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Posted at 05:16 PM ET, 03/18/2011

THE NEW ‘WONDER WOMAN’: This just in...First look at Adrianne Palicki as TV’s Diana Prince


First image of Adrianne Palicki starring as the title character in the new NBC pilot "Wonder Woman." (Justin Lubin)

David E. Kelley has now costumed the character that he hopes will replace Lynda Carter in your superhero-viewing hearts and minds.

And he really hopes you like rock-star pants.

Adrianne Palicki of "Friday Night Lights" fame was announced a month ago as the actress who would assume the suit. Now, Warner Bros. has just released the “first image” new look [top] for his planned NBC series, as the Amazon is both rebooted and re-suited.

Kelley’s Diana Price reportedly will be a modern executive by day -- all part of the “Ally McBeal” writer/executive producer’s "reinvention" of the character.

This Wonder Woman still has the telltale Golden Lasso of Truth and the bulletproof bracelets, plus the mighty-eagle bustier (and if she still has the plane, well, we just can't see it).Yet most notably, the Paradise Island native adds tight pants as opposed to Carter’s bare-legged look from the high-camp, high-skin ‘70s series. In other words, the now blue-booted suit is somewhere between Wonder Woman’s old-school look and the ”updated” jacketed costume that DC Comics unveiled last year to much hand-wringing , as critics got their Wonder Woman undies ("Wondies”?) all in a bunch.

The Hellenic attire is definitely less “bicentennial” than Carter’s star-spangled suit of ’76 — but is it “bi-winning!”?

Lynda Carter, for one, certainly thinks so.

"I think she looks fabulous," Carter told eOnline’s Mark Malkin. "It's a new look and, jeez, her body looks fantastic."

Besides “Friday Night Lights,” the formerly blond Palicki — a 5-foot-11 Ohio native and former high-school track athlete — has notably appeared in "South Beach" and "North Shore," "Supernatural," “Lone Star” and the CW's aborted "Aquaman."; she has also completed shooting on the feature film "Red Dawn."

Fan reaction pinging around the Web was mixed: Some can’t wait to see Palicki in heroic action; others worry that the quirky suit is a red-white-and-gold bellwether for a lower-budge production and Kelley’s askew brand of storytelling.

What do you think: High camp, highly stylish — or the Comic-Con heights of Halloween trash?

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