These Outfits Look Different In ‘Wonder Woman’ Than In ‘Justice League.’ So Fans Spoke Up.

“A fantastic example of the difference between the male and female gaze.”

Wonder Woman didn't just take the box office by storm, it also put female characters at the forefront — and in sensible costumes, no less. So imagine fans' disappointment when behind-the-scenes photos from the set of Justice League showed the same Amazonian warriors wearing overtly sexualized costumes.

Cosplayer Kimi (aka @GoldenLassoGirl) posted side-by-side comparisons on her blog The Golden Lasso, showing the differences between the Amazons' garb in this summer's Wonder Woman and in the upcoming Justice League

"[Director] Zack Snyder's ideal female warrior wearing about the same as a Victoria's Secret model on the runway is not a new concept, it's just disappointing and insulting in 2017," Kimi wrote.

"My problem is a millennia-old military culture wearing bikinis into battle because they are women. My problem is a wise civilization that was created by the gods to protect the world thinking that soft leather is armor. I have a problem with a really great design being thrown out in favor of something that would excite the cis male gaze."

Once the photos hit Twitter, fans expressed outrage … but not surprise, necessarily. After all, Wonder Woman's director and costume designer are both women and Justice League's are both men.

"Here is a fantastic example of the difference between the male and female gaze," tweeted Woman and Hollywood founder Melissa Silverstein.

For the record, one of the actresses was fine with the aesthetic change. "The girls on set, we never thought of [the new costumes] as a sexy version," CrossFit champion and actress Brooke Ence told USA Today. "It felt a little more glamorous, if anything, because we had bigger, beautiful hair, which I loved."

"I'm an athlete first, right?" Ence continued. "[Usually] I can't wear anything without someone commenting about my [muscular] body. So for me, it was actually really cool to be able to show it and not immediately feel masculine, but still very feminine."

These costume changes are just the latest example of the objectification of women in film and TV, a dismaying trend that has plagued Hollywood for decades. A University of Southern California study published in 2016 found that female characters were four times more likely to be shown in sexy attire, three times more likely to show nudity, and almost four times as likely to be deemed physically attractive on screen.

Discouraged by these oversexualized portrayals of women on screen and on the printed page, some fans are creating their own looks for iconic characters.

Artist Lord Ingvard, for example, redesigned the outfits for superheroes such as Elektra, Black Canary, and Supergirl. "I love comics and superheroes as much as the next nerd, but the women's costumes — sweet mother of Moses! — the costumes. At the very least, highly impractical. And at worst, incredibly sexist," Ingvard said, per MoviePilot.

"I believe that expressing one's sexuality is a natural, healthy thing, and certainly not something to be censured or shamed, but holy hammer of Thor, there's a time and a place for everything!" Ingvard continued. "My main goal was to at least try to approach the subject of female superheroes with the degree of logic, equality, and respect they — and their readers — deserve."

Perhaps future installments in the DC Extended Universe will dress its women as practically as it dresses its men. At least Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins has signed on to direct Wonder Woman 2.

Cover photo via Warner Bros. Pictures

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