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12th Mar '18 4:40:23 PM DragonRanger
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** In recent years, Toei has been gradually shifting towards a material more like the Superman costume from ''Film/SupermanReturns''. Compare the costumes from ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'' to the ones from ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger''. The difference is very obvious. Also, they've recently been using something that looks like a cross between pleather and mylar for EXTREMELY SHINY!! Rangers, as opposed to the old "shiny spandex" or "gold lame over padded nylon" they used for such things as [[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger Zyuranger]]'s SixthRanger's gold shoulderplate, or most of [[Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger King Ranger]]'s accessories. Compare those two, [[Series/DenjiSentaiMegaranger Mega Silver]], and [[Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger Gao Silver]] to [[Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger Bouken Silver]] and [[Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger Shinken Gold]]. MAJOR difference in materials...
** It's been rumored that in recent years the ''Power Rangers'' team has been leaning on the ''Super Sentai'' team to switch to leather; a possible example of this is ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters'', which features faux-leather costumes. However, since ''Go-Busters'' performed poorly, the following season ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' went back to spandex and ''Power Rangers'' ironically skipped over adapting ''Go-Busters''. Then a few years later came ''Series/UchuSentaiKyuranger'', whose costumes received input from Bandai of America and were designed to merge the aesthetics of ''Go-Busters'' with the much simpler suits of ''Series/DobutsuSentaiZyuohger''.

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** In recent years, Over time, Toei has been gradually shifting shifted towards a material more like the Superman costume from ''Film/SupermanReturns''. Compare the costumes from ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'' to the ones from ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger''. The difference is very obvious. Also, they've recently been using something that looks like a cross between pleather and mylar for EXTREMELY SHINY!! Rangers, as opposed to the old "shiny spandex" or "gold lame over padded nylon" they used for such things as [[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger Zyuranger]]'s SixthRanger's Dragon Ranger]]'s gold shoulderplate, or most of [[Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger King Ranger]]'s accessories. Compare those two, [[Series/DenjiSentaiMegaranger Mega Silver]], and [[Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger Gao Silver]] to [[Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger Bouken Silver]] and [[Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger Shinken Gold]]. MAJOR difference in materials...
** It's been rumored that in recent years the ''Power Rangers'' team has been leaning on the ''Super Sentai'' team to switch to leather; a possible example of this is ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters'', which features faux-leather costumes. However, since ''Go-Busters'' performed poorly, the following season ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' seasons went back to spandex and ''Power Rangers'' ironically skipped over adapting ''Go-Busters''. Then a few years later came ''Series/UchuSentaiKyuranger'', whose costumes received input from Bandai of America and were designed to merge the aesthetics of ''Go-Busters'' with until ''Series/PowerRangersBeastMorphers'', where the much simpler suits of ''Series/DobutsuSentaiZyuohger''.show [[MerchandiseDriven switched toy manufacturers]].
23rd Jan '18 7:43:58 AM batty3108
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** ''Film/BatmanBegins'' has a suit that is mostly made of some form of kevlar. ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' adds ceramic plating for even more protection, and a lampshade for movie Batmen being unable to turn their heads.

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** ''Film/BatmanBegins'' has Bruce use a prototype military suit that is made mostly made of some form of from kevlar. ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' adds ceramic plating for even more protection, and a lampshade for movie Batmen being unable to turn their heads.heads - his integrated mask and cowl is separated into lobstered neck protection and a mask that's reminiscent of a motorcycle helmet
28th Dec '17 6:52:19 PM erforce
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Costuming for a superhero movie is SeriousBusiness... or at least, it informs the audience how seriously the franchise takes itself. Spandex tends to say "camp" (the ''[[Film/SpiderManTrilogy Spider-Man]]'' movies seem to buck that trend, though), Latex is associated with gritty ''(Film/{{Batman}}'', ''Film/{{Watchmen}})'', and Leather implies "real world" (the ''Film/XMen'' movies).

The reason is mostly because of the era associated with the heyday of each. Spandex, the form-fitting, brightly colored "tights", is most associated with old school Superheroes thanks to the 1930's ''Francise/{{Superman}}'' serials. The later use of spandex in the old ''Series/{{Batman}}'' TV show with Creator/AdamWest would also give it a campy, childish association.[[note]]The term "spandex" is an anachronism, as this synthetic fabric wasn't in wide use until well into the 1960s. Superman and Batman, like their TV counterparts, likely wore cotton.[[/note]] Latex, or hard rubber suits, is most remembered for Creator/TimBurton's relaunch of the ''Film/{{Batman}}'' franchise as a grim, Gothic and serious setting. Creator/JoelSchumacher attempted to shift this toward camp, but then Creator/ChristopherNolan [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga shifted it even farther toward the "gritty" end than Burton did]]. Lastly, leather has been used in superhero movies since the beginning of the ''Film/XMen'' film series, bringing with it a real world setting, implying these are "plausible" heroes who can and do exist in a world much like our own, behaving as real people do rather than people in tights. To each their tastes.

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Costuming for a superhero movie is SeriousBusiness... or at least, it informs the audience how seriously the franchise takes itself. Spandex tends to say "camp" (the ''[[Film/SpiderManTrilogy Spider-Man]]'' movies seem to buck that trend, though), Latex is associated with gritty ''(Film/{{Batman}}'', ''Film/{{Watchmen}})'', and Leather implies "real world" (the ''Film/XMen'' movies).

''Film/XMenFilmSeries'').

The reason is mostly because of the era associated with the heyday of each. Spandex, the form-fitting, brightly colored "tights", is most associated with old school Superheroes thanks to the 1930's ''Francise/{{Superman}}'' serials. The later use of spandex in the old ''Series/{{Batman}}'' TV show with Creator/AdamWest would also give it a campy, childish association.[[note]]The term "spandex" is an anachronism, as this synthetic fabric wasn't in wide use until well into the 1960s. Superman and Batman, like their TV counterparts, likely wore cotton.[[/note]] Latex, or hard rubber suits, is most remembered for Creator/TimBurton's relaunch of the ''Film/{{Batman}}'' franchise as a grim, Gothic and serious setting. Creator/JoelSchumacher attempted to shift this toward camp, but then Creator/ChristopherNolan [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga shifted it even farther toward the "gritty" end than Burton did]]. Lastly, leather has been used in superhero movies since the beginning of the ''Film/XMen'' film series, ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'', bringing with it a real world setting, implying these are "plausible" heroes who can and do exist in a world much like our own, behaving as real people do rather than people in tights. To each their tastes.



* ''Film/XMen'' goes for leather, and it is the TropeCodifier for MovieSuperheroesWearBlack (as noted in the page quote). A seen in bloopers, the leather suits aren't very flexible (James Marsden and Hugh Jackman had difficulty scaling a short concrete wall) and Marsden himself said the cast didn't enjoy wearing them.

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* ''Film/XMen'' ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''
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goes for leather, and it is the TropeCodifier for MovieSuperheroesWearBlack (as noted in the page quote). A seen in bloopers, the leather suits aren't very flexible (James Marsden and Hugh Jackman had difficulty scaling a short concrete wall) and Marsden himself said the cast didn't enjoy wearing them.



* Deliberately averted in the ''Film/GreenLantern'' movie. The nature of the suit is a construct of the ring, after debating on a CG ''enhanced'' suit they decided to make the ''entire'' suit CG superimposed over Ryan Reynolds wearing a motion capture suit (the same process was in fact used with Robert Downey Jr. for ''Film/IronMan''). The same goes for all human-performed Lanterns in the movie. The process was almost seamless, but fan reaction to the look varied.

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* Deliberately averted in the ''Film/GreenLantern'' movie. The nature of the suit is a construct of the ring, after debating on a CG ''enhanced'' suit they decided to make the ''entire'' suit CG superimposed over Ryan Reynolds wearing a motion capture suit (the same process was in fact used with Robert Downey Jr. for ''Film/IronMan'').''Film/IronMan1''). The same goes for all human-performed Lanterns in the movie. The process was almost seamless, but fan reaction to the look varied.
26th Aug '17 7:22:19 PM LinTaylor
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** Rumor has it that there has been substantial pushback from the ''Power Rangers'' team toward ''Super Sentai'' in recent years to switch to leather. Whether it's related to these rumors or not, ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters'' did make the switch (at least to faux-leather), but it didn't last. Since ''Go-Busters'' didn't do as well as Toei hoped, the following season ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' went back to spandex and ''Power Rangers'' ironically skipped over adapting ''Go-Busters''.

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** Rumor has it It's been rumored that there has been substantial pushback from in recent years the ''Power Rangers'' team toward has been leaning on the ''Super Sentai'' in recent years team to switch to leather. Whether it's related to these rumors or not, ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters'' did make the switch (at least to faux-leather), but it didn't last. Since leather; a possible example of this is ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters'', which features faux-leather costumes. However, since ''Go-Busters'' didn't do as well as Toei hoped, performed poorly, the following season ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' went back to spandex and ''Power Rangers'' ironically skipped over adapting ''Go-Busters''.''Go-Busters''. Then a few years later came ''Series/UchuSentaiKyuranger'', whose costumes received input from Bandai of America and were designed to merge the aesthetics of ''Go-Busters'' with the much simpler suits of ''Series/DobutsuSentaiZyuohger''.



** Even more noticeable with the remade costumes, such as the revamped versions of [[Series/KamenRider Riders 1, 2]], and [[Series/KamenRiderV3 V3]] used in ''[[Film/KamenRiderTheFirst THE FIRST]]'' and ''[[Film/KamenRiderTheNext THE NEXT]]'' and the updated [[Series/KamenRiderStronger Electro-Human Tackle]] suit from the ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' finale movie[[note]]Reportedly, Toei also wanted to update Riderman for ''Decade'', but couldn't get the suit in time, which gave us Creator/{{Gackt}} in CivvieSpandex before changing into the old suit for the final battle[[/note]].

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** Even The divide is even more noticeable with the when old-school Riders are remade costumes, in the modern era, such as the revamped versions of [[Series/KamenRider Riders 1, 2]], and [[Series/KamenRiderV3 V3]] used in ''[[Film/KamenRiderTheFirst THE FIRST]]'' and ''[[Film/KamenRiderTheNext THE NEXT]]'' and NEXT]]'', the updated [[Series/KamenRiderStronger Electro-Human Tackle]] suit from the ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' finale movie[[note]]Reportedly, Toei also wanted to update Riderman for ''Decade'', but couldn't get the suit in time, which gave us Creator/{{Gackt}} in CivvieSpandex before changing into the old suit for the final battle[[/note]].battle[[/note]], and the Amazons from ''Series/KamenRiderAmazons''.
13th Jun '17 6:35:52 AM Hjortron18
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** Film/DoctorStrange: Averted with just fabric. The major characters are all sorcerers rather than superheroes and dress in mystic robes.

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** Film/DoctorStrange: Film/DoctorStrange2016: Averted with just fabric. The major characters are all sorcerers rather than superheroes and dress in mystic robes.
11th Mar '17 6:46:37 AM RedRoverRedRover
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The choice can actually be quite complicated because -- of course -- the actors have to wear these things. In ''X-Men'', nobody could move in the leather. There was a scene as they are approaching the Statue of Liberty and they have to climb over a brick wall that's about two foot tall. It took them several takes because [[Creator/HughJackman Jackman]], [[Creator/HalleBerry Berry]] and Co. could [[InsurmountableWaistHeightFence barely clamber over it]]. Likewise, it wasn't until ''Film/BatmanBegins'' that any Batman actor could turn their head while in costume (Clooney lampshades this in a late show interview about how conversations between him and Creator/{{Arnold|Schwarzenegger}} would go), though how much of this is the latex and how much of it was costume design is unknown.

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The choice can actually be quite complicated because -- of course -- the actors have to wear these things. In ''X-Men'', nobody could move in the leather. There was a scene as they are approaching the Statue of Liberty and they have to climb over a brick wall that's about two foot tall. It took them several takes because [[Creator/HughJackman Jackman]], [[Creator/HalleBerry Berry]] and Co. could [[InsurmountableWaistHeightFence barely barely]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3IFAjV2tvg clamber over it]]. Likewise, it wasn't until ''Film/BatmanBegins'' that any Batman actor could turn their head while in costume (Clooney lampshades this in a late show interview about how conversations between him and Creator/{{Arnold|Schwarzenegger}} would go), though how much of this is the latex and how much of it was costume design is unknown.
1st Mar '17 7:45:59 PM Ryulong
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** In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', however, the X-Men wear yellow suits made of fabric, inspired in equal part by the team's uniforms during their earliest comic appearances and the ''New X-Men'' suits. The only one in that movie to fit one of the three materials is [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110805224916/marvelmovies/images/2/21/Vlcsnap-2011-07-07-21h16m56s173.png Magneto in the ending.]]

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** In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', however, the X-Men wear yellow suits made of fabric, inspired in equal part by the team's uniforms during their earliest comic appearances and the ''New X-Men'' suits. The only one in that movie to fit one of the three materials is [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110805224916/marvelmovies/images/2/21/Vlcsnap-2011-07-07-21h16m56s173.png [[http://www.caps.media/201/1-xmen-first-class/full/xmen-first-class-movie-screencaps.com-14772.jpg Magneto in the ending.]]
13th Oct '16 11:14:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/SkyHigh'': Latex, Camp/Kid.

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* ''Film/SkyHigh'': ''Film/SkyHigh2005'': Latex, Camp/Kid.
6th Oct '16 3:07:27 PM DustSnitch
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See also: FutureSpandex, NotWearingTights; HellBentForLeather, MovieSuperheroesWearBlack, and MovieSuperheroesWearMutedColors. Contrast the more civilian CoatHatMask.

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See also: FutureSpandex, NotWearingTights; HellBentForLeather, MovieSuperheroesWearBlack, HellBentForLeather and MovieSuperheroesWearMutedColors.MovieSuperheroesWearBlack. Contrast the more civilian CoatHatMask.
21st Sep '16 7:18:50 AM ErikModi
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See also: FutureSpandex, NotWearingTights; HellBentForLeather. Contrast the more civilian CoatHatMask.

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See also: FutureSpandex, NotWearingTights; HellBentForLeather.HellBentForLeather, MovieSuperheroesWearBlack, and MovieSuperheroesWearMutedColors. Contrast the more civilian CoatHatMask.
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