Superheroes are known for their signature looks. Batman has his cowl. Superman has that "S" symbol. Thor has his hammer. Iron Man has his super-suit. And Wonder Woman has her own getup.
Over the decades, her outfit may have changed, but she always had stars and a bald eagle on her costume. She kicked bad guys with her red boots. She deflected bullets with her Bracelets of Submission. She always wore a gold tiara reminding us of her royal background. (She is a princess after all.)
In the infographic at right,
HalloweenCostumes.com designer Kate Willaert goes back 65 years to look at every costume Diana Prince has worn since the Golden Age of DC Comics.
The infographic begins with Golden Age Wonder Woman from 1941 in her signature costume of patriotic blue shorts with stars, a red bustier adorned with a yellow eagle, and red boots designed by H.G. Peter.
The costume remains relatively unchanged, aside from the 1974 TV movie starring a blonde superpower-free Wonder Woman played by Cathy Lee Crosby and the 1995 Post-Crisis III comic series that made a tiara-less Diana look more like a lead singer from a Goth band than a superhero.
And then there's the Wonder Woman of 2010, when fans were in an uproar over the superhero's very different costume: pants.
"I don't have a big issue with jeans versus skirt -- though jeans give us the idea that only pants can be powerful (tell that to Greek warriors and sumo wrestlers) and though in fact, they're so tight that they've just painted her legs blue; hardly a cover-up," feminist Gloria Steinem said of the costume change. "I have an issue with changing her clothes and destroying home and family on what seems to be the brainstorming of a very limited group of brains."
The leggings returned in 2015, with the New 52 II comic series, and the blue in Wonder Woman's costume got replaced with black. This costume change didn't go over well with fans either. The Wonder Woman costume from the 2015 DC Super Hero Girls action figures and dolls continued with the leggings, but a designer named Jenn Rahardjanoto gave her back the red, blue and yellow colors.
Of course, now all that is out the window with actress Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman costume in this year's "Batman v Superman." Gone are the bold, bright patriotic colors of Wonder Woman's costume. Instead we get an almost Xena the Warrior Princess look.
Costume designer Michael Wilkinson researched Wonder Woman's costume history and came up with a more subdued outfit reminiscent of Greek armor.
"You just have to look at the gladiators from ancient Rome, they did their thing in little loin clothes and shield....It works for Thor, it works for 300, so let's see what happens," Wilkinson said of the costume redesign in 2014.
"It's so important to get her right," Wilkinson added. "She really deserves to be presented on screen in her full glory. So what I do is I look at the history of how the character has been presented on the big screen, and the small screen, and in comic books and graphic novels. We process it all. Then we kind of put that aside and work out what is right for our film. We try and create a Wonder Woman that's relevant for today's audiences."