First Look: Adrianne Palicki dons Wonder Woman costume

The pilot for the Wonder Woman revamp just started shooting, and EW has revealed the first still of star Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night LIghts) in the new Wonder Woman costume.

The new look seems to be modeled in equal parts on Jim Lee’s revamped design and MAC’s recent Wonder Woman make-up line packaging. Critics are already calling it vinyl-y, Halloween costume-esque and garish — or as one of our correspondents joked “It’s amazingly similar to what they wear in fake superhero bondage porn videos.”

Our take? Sure it’s loud and blue and red. But YOU try dressing like a superhero. The addition of the black pants from the Lee redesign would have toned it down a bit but OYMIGOD! Look at those cool cyan boots!

On the plus side, Palicki certainly wears the costume well.


  1. Will says

    I like it. I also think it’s unfair to entirely judge it on just one static image. It might look different in motion and in the show.

  2. says

    @Will: Exactly. Publicity stills under bright lights vs. motion under actual scene lighting? Potentially a huge difference.

  3. says

    Sorry – the ‘vinyl look’ is terrible, & the way her breasts are pushed up make the curve at the top look like implants. At least in this pic, & perhaps the pic is deceptive.

    (To me, chest size is completely irrelevant, but I highly doubt the Amazon Princess’ boobies are silicone.)

    But I will ultimately judge by the quality of the writing, direction & acting.

  4. Mich says

    I agree with Will. I think it’ll work. I like it. Plus Adrienne can act. Loved her on FNL

  5. ikaras says

    As someone that has shot superhero bondage porn, yeah, that’s pretty close

  6. Matthew Southworth says

    I think it looks good and I hope the show rocks. I don’t know anything about Adrianne Palicki, but I think a cool Wonder Woman show would be really fun.

    My optimism isn’t even cautious!

  7. Rob Spencer says

    Just remembered, people were moaning about how awful the stills looked when the JSA was on Smallville and that turned out to be..

    Shutting up.

  8. ed says

    Shiny, shiny… shiny boots of leather…

    Whiplash girlchild in PLASTIC??

  9. CitizenCliff says

    Boots are not red because Hollywood always knows better. Hollywood was smart enough to change Bruce Banner to David Banner. Hollywood was brilliant to make Batgirl be Alfred’s niece. Don’t question Hollywood, they’re geniuses and they know what they’re doing. Look how wonderful those Fantastic Four and Hulk movies were. They are infinitely smarter and more creative than lowly mortal comic creators.

  10. says

    Even though it was over-used in the late 90’s, it seems like a costume that looked like it was made from leather might be appropriate in this instance. This one looks like a rose bush thorn would cause a tear. Wonder Woman needs something she can get thrown through a wall and still come back fighting as a costume. I’m OK with the design, just seems the materials are a bit flimsy.

  11. David Martinez says

    Awful. Seriously, vinyl? And why all those pointy plastic things glued onto it? A corset looks like a hard thing to fight crime in. Thumbs down.

  12. ken says

    Heidi, you know I know of what I speak. This looks like the artwork you find adorning packages of costumes sold at every adult store in town. It could be the naughty nurse, it could be a French maid, it could be Wonder Woman. They all have the same quality as this picture does.

  13. says

    Yeah, it looks more like an fan-made costume, rather than anything for network tv. Just did a google search for Wonder Woman and SDCC and I was able to find a number of better fan-made costumes.

    In general I don’t have much faith in the show being any good and bad choices like this isn’t helping.

  14. Comic2read says

    She looks like a waitress going to a Halloween party but didn’t care enough to get the costume right.

  15. says

    “[T]he way her breasts are pushed up make the curve at the top look like implants.”

    They look like implants because they’re implants.

    “It’s amazingly similar to what they wear in fake superhero bondage porn videos.”

    It’s actually way worse, which is par for the course. The guy in the Superman porno had a better suit than Dean Cain. And the folks behind the Wonder Woman porno had the good sense to cast a brunette with real boobs.

    I think the Hollywood types who perpetrated that thing up there could learn a lot from the porno people about not overthinking this shit, and how to embrace the fun and the appealingly-goofy aspects of it.

  16. KET says

    “They look like implants because they’re implants.”

    …and you would know this because you’re her plastic surgeon? Or perhaps you’ve watched too much porn to make a fair assessment?

  17. says


    I’d know this because I have functioning eyes and a rudimentary understanding of human anatomy.

  18. Dave Hackett says

    My daughter’s reaction (she’s 8):

    “If it’s a real person show, I won’t watch it…

    Wait! she doesn’t wear pants, she needs blue under-ish things!

    And her boots should be red!”

  19. Steven says

    Horribly cheap looking vinyl porno costume. Not at all suitable for an Amazon princess.

  20. says

    Red boots might be more “true to the original”, but with those blue pants, they’d make her look like Chris Reeve with a sex change.

  21. Brendan T says


    Yeah, crazy obvious implants. Obviously. I think it’s more likely you don’t know how either push up bras or corsets work.

    Honestly, I like the costume fine. It’d be better if the chest portion were an actual breastplate and the boots were red and not heels, but at the same time it’s much better than what I was expecting so…I’ll take it.

  22. says

    What I’ve learned from this comments thread:

    1. Superhero costumes look like fetish gear. Oh noes! I would have never suspected!

    2. Young actresses surgically enhance their bodies. That was a surprise, too!

  23. Allen Rubinstein says

    So, I’m guessing this will be some kind of cheeze-fest in the vein of Xena and Hercules? Pouty lips, fake tits, zero musculature – hard action grittiness does not appear to be the goal here. I have no idea how you create a superhero throwing a lasso look anything but ludicrous.

  24. says

    >>hard action grittiness does not appear to be the goal here>>

    Hard action grittiness?

    Was anyone under the impression it might be the goal?

  25. Synsidar says

    I thought the costume looked terrible, but the pants actually were worse than the top, which was a surprise. I can’t recall ever seeing a person wear a superhero costume that works as clothing.

    The costumes look better on the pages of comic books, but that might be because the people aren’t drawn realistically.


  26. Al™ says

    Looks fine to me. Pretty modest compared to what the singers are wearing on music videos these days.

  27. says

    Look, you all are missing the point. This is only going to work if she has an episode where she uses a skateboard to catch a thief. This is the only way.

    And please note, kids: even Wonder Woman wears a helmet when she skates.

  28. Kate Willaert says

    I like the design, I just don’t like the cheap materials used. Though I think if the boots were red, it’d the color scheme would look more balanced. (Also, I think black would look cooler than blue, but that’s me.)

  29. K.Ramos says

    As a woman the first things that come to mind are:
    1. If she jumps, the boobs are out.
    2. If she sweats, it’ll be a pain to take those pants out. Imagine running in sweaty vynil….

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