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?