With Wonder Woman’s leap to the big screen this year, we finally got to see the variety of looks she would sport while taking her place in the cinematic DC Universe. We’d gotten a taste of it in the controversial Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, but weren’t so sure if the more historically leaning leather battle skirt was here to stay. While Wonder Woman as a film shied away from depicting her in her traditionally patriotic leotard, with flashy gold gauntlets and all the trimmings, it gave us instead a few different interpretations of the Amazon Princess during her time on Themyscira and in the modern world.
The comic DC Universe has placed Wonder Woman in several different ensembles over the years, more recently in ones that allow her to fight the most effectively, but so far the variety has been lacking. It’s not surprising -- her outfit is one of the most recognizable costumes in comics. When beloved characters can’t be redesigned due to storyline or legacy constraints, we turn to the fans. And disappoint, they do not. Behold, 15 of the most insane Wonder Woman looks designed by fans, for fans, with as much imagination and creativity as they can get away with.
15 ALTERNATE UNIVERSE WONDER WOMAN
Looking like something out of the '80s, with its sci-fi looking shades of cool blues and pinks, this Wonder Woman looks like she may exist in an alternate universe. Her footwear, and the presence of a necklace and beads in her hair, however, make her look like she’s a part of a tribe that doesn’t resemble the Amazons but could be just as old. She was designed by Hector Barros, a graphic artist from Spain for a Wonder Woman redesign contest.
Ordinarily, all the clashing details might create quite the visual paradox, but the color palette and show of strength in her pose and facial expression make them all complement each other nicely. The circlet, arm bands, and large chest plate all still telegraph Wonder Woman, yet her lasso looks like it’s made out of blue energy and gives her a futuristic feel.
14 WILD WEST WONDER WOMAN
This is a fun take on Wonder Woman. Though it may not at first seem to incorporate much of her classic outfit, that’s ok. The vest has her emblem and the plucky handkerchief around her neck is star spangled enough for you to remember who you’re dealing with. The Western theme works because cowboys use lassos, so depicting Wonder Woman as a roping cattle rustler is pretty perfect. This Wonder Woman look was brought to you by Denis Medri, an artist from Italy.
This Wonder Woman isn’t corny. She could have easily been made to look like some flashy rodeo star, all bright colors and fringe buckskin. Instead she has a hat, a lasso, and a pair of six shooters. She could have been made into a saloon girl, but instead she’s so much more capable.
13 MARBLE STATUE WONDER WOMAN
Not depicting a mere statue erected to her magnificence, this look is literally Wonder Woman as if she were made out of marble. She is seen wielding a sword that contains within it the lightning of Zeus, and holding a shield that contains the wisdom of the goddess Athena. In the artist’s version, using its reflection makes a person reveal their inner self, compelling them to tell the truth. This version of Wonder Woman was masoned by Aaron Diaz of Portland, Oregon, currently an internet cartoonist.
This depiction of Diana is particularly on point given that her mother, the Queen of the Amazons literally gave her life by forming her out of clay. She is also wearing a blend of historical attire from both Greek and Roman society, which makes sense given her character’s mythology.
12 FULL BODYSUIT WONDER WOMAN
This is a no nonsense approach to Wonder Woman, similar to her look in the New 52. This is reflected in both her outfit, (which, as a head to toe ensemble almost makes the thought of her wearing a skirt laughable) and with her confident, defiant posture. She looks almost militaristic, like a commander on the field of battle. She was reimagined by Colin Alexander, a graphic illustrator.
The muted color palette of blue and red suit a serious-minded Wonder Woman. Her gauntlets, circlet and lasso are all present, as is her sword. Her hair, often depicted as a wild mane of untamable tresses is a sleekly cut style, more away from her stern face. For a modern day Wonder Woman, this is definitely an imposing look, and is somewhat reminiscent of the look Captain Marvel was serving in Captain Marvel #77.
11 TRUE AMAZON WONDER WOMAN
Artist Rory Phillips always wanted Wonder Woman to more closely resemble the actual Amazons of Scythia from Greek mythology. This inspired him to create this striking look for her, with a lot of detail put into evoking the dress and lore of the basis for her homeland. She looks more like a warrior, and less like a centerfold.
She is almost ceremonial in her attire, not necessarily practical, but no less intimidating. She is seen here with lots of gold beading in her hair, as well as sporting ceremonial tattoos. Instead of her trusty lasso, the artist has depicted her wielding a battle hammer, as well as a rope with weighted ends. She also sports a Death Mask, a funerary tradition of the region, and perfect for head butting in battle.
10 AFRICAN AMERICAN WONDER WOMAN
The first female Captain Marvel was African American, but most people only remember blonde-hair blue-eyed Carol Danvers. Some people would probably have a hard time thinking about her another way. But Carol Danvers inspired Kamala Khan, the first Muslim Ms. Marvel, to use her shape-shifting powers to fight crime. An African American depiction of Wonder Woman carries on the grand tradition of passing the superhero mantle (or lasso) to anyone that fits the criteria and vows to uphold its integrity.
Christy Tortland is the artist behind this depiction, which incorporates classic elements of Wonder Woman’s outfit into a traditionally African manner of dress. She has braided hair, tribal face markings, her gauntlets are arm wraps and her lasso has become a belt. This Wonder Woman looks you dead in the eyes and means business.
9 GODDESS WONDER WOMAN
So often Wonder Woman is depicted in some sort of armor, reflecting her status as an Amazon Princess and capable fighter. When she gets designed in looks that reflect her poise, gracefulness, and elegance, we get to see a softer side to her. While she can be all those things in battle, seeing her in flowing robes makes her much more approachable.
This look by artist Hanie Mode makes her resemble the Greek goddesses that inspired her mythology, while sacrificing none of the visual signifiers that we have come to associate with her ensemble. Instead of pointed stars on her skirt, we have a sea of twinkling ones, some without a shape, looking like they hold the constellations of Artemis and Athena themselves. She has her tiara and gauntlets but no visible weapon. Of course, it could be concealed at the back, as it was in the recent film adaptation.
8 GRECIAN WONDER WOMAN
There have been several Grecian interpretations of Wonder Woman. This is appropriate given the inspiration for Themyscira and its Amazonian inhabitants from the Amazons of Scythia. But while many artists opt to put Wonder Woman in Grecian battle dress, few put her in the traditional Grecian robes of a lady at the time. Here, game illustrator Lynn has morphed elements of her classic ensemble into the draping robes of an aristocratic woman. All the appropriate colors of red, blue and gold are present, but there are no flares of the patriotic.
Here, Diana almost resembles Lady Justice, the personification of morality in the judicial system. While she has a sword and this version of Wonder Woman does not, she holds a spear and looks defiantly at all those that would oppose justice and liberty for all.
7 WONDER WOMAN 2.0
This Wonder Woman really is next level. It’s like it took everything great about her original outfit and turned it to 11. The golden eagle is clearly front and center on her chest, and her symbol is seen throughout the plating of her torso. There’s a mechanized feeling about her shoulder armor and gauntlets, and she’s even got neck protection. She’s armed with a spear and her trusty lasso. Her lower half is a little NASCAR, but the red pants and boots are a striking juxtaposition to the rest of the design.
The late, great Oliver Nome is the artist behind this look, and he’s drawn a variety of superheroes, but given the most attention to Diana. His Wonder Woman has a little retro-future feel, like she could have been a member of Voltron, or the SilverHawks with the fact that her look is sporty, sleek and very flashy.
6 SCI-FI WONDER WOMAN
Looking like the leader of Themyscira if it was located on the moon, this redesign of Wonder Woman puts her in a galaxy far, far away. There even appears to be stars silhouetting her. She has full-plated armor along her torso and shoulders, her gauntlets are looking pretty heavy duty, but it’s really her lower half that means the business. Her legs are cased in some sort of plating, and her moon boots weren’t just made for walkin’, but skull stompin’. She’s got some mean looking shades connected to her tiara, but surprisingly no breathing apparatus.
Albert Hulm submitted this design for a contest that called for Wonder Woman interpretations that hadn’t been seen before, and this is what he came up with. The added touch of the patriotic white stars on the blue skirt is a nice nod to Wonder Woman’s calling.
5 MEDIEVAL WONDER WOMAN
Looking like she’s about to march into Mordor with the One Ring, this Joan of Arc-esque Wonder Woman is on a mission. Her armor is impressive, well-crafted to her body, and detailed with a variety of fine details that would put Elven armor to shame (note the stars on her battle skirt look more like intricate snowflakes). The colors are muted, her gold and silver look battle tarnished, and her sword bears the nicks and scratches of a lifetime of use.
This concept was done by US based artist Rahzzah, who wanted the emphasis to be more on Diana’s strength and power, less on how revealing her leotard is. The decision to crop her hair so short is uncommon but appropriate, especially given the time period the armor evokes.
4 MUSLIM WONDER WOMAN
While the newest Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan doesn’t always wear her headscarf when stomping villains, it’s interesting to see what it would look like if a superhero did have one as part of their normal attire. Here we have Wonder Woman depicted as a Muslim (and also a bit of a Templar Knight), with almost her entire form covered save her arms. She has her lasso but no sword, and seems rather pleased with herself.
Wonder Woman has her roots very firmly in Greek mythology, but this shows what an alternate Diana might look like, and gives representation where there is so little. And should anything ever happen to her, and she had to train a successor, perhaps that woman would be from another part of the world with an ancient cultural heritage, as the artist Alex has shown here.
3 FUTURISTIC WONDER WOMAN
If the Justice League ever streamlined their look ala The Fantastic Four, it might look something like this. Clad in shades of black, white, dark blue and blood red, the gauntlets have been ditched, and she has a bit of a Winter Soldier vibe about her. While admittedly the eyewear makes her look a little too much like Cyclops, it also makes her look like she’s from The Matrix (especially with the Trinity haircut), which isn’t altogether a bad thing (mostly because imagining Wonder Woman in The Matrix is just fun). The overall design is militaristic, futuristic and makes it likely she rides an invisible sport bike.
Yvan Quinet from Switzerland is the artist that dreamed this up, but we’d ask him; where is the techno-military-futuristic interpretation of the lasso? Surely a laser-whip type deal would be perfect, plus a sword that loosely resembles Kylo Ren’s lightsaber.
2 OVERKILL WONDER WOMAN
Looking like she walked out of the pages of Red Sonja or Heavy Metal Magazine, this Wonder Woman is extreme in all the best ways. From the hair that threatens to eat her and flows all the way to the ground, to the flap of cloth hanging in front of her that barely qualifies as clothing, this Wonder Woman is overkill.
Her sword, resembling a weapon out of Final Fantasy, is slung casually over her shoulder, since its weight must be nothing when compared to the weight of her hair. Teodoro Gonzalez is responsible for this over the top version of Diana, and though she may look ridiculous to some, her demeanor says Warrior Queen Status. With that giant sword, who needs a lasso?
1 BEASTMASTER WONDER WOMAN
The love child of She-Ra and the Beastmaster, this Wonder Woman is clearly at one with the animal kingdom. We see her gesturing with her giant fantasy sword in the direction of some poor fool who’s about to face the jungle queen and her lions. She carries a huge shield, and a tiara-turned-headdress sits on her head. Her leather chestplate is adorned with gold, her symbol somewhat obscured by copious detail. She wears a skirt emblazoned with a single red star, and her boots look as ornamental as they do awesome.
Artist Rayph has designed a Wonder Woman that looks like a true warrior of Themyscira, either in the present or hundreds of years ago. The presence of the cloak is an imposing way to convey her regal status, while the addition of a scabbard (often overlooked) is a great way to telegraph her practicality as a warrioress.
Which of these designs is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!