Wonder Woman Gets Pants, Superman Loses Cape

Wonder Woman Gets Pants, Superman Loses Cape

Two of DC’s holy trinity are getting radically new looks this year. While costume changes are a familiar element of long-running superhero characters, each re-design speaks to various traits that the companies and creators are trying to emphasise. So, here, it’s telling that Wonder Woman’s showing far less skin than she generally does in her most familiar looks.

As revealed today at HitFix and Nerdist, Superman and Wonder Woman will be getting new costumes after Covergence, the publishing event that heralds the next editorial reconfiguration of the DC Universe.

In the past, there’ve been a whole bunch of variations on Wonder Woman’s semi-patriotic theme, but this is a pretty radical departure that covers her up a lot more. Wonder Woman’s legwear has been the source of controversy before, most recently when her New 52 costume went from having pants to pantsless. The upcoming armour also seems more in line with her new status as the God of War in DC’s greco-roman pantheon and its blades hint at a potentially more violent characterisation for Diana.

Superman looks like he’s getting tougher, too, with a close-cropped haircut and a t-shirt-and-jeans outfit that recalls what Clark Kent wore in the Grant Morrison-written New 52 reboot. The colouring on the S-shield harkens back to the character’s Golden Age iteration, which was a time when Superman was a crusading strongman determined to fix society’s problems. The most significant change, of course, is the lack of any sort of cape. This return to an everyman Kal-El could be a sign of a whole new tone for DC’s flagship character.


  • Wonder Woman looks awesome but now she looks too much like one of the Britain Corps now

  • Superman reminds me kinda of the look of superboy in the young justice series grown up.

  • Supeman looks alright I guess.

    Wobderwoman looks badass. was thinking maybe if they added a bit more armor plate it would look cooler, but then again maybe just more cluttered.

    Superman needs a bit more to him, but definitely no cape is the way to go.

  • Superman looks like a poorly aged-up Superboy. I’m interested to see what they do with him because part of Superman’s character is that he’s an icon.

    Wonder Woman looks fantastic. Not sure about the wrist blades but otherwise they’ve done a great job of making her iconic look feel more practical (at least by comic book standards) and even more bad ass.

  • Really miss the cape on Supes, but Wonder Woman looks pretty great. Ditch the claws though, cmon.

  • Superman looks terrible, maybe they should have just ditched his pants.

    Diana looks amazing though. And it’s not like her pants are anything other than blue coloured flesh because ~comic book fabric.

  • “It’s a bird!
    “It’s a plane!
    No! It’s my landlord! And he’s gonna break my legs!

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