Originally Posted by Shikamaru
Some people in this thread seem to be under the impression the suit from the comics is spandex. It actually isn't. It is very similar to a resistant fabric-like material. It is just drawn like spandex because it visually looks better on the page.
That being said, saying that you can't have the suit from the comics in live-action because "spandex wouldn't look good" is an invalid point. There is nothing to suggest that fabric or a fabric-like armor wouldn't look good.
There's a panel in one of the earliest Batman comics (like in 1940 or so) where Batman is apparently unhurt after being hit by a bullet, and he explains that he is wearing a bulletproof vest. So, he's had bullet resistant armor under that unarmored looking cloth suit since pretty much the beginning.
Also agree whole heartedly with your second paragraph. I'm quite positive a major movie company, with all the financial backing they would have, could quite easily come up with a viable comics style suit. Those who say they couldn't have no imagination.