Originally Posted by Chris Wallace
30 years ago, we had absolutely no problem whatsoever going to see a movie whose lead character was dressed head-to-toe in colorful spandex. Fast forward to 1989, we see for the first time a Dark Knight type Batman-one whose battle gear, while based on the garb he sports in the comics-is radically changed. The filmmakers deem his grey tights "silly & unrealistic". And we, the fans, buy into this for the most part. But now so many movies & TV shows are taking such drastic liberties & taking characters' looks further and further away from their pulp counterparts. We, the fans, debate these decisions relentlessly-some of us defend it, others are totally against it. But if not for Batman's black rubber, would we all eagerly run to see the colorfully clad characters without any regard for how "silly" they looked?
I don't think Batman's really hurt anything. Iron Man, Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Ghost Rider, and almost all of the Batman villains have received pretty faithful renditions of their comics appearances (not to mention in Watchmen we got glowing blue dong, which is "comics faithful" to a completely unnecessary degree).
Plus I think this thread would serve more purpose after the new crop of superhero flicks come out.