In today’s world, the first look at a superhero
costume can be the most important part of building positive buzz – or having fans write
the project off completely. The first look isn’t always the final verdict, whether it’s
a costume that brings the comic book version to life, or changes it completely. But sometimes,
the fans’ doubts are proven to be a good sign – either that, or they never know just how
awful the reality of the costume really was for the actor. Here are the 10 Most Controversial
Superhero Movie Costumes of All Time. Psylocke
Since her debut in Marvel Comics, the mutant Psylocke’s willingness to show some skin has
turned just as many heads as her psychic blade. So when X-Men: Apocalypse put Olivia Munn
in basically the exact same outfit, some eyebrows were raised. Munn made sure the character’s
costume wasn’t just meant to get fans drooling, and with the addition of some flesh-colored
latex covering the edgier areas, audiences can make decide for themselves.
Captain America Steve Rogers got a clever costume during his
World War II days, recreating the color scheme and red and white stripes without actually
looking too silly. But that changed with The Avengers, with Cap’s colorful mascot outfit
justified by claiming that the public might need a hero who was old-fashioned, and a bit
cheesy. Fans were fine with it, since the movie itself was a hit. But the costumers
clearly heard the criticism, since every single Cap costume since has been an update of the
original style – basically asking all of us to forget the Avengers look ever happened.
Green Lantern Almost every practical comic book costume
gets a little tweaking thanks to digital artists, whether it’s CG capes, added effects, or tech.
But with Green Lantern, director Martin Campbell made a bold choice: to go with nothing practical,
and make the entire suit a digital creation. The idea that the Green Lantern ring makes
the suit from pure energy IS faithful to the comics, but the end result turned off almost
everyone – especially the mask. And when your star actually HAS the body of a comic book
superhero, why waste it? As an added bonus, Ryan Reynolds has claimed that the mocap suit
was so hot, it must have been “made of actual woven misery.”
Catwoman From the first look at Halle Berry’s Catwoman
costume, every moviegoer knew the movie was going to be a disaster. Aside from looking
ridiculous in general, the amount of skin being shown had critics enraged, pointing
out that the version of Catwoman in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns. was actually MORE seductive,
showing no skin at all. But it might just be a problem with the character as a whole.
That incredible version worn by Michelle Pfeiffer? The actress had to be vaccuum-sealed into
it. Not only did she hate it by the time filming wrapped, but over 60 versions of the suit
had to be made at $1,000 a piece. Quicksilver
No movie superhero proved you can’t judge a book by its cover like Quicksilver in X-Men:
Days of Future Past (Fox). Where the Marvel version of the character (Avengers: Age of
Ultron) stuck to the slick style of the comics, Bryan Singer went… a different direction.
The metallic jacket might have fit the 1970s setting, but from the moment the silver wig
and goggles hit the Internet, fans went crazy, claiming it to be the dumbest design of the
entire franchise. Even actor Evan Peters wasn’t sure it would work, but the character wound
up a fan-favorite – goggles and all. Batman
When director Joel Schumacher took over the Batman series, he decided that the Dark Knight
needed some flare. George Clooney’s version takes most of the heat, but it was actually
Val Kilmer who first showed off the infamous “Bat nipples.” The idea was to model the Batsuit
after statues of Greek gods, nipples, cod pieces, muscles and all. But by the time the
sequel hit theaters, the nipples and gratuitous butt shots had turned DC’s biggest hero into
a walking punchline. Wonder Woman
Having already teamed up with Batman and Superman, and with a solo movie on the way, it’s hard
to believe Wonder Woman was going to appear on TV played by Adrienne Palicki, instead.
Enough people thought the pilot episode was worthwhile to actually get it filmed, but
once fans caught sight of the new costume, jaws dropped. A reminder: this costume was
designed in 2011. Fans would have debated even a perfect Wonder Woman costume, but the
spandex pants and glittering gold left no doubt: the pilot would wind up not going to
series, and basically embarrassing everyone associated with it.
Batman Christopher Nolan’s take on Batman might be
seen as brilliant now, but following on the heels of the Bat-nipple-suit, a Batsuit that
was actually practical and realistic seemed like a risky move behind the scenes. One by
one, every feature of the suit, from the grappling gun to the wings, had to be justified – to
the director, and in the movie. For Christian Bale, the commitment to realism meant he still
couldn’t turn his head while in the suit, and the materials left with with intense headaches.
Who knows? Maybe that rage is what made Batman Begins such a hit.
Harley Quinn The Joker’s girlfriend has usually courted
controversy with every one of her outfits, showing more and more skin in cartoons, comics,
and video games every year. With Dc’s Suicide Squad, the filmmakers designed a new look
keeping her modern blue and red color scheme intact – and sticking with the short-shorts
and stilettos, too. Actress Margot Robbie mainly complained about being soaking wet
in just a t-shirt and shorts, unlike her co-stars, but claimed the sexy style was part of what
made Harley tick. Whether the audience will buy it… remains to be seen.
Deadpool We couldn’t discuss some of the most hotly-criticized
superhero costumes without addressing the mother of all mutant mistakes: Deadpool, from
X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Even now, it’s hard to know what the filmmakers were thinking,
giving Wade Wilson optic blasts, retractable swords, and the ability to teleport without
even giving him a suit – or a mouth. Ryan Reynolds got to set things right – and then
some – but there was a time when this take on Deadpool seemed like it had killed the
character on film for good. Those are the superhero costumes we remember
being the most explosive, controversial, or just plain misguided. But which ones have
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