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Superhero movie costume mistakes: part two

Updated on September 1, 2013

Comic vs Movie Green Lantern

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Green Lantern (The Green Lantern)

Never mind that the costume was literally painted on with CGI, resulting in an almost laughable revealing of Ryan Reynolds, but the mask is all wrong. When using CGI to create a costume, no one can claim that the costume department just didn’t sew the mask correctly and it was used anyway. Because CGI was used, there were several opportunities to correct the errors with the mask, even after filming was done.

One may ask, “What’s the big deal? It’s only a mask.” That’s my point exactly. What was the big deal to the director that they just had to make the mask wrong? Why this part of the costume? It made no sense to change the mask as the changes served absolutely no purpose within the confines of the movie. The comic book shows the mask coming to a point on each side, while the movie omits these points for a kind of subtle wave look. The comic book mask also has a pointed nose, covering the actual nose itself. The movie opts for a nose-hugger that just goes to the tip and amplifies the shape of the nose.

Comic vs Movie Daredevil

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Daredevil (Daredevil)

Exactly what kind of party was Matt Murdock dressing up for when he chose his costume in the movie Daredevil? (please, don't answer that question...) For the 2003 movie starring Ben Affleck, creators decided it was a great idea to change the typically spandex costume to all leather. Understandably, spandex is not always the best choice for a costume, but it is leaps and bounds better than leather, especially when the superhero has to fight in the rain. The costume looked very uncomfortable on Affleck, but maybe the director could argue since Murdock can't see, he can't dress either. Having to watch him play the role in leather, whether rain or shine, it was definitely not a good choice of costume for our favorite blind superhero.

Bane (The Dark Knight Rises)

I may take a lot of heat for this, but even if one likes the costume that Bane wore in the movie they have to admit it is completely inaccurate. When Christopher Nolan took on the large task of creating Bane, he somehow decided that the comic book just didn’t get it right and it was up to him to completely change the costume and look of Bane’s character. You know something is horribly wrong when Batman & Robin got closer to recreating the character than the acclaimed movie The Dark Knight Rises. Nolan’s official explanation on the web is that he wanted to keep the costume looking realistic and dark, yet the costume itself is still completely unrealistic. Besides, this is a superhero movie with the hero running around with a mask and a cape, so why the hang up about unrealistic costumes?

Comic vs Movie Bane

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In my opinion, the costume in itself is a joke that Nolan played on viewers. Bane is dressed in paramilitary garb to make him out to be a mercenary – I suppose it is better than his wrestling suit from the comics, but still, we need to try to remain accurate and not totally redesign a costume. His vest looks like he is going to jump out of a plane at any moment. Keeping with the parachuting look, his pants almost look like a modern version of parachute pants from the eighties with zippers in the oddest of places… and are those really sown-in knee pads? Nolan could not even be bothered to get the gloves right: in the comics he has two while in the movie he only wears one.

Out of the whole costume, the worst part is the mask. His mask appears to either be a tarantula with extra legs or the teeth of an alien, depending on how you look at it. The mask itself bears no resemblance to the comic book either. In the movie, it is claimed that it pumps an analgesic gas to keep his pain level down from an old injury, apparently his version of a Fentanyl patch. This purpose does not bear any similarity to the comic. In the comics, he has a series of tubes going directly into his brain that pumps out the drug Venom that he was initially exposed to in medical experiments. Venom enhances his human abilities and makes him superhuman. If he does not receive the drug every 12 hours, he will suffer terribly.

Bane from Batman & Robin

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Overall there was no reason to make Bane completely different from the comic. One cannot claim the costume couldn’t be done because, even though it was done up incredibly goofy, Batman & Robin got closer than Nolan ever tried. In addition, with CGI technology anything is possible. After all, we do have a very nice Hulk courtesy of CGI. The bottom line is there’s no excuse for this horrifically inaccurate Bane costume.

Batman, Robin & Batgirl

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Batman, Robin & Batgirl (Batman & Robin, Batman Forever)

When looking at the costumes of Batman, Robin and Batgirl in Batman & Robin (as well as Batman and Robin in Batman Forever), one can’t help but notice the anatomical addition of nipples in the costume. They stand out so much on the costumes that it is impossible not to think about them when one thinks about the movie. They weren’t just points, either. These were anatomically correct nipples carved out in the Batsuit and Robin’s costume. Batgirl got the easy end of the deal, with just points at the end of her cups.

There was so much wrong with the costumes in this movie that it would take a few hubs to go through all of the problems. But it was quite hard to see the full costumes with Joel Schumacher’s decision to make the crotch and buttocks of the characters the primary focus in the films. As if the nipples weren’t enough to make one grimace, they were sure to squirm with uneasiness at the built in and enlarged codpieces for both Batman and Robin. At some point it is up to the actors playing the roles to say enough is enough. But then again, maybe they really needed the money.

Comic vs. Movie The Riddler

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The Riddler (Batman Forever)

Riddle me this, Batman: why does The Riddler’s costume look to be a Onesie designed for an adult slumber party? Schumacher was at it again with the costume of The Riddler in Batman Forever. In the comics, the purple and green of The Riddler was replaced with a one-piece pajama outfit covered in question marks. The movie version was sans Riddler hat. Even the mask over the eyes was wrong, with the comics having it purple and the movie having it green. Then there is the garish red hair that graced the top of The Riddler’s head. Maybe the hair was the replacement for the hat?

When he wasn’t wearing the green Onesie, there was a sparkly number that would make even Tim Gunn blush. The best of the worst costume for The Riddler hands-down goes to the bedazzled smoking jacket. Speaking of which…

Comic vs. Movie Two-Face

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Two-Face (Batman Forever)

Schumacher really enjoyed including the worst costumes possible in his movies, so why leave Two-Face out of the fun? Like in the comic books, Two-Face in the movie wears a suit split in half, yet the other side of his suit is an animal print smoker’s jacket that appears to have come directly from Hugh Hefner’s closet in the eighties. This truly isn’t so far-fetched, considering that Two-Face wears some pretty colorful and interesting choices. The bigger problem with Two-Face in the movie is his, well, face.

In the comics, Two-Face was splashed with acid, and therefore his skin is burnt away, revealing bone and sinew. In the movie The Dark Knight, the appearance of Two-Face is pretty accurate in terms of his face. Yet in Batman Forever, his face is more like he was getting ready for a football game and painted half his face in his team’s colors before changing his mind. The smile is very odd and reminiscent of The Joker. This black lipstick paintjob, complete with a curly-q at the end, makes Two-Face cartoonish rather than villainous.

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    • Angie Martin profile image
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      Angie Martin 4 years ago from Frazier Park, California

      Thanks! It was a little of both... can't always trust the eyes, especially when it comes to little things. I love superhero movies, but the costumes always bother me because they just never seem to be right. Maybe one day we'll get the perfect comic book translation on the big screen!

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      frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

      You've shared some good perceptions with us. Either great research or observant eyes...or both! Interesting review.

    • Angie Martin profile image
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      Angie Martin 4 years ago from Frazier Park, California

      Thanks!

    • Geekdom profile image

      Geekdom 4 years ago

      Another nice costume comparison.