It’s always exciting when a superhero movie is released to see how the characters in them are going to look in live action. In a lot of cases, they look fantastic. Ben Affleck’s Batman, Ryan Reynolds’ most recent Deadpool, Robert Downey, Jr.’s Iron Man and Tom Hiddleston’s Loki all looked great, for example – but that’s not always the case.
Whether it’s because they were vastly different from the classic costumes seen in the comic books, or because the actors hated wearing them, or because the fans just didn’t take to them at all, costumes in superhero movies have been the source of a lot of controversy over the years.
That applies to both heroes and villains and this video will take a look at some prime examples. Here are ten famous superhero movies that got the costumes all wrong.
Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Thankfully, we’ve now had a cinematic version of Deadpool worthy of praise – he looked awesome in 2016, even if his costume and makeup did make it impossible for Ryan Reynolds to even sit down – but, back in 2009, in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, we were given a version of the character that was all wrong – especially with regards to the way he looked and the way he was dressed.
He looked more like Baraka from the Mortal Kombat video game series than he looked like Deadpool from the comic books – and he was infamously nicknamed “Barakapool“ as a result. In addition to having his mouth sewn shut, he wore simple elastic top pants and no top, instead of Deadpool’s famous all over red and black uniform. It really was horrendous in every respect.
Scarlet Witch in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
When Elizabeth Olsen first appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Scarlet Witch in the mid-credits scene of Captain America: The Winter Soldier in 2014, it was very exciting for fans. Since then, she’s appeared in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and 2016’s Captain America: Civil War as the character – and, to be fair to the actress, she’s been great – but her costume is incredibly boring compared to the comic book version of the character.
Classically, Scarlet Witch wears a very sexy red outfit that shows a lot of flesh, and it comes complete with a red cape and a headdress, but the MCU version wears what are essentially everyday clothes. There’s some red in the costume, but that’s as far as the similarities with the comic version go. It might be unrealistic to hope for a costume identical to the one in the comics to appear on screen – Olsen herself has even said that she’s glad she didn’t have to wear it – but something closer than the one we were given would’ve been cooler.
Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad
Ever since she first appeared in a 1992 episode of Batman: The Animated Series – and in her countless subsequent comic book appearances – Harley Quinn’s costume has caused controversy. By the character’s very nature, what she wears is very sexualised and, over the years, it seems to have gotten skimpier and skimpier, but the latest version in 2016’s Suicide Squad movie has prompted the most complaints.
Margot Robbie’s character has been given a completely new look that some people are arguing isn’t anything like what Harley Quinn should look like. Her modern red and blue colour scheme is still somewhat intact, and she wears short shorts and stilettos like she has done in the comics in recent years, but something about it just doesn’t look right – and Robbie herself has complained that she got cold and wet whilst wearing it. Don’t get us wrong though, the actress does look sexy as hell, so we’ll have to wait and see if audiences take to the character with this new look.