes. Some believe Wonder Woman’s image over time have empowered her and some feel that she’s been objectified. The line between the both has become blurry.
The first Wonder Woman comics appeared in 1942 and she was depicted wearing cowboy boots and wearing shorts. Somewhat very patriotic looking.
After which, by the early 50’s, her boots was replaced with gladiator heels, her hair had grown longer and her shorts got a little bit shorter.
In the mid 50’s Wonder, Woman’s hair was back in a tight victory roll style again.
Next thing Wonder Woman awakens wearing a strange mask that will not come off. And guess what? The mask contains a time bomb. Uh Oh.
Moving on, in the 1960’s she had heels on. Yep, a heroine in heels. Fancy.
In the late 60’s and early 70’s, there was a period where Wonder Woman alter ego Diana Prince had donned a couple of white groovy outfits.
Wonder woman was also a part of the Super Friends animated series, which ran from 1973 till 1986.
In 1974 there was a TV movie version starring semi-pro tennis player Cathy Lee Crosby and Ricardo Montalban.BLONDE ALERT. This was before the famous Lynda Carter Wonder Woman series of the 70’s.
Less than a year later, we see Lynda Carter who played Wonder Woman on a television show that lasted three seasons.
Fast forward in 2009, there was an animated movie with Wonder Woman in a very high cut leotard. Oh My.
And in 2011, Adrianne Palicki (Tyra from Friday Night Lights) played Wonder Woman in a TV pilot, unfortunately, it never got made into a TV show.
And tada we are brought back to present day Wonder Woman Gal Gadot kicking ass throughout the movie.
There’s obviously tons more of iterations of Wonder Woman in cartoon form too.