Here's the first pic released of Adrianne Palicki as the new WONDER WOMAN, set to debut on NBC May 16, 2011.
It looks very similar to Jim Lee's recent redesign, but with light blue pants & sans jacket.I love Wonder Woman and, like with many other properties, am always waiting for that definitive version to be put forth... but alas, that's almost never the case. Much of my griping stem from that disappointment of not seeing a worthy interpretation to the Character & their potential for greatness....
With this new Wonder Woman show, and based only on the above pic & a few press release snippets, so far my main beef is the casting choice. To me, she just doesn't look the part as DIANA. But then again, this is probably a "reboot" of the campy 70s television series, which is what most Americans know of Wonder Woman.... and while I loved me some Lynda Carter Wonder Woman, she wasn't the best Diana either.... but worked well within the tone the creators went for; campy. From the late-60s to the late-80s, most Americans saw Batman as the campy Adam West version... its the same thing here,
One of the reasons why I'm not a fan of Greg Land's work is that his figures do not look like the CHARACTERS but instead look like Super Models dressed up in Cosplay Costumes. I get the same reaction here... Palicki does not look like WONDER WOMAN... she looks like she's ready for Cosmo photo shoot.... or selling a WW Halloween costume.
In the end, I'm not digging this new version and probably won't watch the show past the pilot (which I'll check out simply for curiousity sake). Its also not being aimed at me anyway. So me fanboy-whining is even more irrelevant than usual.
Who knows, maybe it will be fun. Wonder Woman seems to be one of those near-impossible characters to get "right".... outside the various animation incarnations the past 15 years, that is. But I'm glad to see her live-action return in Mainstream Pop Culture.
Recommended Wonder Woman:
WW: Down to Earth ("Rucka: Book 1")
WW: Bitter Rivals ("Rucka: Book 2")
WW: Eyes of the Gorgon ("Rucka: Book 3")
Wonder Woman DVD (2009)
Justice League: League of One