Modern Costume Design in Comic Book Movies

Bulge of Steel
While watching the newest trailer for Man of Steel (below), I noticed the Superman costume is "following suit" (see what I did there?) with the last few years of highly textured design.

Inspired by real life Kevlar fabric, these costumes are supposed to look like they could actually protect a crime fighter from damage as opposed to their flimsier looking comic counterparts, "unstable molecules" aside.

This makes sense to some franchises, like the moody Dark Knight trilogy, where most of the masked crusaders are, using the word loosley, "normal people." Their costumes made us believe that Batman and Catwoman could actually run around in those things, even though both Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway had a helluva time getting into their suits, suffering from breathing problems and boarder line eating disorders.

DC isn't the only company using the Kevlar style; Marvel's newest reboot of The Amazing Spider-Man featured a rough to the touch looking suit.

It would seem to me that this costume would actually inhibit his wall crawling ability, as Wikipedia notes;

"The ability works through thin layers of cloth, such as the fabric of his costume, but not through materials such as the soles of shoes. When Peter Parker needs to crawl without changing into the costume, he removes his shoes first."

Who can I blame for this trend? How about the X-Men, who first revitalized the comic book movie genre in tight black costumes? Over a decade ago the design was more leather than kevlar, but as Cyclops said,

"Well, what would you prefer? Yellow Spandex?"

I'm not sure Scott, but I guess we'll see, as Bryan Singer has said we will not see those suits in the new Days of Future Past.

Most of the X-Men probably don't need serious kevlar outfits, because they learn to use their mutant powers to protect themselves and fight eviiillll. Which brings me back to Superman. Certainly Supes doesn't need a crazy bulletproof costume to fight in on account of the fact that he's already bulletproof. The movie suit is so bumpy and weird it reminds me of Captain America's chain mail costume from the comics.

Personally I've had enough of these textured costumes. I hope X-Men Days of Future Past will usher in some creativity in modern comic book movie costumes. Designers; don't worry about making the costumes more "believable." We're already believing in mutants, radioactive spiders and aliens who gain superpowers from our sun to follow these stories! Take a chance and ditch the Kevlar!

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a few panels from infinity gauntlet

Comic book wall- current collection: foil covers.


a sneaky peak

"There's a one-eyed Cyclops, what looks like Cable in a Captain America uniform (or is Cable the Cyclops looking one? Check the metal arm!"

"A character wearing Captain America's iconic uniform appears in the foreground, identified by some websites as Cable, but a patch over his left eye suggests it could be an alternate universe version of Nick Fury."

"There's a big, grand disaster story being told. That's going to be the fun of it. Overall though, there's certainly a theme of technology, responsibility and legacy. Any level of Marvel character can bring something into this that could be the greatest thing ever or the worst thing ever."


Hulk Cake!

Made by me!


Uncanny Psylocke ... I mean X-Force

Some panels from the new new.


Oh Hell Yeah

"Psylocke isn't wearing a bathing suit anymore. That reflects her maturity as a character and as a leader in the mutant world -- her willingness to make her own path. WATCH THE THRONE."




A few of my favorite pics from the 2012 New York Comic Con!


NYCC 2012


See you there! Pics and awesomeness to come!


Pins of the Week

My favorite recent pins from the Fangirl Board!

Christmas Gifts this year? Nerdy crosstitchings. This Futurama goodness was the descicion maker!

This chair is the epitome of Fangirl style- elegantly awesome.

 Love these vintage onomatopoeia blocks! At $12 I might treat myself to an early Christmas gift ...


Cats in Costumes

I posted this on the Facebook Page and was very pleased with the response it got. Something about it makes me undeniably happy, like rainbows exploding in my heart.

So now we all get more cats in nerdy costumes. Enjoy!


Fangirl 'O' Ween

Halloween is the best! Here's my nerdy ode to a classic in a short how-to!

Step One: Aquire a Pumpkin! Mine is from local Saligner's Orchard!

Step Two: Cut the top off of the Pumpkin and rip it's pumpkin guts out. Get a disturbing amount of joy from this process.

Step Three: Use awesome comic book cover as inspiration for carving. I tried to force my cat into the full recreation but it's a well kept secret that cats don't always abide by their master's whims.

What do you think?