10 Superhero Movies That Nailed The Costumes According To The Comics!
Although it’s not a rule that universally applies, the general consensus is that the best superhero movie adaptations are faithful to the comic books they’re based on – and that includes in terms of the character costumes.
Characters who look nothing like their comic book counterparts tend to be the ones that are most often criticised; Doctor Doom in the recent Fant4stic reboot, the awful version of Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Galactus in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, for example.
In this video, we’ll take a look at some of the best examples of movie characters whose looks were taken straight off the pages of their source material. Here are ten superhero movies that nailed the costumes according to the comics.
Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice really wasn’t received very well in general, but one of the aspects of the movie that was deemed to be a success was Ben Affleck’s Batman – and one of the main reasons for that was undoubtedly the character’s look.
Batfleck’s costumes – both his regular costume with the grey bodysuit and black logo, cape and cowl, and the powered armour he wore to face the Man of Steel – were taken straight off the pages of The Dark Knight Returns comic book miniseries. Given that The Dark Knight Returns is generally seen as one of the best Batman stories of all time, it was a smart move on Warner Brothers’ part to take influence from it.
Superman in the Superman: The Movie
Christopher Reeve’s Superman is still arguably the most iconic movie superhero of all time. Having first appeared in 1978’s Superman: The Movie, he went onto appear as the Man of Steel on three more occasions – and he always looked as if he was taken straight out of the pages of DC Comics.
Looking back, what Reeve’s Superman wore was defintely a little bit cheesy – and the comic book version of the Kryptonian hero has been updated to something a little cooler since then – but the blue suit with red cape and red trunks on the outside was undoubtedly totally nailed when compared to the classic comic book costume.
Supergirl in Supergirl
The Supergirl movie is proof that, just because a costume is good, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the character wearing it – or the movie they’re in – is going to be good as well. Helen Slater portrayed the titular character and she looked just like her comic book counterpart – much like how her character’s cousin did in the Superman movie – but she was terrible!
Her costume was essentially the same as Superman’s on the top half, but with a skirt in place of Superman’s red trunks and blue leggings on the bottom half – just like in the comics. However, the movie was awful, her acting was terrible and, quite frankly, she was just irritating.
Deadpool in Deadpool
After the monstrosity that was the X-Men Origins: Wolverine version of Deadpool, fans of the character were eager to see a more faithful adaptation on the big screen – and 2016 provided them with that.
Ryan Reynold took on the role again, but this time it wasn’t a horrible Frankenstein’s monster version of Deadpool – it was actually the Merc with a Mouth down to a T. Reynolds IS Deadpool – and the fact that his costume was exactly like the classic comic book version really helped matters. The unmistakable red bodysuit with black trim was totally on point and we can’t wait to see him in the sequel.