There’s been a sea change in the Themyscira fashion scene — just in time for the Justice League movie — and people are confused.
The Amazonian warriors in the recent Wonder Women film directed by Patty Jenkins were clothed in functional armor that covered their stomachs and chests. However, as the characters return in Zac Snyder’s Justice League, out on Friday, the new costumes prominently reveal the actors’ stomachs and chests.
Evidence of the outfit changes were posted by director Zack Snyder to social media, where critics and fans took notice.
As fan site the Golden Lasso explained, “Wonder Woman began filming in 2015, the year before Justice League started filming in 2016. The Amazons’ design was finalized and most of the costumes completed while Justice League was still in preproduction.” Basically, that means that those in charge of Justice League rejected the Wonder Woman designs, which were already finished, in “favor of leather bikinis” that would show off more skin.
“Feel uncomfortable? You should,” the post continues. “This isn’t a new formula for comic books, films, or TV shows. All these fields are dominated by white men, and their creations reflect their own ideals. Women in films are four times more likely to be shown in sexy outfits and three times more likely to show some nudity. Zack Snyder’s ideal female warrior wearing about the same as a Victoria’s Secret model on the runway is not a new concept; it’s just disappointing and insulting in 2017.”
Social media agrees.
Brooke Ence plays the Amazon warrior Penthesilea in Wonder Woman (left) and Justice League (right).
First designed by Lindy Hemming, directed by Patty Jenkins
Second designed by Michael Wilkinson, directed by Zack Snyder.
People are pretending there’s no difference pic.twitter.com/YtOH9oRcCT
— Thal (@thalestral) November 13, 2017
I saw a photo of the costumes they’re using for the Amazons in the Justice League, and um, no, just no. I much, MUCH prefer @PattyJenks‘s and her costume designer’s take on what an Amazon warrior would wear. None of this golden bikini nonsense. #ugh
— Ashlee (@cluesandcontext) November 13, 2017
If this justice league amazon bikini thing is true I’m going to be so sad. WHY ALIENATE HALF OF HUMANS, COMIC CULTURE????
— Jacob Sheep (@jacobsheep) November 13, 2017
Whether all is as it seems, however, has been questioned by some, who are claiming that the skimpier costumes relate to a flashback scene, and the costumes of the Amazonian warriors in general are not as revealing.
The costumes are, of course, still undeniably skimpier whether used throughout the movie or not, but viewers won’t know the context for sure until the movie lands on Nov. 17.
Research, Melissa. Those are the costumes from 1000s of years ago. The modern costumes look nothing like this. Facts. Facts still matter. They’re super important! I was on set and saw the movie. If you want facts, I can help.
— Rob Keyes (@rob_keyes) November 13, 2017
Actress Brooke Ence, who appears as an Amazon in Snyder’s Justice League, told USA Today that the outfits “didn’t bother her at all.”
“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 said. “I’m an athlete first, right? [Usually] I can’t wear anything without someone commenting about my [muscular] body. So for me, it was actually really cool to be able to show it and not immediately feel masculine but still very feminine.”
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