One year to the day before the release of the highly anticipated Wonder Woman 1984, director Patty Jenkins kicked up even more hype by unveiling the movie's first teaser poster. Filled with a spectrum of bold and resplendent colors, the poster instantly made an impression by revealing the titular superheroine's brand-new costume.
In 2016's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, 2017's Wonder Woman and Zack Snyder's Justice League, the Amazon Princess sported the same, iconic costume. However, Wonder Woman 1984's poster debuts a golden, sparkling armor that covers Diana from shoulder to toe. The costume is fit for a
queen princess, and it already brings a ton of questions -- why is Diana wearing a new costume and where did it come from?
But, more importantly, is it possible that it was inspired by the Kingdom Come comic book series?
Although it can be hard to make out at first glance given the poster's colorful nature, there is no denying that Diana's new costume is predominantly gold. What's more, it is armored in a way that promises the Amazon Princess will be in for one hell of a fight. The main portion of the costume is full on armor, as are the shoulders, boots and quintessential bracers, while the rest of the arms and legs, which were uncovered in Wonder Woman's previous cinematic appearances, are now covered by what appears to be some sort of chain mail-like fabric.
Clearly, this costume isn't just for show -- it was meant for war. While it's design is wholly original, it does bear a striking resemblance to an iconic Wonder Woman costume from the comic books. The Kingdom Come limited series by Mark Waid and Alex Ross was an Elseworlds tale set in the DC Universe's far future. In the series, Superman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the Justice League were all in their golden years after having passed the superhero baton to another generation. However, this new generation's carelessness leads to tragedy, and the original superheroes have no choice but to rise up once again.
The series featured plenty of new costumes for all of DC's pantheon, like a new set of golden armor for Wonder Woman. As Diana suits up for battle, she puts on this new costume, which is meant to look like an eagle. It's got the wings and even a bird-shaped helmet. Nevertheless, the golden, armored nature of the costume, combined with Kingdom Come's status as a classic, has made this Wonder Woman costume one well known in the comic book world.
Of course, there are a lot of noticeable differences between Wonder Woman 1984's new costume and Diana's Kingdom Come armor. Mainly, the movie's new suit doesn't look anything like a bird. However, the armored look, as well as its gold color scheme, could easily point to Kingdom Come as an inspiration for this new costume. There are no wings or helmet to be seen here, but that could still come later in the film. Or perhaps Diana's navy cape, which we have seen before and strangely looks like the feathers of a bird, could return to complete the look.
Since there are no other golden armors that Wonder Woman has worn in the comics, we can't help but wonder if this is the DC Extended Universe's take on the Kingdom Come armor. As we await an official confirmation from the movie's creative forces, we'll keep wondering why Diana would require such a drastic change of clothes? To protect her skin from the lethal claws of a certain, feline-inclined supervillain, perhaps?
Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman 1984 stars Gal Gadot as Diana, Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Kristen Wiig as Barbara Minerva/Cheetah, Pedro Pascal and Natasha Rothwell. The film opens on June 5, 2020.