Jan 31st 2012 By: Lauren Davis
At this past year's San Diego Comic-Con, a group of cosplayers dressed as the "Gender-Bent Justice League of America
" to highlight the differences in how male and female characters are costumes. The men in the group took on DC's female superheroes -- Power Girl, Wonder Woman and Huntress -- while the women dressed as Batman, Superman, Green Arrow and the Flash. Now artist Maya Nord
decided to flip the genders of the Justice League International's members
, but she's taken a more fashionable approach, retailoring their costumes to fit their new genders.
Nord's Blue Beetle and Booster Gold are very close to their male counterparts, but with some nice feminine touches. Right now, I'm wondering where I can get a pair of Blue's retro, high-waisted shorts. OK, if I'm being honest, I'd like the hood and the gun, too, but I'm willing to settle. Booster Gold's gilded high heels aside, these outfits look like something you could actually fight crime in without getting laughed out of the Hall of Justice.
Guy Gardner's green vest looks like it was designed for a woman in the first place, so it's a natural fit for "Gal" Gardner. Hurrah for keeping the flat-heeled boots, but is she actually policing the galaxy in wellies? Meanwhile, Maxwell Lord is now Maxine, in a pantsuit and pumps. I can't help but wonder, would she look equally wicked in a suit skirt?
That Fire and Ice had to go through more radical recostuming says a lot about their female counterparts' skintight outfits. Ice's at least retains the form-fitting jumpsuit, even if the vest leaves male Ice looking less exposed. The color blocks work against him, though; the white really draws the eye to the crotch. Fire gets chinos, which seems a bit unfair. I can't imagine many female superheroes being allowed to wear something as understated as khakis.
Also, if you haven't already seen it, do check out Yasmin Liang's illustration of the Gender-Bent Justice League
, as well as her other artwork. It's fun stuff.