Comic books and movies are two completely different kinds of media. What looks good on the page doesn’t mean will also look good on screen.There are some super hero costumes that looked awesome on screen and some that didn’t.
10. LOOKED GREAT: BLACK PANTHER
When Marvel’s Black Panther to hit the big screen. Everything about the film seemed to come together perfectly in a positive-pounding, visually exciting, record-breaking adventure. That success extends, of course, to the costuming. For the most part, the comics’ version of Black Panther’s costume is a simple black suit. That look is beautifully replicated here, with plenty of awesome high-tech additions and a subtle silver accent every where not enough to disrupt the suit’s sleek design, but just enough to break up the solid black body suit.
9.LOOKED GREAT: WONDER WOMAN
Wonder Woman’s is both iconic and faintly ridiculous. It’s got either ballet shoes or curly boots with a stripe on the front, not to mention the star-spangled shorts. And every time DC has tried to give Wonder Woman a makeover, fans rebelled so hard that she always got her old duds back very quickly. The costume looks burnished, like real armor, while the skirt consists of durable leather. It truly does look like something a Greek warrior might wear. But of course, there’s only one warrior worthy of this set of armor, and you’re looking at her.
8. LOOKED GREAT: BATMAN (1966)
Batman’s costume from the 60’s looks great.The cape and cowl are a shiny purple, there are little frowny eyebrows doodled onto the cowl, and half the time you can see the leotard bunching up in spots.In other words, this costume looks so fantastic precisely because it looks terrible. Adam West pulls it off with the same deadpan panache that he pulls off every ridiculous escape and over-the-top line of dialogue. For any other Batman, this costume would be plain,and awful but for West, it is awfully perfect.
7. LOOKED GREAT: BLADE
When the first Blade movie came out in 1998, the comics version of the character had tragically succumbed to the fashion fads of the decade, including massive shoulder pads, pointless decorative spikes, and gratuitous. And let’s not forget Blade’s 1973 debut, where he thought a cleavage-bearing green trench coat was a good idea. So how did the movie version escape these fates? Mainly by sticking to the basics. Slick and simple, Blade’s costume fits him perfectly, both physically and thematically. It’s exactly what you would imagine a half-vampire vampire hunter would wear: all black, with a long black coat for extra awesomeness.
6. LOOKED GREAT: IRON MAN
Iron Man’s early history, his best-known costume — the red-and-gold armor was made of a “wafer-thin” metal that behaved like cloth until magnets snapped it into shape.It was interesting concept, but most of the viewers probably wouldn’t have been amused to see their Iron Man wearing glorified tin foil.And so, when the MCU’s Tony Stark first banged out a sleeker version of the armor that helped him escape captivity, the final product much more closely resembled traditional armor. While that arguably makes the movie Iron Man less technologically advanced than the comics Iron Man, there’s no denying the end result is pretty awesome. Who doesn’t want a metal suit that flies, shoots rockets from everywhere.
5. DIDN’T: CAPTAIN AMERICA (1979)
Before Chris Evans brought Captain America to life with a surprisingly plausible costume, Reb Brown had his shot at the character in not one but two movies. The fact that the only thing people seem to remember about these movies is the dubious costumes. Most infamously, instead of his usual cowl, this Captain America has opted for a motorcycle helmet with sculpted wings sprouting out from the front. It makes him look less like the Sentinel of Liberty and more like a four year old at a skating rink. Sure, you could argue that Cap should wear a motorcycle helmet to set a good example for the kids. And you’re be right, except for the fact that he never takes it off. Not even when he’s running around pushing bad guys off of dune buggies.It rather looks like someone took some sculpting clay and molded the costume onto him. The stiff, oversized wings on the cowl don’t help either. Salinger might look better than this Red Skull’s candy-like head — and that’s a pretty big “might” — but overall, the costume fits the movie in the worst way: they’re both cheap-looking and forgettable.
4. DIDN’T: THE INHUMANS
Marvel’s Inhumans TV series, despite a well-hyped debut in IMAX theaters, quickly became a flop of inhuman proportions. One of the earliest complaints that fans expressed about the show was the characters’ appearance. Most of them wear a lot of black with little to nothing to connect them with their comic book counterparts. You could swap them out for any characters in any generic fantasy flick and never notice the difference. You’d think a little color might be welcome after that, but Medusa’s get-up is a timely reminder to be careful what you wish for. Her pastel easter egg of a dress is enough to put you off purple forever. The only well-dressed character on this show is Lockjaw, and he’s a naked dog.
3. DIDN’T: GREEN LANTERN
The costume specifically, does not exist. It was created entirely with computers, and it shows to the point where this costume dips heavily into uncanny valley territory. There’s something ever so slightly off about it. You can’t help but get increasingly angry with it as the film staggers along. And that’s not even touching on the suit’s design, which features lots of distracting glowing lines. Luckily, in this case, one of the movie’s big weaknesses becomes its biggest strength: Hal Jordan spends most of his time faffing around on Earth in civilian clothes instead of having cool space adventures in his costume. Not very faithful to the character, maybe, but a relief for the eyes.
2. DIDN’T: DAREDEVIL
Back in 2003, when Matt Murdock was just another angsty hero of just another terrible superhero movie. Played by future Batman Ben Affleck, this Daredevil’s on-screen adventures ended in disappointment all around. And yes, the costume was most definitely part of the problem. You’d think it would be difficult to mess up a design this simple, but this movie managed it. They got the wine-red color roughly correct, but the suit’s texture just seems off. It’s like leather, but not quite? What is that, anyway? And to top it all off, they added a little “DD” up on the left breast like the logo on a polo shirt.
1. DIDN’T: FANTASTIC FOUR (1994)
The Fantastic Four’s movie careers started earlier than you might have thought. In 1994, Constantin Films produced the very first Fantastic Four movie, entitled simply The Fantastic Four. Whether they ever intended to release the film or if they only rushed it out to retain the character rights is a subject of debate. What is not up for debate, however, is the quality of the team’s costumes. The material of the costumes is so reflective it resembles a safety vest. The actors were also forced to wear giant “4s” that are so loud and obnoxious they’d look more at home in a Dr. Seuss book than a superhero movie.