Pride & Joy Day 5: Wonder Woman Begins

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On a Thursday night in June 2017, I woke up in a panic. I thought I’d missed the premiere showing of the first Wonder Woman movie. And so I drove to Glendale’s The Pacific. I wasn’t late. I arrived just in time. It was 10 PM and the theater was empty. When the movie began, there were only about ten of us.

I saw Wonder Woman four more times after that. In IMAX 3D at AMC Burbank 16, in 4DX at Regal LA Live, in regular digital at Vista, and finally in 70mm at ArcLight Hollywood. I cried when I watched it at ArcLight. The 70mm presentation filled me with so much nostalgia of watching movies with my family and friends.

To be alive and able to witness my childhood hero on screen was a surreal experience, and thus I began collecting Wonder Woman items. From apparel to figurines to books to movies. Friends and family give me Wonder Woman collectibles, and every one of them is appreciated. They know I’m never going to say no to anything Wonder Woman. Well, except for Injustice-version Wonder Woman. Bleh.

Wonder Woman 1984 was supposed to have its premiere today. Well, yesterday (since movies normally open on Thursday evening). But thanks to Covid-19, it was delayed to August (I don’t think that’s going to happen).

In honor of the original release date of the movie (well, second original, since Patty Jenkins had wanted it to come out in late 2019), each Friday photograph from the Pride & Joy project will have a Wonder Woman theme.

I bought this shirt from Hot Topic. It features the distinct, art-deco Wonder Woman movie logo. I love this logo and prefer it over the other iterations because of its relationship with the costume and the way the hero (and the rest of the Amazons) is treated. Michael Wilkinson designed the new armor for her first modern appearance (in Batman vs. Superman), and Lindy Hemmings took it even further in the first Wonder Woman. Hemmings designed the way the Amazons look from the armor.

The result is a practical look that’s very fantasy-realistic without being overtly sexualized like in the George Perez’s runs in the 90s, the incredibly sexist New 52 series, and the terrible (just terrible) animated movie Bloodlines.

This burgundy stringer tank was actually a short-sleeved, V-neck shirt. But the silhouette wasn’t flattering, so I took a pair of scissors and began cutting.

So here’s to everyone responsible for bringing my hero to life.

Photography by Yuska Lutfi Tuanakotta.