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2nd Aug '16 12:40:44 PM comicwriter
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** Both averted and played straight in ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming''. Spider-Man himself once again looks straight out of a comic book, but the Vulture's wing suit has many black accents along with the green, and he wears a brown bomber jacket instead of a green bodysuit like he does in the comics. He also wears a black helmet, which he didn't have in the comics.
31st Jul '16 12:35:19 PM nombretomado
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* [[DCComics DC's]] ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' and [[MarvelComics Marvel]]'s ''Comicbook/MarvelNOW'' relaunch feature redesigns for most of the characters in both universes, usually along the lines of armored or leather suits designed to resemble film outfits (including Superman, whose outfit looks somewhat like segmented armor). Averted in some cases, such as ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'' (who retains his usual red outfit due to the popularity of his ongoing series, which is intended to step away from DarkerAndEdgier territory), the X-Men (with exception of Cyclops' new Uncanny team, they all retain their usual outfits), Hawkeye (who already went through a redesign to be more film like), and a few other examples, usually ones whose outfits wouldn't need much altering to pass into films.

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* [[DCComics [[Creator/DCComics DC's]] ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' and [[MarvelComics [[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel]]'s ''Comicbook/MarvelNOW'' relaunch feature redesigns for most of the characters in both universes, usually along the lines of armored or leather suits designed to resemble film outfits (including Superman, whose outfit looks somewhat like segmented armor). Averted in some cases, such as ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'' (who retains his usual red outfit due to the popularity of his ongoing series, which is intended to step away from DarkerAndEdgier territory), the X-Men (with exception of Cyclops' new Uncanny team, they all retain their usual outfits), Hawkeye (who already went through a redesign to be more film like), and a few other examples, usually ones whose outfits wouldn't need much altering to pass into films.
29th Jul '16 10:27:35 PM anza_sb
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** Averted with Film/{{Doctor Strange|2016}}'s costume, which is blue, red and gold as colorful as the comic book version.



* None of the characters wear their [[StreetFighter video game]] outfits in ''Film/StreetFighterTheLegendOfChunLi''. BigBad M. Bison even wears a black business suit instead of his red costume and cape from the games.

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* None of the characters wear their [[StreetFighter [[VideoGame/StreetFighter video game]] outfits in ''Film/StreetFighterTheLegendOfChunLi''. BigBad M. Bison even wears a black business suit instead of his red costume and cape from the games.
1st Jun '16 8:06:04 AM ghidorah15
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** Played straight with Zoom, the BigBad of Season Two. However, this likely has less to do with thinking his comic outfit looks too silly and more to do with wanting to differentiate him from the Reverse-Flash, who, like the comic version of Zoom, wears a yellow costume.
** Subverted with [[spoiler: the real Jay Garrick, who wears a variation of his original red and blue costume from the comics, bright colors and all.]]

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** Played completely straight with Zoom, the BigBad of Season Two. However, this likely has less to do with thinking his comic outfit looks too silly and more to do with wanting to differentiate him from the Reverse-Flash, who, like the comic version of Zoom, wears a yellow costume.
** Subverted 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, who Garrick in the finale, he subverts the trope and wears a variation of his original classic red and blue costume from the comics, costume, bright colors and all.]]all]].
30th May '16 2:05:08 AM TheDisgaean
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** Subverted with [[spoiler: the real Jay Garrick, who wears a variation of his original red and blue costume from the comics, bright colors and all.]]
20th May '16 7:55:39 AM igordebraga
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Usual justification is to make the suit actually practical or add a sense of realism, since spandex isn't known for stopping bullets. Even heroes stated to be bulletproof might be given something that at least ''looks'' as though it serves as protection. Sometimes, though, it's just [[RuleOfCool for the hell of it]].

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Usual justification is to make the suit actually practical or add a sense of realism, since spandex isn't known for stopping bullets. Even heroes stated to be bulletproof might be given something that at least ''looks'' as though it serves as protection. Sometimes, though, it's just [[RuleOfCool for the hell of it]].
it]]. ''Film/XMen'' producer Lauren Shuler Donner even said the black leather helped the characters blend into the night given most scenes weren't at daytime.



** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'' plays both sides. In some cases it averts it altogether, particularly in the case of Comicbook/{{Psylocke}}: Betsy's costume is practically a right-off-the-page recreation of the 90s Jim Lee [[ThongOfShielding Thongkini]]. Likewise, Comicbook/{{Jubilee}} gets to wear wear her classic bright yellow coat, jeans, big hoop earrings, and pink sunglasses, while Apocalypse is blue and draws inspiration from his classic look including tubes running along his head. Both averted and played straight with the X-Men themselves. They start off in black body armor similar to the uniforms from the original movies, [[spoiler: but publicity photos have revealed that at a later point in the film, they do indeed don colorful costumes straight out of the comics. Nightcrawler even has his trademark red outfit]].

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** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'' plays both sides. In some cases it averts it altogether, particularly in the case of Comicbook/{{Psylocke}}: Betsy's costume is practically a right-off-the-page recreation of the 90s Jim Lee [[ThongOfShielding Thongkini]]. Likewise, Comicbook/{{Jubilee}} gets to wear wear her classic bright yellow coat, jeans, big hoop earrings, and pink sunglasses, while Apocalypse is blue and draws inspiration from his classic look including tubes running along his head. Both averted and played straight with the X-Men themselves. They start off in black body armor similar to the uniforms from the original movies, movies (actually flight suits they take from a military base), [[spoiler: but publicity photos have revealed that at a later point in the film, they do indeed don final scene shows them all in colorful costumes straight out of the comics. Nightcrawler even has his trademark red outfit]].
20th May '16 6:15:30 AM case
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Superheroes are the most likely to take on this trope, but it can happen regardless of moral alignment. Super villains and [[WildCard Wild Cards]] count as long as the character wears a colorful outfit outside of live action.

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Superheroes are the most likely to take on this trope, but it can happen regardless of moral alignment. Super villains and [[WildCard Wild Cards]] {{Wild Card}}s count as long as the character wears a colorful outfit outside of live action.
20th May '16 6:07:00 AM case
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Superheroes are the most likely to take on this trope, but it can happen regardless of moral alignment. Super villains and [[WildCard Wild Cards]] count as long as the character wears a colorful outfit outside of live action.
17th May '16 12:07:39 PM oknazevad
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* Film/{{Daredevil}}'s movie outfit is oxblood red rather than its 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.

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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.



* All the {{GI Joe}}s in ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' were put in black {{spy catsuit}}s for the movie, rather than each having a distinct, unique, and colorful uniform as they have in other adaptations.

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* All the {{GI Joe}}s in ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' were put in black {{spy catsuit}}s for the movie, rather than each having a distinct, unique, and colorful uniform costume as they have in other adaptations.
15th May '16 11:04:57 AM nombretomado
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When superheroes get their chance in the big screen, there's usually someone who ends putting more black and/or leatherish texture in their attires, and often simplifying the design while they're at it. This isn't necessarily to make the characters DarkerAndEdgier (though it can), but simply because colorful superhero costumes don't always translate well in live action, [[Series/{{Batman}} unless you're not bothered about being serious]]. The most oft-cited example is {{Wolverine}}. Badass in the comics, but his standard yellow costume (or the brown one he wore for a while) would look ridiculous in real life.

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When superheroes get their chance in the big screen, there's usually someone who ends putting more black and/or leatherish texture in their attires, and often simplifying the design while they're at it. This isn't necessarily to make the characters DarkerAndEdgier (though it can), but simply because colorful superhero costumes don't always translate well in live action, [[Series/{{Batman}} unless you're not bothered about being serious]]. The most oft-cited example is {{Wolverine}}.ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}. Badass in the comics, but his standard yellow costume (or the brown one he wore for a while) would look ridiculous in real life.



Recently, this trope has started to be played differently; while the costumes often retain the colours and general look of their comic basis, they're overhauled to be more practical - adding straps and coloured panels to suggest the old costume, for example, or having cowls and helmets whose ornamental flourishes contain disguised gadgets where they were previously just ornamental. The MarvelCinematicUniverse is likely responsible for popularising this approach, as noted below; with few exceptions, the suits all wear their classic colours, but now they actually look like what someone might reasonably wear if they were going to go out fighting bad guys.

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Recently, this trope has started to be played differently; while the costumes often retain the colours and general look of their comic basis, they're overhauled to be more practical - adding straps and coloured panels to suggest the old costume, for example, or having cowls and helmets whose ornamental flourishes contain disguised gadgets where they were previously just ornamental. The MarvelCinematicUniverse Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse is likely responsible for popularising this approach, as noted below; with few exceptions, the suits all wear their classic colours, but now they actually look like what someone might reasonably wear if they were going to go out fighting bad guys.



* ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' had most of the cast in black or dark-blue uniforms. Justified though in that the X-Men usually go back and forth between dark uniforms and colorful costumes. {{Wolverine}} is notable for starting off in his classic orange costume and then transitioning to a black, maskless outfit in the later seasons. {{Magneto}} notably also sports a darker outfit. Instead of his traditional red and purple, he now has a mostly black outfit with red plates over the torso. Mystique starts off wearing her traditional white costume, before switching to a skimpier black one in Season 2.

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* ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' had most of the cast in black or dark-blue uniforms. Justified though in that the X-Men usually go back and forth between dark uniforms and colorful costumes. {{Wolverine}} ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} is notable for starting off in his classic orange costume and then transitioning to a black, maskless outfit in the later seasons. {{Magneto}} ComicBook/{{Magneto}} notably also sports a darker outfit. Instead of his traditional red and purple, he now has a mostly black outfit with red plates over the torso. Mystique starts off wearing her traditional white costume, before switching to a skimpier black one in Season 2.
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