I was inspired by a recent story on filmjunk.com, but wanted to take a bit broader look at what we have gotten in superhero suits thus far. This list isn't comprehensive, just a few of my favorite examples of what can go right or horribly wrong.
Supergirl - Supergirl
Nothing radical here, and thats what I like. Its simple, identifiable and easy on the eyes.
Catwoman - Batman Returns
Sure, this suit is a tad impractical, but its sexy and sleek and it preserves the notion that she is dressed up in a cat motif.
The Kingpin - Daredevil
Filmjunk actually dissed this look, but I think this is exactly what the Kingpin should look like. He is huge, but not fat, and looks great in a suit. Who cares if he is black or was in The Green Mile, Michael Clarke Duncan as Kingpin could believably kick some serious butt.
The Fantastic Four - Fantastic Four
So what, the Thing's eyebrow isn't perfect. At least he doesn't look like a freak (well, for a rock dude). And the rest of the team has suits that actually look like they weren't homemade.
Hellboy - Hellboy
"Man in suit" can go horribly wrong, but Hellboy doesn't look like a cheap Halloween costume, and there is no way CG would look near as good.
Spider-Man - Spider-Man 3
The red and blue costume in Spider-Man 1 and 2 is great. It takes the classic look, and makes it believable without a cheap spandex look. But this black and silver costume is even cooler. I always liked the alien suit in the comics, and this image brings out the geekiest in me.
Lex Luthor - Superman
Lex Luthor is best known for being bald, so who's idea was it to give him a wig?
Nuclear Man - Superman IV: The Quest For Peace
What if Fabio were a supervillain...
Riddler - Batman Forever
Thanks Jim, but I could go without seeing your skin tight unitard. Nothing says dangerous like a guy in pajamas, unless you give the guy dyed orange hair.
Batman - Batman and Robin
"Nipples on the Batsuit" has become a benchmark for when designs have gone bad. Are flames on Optimus Prime = Nipples on the Batsuit? Thats anyone's call, but you can see how the nips set a standard by which all else can be measured.
Mr Freeze - Batman and Robin
No, its not Megatron from the new Transformers, nor is it a guy with a juicer on his head. Its Arnold in far too much neon chrome.
Bane - Batman and Robin
How hard is it to put a buff guy in a Mexican wrestler's costume? Instead, they went for the skinny guy in fake padded arms approach complete with painted green veins.
Green Lantern, Fire, Flash - Unaired Justice League Pilot
Trick or Treat. I wonder why this series didn't get greenlit. I just wish I had a picture of the Martian Manhunter from this pilot. Believe it or not, he is even worse.
Green Goblin - Spider-Man
Is it morphin time? GG looks an awful lot like the Green Ranger.
Daredevil - Daredevil
Just when you thought a leather body suit was the way to go... This suit isn't that bad, but the mask/hat needs some work.
Catwoman - Catwoman
So, what were they going for here? Obviously the goal was to make the costume as skimpy as possible while maintaining some feline attributes. Then again, maybe they just ran out of cows from which to make the leather.
Batman - Batman TV Show
Is it the drawn on eyebrows, or the potbelly that is supposed to strike fear into the hearts of his foes?
The Penguin - Batman Returns
Interesting approach to the character, but he is dang nasty, and watching him eat raw fish reminds me of Gollum.
The Fantastic Four - The Fantastic Four
Woah! Look at that face on the Thing. His rocky look isn't so bad, but those crossed eyes and grin are crazy. The rest of the team are just as goofy, from Mr F's fake gray stripes to Johnny's wave. And I think even blue T shirts would be more stylish than those giant white collared jumpers they are wearing.
Steel - Steel
It's not that the costume is so bad, its the fact that Shaq is in it.
Two-Face - Batman Forever
Is that purple half face supposed to look like a scar, becasue it looks like cheap rubber. And the half tie cheetah print is ridiculous.
The Bat Posse - Batman and Robin
I think most people forget that there wasn't just one bad Batsuit in Batman & Robin. There was the crappy nipple suit, and then there was the even uglier silver plated team costumes. So, if Batman and Robin have nipples, why doesn't Batgirl?
Superman Ultimate Collector's Edition
Batman - The Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997 (Batman / Batman Returns / Batman Forever / Batman & Robin) (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Batman Begins (Widescreen Edition)
Spider-Man / Spider-Man 2 (Widescreen Special Editions)
Fantastic Four DVD