Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Back on Track

Here I was, all set to talk about the hideous new Batgirl costume when Warner Bros. goes and reorganizes DC (likely in response to the Disney acquisition of Marvel) and...

You know what? Screw it. That sort of stuff isn't really my cup of tea anyone. I'm sure smarter people than me are already talking about it. Let's go ahead and talk about the hideous new Batgirl costume after all. Take a look:

Good Lord, that's a hideous costume. Poor Stephanie. I mean, really. Even if you didn't like Cassandra's Batgirl costume (and let's be honest, most of the people who didn't like it hated it because it wasn't Barbara's Batgirl costume) have to admit that Cassie's made a lot more sense.

I get that they're trying to tie it back to Stephanie's old Spoiler costume. But there were a lot of practical aspects to Cassandra's Batgirl costume. The fact that it was all black sure helped. And let's not forget that Cassie (and Steph as Spoiler) kept her hair tied up so as not to allow any villains to grab at it. Didn't Dick Grayson recently admonish Batwoman for this? Isn't that why the Question got her hair cut?

All the practicality has been thrown out the window in what I would see as a misguided attempt to tie Steph's Bargirl costume to her Spoiler costume. The purple just doesn't work. The leg pouch is all 90's "anti-symmetry." It just looks bad. And again, the free flowing hair is just going to get in her way. Couldn't she tie it back in a ponytail or stuff it in her cowl like she did with her hood? Honestly, how many women athletes do you see competing with their hair loose? If a runner or a soccer player doesn't do it, then a vigilante certainly shouldn't.

In conclusion, I'm sure you can gather that I think the costume -- to put it frankly -- sucks. Despite my love of Cassandra I'm really hoping Steph can be successful as Batgirl. But that costume sure ain't gonna help...

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At 10:57 PM, Blogger kalinara said...

I'm thinking the purple must be like a visual flashback. Ya know. Representing who she was and that she's carrying that with her. NOT part of the actual costume.

And by "thinking" I mean "hoping" because without the purple it isn't bad. The purple however is horrible.

At 1:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

does the the person she's kicking have a really big head or is that just really bad art?

At 4:36 PM, Blogger Captain Infinity said...

I like the boots though. Of course that's mainly because I'm very happy any time an artist doesn't give a heroine high heels as part of her costume.

At 6:28 PM, Blogger Diamondrock said...

Kalinara: Only Masters of Magnetism should wear purple.

Anon: Both, I think.

Cap: I agree, yes indeed. I was ecstatic when Batwoman was redesigned by J. H. Williams and they did away with the hells (and long hair).

I curse you, Alex Ross!


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