Wonder Woman looks like an anorexic in spandex with a boob job

Adrianne Palicki in costumeIf you haven’t heard by now, DC Entertainment is remaking Wonder Woman. It’s going to be a tv show. And no it won’t be kicking off with a full-blown movie like the male superheroes.

I’m not sure why Wonder Woman doesn’t get her own action flick, and I was all set to be disappointed by that until they released this photo of the “new” Wonder Woman.

Uh yeah. Let the bashing begin.

My movie disappointment has been trumped.

What. The. Heck. DC Entertainment and NBC.

Or whomever created this atrocity – you should be fired. This is NOT Wonder Woman. This looks like an anorexic in spandex with a boob job.

This is not about body-type bashing, but when I think “Super Heroine,” I’m thinking someone who looks strong, muscular – you know – someone who actually looks fit enough to rescue me from a burning building. I’m not sure the actress they picked has any biceps. Can we send her to the gym to bulk up a little or will that mess up the costume sizing?

I’m not picking on Adrianne Palicki for being who she is, but if I were trying to match up an actress to the comic book description of Wonder Woman, I’d be looking for someone who maybe works out or something.  Someone with some muscle tone and a tan. Why? Because the original Wonder Woman was from the Amazon.  I picture a tall, darker-skinned woman with an athletic look to her.  Not an over-inflated body-builder, but something that says power, strength and um “Super Hero”.  Give me a woman who looks like she ordered the steak for lunch, not a salad with dressing on the side. That photo looks like an ad for an adult halloween costume.

Contrast that with this image of a cartoon Wonder Woman…


See now that’s all “BA” as my daughter would say. I would not want to meet her in a dark alley with a bag of loot slung over my shoulder. Granted, her waist looks almost smaller than her wrist, but at least this version looks tough and ready to kick some serious butt. She’s got attitude and she knows how to use that Magic Lasso!

The new version looks like she’s gonna trip in her boots or maybe she’s standing that way because her spandex are just too tight. What do you think?

Do you like this new version of one of the most beloved female Heroines ever?


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  1. Jeanne Gumbleton on March 22, 2011 at 9:19 am

    I loved watching Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman when I was a young girl. I wanted her to be my mom!! Not too sure how this pixie is going to match up.

  2. Pearls on March 22, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Major disappointment. She doesn’t look anorexic, but she doesn’t look like she can save me, either. Yikes!

  3. Chantae' on March 22, 2011 at 9:53 am

    I agree, I was thinking “Chyna”, former wrestler from the WWE or maybe even Demi Moore if they could get her to put on a couple pounds. But I totally agree, I’m not really liking the Hollywood version of Wonder Woman, I’d like to think a super hero is someone that could rescue me, and if I’m a bad guy (or girl) not someone I can look at and think to myself, “I can take her”.

  4. gretchen on March 22, 2011 at 11:21 am

    I can’t help but wonder how they are going to edit out all of the squeaky noises that costume will make when she actually has to do something in it.

  5. Kel1 on March 22, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    They might as well have gotten Katy Perry to play the part, if that’s what they were going for. She almost looks like she was modeled after her.

    Lynda Carter was a much more healthy looking body type, and I agree – make her look like super hero. Xena Warrior Princess had more kickbutt fierceness than this.

  6. Ericka on March 22, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    You forgot anemic. Looks like she needs a CBC stat!

  7. gretchen on March 22, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Yes Xena looked a little more like what I was expecting!

  8. Ravenelvenlady on March 25, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Where is the musculature of her arms and legs? Am I to believe this Barbie look alike is going to defeat ‘bad guys’? What’s with the poor upper body development (except for the boobs, of course).

  9. elizabeth on March 25, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    I guess “girls can’t” do anything without being judged on their bodies. You don’t know this woman or her eating and exercise habits. Saying she is “anorexic looking” is offensive to her, all naturally skinny girls and especially all those who suffer from eating disorders. Yes, Hollywood enforces an unrealistic body image, but I don’t believe that bashing women who fit that mold is helpful. We should aim to embrace all body types skinny and not so skinny. While you do have a valid point when referring to the actress’ muscle development, how is a drawing a helpful comparison to a real live person?

  10. Timothy on March 26, 2011 at 12:23 am

    I was Lynda Carters bodyguard a few times in Hollywood, on the set at ABC Hollywood. I was the only guy on the set with a real gun and real bullets. She was a true Wonder Woman. Nice to everyone, worked out a lot, dancing, yoga, and would ride around Hollywood in a purple Rolls Royce. One of the big old classy ones. She would be a great Amazon Queen for any decent Wonder Woman project. Heck Zena keeps in shape and would make a great Wonder Woman. The actress in the photo. Wonder Well, she is too large below the waist and too puny looking above the waist and her arms look like toothpicks.

  11. gretchen on March 28, 2011 at 7:59 am

    @Elizabeth – I’m not bashing the actresses body type. I’m simply stating that if they are making a “Super hero” that the actress they choose should reflect more of a muscular and athletic body type. This actress, when compared to the typical versions of Wonder Woman, does not look nearly strong enough to be of much help in an emergency situation.

    Many actors and actresses change their body types for movies by getting in shape or adding on weight. I think that’s a little extreme, but it happens. The producers had a choice, and they chose an actress that doesn’t fit the known character of Wonder Woman.

  12. gretchen on March 28, 2011 at 8:02 am

    @Timothy – thanks for the inside scoop on Lynda Carter. She will always be “Wonder Woman” to a lot of us.

    I remember when my grandparents got cable tv for the first time and I saw re-runs of the “Wonder Woman” series that starred Lynda. That was probably the one show that pushed me to beg my parents to get cable. We never did, but every time I went to my grandparents’ house, I scoured the channels looking for that show.

  13. Timothy on March 28, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Hi Everyone, Gretchen
    I still watch a Wonder Woman rerun on cable sometimes. It is always nice to meet famous people who are even nicer in person then they are on screen.
    Summer Glau from Firefly and The Cape would be a great Wonder Woman. As would Eliza Dushku from Buffy and Dollhouse. Summer and Eliza both have the ability to look dangerous and are very belivable as butt kicking babes.
    Being a guy I prefer all the books, movies, and tv shows with action women over the same clone action guy stuff.
    I was always disappointed that they never made a Zena movie.
    Happy Sounds

  14. elizabeth on March 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    @Gretchen: “This looks like an anorexic in spandex with a boob job.” These are your words. They still don’t have anything to do with the musculature displayed by this actress.
    You are still comparing a human being to a drawing. And if you insist on Lynda Carter as a paragon of fitness and musculature maybe you should actually compare some photos http://www.sexycelebspics.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/lynda-carter-as-wonder-woman.jpg
    I took the trouble of finding this one for you. I have to say, to me her arms don’t look much bigger or more muscular.
    Just because you say, “I’m not bashing” does not make it true.

    • gretchen on March 30, 2011 at 4:52 pm

      Hi Elizabeth – sorry your post was caught on my spam filter and I just now found it. I would agree that the Lynda Carter version was a little on the weak-looking side as well. I just think of roles like Xena and others like her where the character is more believable when they look muscular.

      No one looks like a cartoon – I’m not suggesting that we try to fit that mold, but look at how actors like Arnold Schwarzenegger are cast as Conan or Lou Ferrigno as the Hulk. What’s wrong with casting a woman who has some muscle on her?

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  16. Monica on March 30, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Sorry, with that face, she hardly looks like she would kill a bug (more like standing on a chair squealing). I can’t look at that face and see Wonder Woman. I just can’t. She’s too….pretty and dainty looking.

    And Elizabeth, at least in the pic of Lynda Carter, you can see definition of the bicep. And she’s not standing so as to shove her rack in your face either. The costume looks kind of fake too. Not like something you could really move around in and do stuff with. I just don’t like it all around. They need someone tougher, and minus all the fabrics that are going to restrict movement. I guess their target market is teenage/twenties guys when it should be aimed at younger girls-shrug-

  17. Katie on October 2, 2012 at 9:34 am

    How about a female super hero in clothes that she can actually work in. Regardless of her unrealistic body, even the old Wonder Woman couldn’t possibly run, jump, climb or save someone in that outfit!

    • gretchen on October 2, 2012 at 9:42 am

      So true, Katie! So true! It looks incredibly uncomfortable and restricting. And who runs in boots?

  18. Janis on April 22, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Your feature-length wish come true six years later, if all goes well. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0451279/ I’m terribly curious who drove Joss Wheadon away.

  19. Daron Cleveland on November 14, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    I’ll agree that this costume looks ridiculous, but Adrianne Palicki is gorgeous. She has an amazing body & doesn’t look anorexic or anemic in the slightest bit. If anything it’s the costume that makes her waist look small, but she’s not remotely big below the waist.
    Lynda Carter played Wonder Woman well in her time, but she’s not anymore cut or defined than Adrianne is in this picture. Who ever said she has to be some muscle bound woman or like Chyna from WWE? Give me a break! Wonder Woman has never been a muscle bound woman and she’s never appeared to be dangerous. She’s not supposed to. She is the daughter of Zeus. She doesn’t need big muscles to be strong or tough. She is a demigod being stronger than humans is part of the package. Besides Adrianne Palicki has played in several action movies like Red Dawn, G I Joe, & now John Wick &she has what it takes to pull off this role.

  20. Matty b on June 5, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    I love how bitchy and caty women are towards each other. You always tear down anyone attractive out of jealously. All men hear is “that women attractiveness threatens me”

    Gal Gadot looked good in the movie. She’s very pretty and in great physical shape. Why don’t you stop being mean and stop judge people solely on their physical appearance?

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