Gal Gadot‘s portrayal of Wonder Woman set box office records — it’s now the highest-grossing superhero origin film ever, replacing 2002’s Spider-Man — and the heroine was this Halloween’s most searched costume in the US, according to Google data.
The success is no surprise, really. The film had a powerhouse team including director Patty Jenkins, costume designer Lindy Hemming, and of course Gadot in front of the camera. Hemming was praised for her intricate costumes and making the female characters, including the Amazons (Wonder Woman’s homegirls), into tough warriors.
But the Amazons in Wonder Woman look a teensy bit different than they will in Justice League, the latest superhero flick to hit theaters on November 17.
In the Zack Snyder-directed film, the Amazons are scantily clad, wearing thin brown leather bandeau tops, totally bare midriffs and flimsy loin-cloth bottoms, all designed by Michael Wilkinson. They’re sexy, and look like they were created by a man who’s clearly never had to exercise (or wield a sword and fight bad guys) with just a fancy looking cropped top holding his boobs in place. Not to mention, an exposed abdomen during battle seems pretty impractical.
Hemming’s version in Wonder Woman, however, is far more hardcore, having dressed her characters with protective metal armour over the shoulders and bust with corseted waists (which still have sex appeal, yes, but are far less sexualized than Wilkinson’s) and protective shin guards.
“Can someone please explain why the Amazon’s are wearing leather bikinis (right pic) in Justice League? I want the bad ass soldiers of Wonder Woman,” one fan mused on Twitter.
Amazon’s from wonder woman on the left, Amazon’s from justice league on the right. I swear every time DC takes one step forward they take two steps back pic.twitter.com/UEnTNUtpTd
— The_Bard (@TheBard1234) November 13, 2017
I think I’ve reached peak anger about the new Amazon armor for Justice League
— halfway happy (@mina_kess) November 14, 2017
I’m glad we have those new amazon outfits for #JusticeLeague because now there’s visual evidence of what happens when you don’t have diversity behind the scenes, in the process of creating a story.
— Priscilla Zorzi (@Priscilla_Zorzi) November 13, 2017
Okay so apparently the Amazons will be wearing what amounts to leather bikinis on Justice League. Blegh.
Really, WB? pic.twitter.com/zKrONB6DzO
— MICHAEL! (@itsmikerebuyas) November 13, 2017
Brooke Ence, who was cast as an Amazon in both films, doesn’t see a problem with the outfits. “The girls on set, we never thought of (the new costumes) as a sexy version. It felt a little more glamorous, if anything, because we had bigger, beautiful hair, which I loved,” she told USA Today.
It’s true, the actors look strong, fit and confident in costume, and likely the added attention won’t hurt box office sales. As they say in Hollywood, no press is bad press.