Comic books, up until the 1980s, were a very limiting art form. They were produced as cheaply as possible and that meant limiting the number of colors and making everything look exciting even though it looked flat. At that time, comics were also thought of as children’s entertainment.
That started to change with seminal works like The Dark Knight Returns, Watchmen, and V for Vendetta that took the storytelling and imagery into startling, adult territory. As graphic novels grew into legitimacy, more money was spent on their production and the images could be as subtle and as lush as the artist wanted. The coming of computers meant it was easier to create full-color artwork instead of relying on simple shades of a few primary colors.
And of course, it meant that costumes evolved. Once plain and easy to draw, costumes became intricate and detailed. And when comic book heroes made the permanent jump to the big screen, that trend accelerated. There were comic book movies going way back, but it’s fair to say that 1989’s Batman really created the modern, troubled superhero with depth and character and a fully-realized world that differed from ours.
It also meant that costumes that looked ok in the comics started to change. Simple spandex wouldn’t do for a serious superhero, so costumes turned into leather and ballistic nylon. Everything got darker and more gritty. Sometimes that’s a good thing and sometimes that’s a bad thing. Sometimes, the movie costume is ridiculous in its own right, even though it owes nothing to the comic costume.
Judge for yourself. On this Fun Friday, take a look at ScreenRant’s “15 Least Accurate Superhero Movie Costumes”. Come back and let’s discuss it.
For me, it boils down to two words: Bat-nipples.