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26th Sep '16 10:51:10 AM comicwriter
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* The ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' movie didn't tone down the heroes' colors, but gave them padded, techier-looking suits. Interestingly, later series like ''Ninja Storm'', ''SPD'' and ''Operation Overdrive'' would outfit the heroes in black leather when they weren't in full multicolored Ranger form.
* The 2017 ''Film/PowerRangers'' movie retains the colors, but with darker shades. The suits also all look like advanced body armor now instead of spandex.

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* The ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' ''[[Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie Power Rangers]]'' movie didn't tone down the heroes' colors, but gave them padded, techier-looking suits. Interestingly, later series like ''Ninja Storm'', ''SPD'' ''[[Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm Ninja Storm]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersSPD SPD]]'' and ''Operation Overdrive'' ''[[Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive Operation Overdrive]]'' would outfit the heroes in black leather when they weren't in full multicolored Ranger form.
* The 2017 ''Film/PowerRangers'' ''Film/{{Power Rangers|2017}}'' movie retains the colors, but with darker shades. The Also, the suits also all now look like advanced body armor now instead of spandex.
26th Sep '16 8:43:06 AM comicwriter
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* The 2017 ''Film/PowerRangers'' movie retains the colors, but with darker shades. The suits also all look like advanced body armor now instead of spandex.



* The suits in ''Film/FantasticFour2015'', which are not unlike the black bodysuits from the original ''X-Men'' movies. The movie had the misfortune of coming out in an era where colorful superhero outfits were now much more common in movies, which just gave the fans even more ammo.

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* The suits in ''Film/FantasticFour2015'', which are not unlike the black bodysuits from the original ''X-Men'' movies. The movie had the misfortune of coming out in an era where colorful superhero outfits were now much more common in movies, which just gave the fans detractors even more ammo.
26th Sep '16 6:19:10 AM Prfnoff
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** Superman's outfit in ''Film/ManOfSteel'' and sequels is infamous for its muted colors (see below).
22nd Sep '16 5:00:57 AM nirao01
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** Played straight with Lisa Snart aka Golden Glider. As her supervillain monicker suggests, she is wearing a white outfit with heavily golden accents. In the show, she's a straight-out WomanInBlack in CivvieSpandex.
22nd Sep '16 4:57:13 AM nirao01
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** Deadshot typically wears a black sneaking suit instead of the red and silver in the comics.


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** Cupid wears a black catsuit as well instead of like green in the comics, where she invokes herself as a DistaffCounterpart to Green Arrow.


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* In ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}'', J'onn J'onzz's costume is almost a Batmanesque black suit with armour plates instead of the Martian Manhunter's traditional blue shorts and red belt--which would look ridiculous in live action. It does, however, have a bright red X-like pattern on the chest, referencing the crossed red chest-straps of the original costume.
* In ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', Chronos wears a black PoweredArmor instead of the comics' green and gold, thus making him more of a MalevolentMaskedMan.
21st Sep '16 8:21:21 PM nirao01
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* Film/{{Daredevil}}'s movie outfit is dark oxblood red rather than its bright red comics counterpart. Elektra in the same movie wears an all-black leather ensemble rather than the red leotard from the comics. This even applies to the movie's version of Bullseye; even though Bullseye's costume is mostly black to begin with, here he doesn't have anything you'd call a costume at all. He apparently wants to get into wearing one though.
* Averted with Film/{{Elektra}}'s suit in her own film, though, as it is bright red.



* ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'': While Peter does wear his red-and-blue webs, the colors are darker and more muted than in the comics. In the third film he has a ''very'' dark grey version of his regular costume, instead of the pitch black suit with big, bright white spider on the chest and back from the comics.



* ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' has Spidey wear a suit with darker shades of red and blue and made of a rougher material, as part of the film taking more cues from the Ultimate continuity. In its sequel, though, the colors become brighter and the eyes become larger.



** ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'': Bruce Banner's iconic purple pants are never seen. In fact, the only cinematic Hulk experience to feature them (except for a throwaway gag and a t-shirt in ''The Avengers'') is in ''Age Of Ultron'', where the purple is much paler than it is in the comics.
** ''Film/IronMan''[='s=] Tony Stark creates the first few Iron Man suits as either plain or sheen metal. When he gets to the red-and-gold coloured ones, they are much more realistic burnished shade than the traditional bright colours.



** ''{{Film/Thor}}'': While his bright red cape remains, the rest of Thor's outfit is muted, especially compared to the comics. The large white circles on his chest are smaller, and interlaced with an overall dark silver design, and the core of the costume is black leather, with some pale blue highlights. This look remains mostly consistent through all Thor's appearances.



*** ComicBook/TheFalcon wears a black and gray outfit similar to his [[UltimateMarvel Ultimate]] look, rather than his classic red and white costume (which Anthony Mackie, who played Sam Wilson in the film, was actually disappointed by. In a rare change, he was looking forward to wearing the red and white spandex). The Winter Soldier himself has a more practical face mask and goggles rather than his DominoMask from the comics.

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*** ComicBook/TheFalcon wears a black and gray outfit similar to his [[UltimateMarvel Ultimate]] look, rather than his classic red and white costume (which Anthony Mackie, Creator/AnthonyMackie, who played Sam Wilson in the film, was actually disappointed by. In a rare change, he was looking forward to wearing the red and white spandex). The Winter Soldier himself has a more practical face mask and goggles rather than his DominoMask from the comics.



* The ''[[Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman Gatchaman]]'' movie retained the basic elements of the costumes, but with very muted color schemes. Jun's [[http://www.fightersgeneration.com/np2/char1/jun-tvc1.jpg pink skirt]] was also replaced with a [[http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--q3hqbvzN--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/18xltagvxvi2ojpg.jpg more practical-looking set of dark purple armor]].



* The Fantastic Four team in the [[Film/FantasticFour2005 2005 film]] and "[[Film/FantasticFourRiseOfTheSilverSurfer Silver Surfer]]" had the team in suits that were a very dark blue, paired with Dr Doom in a moss-y shade of dark green.



** Oliver himself still wears his iconic green outfit, but it's a very dark shade of green. Later, Roy Harper's costume when he becomes Arsenal is basically a red version of Oliver's, though with a bit more black rather than incorporating any yellow like he did in the original.



** The Atom has a more muted colour scheme than his comic counterpart, but it's still more colourful than the other heroes on the show. It even retains the atom logo and the BroughtToYouByTheLetterS ChestInsignia.

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** The Atom has Thea Queen's prototype costume is a more black and purple version of her counterpart Mia Dearden's red and yellow. Her proper costume is [[MovieSuperheroesWearMutedColors a muted colour scheme than his comic counterpart, but it's still more colourful than the other heroes on the show. It even retains the atom logo red]] which was given to her by her lover and the BroughtToYouByTheLetterS ChestInsignia.predecessor Roy Harper.



* ''[[{{Series/Daredevil2015}} Daredevil]]'': in the first season, the title character wears various black outfits, usually including civilian clothing and a black hood. This is based a black outfit designed by John Romita Jr during his and Creator/{{Frank Miller}}'s influential Daredevil run. He's frequently referred to as "the man in black." At the end of the season, he gains his trademark suit and name, though his suit has noticeably more black in it than his comic version.
** Second season, Daredevil's outfit from the first season is irreparably damaged [[spoiler:when it deflects a point blank head shot from a revolver by the Punisher]]. Melvin Potter, DD's outfitter, provides him with a sleeker new suit which has reduced the black even further, down to around the abs and at the gloves. This, plus the new red lenses, make it an almost pitch perfect adaptation of the red outfit. Ironically, this was right when the comics switched Daredevil to a black outfit.
** Elektra in the show also wears black and burgandy-with-muted-black outfits.
* ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGoBusters'' was the first SuperSentai series to feature the heroes in leather outfits instead of the traditional spandex, though the costumes do still contain a lot of color in addition to the black. Allegedly, this was done to appeal to American audiences when the show was inevitably adapted into a ''PowerRangers'' installment, though in a twist of {{Irony}}, it turns out that ''Go-Busters'' was passed over, due to low toy sales in Japan.
* While not black, the Flash's costume in the [[Series/TheFlash2014 2014 series]] is noticeably darker than the comic book version, mainly because of difficulty with filming bright red colors in RealLife, and has reduced yellow elements and a red ChestInsignia. When [[EvilCounterpart the Reverse-Flash]] shows up, his costume is largely yellow, but actually ''does'' have black for its bottom half and gloves.
** Outright averted with the future version of the Flash seen in the 2024 newspaper article and very briefly in a flashback/forward (depending on which character you mean); he has a brighter red costume and a white insignia rather than a red one, darn near identical to the comic book costume. When Cisco sees this, he is enthusiastic about the changes.

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* ''[[{{Series/Daredevil2015}} Daredevil]]'': in Daredevil]]'':
** In
the first season, the title character wears various black outfits, usually including civilian clothing and a black hood. This is based a black outfit designed by John Romita Jr during his and Creator/{{Frank Miller}}'s influential Daredevil run. He's frequently referred to as "the man in black." At the end of the season, he gains his trademark suit and name, though his suit has noticeably more black in it than his comic version.
** Second season, Daredevil's outfit from the first season Wilson Fisk is irreparably damaged [[spoiler:when it deflects a point blank head shot from a revolver by the Punisher]]. Melvin Potter, DD's outfitter, provides him with a sleeker new suit which has reduced the fond of wearing black even further, down to around suits rather than white like he does in the abs and at the gloves. This, plus the new red lenses, make it an almost pitch perfect adaptation of the red outfit. Ironically, this was right when the comics switched Daredevil to a black outfit.
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** Elektra in the show also wears black and burgandy-with-muted-black outfits.
outfits instead of red.
* ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGoBusters'' was the first SuperSentai series to feature the heroes in leather outfits instead of the traditional spandex, though the costumes do still contain a lot of color in addition to the black. Allegedly, this was done to appeal to American audiences when the show was inevitably adapted into a ''PowerRangers'' ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' installment, though in a twist of {{Irony}}, it turns out that ''Go-Busters'' was passed over, due to low toy sales in Japan.
* While not black, the Flash's costume ''Series/TheFlash2014''
** Firestorm wears an all black CivvieSpandex in favor of his red and yellow
in the [[Series/TheFlash2014 2014 series]] comics. The comics outfit is noticeably darker than later worn by the comic book version, mainly because of difficulty with filming bright red colors in RealLife, and has reduced yellow elements and a red ChestInsignia. When [[EvilCounterpart the Reverse-Flash]] shows up, his costume is largely yellow, but actually ''does'' have black for its bottom half and gloves.
** Outright averted with the future version of the Flash seen in the 2024 newspaper article and very briefly in a flashback/forward (depending on which character you mean); he has a brighter red costume and a white insignia rather than a red one, darn near identical to the comic book costume. When Cisco sees this, he is enthusiastic about the changes.
second Firestorm during ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow''.



** Played with in the case of Jay Garrick. When we first meet him in Season Two, he wears a rather dark and drab version of his comics costume, with the red shirt turned into a maroon soldier's jacket and the boots now brown, as well as the addition of brown gloves. However, [[spoiler: this turns out to be Hunter Zolomon, aka Zoom, in disguise. When we meet the real Jay Garrick in the finale, he subverts the trope and wears a variation of his classic red and blue costume, bright colors and all]].
* Downplayed if not averted in ''[[Series/{{Supergirl2015}} Supergirl]]'', where Kara wears a traditional red, blue, and yellow costume. The colors are a little less bold than in the comics, but it's still a lot more colorful than Superman's ''Man of Steel'' outfit.
** Also averted in Season 2 with Superman's outfit, which is similarly colorful, and is only missing the red pants (something that most modern adaptations for any medium do) to complete the classic ensemble.
21st Sep '16 8:39:55 AM lakingsif
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* ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'': Bruce Banner's iconic purple pants are never seen. In fact, the only cinematic Hulk experience to feature them (except for a throwaway gag and a t-shirt in ''The Avengers'') is in ''Age Of Ultron'', where the purple is much paler than it is in the comics.
* ''Film/IronMan''[='s=] Tony Stark creates the first few Iron Man suits as either plain or sheen metal. When he gets to the red-and-gold coloured ones, they are much more realistic burnished shade than the traditional bright colours.

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* ** ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'': Bruce Banner's iconic purple pants are never seen. In fact, the only cinematic Hulk experience to feature them (except for a throwaway gag and a t-shirt in ''The Avengers'') is in ''Age Of Ultron'', where the purple is much paler than it is in the comics.
* ** ''Film/IronMan''[='s=] Tony Stark creates the first few Iron Man suits as either plain or sheen metal. When he gets to the red-and-gold coloured ones, they are much more realistic burnished shade than the traditional bright colours.



* ''{{Film/Thor}}'': While his bright red cape remains, the rest of Thor's outfit is muted, especially compared to the comics. The large white circles on his chest are smaller, and interlaced with an overall dark silver design, and the core of the costume is black leather, with some pale blue highlights. This look remains mostly consistent through all Thor's appearances.

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* ** ''{{Film/Thor}}'': While his bright red cape remains, the rest of Thor's outfit is muted, especially compared to the comics. The large white circles on his chest are smaller, and interlaced with an overall dark silver design, and the core of the costume is black leather, with some pale blue highlights. This look remains mostly consistent through all Thor's appearances.
21st Sep '16 8:37:54 AM lakingsif
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** Superman's outfit in ''Film/ManOfSteel'' and sequels is infamous for its muted colors.

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** Superman's outfit in ''Film/ManOfSteel'' and sequels is infamous for its muted colors.colors (see below).



* Averted with Film/{{Elektra}}'s suit in her own film, though, as it is bright red.



* Averted with ''Film/SupermanTheMovie'' and its sequels. The costume is exactly that from the comics, right down to the bright yellow utility belt and red trunks.
* Also averted in ''Film/GreenLantern''.



* ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'': While Peter does wear his red-and-blue webs, the colors are darker and more muted than in the comics. In the third film he has a ''very'' dark grey version of his regular costume, instead of the pitch black suit with big, bright white spider on the chest and back from the comics.



* ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'': Bruce Banner's iconic purple pants are never seen. In fact, the only cinematic Hulk experience to feature them (except for a throwaway gag and a t-shirt in ''The Avengers'') is in ''Age Of Ultron'', where the purple is much paler than it is in the comics.
* ''Film/IronMan''[='s=] Tony Stark creates the first few Iron Man suits as either plain or sheen metal. When he gets to the red-and-gold coloured ones, they are much more realistic burnished shade than the traditional bright colours.



* ''{{Film/Thor}}'': While his bright red cape remains, the rest of Thor's outfit is muted, especially compared to the comics. The large white circles on his chest are smaller, and interlaced with an overall dark silver design, and the core of the costume is black leather, with some pale blue highlights. This look remains mostly consistent through all Thor's appearances.



** ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' changes Ronan's robes from green to black.

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** ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' changes ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'':
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Ronan's robes have changed from green to black. black.
*** When the team gets their matching suits, they are a dark red.
*** Drax's ''skin'' is almost grey, rather than bright green.



* The Fantastic Four team in the [[Film/FantasticFour2005 2005 film]] and "[[Film/FantasticFourRiseOfTheSilverSurfer Silver Surfer]]" had the team in suits that were a very dark blue, paired with Dr Doom in a moss-y shade of dark green.



** Superman wears a black BadassLongcoat for a year or so, along with black pants & shirt with silver logo. He switches to a red jacket the next season (also the last season), as a way of showing Clark is both getting closer to becoming Superman, and also to show he's moving past the anger that prompted him to briefly abandon his identity of Clark Kent that lead to the black coat in the first place.

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** Superman wears a black BadassLongcoat for a year or so, along with black pants & shirt with silver logo. He switches to a red jacket with blue shirt the next season (also the last season), as a way of showing Clark is both getting closer to becoming Superman, and also to show he's moving past the anger that prompted him to briefly abandon his identity of Clark Kent that lead to the black coat in the first place.



** Elektra in the show also wears black and burgandy-with-muted-black outfits.



** Also averted in Season 2 with Superman's outfit, which is similarly colorful, and is only missing the red pants (something that most modern adaptations for any medium do) to complete the classic ensemble

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** Also averted in Season 2 with Superman's outfit, which is similarly colorful, and is only missing the red pants (something that most modern adaptations for any medium do) to complete the classic ensembleensemble.
* In ''Series/JessicaJones'', Jessica turns down a suit that looks like Jewel's from the comic (Jessica being Jewel for a short time) because of its colours. She ultimately chooses no super suit, but a leather jacket. However, Kilgrave wears bright purple, likely as a stand-in for the fact he doesn't have actual purple skin.
21st Sep '16 7:19:51 AM ErikModi
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SisterTrope to SpandexLatexOrLeather. Related to CivvieSpandex, NotWearingTights, and MarqueeAlterEgo. For female characters, this can often lead to AdaptationalModesty. An example of DarkIsNotEvil. Related to ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames.

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SisterTrope to SpandexLatexOrLeather.SpandexLatexOrLeather and MovieSuperheroesWearMutedColors. Related to CivvieSpandex, NotWearingTights, and MarqueeAlterEgo. For female characters, this can often lead to AdaptationalModesty. An example of DarkIsNotEvil. Related to ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames.
18th Sep '16 12:26:57 AM DastardlyDemolition
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** {{Lampshaded}} in ''Film/XMen1'' when Cyclops quips that Wolverine might prefer "yellow spandex" instead of his black leather. And while it isn't the first recorded instance of this, it's certainly the TropeCodifier and is generally what people immediately think of when this trope comes up. Notably, a short clip is on the first movie DVD in which Hugh Jackman runs around the set in a comic-accurate Wolverine costume, and absolutely nobody is taking it seriously.

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** {{Lampshaded}} in ''Film/XMen1'' when Cyclops quips that Wolverine might prefer "yellow spandex" instead of his black leather. And while it isn't the first recorded instance of this, it's certainly the TropeCodifier and is generally what people immediately think of when this trope comes up. Notably, a short clip is on the first movie DVD in which Hugh Jackman runs around the set in a comic-accurate Wolverine costume, and absolutely nobody is taking it seriously. The leather suits turned out not be so good at moving around in however; James Marsden has stated that the cast hated the tight leather suits and there are a blooper scenes where he and Hugh Jackman can't scale a short concrete barrier because the suit refuses to move as much as they need to.
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