Costume question

Chris Wallace

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This is regarding all the complaints about comic characters who don't wear their traditional costumes onscreen; in other words, wearing leather or rubber or some type of combination in lieu of the spandex.
 
I went with the Goblin just because his costume looked the worst out of everyone elses.
 
None.
Sure, even in real life, spandex would a logical choise for a superhero costume (can be stretched over 500% without breaking, able to be stretched repetitively and still recover original length, abrasion resistant, no static or pilling problems, etc...), but it justs look weird to go running around.
 
Isildur´s Heir said:
None.
Sure, even in real life, spandex would a logical choise for a superhero costume (can be stretched over 500% without breaking, able to be stretched repetitively and still recover original length, abrasion resistant, no static or pilling problems, etc...), but it justs look weird to go running around.

:up: :up: agreed
 
Isildur´s Heir said:
None.
Sure, even in real life, spandex would a logical choise for a superhero costume (can be stretched over 500% without breaking, able to be stretched repetitively and still recover original length, abrasion resistant, no static or pilling problems, etc...), but it justs look weird to go running around.
That's why I chose none of the above.
Why spandex, if it looks that awful?
I would rather have a leatherish/rubberish material, if it has to be.
What matters most to me isn't the fabric, it's the look.

Other than that, the X-Men and Green Goblin could've used something closer to their source material.
 
None of the above.

I just want the costume to look good and be atleast partially realistic.
I'd rather have Batman in the Begins armor thing than a grey t-shirt with a black bat on it.
 
Spandex just doesn't work. It's too hard to take anyone who wears the stuff seriously.
 
one of the few good things about F4 was how the suits were made, it wasn't exactly spandex, but it was close, and yet it didn't look silly. it worked for them. doesn't mean it'd work for the others.

while I don't think X-Men should've been spandex, I do think the design should've been a little more comic booky... think UXM.
 
They all should've had better suits, especially the X-men. I hate how in every comic movie they have to make some stupid remark about the suits, in X-men:"What would you prefer yellow spandex?" In Fantastic Four Ben made the comment about doing Swan lake in the suit. Stupid. Don't crack on it. It's part of being a superhero. They just have costumes, they don't need excuses as to why they wear 'em they just do, it's their disguises, and if it's in the comics then it should be in the movie. If it has to be tweeked a bit to fit the film, fine, but don't dumb it down and look all lame like black boring leather.
 
JackBauer said:
while I don't think X-Men should've been spandex, I do think the design should've been a little more comic booky... think UXM.
Yup.
 
Spider-X-Treme said:
Other than that, the X-Men and Green Goblin could've used something closer to their source material.

Totally dude, I don't think any of the characters should have worn spandex personally. I think Daredevil showed that a costume which was similar to that of the comic book could be worn in a film adaptation, and could be translated well IMO. I wish the same had been done for the X-Men.
I don't think the Green Goblin's mask would bother me half as much if they had simply made the mouth moveable. And if the suit had a little more purple. ;)
 
I' just fine with all the costumes except The Goblin whose costume sucked horribly. Also, I wouldn't mind seeing Batman in a [superman returns kinda] spandex
 
So many of you keep saying the X-suits should've been closer to the comic. like what? Blue & yellow rubber?
 
I don't think they can. Some things have just convinced me that the X-Men's comic book look will never work on film. One of these was, admittedly, the Visa commercial. Another was the slew of fan costumes I see at conventions. Then the fact that while they onse wore a team uniform, now everybody's just dressed however they feel like. Which is fine in a comic book, but the team uniform makes more sense, IMO. And although I've stressed this 1,000 times, the X-Men-unlike Batman or Spider-Man-are not defined by their costumes. Never have been. If something happens while they're out in their civvies, they're gonna go into action rather than look for a place to change. They have no identities to protect; no statement or motif to uphold. Some of their outfits aren't even that distinctive. They have a kind of "Mardi Gras" feel to them. The X-Men are more of a strike force than a superhero team. Which is why nobody says anything when Storm changes her look every 6 weeks but when they put Spider-Man in that hideous red & gold armor or put Superman in the "Electro-blue" suit, people had a fit.
 
Never seen that Visa commercial but I know how spandex and rubber fan made or convention costumes look like. But answer me this first - do they have the same budget to allow themselves to put a whole ton of effort into that just like blockbuster movies can?
Open your eyes on Spidey’s outfit! I have no idea what kind of material that is but it sure looks ‘rubberish’. And it’s a complete success, if ya ask me!
And "no statement or motif to uphold"!? Riiight! Listen to yourself! Do I really have to argue with you on that one? How about for one - individuality and that it’s alright to be different?

I hate how in every comic movie they have to make some stupid remark about the suits, in X-men:"What would you prefer yellow spandex?" In Fantastic Four Ben made the comment about doing Swan lake in the suit. Stupid. Don't crack on it. It's part of being a superhero. They just have costumes, they don't need excuses as to why they wear 'em they just do, it's their disguises, and if it's in the comics then it should be in the movie.
If I can allow myself a late answer - yeah man, it would seem big star moviemakers don't want to take that seriously for some reason.
 
Okay-as I said before, Spider-Man is defined by his costume. The X-Men are not. The uniforms they wear in the movie are not identical, so there's your individuality. Add to that they're already different from the rest of humanity.
And truth be told, no matter how much money you put into it, those bright colors would not fit the aethetic of the movie.
 
Well, I like a little bit more of colour and distinction in my individuality.
And who said we want exactly bright colours?
Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and DareDevil all looked great. You call their costumes bright?
Brightness is one of the things that can be very well changed…and probably should be. Comic books are all very bright coloured. If they would’ve taken the exact same colours from the pages we would’ve gotten clowns instead of our favourite superheroes. And anyway, just because it hasn’t been done, or done correctly, doesn’t mean it can’t be done right eventually.
If you care, I can give you a couple of points I've discussed in the X3 forum, just so you could understand my opinion better:
I personally am not asking for much. Looking at the current job they're doing, I'm very satisfied with Magneto's costume in all of the three movies and the new Juggernaut costume. I mean, the colours are there, as well as the key elements. Like the helmets and the cape for Magneto and the heavy armour for Juggernaut, not to mention Sabretooth’s fur.
Now, I would figure, if they can make all the villain costumes look good and seem like they're sure not afraid to express themselves and their emotions with their clothing, they could also make the hero costumes not look like restrained by some black suit and tie office worker/police wardrobe protocol.
I mean, the villains end up being more sympathetic than the heroes, as far as mutant freedom goes.
And ultimately, the X-Men are superheroes. If you want to watch a movie about disciplined assault forces you can pick any other police or war movie out there.
 
I don't consider the X-Men superheroes in the same sense as-again, Spider-Man. They exist to protect innocent mutants from overzealous humans & to protect innocent humans from overzealous mutants. They generally don't chase bank robbers or crack dealers. They don't patrol the streets or go back to civilian lives afterwards. Their uniforms are a symbol of one ideal; Xavier's ideal. Now where the villains are concerned, these are people who don't conform to any of humanity's other standards-names, for example-so why conform to our standard of dress? Besides, villains are always more outlandish & over-the-top than heroes.
 
all of the aboveplus other elektra
 
Chris Wallace said:
I don't consider the X-Men superheroes in the same sense as-again, Spider-Man. They exist to protect innocent mutants from overzealous humans & to protect innocent humans from overzealous mutants. They generally don't chase bank robbers or crack dealers. They don't patrol the streets or go back to civilian lives afterwards.
Superhero - a fictional character who is noted for feats of courage and nobility, who usually has a colorful name and costume and abilities beyond those of normal human beings.
And they don’t go back to their civilian lives? Do you ever reread your posts? :rolleyes:
X-Men were born as superheroes and act as superheroes, which must make them superheroes.
I understand that you like one of their traits more than others but that doesn’t nullify everything else that makes what they are to this day.

Their uniforms are a symbol of one ideal; Xavier's ideal.
And that ideal would be the freedom to express yourself and not to be afraid to show what you are by walking around all in the same clothes?

Now where the villains are concerned, these are people who don't conform to any of humanity's other standards-names, for example-so why conform to our standard of dress? Besides, villains are always more outlandish & over-the-top than heroes.
And that makes superheroes into conservatives?
 
You're taking my words to extremes. Again, you act as if wearing matching-not identical, but matching-uniforms is a suppression of identity. I don't think so. And when I said they don't go back to civilian lives, I meant they don't go to some apartment in the Bronx, switch to regular clothes & then go punch a clock like regular people do. No, they go back to their mutant headquarters & chill. They don't date civilians, they date each other. They don't have a supporting cast apart from each other.
But all that's neither here nor there. Say they do it your way; how does Wolverine's costume come into play? Did Cyclops just happen to have a yellow tiger-striped suit w/a mask for him to wear? And why is he wearing a mask when noone else is. He's got no identity to protect-HE doesn't even know who he is.
In any event, I guess this is just one of those times when two people must agree to disagree.
 
Yeah, I’ve been over this whole thing with a couple of other posters at the X3 forum.
Some of those points you mentioned are arguable but all I was saying was that just because they don’t do the same stuff other superheroes do, it doesn’t make them more or less the superheroes they are. Different and that’s great but they still fall into the same category.
In my opinion this whole special ops team crap is restraining the characters too much.
I just don’t see any originality or variety in their black suits. Some, like blue and yellow colors could’ve helped.
It’s not as much as a suppression of identity as false first impression. They are not undercover agents. They’re supposed to be family friendly, if they want some sympathy for crying out laud.

Well first of all, again, I don’t want everything exact, like I said, I love Juggernaut’s suit. Then of course I wouldn’t want anything put into the movie without a reason but from what I know, which might not be exactly correct, Logan’s costume was his own and he was part of the Weapon X/Alpha Flight, no? So if they didn’t want to go through all that, they could’ve just made him have the costume already, like he would want to hold on it, thinking it would help to unlock his past. And then with the X-Men he finally gets to chance to use it.
But anyway, once again, they are superheroes, it’s fantasy, some things just don’t need to nor have to make sense.
 

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