We've been getting live-action renditions of our favorite superheroes for several decades now. Due to the nature of film and TV show adaptations, a lot of these characters, hero or villain, have had changes made to them. One of the biggest changes is their appearance. For the most part, these changes are completely justified due to the absolutely ridiculous appearances comic book characters can have sometimes. Need not I remind you all of the Batman costume from Knightsend (*Shudders*).
Of course, some people botch the appearances by making these changes. Some good examples are the suits of both Batman and Robin in their titular film in 1997 (*Shudders again*). But sometimes the people behind these live-action adaptations get the costume just right so that it blends well in the live-action realm of the film but also perfectly encapsulates a comic-accurate depiction.
So without further ado, here are my top 10 comic book accurate costumes in live-action superhero movies and TV shows!
#10- Daredevil (First Costume) in Marvel's Daredevil
While the show's red suit is pretty damn awesome, the first suit that Matt Murdock dons in the show is pretty much a direct adaptation of the suit he wears in Frank Miller's The Man Without Fear. This black ninja-esque costume was great to show Matt Murdock during his early days as the Devil of Hell's Kitchen while also paying a nicely placed homage to that story from the comics.
#9- The X-Men in X-Men: First Class
While we may never get a chance to see Hugh Jackman don the classic yellow Wolverine costume that was shown in a deleted scene from The Wolverine, X-Men: First Class was not afraid to use the classic yellow and dark blue coloring that was ripped straight out of the classic X-Men comics.
#8- Katana in Arrow
Before we saw her in the photos and trailers for Suicide Squad, Tatsu Yamashiro, a.k.a. "Katana", made her live-action debut in Season 3 of Arrow. While it might not resemble the primarily red costume of the old days, it is almost a direct adaptation of the character's costume in the New 52
#7- Venom in Spider-Man 3
Despite the fact that for the majority of the time we see Venom in the movie it's Topher Grace's face rather than actual Venom...
...when he does go all-Venom, the costume is exactly like Venom from the comics. So much so that I don't even need to supply a source picture, as you can already recognize the first picture as Venom.
#6- Green Arrow in Arrow
After years of being the Arrow, in the Season 4 premiere of the show we finally got to see Oliver Queen take the name of Green Arrow that we've been waiting for since the show began (even though he originally said it was lame).
Nonetheless, the new costume that Oliver uses is pretty much a direct adaptation of his costume in the New 52 (which I think we can all agree is a much cooler costume than the stuff he wore back in the old days).
#5- Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
No matter which armor we choose, Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man costume in the Iron Man and Avengers movies will always resemble the original comics. Even the Mark I looks exactly like Iron Man's first comic appearance back in 1963.
And let's not forget the Hulkbuster armor we saw during the epic fight scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Every new addition made pays homage to some iteration of the Iron Man armor, which is one of the major reasons that Tony Stark's character is so enjoyable.
#4- Rorschach in Watchmen
Watchmen was definitely one of the most interesting comic book adaptations in terms of how it faithful it was to the source material. One of the things that was very faithful was how much the characters resembled their comic counterparts. In terms of Rorschach, he was basically copied and pasted right from the original graphic novel into the movie. I say this and you wonder why it isn't number one, right? Well basically, Watchmen was a film created to look exactly like the comics, so putting at number one wouldn't be totally fair. The top 3 were the ones I wanted to save for the costumes that were extremely faithful to the source material while the rest of the film didn't necessarily look exactly the same.
#3- Deadpool (the new costume) in Deadpool
While we may not see the film for several months, Ryan Reynolds' new Deadpool costume is extremely similar to the original comic appearance. After the botched attempt in X-Men Origins: Wolverine that turned the Merc With a Mouth into the Merc Without a Mouth (and also gave him laser-vision?), Deadpool needed some redemption.
And with the new Deadpool movie coming out that promises to perfectly encapuslate Deadpool's natural comedy and ridiculousness, we get an amazing costume that comes straight out of the comics.
#2- Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
We've seen countless iterations of Batman in live-action over the years. From the goofy Adam West to the realistic Christian Bale, Batman has been in live-action for plenty of generations. But the newest costume that will be in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice shows us a whole new live-action Batman. While previous live-action Batmen have usually gone with the all-black, leathery armor Batsuits, Ben Affleck's Batsuit is a nice black and gray and made of mostly fabric. The suit is pretty much a direct adaptation of Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns (well, minus the trunks of course).
That along with a little mix of New 52 and Arkham City gives us our new comic-accurate Batman. Not to mention the armored suit that he'll take on Superman in.
#1- Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Love it or hate it, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 gave us the most comic accurate Spider-Man costume of all time. The colors and patterns of the suit are exactly the same as the comics.
It is actually difficult to find ways that the suit is different from the comics. After the rubbery costumes of the Sam Raimi trilogy and the weirdly dark and gritty Spider-Man costume from the first Amazing Spider-Man movie, this film gives us a crisp, clean, comic book accurate Spider-Man. I surely hope that Tom Holland's Spider-Man costume in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will retain this look (well, after he's done with the "homemade" suit).
Honorable Mention- Hellboy in Hellboy
Comic book movies and TV shows are primarily based on DC and Marvel Comics, but of course there are many that come from other comics. The Hellboy movies are based on the Dark Horse Comics series, and Ron Perlman's Hellboy is incredibly accurate and pretty much all prosthetic and makeup.
What do you think?
Were there some costumes you think I missed? Should the order be different? Be sure to comment below or even write your own post about it!