When you think of Superman, Spider-Man, Captain America and other popular superheroes, you have an idea of what they look like in your head. Sometimes they go through small revisions over time. A helmet may change or colors or logos may go through minor modifications, but there’s certainly an iconic version. And then sometimes, to shake things up, a superhero gets a cool new uniform. Rarely, that can be popular. Spider-Man’s black suit was radically different from his traditional red and blue suit but was a fantastic design. Other times, you end up with characters in cyber armor or sporting awkward hairstyles or something even more embarrassing. The below images and stories are about those looks.
Zatanna’s magician look is ostensibly sexy. So what was DC thinking in 2011 when they just put her in this prostitute gear?!
Daredevil’s costume is fantastic. It’s simple and recognizable. But in the 90s, he briefly decided that he needed armor. Lots of armor. It must have been a real hassle for him to suit up since he’s blind and this looks to have a million interlocking pieces.
Dr. Fate has a great helmet. It’s mysterious! But then they decided to turn him into a low-rent Punisher full of knives and armor and tattoos and long hair. I guess in a way, that is the way magicians were starting to go.
Guy was a Green Lantern. Green Lantern has a great outfit. Then DC decided there didn’t need to be a backup Green Lantern. Fair enough. But why did he become this roided out tattoo monster?
Who is more iconic than Superman? But on the other hand, he’s been around a long time and sometimes you need to freshen things up. That’s fair. When he became Superman Red and Superman Blue, made out of electricity, it was radically different but we also knew it’d be temporary. His mullet look was never flattering and dropping his red shorts doesn’t look right but they are minor changes and sometimes those stay and sometimes they go. No, the worst was deciding he’s now a guy in jeans and a t-shirt. That’s his look. Not that inspiring.
The first lady of Marvel Comics at one point just decided she needed a boob window. Sure. That’ll help you be a better scientist, mother and superhero explorer. And I’m not slut shaming the character. I’m questioning what was in the head of the men who wrote and drew the character to act so out-of-character.
Wonder Woman’s costume probably doesn’t make 100% sense. Why would she wear red, white and blue when she’s an Amazon, for instance? She’s not from America. But it is still a strong look and artists have slowly found ways to make it more Greek and more armor-based. What was not a cool look was when they just decided she’d dress in black leather like a biker. What a mess.
Thor is a god. He needs to look regal. Putting him in latex bondage gear and a doofy sparring helmet was the dumbest look he could possibly have.
Captain America does not need a mechanical suit of armor. And if he does, why can’t he at least borrow an Iron Man suit and give it a repaint? This was well before Iron Patriot was created. He looks like a kid made his own sci-fi costume out of leftover parts and aluminum foil.
If there’s a second-most iconic superhero look, it’s Batman. DC tried to test the waters of remaking him as more extreme. Good story idea. Weird costume. It got armored up, which, okay. Sure. But only on top. And then he added leg pouches which I seriously doubt he could reach in that gear. Finally, they added blades everywhere. If he doesn’t stab himself and bleed to death in his first fight, he’s certainly going to wound any civilians he’s trying to help. It does not look functional at all.