Coolest superhero costume designs ever chronicles our favorite cape and mask moments. While it is amazing to follow those superhero costumes in the comic-book pages, translating them to screen is trickier. While it’d look incredibly sexy, it’s unlikely that Elektra or Wonder-woman would run around our screens (and collective wet dreams) wearing straps of strategically placed fabrics and a bandanna.
It is easier to spend millions and mess up with Green Lantern or Steel, but tougher to get it right. Translating from the comic book is not just about staying faithful to the original, but also giving it the sleek, modern feel which would keep the essence and yet appease the fanboys.
So here’s a list of our personal favorites:
Kicking off our list is Batman. While it’s not entirely faithful to the comic-book original, the result is suitably dark and gritty for Christopher Nolan’s taut Dark Knight series which explores Batman the person and his inner troubles as much as the superhero
Replicating the costumes for Alan Moore’s graphic novel was always going to be a challenge for Zack Snyder, let alone telling a coherent story Watchmen. He however gets it spot on with Nite Owl, Silk Spectre, The Comedian and Ozymandias. Rorschach was the best by some distance without being cheesy. A little less of Dr. Manhattan’s “big apple” and it’d probably be a great group. Regardless, it’s a solid work.
That red! That trench-coat and that over-all bada$$ look. There was much to love about Hellboy‘s screen transition.
Joss Whedon had a tightrope to walk with the classic Captain America‘s outfit, upgrading it, keeping all the iconic bits and yet, keep it suitably modern with the times. He got all that right – emblazoned star on his chest, the iconic “A” and wings on his helmet, the stripes on his on his uniform, near indestructible shield.
Iron Man‘s outfit could very easily get out of tune with all those assembled pieces. The original costume was a micro-mesh which could have easily become like a gold and red Oscar statue. Instead, the minor liberties made it classy, cool and ultra-modern.
And the final one, our favorite – Spiderman. While Marvel’s solo superhero has a clear advantage in terms of a costume which can be faithfully translated – there were some failed attempts before they finally got it right. Spiderman needs to get the ‘acrobat’ look rather than the machine strong, or hulking muscular look. The final results are impressive.