FIRST LOOK: Adrianne Palicki as TV’s New WONDER WOMAN

Entertainment Weekly has the fist glimpse of Adrianne Palicki as Wonder Woman for David E. Kelley's pilot. 

We swear this isn't an ad from a Party City circular. 

I'm trying to formulate some kind of positive commentary here. A silver lining. But this copy writer is at a loss. 

Is that…mylar? 



  1. Pants.

  2. Maybe it’s the awkward stance, or because she’s trying to look fierce, but she looks really uncomfortable.

    Also, hot.

  3. oi.

  4. glad to see they managed to make it horribly cheesy. 

  5. I think with the right lighting it probably won’t look too cheesy. I like it.

  6. I am very okay with this.

  7. too expensive for party city…looks more like a page from one of those adult halloween costume catalogs…this one is called “Amazon Hero”

  8. Huh.

    I had a “Party City” ad joke typed up, then I went to look at that photo one more time and I see that Paul had already done it. Spot on, Paul.

    That said, I’m not sure it looks any less plastic-y than some of the Smallville super-hero costumes like Doctor Fate or Stargirl… just a bit… shinier…

  9. It’s perfect.

  10. I think it’s pretty cool.

  11. I’m surprised how superhero-ey it is.

  12. Remember when those X-Men press shots leaked ahead of the movies release? I literally cannot find any of them online. Otherwise I’d do some cheap photoshop comparison.

  13. Having her appear in costume would mark a significant departure from the Smallville model. We sure this is going to be a week-in week-out wardrobe?

  14. I’m fine with the design, but maybe they could have used different fabrics. That coustune dosen’t look like it has much give, plus it look like a lot of possible chaffing going on.

  15. Not a fan of the pants. Otherwise seems like they nailed the costume.

  16. I dig the design, just not the shiny. She also just looks really uncomfortable in it. Don’t know if that’s the actres’s or the photographer’s fault.

  17. It is rather shiny. But it is MUCH better than I expected. She’s, uh, very attractive too. Wink wink, nudge nudge, say no more… As a long-time WW fan, I say two thumbs up.

  18. I wish the boots were red and the rest was less shiny, but I can dig it….

  19. Paul Montgomery Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    The yellow hue of the gold is killing me. The Diamond Dallas Paige pants. Even the lasso looks like it would shed cheap glitter if she went to unwind it. 

  20. Adrianne Palicki makes me happy…

  21. @PaulMontgomery  TWO-time..TWO-time…

  22. Oi! Damn funny

  23. @PaulMontgomery Well said on the Diamond Dallas Paige pants, was thinking the exact same thing.

    As cheap and as ridiculous as that costume looks, A) She looks very good in it, & B) At least we are getting something doen with Wonder Woman on another type of visual media than comics. So I’m still excited for this show.

  24. @PaulMontgomery  Yeah, the gold hurts it. I like the overall design, but I think the pants are just a little bright, and a little too shiny. i think I’d maybe go with a darker blue and something not so reflective for the pants. Leave the top as-is. And I probably would change the boots just a touch so they don’t seem so much like a continuation of the pants. But I actually don’t mind the general design. Wonder if she’ll also wear a jacket with this.

  25. If they HAD to go with the pants… Why in the WORLD are the boots not the normal red? I’m ok with the eagle back on her chest. I’ve always been a fan of the older WW symbol.

    Over all the costume looks like a cheap Halloween costume. Its the fabric.  

  26. For me, the colors are wrong. Her amulets are supposed to be gold with red stars. The pants are supposed to be dark blue. And where are the white stars? As to the fabric, it seems like they were maybe trying for something metallic…? Hm. I feel like the bustier’s all right with the shiny, but the pants should be matte. Also, I like that they went with the modern design on the head piece, but the hair’s awful. Hopefully, seeing the actor and the costume in movement will allay some of these criticisms.

  27. The real winner here is Jim Lee.

  28. Hm… well at least its a good starting point? I guess it’s better then a black leather trench coat. 

  29. This is for the porno right?

  30. I like the style, but yeah, it does look a little “Party City”-ish. Still going to watch it though.

  31. stupid, slight campy, silly – it’s for a wonder woman tv show remember

  32. I like it – looks better than the comic version it’s based on.

  33. Gotta agree with TheNextChampion…she looks like she just walked off the set of that XXX JLA parody film, fake breasts and all.

  34. Hmmm, They should have went Xena style, put her in some greek-esque sexy amazonian gear.  This is a bit over the top I feel.

  35. I think it looks pretty good, but the shiny legs are going to look interesting when lit for camera. I think they should have gone with a darker leather type thing, but maybe that’s just me.  The real question is how it sounds–will it be squeaking as she walks?  When she sits down?

    But I do think it’s a pretty successful realization of a comic book outfit, which is kinda cool.  

  36. Good design. Execution? Well, I want to see footage before I make that call. 

  37. another case of you can’t please everyone all the time…

    NEWSFLASH:  This is what Superhero costumes look like in real life.  Kinda silly..  Thats why they aren’t in real life. 

    People complain when they’re too bright and shiny like this and they complain when they’re too dark and muted like the Superman suit Routh wears in Returns.

    Costume designers can’t really win when you have a character with bright primary colors.  You’re damned if you and damned if you don’t.

    I personally see both sides, but i’m looking forward to the show.  This all leads me to look forward to the reaction to the next big reveal.

    Zack Snyder’s Superman suit for Henry Cavill…  i can hear the crys of the S is too big or too small now!

  38. Ummmm……ummmm…wow

  39. I thought the whole point of the costume redesign was to make it look less cheesy and superheroish? Seems like the colors are much brighter than the current comic.

    When I saw the original Jim Lee redesign, I figured she’d be wearing jeans, a red top, and a jacket. This is MUCH shinier and more like the old costume. Only difference seems to be the pants.


  40. @edward  I read this quote in the article at

    “Wonder Woman is being remade by Boston Legal writer David E. Kelley, who has incorporated the superhero’s signature lasso, cuffs, and plane in the pilot. NBC promises the project, if picked up to series, will offer a serious, non-campy take on the DC Comics character.”

    Serious and non-campy. There you have it, straight from NBC. And they know how to do superhero shows right!

  41. @Superyan  I know fanboys can be extremely picky but, speaking as someone who NEVER bashes the costumes for superhero films or TV shows, I’m pretty sure that I’m not nitpicking when I say that this costume is FAR from the best they could do.  Costume designers of superhero productions often neglect one major point in execution.


    You can keep the primary colors if you give the texture of the costume a thicker, more canvas-like look.  The videogames have picked up on this (Arkham City, Marvel Alliance) but with the exception of Captain America, most designers go for the shiny, brand new look. 

    That’s where you get the Party City look.

  42. @kennyg –yeah i think thats why a lot of us are confused. i thought she was supposed to be like the JMS street fighting wonder woman…this one looks like “bachelor party” wonder woman.  

  43. Wow, if I didn’t know who this was, I would never have guessed this was Tyra from Friday Night Lights. It’s not even just the hair color. Weird.

  44. I’m reserving final judgement until it is actually on tv but…
    1. Too much plastic.
    2. Boots should be Red Leather
    3. Bodice should be leather.
    4. Everything gold looks like crap and should be redone in real metals.
    5. Tiara also looks cheap.
    6. the bracelets are bad too.
    7. Rope looks bad too. Always thought the rope should be CGI and almost alive.
    8. She looks really amazing in all that crap. 

  45. @slim you are right.  The internet owes Jim Lee an apology.  

    Also, note to studios:  I applaud the effort to prempt blurry on-set photography or fan-made photoshops(or, even worse, those awful studio-made photoshops), but for the love of Pete hire a real photographer, do a real photoshoot, don’t just publish a snapshot from the costume fitting session. 

  46. It’s mylar so that it’s easy for her to wipe off the spilt ice cream and tears on those days that were just too hard

  47. I like it. But then I’m a fan of Camp.

  48. why couldn’t they just make it look like the Jim Lee redesign of the costume, with actual clothing, none of this shiny stuff

  49. This show will go the way of “The Cape”…won’t be around very long…

  50. I just… don’t see how a show that looks like this could possibly have staying power. I mean. If I saw this at a con I’d be like “WOAH! Awesome!” and take a bunch of pictures. In a television show… what the what?

  51. Hot, although I thought this was a halloween costume before I read the title of this post.

  52. Jim Lee was right… She needs a jacket.

  53. Turned to my husband for the non-comic fan opinion and asked him (with my best poker face) if he’d watch this show:

    “I would avoid it like the plague. While it might be canonically correct… it just seems like it’s pandering. And while I know these kinds of things generally pander to their fans, it’s usually in references or things that wouldn’t be distracting to normal people.” 

  54. She looks like Wonder Girl.  Am I the only one that sees this?

  55. @MosteXtremeBrian  I was just about to say the same thing. She looks like Wonder Girl, but she passes as Wonder Woman. I’ll watch.

  56. @TheNextChampion  LMAO!

    I actually kind of like it. Remember, in the show, she is supposed to be a huge celebrity followed by the paparazzi and making headlines. I kind of thought since she was chasing fame, she SHOULD have a kind of gaudy, cartoony costume. I think for what they are (seemingly) trying to do, this really works.

  57. I heard on twitter – They had to create the next generation of anti-cameltoe technology to support this costume.

    She looks less fierce and more annoyed at the wardrobe dept.

  58. @JohnVFerrigno I see that… a little. But then you’d think it’s be more high fashion? Methinks they should talk to Molly for ideas.

  59. This is what I imagine Robert Donwney’s hooker looked like

  60. Oh good God. Profuse apologies to Jim Lee for the redesign firestorm. Who knew that jacket would be less offensive this latex monstrosity?

  61. Gonna be a nerd here and say that I think the costumes to shinny and doesnt feel right AT ALL!
    so in conclusion… meh.

  62. Not digging it. It looks like something a stripper would wear. Never thought I would say that.

  63. Wow. I see this not ending well.

  64. I feel like this is definitly the wrong actress for this.  I feel like Wonder Women should be intimidating, and honestly, this looks like a Halloween costume to me.

  65. You know how we look back at old TV series that don’t age well? That will be this. The costume reeks of contemporary costuming…

    And yes, I wouldn’t kick her out of bed…

  66. I think this made me like the current Wonder Woman costume more.

  67. She has the rigth body

  68. oh no

  69. Honestly, this looks like something out of that Justice League XXX porn parody thing.

    I mean why are both the pants and the boots blue. THAT DOESN’T EVEN MAKE SENSE! If you’re going for the campy superhero look, might as well rock the classic outfit. Otherwise, I don’t think the jeans and jacket thing would have been a bad idea here. 

  70. I like it.

    It’s unfortunate that it’s nigh impossible to get on TV if you’ve got any curves, though.

  71. @Gabe  Dude, if I could get a woman to dress up like that for me, I’d die a happy man!

  72. haha, this is going to be hilarious

  73. As much as I appreciate the pants…

    This doth not inspire confidence. But hey, look what they did with a blue shirt and red jacket for years on Smallville. I reserve judgement. At least it’s not a bikini.

  74. If only the pants were black, or at least not shiny. This looks silly. Can’t wait to see what the Cheetah’s costume will look like!

  75. Loose the pants & go w/ the “classic” look.  A lot of wanna be Jim Lee’s in tv & the boots are red not freaking blue. 


  76. What she needs are some real pants. Not this plastic pair she has on. Her pants should not be shiny at all. This outfits screem “COMIC BOOK!” Make it more real.

  77. Can’t wait to see how this translates to action and filming. It’s something that Palicki can look good in anything she wears. A lot of the outfit seems photoshopped to me, though.

  78. @Diabhol  Christina Hendricks is pretty much the only exception to that rule. Makes me sad that TV is littered with stick figures who need a hamburger.

  79. Is this show a tax write off scheme for the network?

    This looks cheap and trashy.

    The Bataman porn from a few months back had better looking producion value.

  80. This looks pretty bad. I agree that the pants should be a different material, and the boots should be red. But even with those changes this just doesn’t translate.

    Also, she’s hot and all, but nothing I’ve ever seen of her says Diana to me. Maybe Wonder Woman just can’t be done in live action. Does that say more about the character or our society? Hmmm.

  81. I thought smallville did a good translation of the classic costume on Lois

    Otherwise, I pretty much agree with all of the other posts.  Anyways, I’m looking forward to supporting WW on screen 

  82. How are people complaining about the “production” value when we havent even seen any footage or anything?

    Seriously, it never amazes me how much hate people give something that isnt even out yet.

    Wait for footage than complain.

  83. It looks too plastic.

  84. It doesn’t bother me… but it does… I like the black leather theme in the comic better than this.  

  85. It looks like the sexy Halloween costume version. Way too cheap, too plastic, and too much like a toy. Feh!

  86. No NO NO nO no….
       She seems atractive; only the lip stick is a little to heavy and makes her look funny. Whats the deal with the pimple or mole in the middle of her eye brows; that can be distracting. The costume would be fine except I agree the pants need to be a shade or two darker and the boots I am not sure if I like the way they look; should’nt they be red? I hope this turns out so we can get more DC super heros on TV and on the big screen. Good luck with this one there are a lot of people watching this.


  87. Costume totally screams “PVC Fetish Wonder Woman”. But she can tie me up anytime!

  88. what the hell is wrong with you, DC!? Are you trying to commit commercial suicide??! Who in their right mind would think that looked good?! Must try harder. Wonder Woman isn’t supposed to be “sexy” in a modern slutty pornstar sort of way. She’s a warrior for f”*ksakes! She’s also an ambassador for world peace and gender equality (ahem, supposedly) – of which this monstrosity says nothing! She’s supposed to be very strong and powerful, just a little intimidating, but also caring, perhaps even motherly – someone in whom you could trust to protect and fight on behalf of all people and creatures in the world – you know, a hero! Not a latex slut! DC are displaying zero understanding of their own property here, it’s absolutely incredible to think they believe this is acceptable in 2011! William Moulton Marston is turning in his grave.

  89. @GloriousGodfrey  You don’t know much about William Moulton Marston, do you?

  90. Conor, go on….?

  91. @GloriousGodfrey  Quickly, because I have to be somewhere, Marston was very much into bondage and didn’t create Wonder Woman to be a feminist icon or a warrior queen ambassador of peace. He created her so she could get tied up. A lot. Which she did when he wrote the book. Here’s a quote from Marston:

    “The only hope for peace is to teach people who are full of pep and unbound force to enjoy being bound … Only when the control of self by others is more pleasant than the unbound assertion of self in human relationships can we hope for a stable, peaceful human society. … Giving to others, being controlled by them, submitting to other people cannot possibly be enjoyable without a strong erotic element”.”

    Marston also lived with his wife and their girlfriend in a polyamorous relationship. The only reason Marston would be turning in his grave is so that he can break out of the coffin and watch this show.

  92. I assume you’re referring to the whole strange bondage angle he had on the character. Even then, his philosophy if somewhat bizarre and misguided, was about a stronger female character – one that would appear intimidating to comic fans (boys) and about female power in general. (I mean you can argue that this still falls in the realm of male fantasy of powerful female, but i think there’s still enough in the idea to apeal to girls too). By motherly i meant as almost a representative of the caring and peaceful side of female nature. Perhaps even an agent of mother-earth herself (since she is born from clay). i don’t think any of this side, this more mythic almost celestial side, or the powerful female aspect is reflected in this picture, or any of the plot details we have so far (corporate executive/vigilante…?!), in anyway.

  93. @GloriousGodfrey  The “born from clay” angle wasn’t introduced until over ten years after Marston had died.

  94. I take your point, but to give the (crazy)man his dues that quote can be read on a purely psychological basis. In which case it all becomes rather interesting – the idea of having to reign in a certain part of ourselves for the good of society is pretty standard (see the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde etc), he’s just gone and added an erotic side to it (he is a psychologist after all, that’s all they think about apparently).  He did think women were naturally submissive, but he wanted WW to be an exception to the rule – someone who could fight on equal terms with men and bring about peace on earth.
    “Bondage elements were softened by later writers of the series. Though Marston had described female nature as submissive, in his writings and interviews he referred to submission to women as a noble and potentially world-saving practice, leading ideally to the establishment of a matriarchy, and did not shy away from the sexual implications of this”

  95. “born from clay” angle wasn’t introduced until over ten years after Marston had died

    ah, touché.

  96. Her last show was cancelled after 2 episodes.  On the long shot this gets picked up I’m giving it one and a half.

  97. lighting will be CRUCIAL.

  98. I had only one reaction: hehehehehehehehehehe. Oh and prepare for dudes to see this movie for ALL THE WRONG REASONS. Especially otaku who are into that.

  99. she kinda looks like a hooker

  100. @Checkmate  The costume has changed.

  101. @conor  well, for the little kids watching thier idol fight crime on tv, i hope so

  102. Mylar or not, Daddy likey!!