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->''"People may buy that our character has radioactive powers or is from another planet, but a colorful spandex costume?! Are you crazy?! No audience will accept that! Nope, it's one color, head-to-toe leather for our hero!"''
-->-- '''Strong Bad''', ''[[WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail "Comic Book Movie"]]''

Whenever a character is well defined by [[ClothesMakeTheLegend wearing bright and colorful clothing]], there is an increasing likelihood of a more modernized redesign that puts them into darker, if not outright black outfit. Also very popular is to give them a [[HellBentForLeather leather jacket]] or similar [[SpandexLatexOrLeather heavily texturized clothing]]. This isn't necessarily to make the characters DarkerAndEdgier, but because colorful costumes don't always translate well into seeming like practical combat outfits. As the name suggests, this is very common with the movie adaptation of a superhero comic book, or live action material in general.

Usual justification is to make the suit actually practical or add a sense of realism, since spandex isn't known for stopping bullets (and the look of superhero costumes originated in circuses and other performance art). Black also looks very good on camera (compare LittleBlackDress on that) and certain colors are either difficult to maintain consistency under different lighting or would actually make the use of certain ChromaKey effects more complicated. At other times they retain some degree of the original colors but offset it by being darker shades or pairing it with black pants or jacket. Sometimes there is outright tactical redesigns that emulate the original look but looks like armor or otherwise utilitarian rather than strictly a skin tight outfit. It's typically involved with a PragmaticAdaptation as complete fidelity to the source material often leads towards absurdist imagery, which is fine for works like ''Film/KickAss'' or the '66 ''Series/{{Batman}}'' but can hinder a more serious interpretation of the characters. But this doesn't always happen strictly in adaptations, ultimately it's about black or darker redesigns. Retools and remakes also use it quite often to fit with evolving audience expectations. Almost any brightly colored comic book character of any merit has a "black variant" sometime in their history.

For female characters, this can often lead to AdaptationalModesty.

The trope has older roots, but the TropeCodifier is the ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'', where a very colorful group of comics characters used primarily black leather outfits, while non-X-Men characters usually wore [[CivvieSpandex common street attire]]. The reasoning given by the production is that the X-Men are a team and should have uniforms, and that since few characters were NighInvulnerable or had a HealingFactor the outfits should look somewhat protective. Subtle color highlights were used as a MythologyGag to their original outfits, and a joke was made about the oddities of both the movie costumes (while they blended into the night they still stuck out in public) and if they would prefer going into a fight with [[ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} yellow spandex]].

SisterTrope to SpandexLatexOrLeather.

Compare CivvieSpandex, NotWearingTights, MarqueeAlterEgo, DarkIsNotEvil, ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames.

Contrast EvilWearsBlack.


[[folder: Comic Books]]

* ''Comicbook/TheUltimates'' gives several of the characters altered costumes to make them resemble a more realistic, movie-style version of their classic selves. Most notable examples are:
** Comicbook/{{Hawkeye}} goes from purple and blue suit with mask and loincloth, to a black and red sleeveless outfit that includes sunglasses
** Comicbook/TheWasp goes from [[UnlimitedWardrobe a variety of different outfits]] that are usually brightly coloured, to a black and yellow two piece leather number, which she alters repeatedly over the course of the sequels
** [[Comicbook/AntMan Ant-Man/Giant-Man]] goes from a brightly coloured outifts that usually include red, black, yellow, or blue with a large helmet, to an orange/oxblood red outfit with a simple mask
** Miles Morales, the [[AffirmativeActionLegacy second]] Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan, wears a black suit, but this has less to do with resembling a movie costume and more to do with distinguishing him from [[Comicbook/SpiderMan his predecessor]].
* [[Creator/DCComics DC's]] ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' and [[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.
** Notably, during the second wave of ''Marvel NOW!'', Wolverine, who had kept his previous ''Astonishing'' era costume during the initial relaunch (largely because, unlike some examples, his suit at the time didn't need updating since it looked reasonable enough as it was), switched to a black and gold armoured suit designed by the ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan'' in order to compensate for him being BroughtDownToNormal.
** Speaking of such, ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan'' saw this trope played straight ''twice''. First, he's introduced using a black-and-red suit with claws, defined lenses on the eyes, and a more menacing general appearance; as he was a darker figure, it helped to reflect that he wasn't as heroic or moral as Peter Parker. Later, as he descends further into his villainous tendencies, his suit was altered once more, now becoming almost entirely black, save for a creepy red spider-like chest symbol of sorts and his mask, along with spider leg-like mechanical appendages and generally looking more practical, though also more intimidating; as he was, at this point, an actual VillainProtagonist, this helped to make him look more like a villain, so that when Peter Parker returns, his return to the classic, heroic costume would stand out far more.
* Jessica Jones, former Comicbook/SpiderWoman Jessica Drew and [[Comicbook/LukeCageHeroForHire Luke Cage]] all wear plain clothes in the [[DarkerAndEdgier Marvel MAX]] {{Comicbook/Alias}} series. For action sequences, they tend to favor [[BadassLongcoat overcoats.]]
-->'''Jessica Jones''': Not wearing your costume?
-->'''Jessica Drew''': Made my ass look big.
-->'''Jessica Jones''': I hear you. Thank god for TheMatrix huh?

-->'''ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}}''': I'm not about the tights and shit. Never was.
* Very briefly after his [[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman return from the dead]], Superman sported an all black spandex suit with a metallic S-shield, and a mullet. He went back to the trademark red and blue tights before the story's end, although the mullet remained for a couple of years. This led to some confusion (on both sides) when a time warp occurred during the events of ''ComicBook/ZeroHour'' and various [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Batmen]] from the character's then-55-year history began showing up in Metropolis. The first Batman that Superman comes across is the one from the 1970s, and at first he doesn't realize this isn't the modern Batman.
-->'''Seventies Batman:''' ''[looking at Superman's mullet]'' Not going "hippie" on us, are you?
-->'''Superman:''' "Hippie"?!
** Incidentally, there was an in-story explanation for the black suit: It was designed to help him absorb sunlight faster, as he was still recovering from the fight that seemingly killed him at the start of the arc.
* ComicBook/BuckyBarnes, when he became the new Captain America, donned a modified suit that was largely black, with a shiny blue mask and chest piece, along with covering his ears. It was mentioned that the suit was designed InUniverse by ComicBook/TheWasp, as she had felt like Cap's suit needed an update. For the most part, the suit served to distinguish him from Steve Rogers' Captain America identity, but also helped reflect how Bucky wasn't quite a paragon like Steve was.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/ThievesCanBeHeroes'', Izuku's Phantom Thief gear is a black and red version of his second hero outfit in his home series with the addition of a BadassLongcoat and a CoolMask to replace the cowl he rarely uses in canon.


[[folder: Film - Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanDoomsday'', being an adaptation of ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman'' arc, has Superman wearing the black suit from the comics, with the same explanation; that it absorbs solar power, and he's still recovering from his "death". Presumably, he switches back at the end.
* Inverted for ''Disney/BigHero6''. Honey Lemon wears a black bra and leggings in the comics, with a red leather jacket. The film gives her a more colorful pink number with a skirt over purple tights. [=GoGo=] has a yellow and purple costume in the comic, but the purple is changed to black for the film (though yellow is still the predominant color). The others wear their comic accurate costumes.

[[folder: Film - Live Action]]
* The big-screen ''Film/{{Batman}}'' is the TropeMaker. You'd think it'd be hard to make the dark knight any darker, but in the comics and shows, shades of gray and even ''blue-''gray in addition to the gold belt and (sometimes) matching oval around the bat symbol make for a character with as many different colors as Superman - or more! This doesn't change in even the darkest comics eras. More than one film has thrown that out the window in favor of black-on-black-on-black, starting with the 1990 original, although the final [[Film/BatmanForever two]] [[Film/BatmanAndRobin sequels]] went with dark blue and silver.
** Comicbook/{{Catwoman}} routinely wears black rubber or leather in all of [[Film/BatmanReturns her]] [[Film/{{Catwoman}} film]] [[Film/TheDarkKnightRises incarnations]]. That includes Creator/HalleBerry, too. Prior to the first Creator/TimBurton ''Batman'' movie, and for a while afterwards, comic book Catwoman tended towards purple spandex or dresses.
** Chris O'Donnell's Robin wears a suit not dissimilar from Bruce's, with a slightly modified bat emblem (actually the ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} emblem [[ShoutOut from the comics]]) on the front. His first costume was somewhat inspired by the Tim Drake Robin suit, and would ironically be, sans nipples, the New 52 design for the default Robin attire.
** ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' Batsuits are also black but take things a step further in that they don't even have a yellow circle around the bat-symbol.[[note]]Though in the comics, Batman's costume has been quite flexible with the yellow circle coming and going and the coloration changing from blue-and-grey to black-and-grey to all-black over the years depending on the artist.[[/note]]
* ''Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse''
** ''Film/ManOfSteel'' sees Superman in a darker rendition of his classic suit. In most shots, even some in the broadest daylight, it looks almost black, but compared to the invading Kryptonians in black armor he does stand out. The trademark red trunks are also removed and some detailing is added to make the suit seem more "alien", though this ties with the concurrent comics, where they've also been ditched. Also, during an induced hallucination/dream/whatever, Superman wears a black costume with a silver S and no cape.
** ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' for the first time has Batman wear the black-and-gray suit; as well as gray PoweredArmor, both of which appear to be heavily influenced by the character's appearance in ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns''. Similarly; Comicbook/WonderWoman's suit is still red and blue, and her red and white ThighHighBoots have also been replaced with armored gold boots with red on the sides, but the colors are significantly more muted, and she appears only at night -- you can be forgiven for truly believing she wore brown (behind-the-scenes shots show that is indeed red and blue, but Zack Snyder's usual sepia-tone color filters turn it brown onscreen.) Superman's suit was redesigned to be brighter than in MOS, but is still comparatively darker.
*** Someone once compared the red in Supermanís costume in broad daylight to the Jokerís lipstick in Film/TheDarkKnight at night. Supermanís actually darker!
** ''Film/SuicideSquad'' features an inversion with ComicBook/HarleyQuinn. She is best known for her black and red harlequin costume, which is seen briefly but for most of the film she wears a tattered white t-shirt (saying "Daddy's Little Monster" on it) with sparkly blue hot pants, and uses bright pink and sky blue for her make-up and GirlishPigtails.
** ''Film/WonderWoman'' has her outfit be more of an ethereal blue and red, deliberately contrasting BVS as Diana is fresh faced and the armor brand new.
** ''Film/JusticeLeague'' includes a number of examples. Batman's previous black-and-gray costume becomes more of a uniform black like prior Batman movies. Flash wears bright red armor with some yellow and the white ChestInsignia, but has a black undersuit. Cyborg has greater emphasis on his black and silver body and red lights. On the other hand, Superman's red and blue suit is brighter than it was in prior DCEU films. As for Wonder Woman, her red and blue have darkened to be more like Superman ''used'' to look in ''Man of Steel'' and ''BVS,'' but it's still closer to her customary look than her brown outfit from BVS). Additionally, a black and silver version of Superman's costume briefly shows up in a deleted scene, likely as a nod to the ''Death of Superman'' example mentioned below in the ''Superman Lives'' entry.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers''
** ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie'' movie didn't tone down the heroes' colors, but gave them padded, techier-looking suits. Interestingly, later series like ''[[Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm Ninja Storm]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersSPD SPD]]'' and ''[[Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive Operation Overdrive]]'' would outfit the heroes in black leather when they weren't in full multicolored Ranger form.
** The 2017 ''Film/{{Power Rangers|2017}}'' movie retains the colors, but with darker shades. Also, the suits now look like advanced body armor instead of spandex.
* ''[[Series/TheIncredibleHulk The Trial Of The Incredible Hulk]]'' TV movie features Daredevil in a black costume; this was around the time ''Film/{{Batman}}'' hit cinemas.
* 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 costume as they have in other adaptations.
* Creator/KevinSmith's and later Creator/TimBurton's ''{{Franchise/Superman}} Lives'' project from the nineties would've shown Supes in black and silver; early [[http://screenrant.com/tim-burton-superman-lives-pictures-mikee-85389/ concepts]], show it more of a bluish-silver because producer Jon Peters thought the blue-and-red suit was "[[HeteronormativeCrusader too faggy]]". [[Comicbook/TheDeathOfSuperman The comic book story on which it was based]] ''did'' have Superman wearing a black and silver outfit at the story's climax. It was [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks the Nineties]]. Despite this, concept art and photos of alternate designs have since [[https://io9.gizmodo.com/proof-that-nic-cages-superman-could-have-looked-pretty-1717979142 made their way onto the internet]], including a few outfits that looked ''much'' closer to the classic blue and red tights, albeit with darker hues.
* ''Film/SupermanReturns'' changed the suit color to a darker blue, with the red cape and trunks more of a burgundy. Supposedly, the bright red color would have interfered with the digital effects. Also, when we first see him in his space ship, he's got a silver uniform that looks black.
* This is pretty obvious in the ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' movie, where Ozymandias' purple robes are replaced with a form fitting dark purple and gold body armor (that homaged/parodied the Batman nipple-suits). Silk Spectre and Nite Owl's costumes get a similar overhaul as well. However, The Comedian's outfit still has quite a bit of yellow in it.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''
** {{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 is a blooper scene where he and Hugh Jackman can't scale a short concrete barrier because the suit refuses to move as much as they need to.
** Averted in ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' ó with justification, given it's a OriginStory. The X-Men wear kevlar-like yellow and blue suits reminiscent of the comics. The villains (aside from Emma Frost) do wear black, even if Shaw has a white tux at a certain point. Meanwhile, ComicBook/{{Magneto}} adopts his classic red and purple costume from the comics in the final scene, but this suit ended up not being used in future films because of the {{Narm}} reaction from audiences.
** Averted and played straight in ''Film/TheWolverine''. Harada ([[ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames Silver Samurai in the comics]]) wears a practical black outfit for most of the movie, but [[spoiler: Yashida dons a suit of silver PoweredArmor in the finale]].
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'':
*** The BadFuture X-Men wear practical black body armor.
*** Young Magneto wears a costume that's a cross between his red outfit from the ending of ''First Class'' and the black suit Creator/IanMcKellen wore in the original trilogy. Its red is quite darkened.
** ''Film/{{Deadpool 2016}}''[='s=] title character averts this, as he wears an exact replica of the classic red and black spandex costume he has in the comics. He straight up lampshades this trope in both the actual movie and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glEcKXvgPs4 this test footage/trailer]]:
--->'''Deadpool:''' [[BreakingTheFourthWall "Oh, hello there.]] I bet you're wondering why the red suit? Well that's so bad guys can't see me bleed. Let's hope [[{{Mooks}} these guys]] [[BringMyBrownPants brought their brown pants!"]]
*** Negasonic Teenage Warhead plays this straight ''and'' averts it. As a goth, her civilian gear consists of black leather, but she also wears a yellow X-Men uniform that looks like it came straight out of a comic book. It's probably the most comic-accurate X-Men uniform since the ones seen in ''Film/XMenFirstClass''.
*** Ajax and Angel Dust play this straight. Weasel even jokes about how they look like they're going to a midnight showing of ''Film/BladeII''.
** ''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 spend most of the film in black body armor similar to the uniforms from the original movies (actually flight suits they take from a military base), [[spoiler: but the final scene shows them all in colorful costumes straight out of the comics. Nightcrawler even has his trademark red outfit]].
** Magneto's new costume gains a brighter red (still dark compared to what's seen in comics and cartoons, but a lot brighter than the near-brown seen in DOFP.) and also has silver accents.
** ''Film/{{Deadpool 2}}'' zig-zags with this. In addition to the Deadpool and Negasonic Teenage Warhead examples already mentioned, new characters Domino and Bedlam wear black tactical outfits. However, Shatterstar sports his classic white costume from Creator/RobLiefeld's ''Comicbook/XForce'', which is lovingly recreated in all its ridiculous 90s glory.
** In ''Film/XMenDarkPhoenix'', the X-Men wear yellow and black uniforms that were heavily inspired by the outfits from Creator/GrantMorrison and Frank Quitely's ''New X-Men'' run.
* Creator/{{Frank Miller}}'s adaptation of ''Film/TheSpirit'' saw the titular hero swap his blue CoatHatMask from the comics for a black variation of the same ensemble. Then again, the entire ''world'' seemed to have made a swap of a black variation of their ensemble.
** Miller is known to prefer the black and white reprints over the original color comics. Some think it adds an extra bit of noir to the more dramatic stories.
* ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy''
** While Peter does wear his classic red-and-blue webs, the colors are a little darker and more muted than in the comics; likewise, the film emphasizes thick black webline patterns covering all across the red part of his suit and over his face where in the comics the lines were thinner. Averted with the [[Comicbook/NormanOsborn Green Goblin]], whose costume and suit is a full-body bright emerald green with a mask with yellow lenses; this is far brighter than his comics look, which has him dress in moss-green and dark purple with normal eyes. Notably, the muted nature of Spider-Man's costume gets offset in the fights with the Goblin, since the bright primary colors pop out during the action. (Creator/AlexRoss designed concept art of a black and red costume that eventually showed up as an alternate skin in video games and was redesigned into the ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan'' suit.)
** Comicbook/DoctorOctopus' classic look consists of a green and yellow body suit with a white lab coat, laboratory goggles and four silver armatures that stick out of his body. In ''Film/SpiderMan2'', he goes shirtless and wears a dark BadassLongcoat with a pair of chic sunglasses, while his arms are [[RealIsBrown ugly dirt-covered]] metal appendages with [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver Red sensor lights sticking out of them]].
** In ''Film/SpiderMan3'', Harry Osborn as "the New Goblin" is primarily black, with only a few very dark green highlights. Peter's Symbiote Suit is a ''very'' dark gray version of his regular costume, instead of the pitch black suit with big bright white spider on the chest and back from the comics. The same suit transfers to Venom. (The weblines and spider emblem remain black, but theyíre shiny so itís still visible.) Averted with Flint Marko/Sandman, who wears the classic green pinstriped T-Shirt.
* In ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2'', Electro wears [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/11/113509/3165278-ultimate+electro.png a black and blue outfit]] rather than his colorful [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/6/61625/1523194-ditko_pose.jpg green tights]] from the comics.
* The Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] from the get go in ''Film/IronMan'' - the Mk.3 armour has the classic red-on-gold colour scheme, which is remarked upon as being "ostentatious" by JARVIS. Most of his principal suits throughout the MCU have maintained this, though some have been red and ''silver'', rather than gold.
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'':
*** The Comicbook/{{HYDRA}} troops wear green and yellow uniforms in the comics, but had black body armor in the movie. And of course, [[ComicBook/BuckyBarnes Bucky]] wears military gear instead of the colorful red-and-blue uniform and DominoMask he wore in the GoldenAge comics. Notably, though, it's still colored blue rather than looking like traditional military colors, so it still looks, for the most part, like the Bucky costume.
*** Captain America's comic outfit (complete with the funny-looking wings on the sides of the head) is used as Steve's USO costume. When he's actually on the job, his outfit is still patriotically-themed but far less gaudy (his helmet being a modified soldier's helmet and his clothes being combat gear complete with various pouches and holster straps).
** ''Film/TheAvengers2012'' movie is pretty faithful to the comics with the exception of ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}}, who wears a dark leather suit with no mask as opposed to his purple SuperHero costume, though this is basically Ultimate Hawkeye's costume anyway. 616 Hawkeye started wearing something like the movie costume shortly before the movie's premiere, although it's still pretty purple. Also, while {{Film/Thor}} wears a battle suit, it's still much darker than his comic costume and has the appearance of leather in some places.
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'':
*** Cap ditches his colorful costume from ''Film/TheAvengers2012'' in favor of a darker suit reminiscent of his [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/f57cbe9e3919cce338a5c245bce88fab/tumblr_mgc3hjQ6Fc1r2egjko1_r1_500.jpg Commander Rogers outfit]] from ''ComicBook/SecretAvengers''. This eventually turns out to be subverted; the dark outfit was just for the nighttime stealth mission at the start of the movie and a later chase. For the climactic battle he [[BreakOutTheMuseumPiece steals a replica of his World War II outfit from a museum]].
*** ComicBook/TheFalcon wears a black and gray outfit similar to his [[ComicBook/UltimateMarvel Ultimate]] look, rather than his classic red and white costume (which 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.
** ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'': Ronan's robes have changed from green to black. When the team gets their matching suits, they are a dark red. Drax's ''skin'' is almost grey, rather than bright green.
** ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'': Hawkeye once more doesn't wear his classic purple duds, but does wear a BadassLongcoat that greatly resembles his Ronin costume from the comics, and incorporates some details from his classic suit. It also comes with giving him more purple, despite being largely black. Similarly, both ComicBook/ScarletWitch and ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}} ditch their costumes from the comics, and instead wear CivvieSpandex that evokes their usual costume aesthetics. However, [[spoiler: Scarlet Witch dons a full superhero costume of red leather reminiscent of her Ultimate look at the end of film after joining the Avengers]]. Additionally, members of HYDRA appear at the beginning of the film, and they're once again all either clad in black uniforms or white winter camouflage gear, rather than green spandex. Averted with new character Comicbook/TheVision, who is red and green like his comic counterpart, even if the green is a much darker shade.
** In ''Film/AntMan'', the titular suit is recolored mostly black with red highlights on the torso. This is even referenced in the film proper when Scott at first thinks the costume is an old leather motorcycle suit. The helmet has also been redesigned to cover the entire face, and the cartoonish antennae are now reduced to a pair of small prongs protruding straight up from the sides of the helmet. [[spoiler: When Hope's [[ComicBook/TheWasp Wasp]] armor is unveiled at the end, it's shown to have black leggings but a lot of yellow and some red as well.]]
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' is a mixed bag. Captain America once again dons a red, white and blue outfit similar to the one he wore in ''Avengers: Age of Ultron'', but the white on the arms is removed. Falcon's outfit has been redesigned to include more red and silver, while Hawkeye now has a completely new costume that's mostly covered in dark purple. Scarlet Witch also has a red costume now, and Spider-Man, aside from a few thicker black stripes, looks ''exactly'' like his first design in the comics. This trope is surprisingly inverted with Comicbook/BlackPanther, whose costume is given silver detailing that actually makes it look ''more'' colorful than what he usually wears in the comics.
** ComicBook/{{Thanos}} plays with this trope as well, since he is the ultimate BigBad of the whole MCU. While he does retain his blue and gold color scheme from the comics, it's much more muted and armored here, possibly because his blue and gold spandex costume [[PragmaticAdaptation would look too ridiculous in live action]].
** Averted with Film/{{Doctor Strange|2016}}'s costume, which has the same blue, red, and gold colors as the comic book version.
** 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.
** In ''Film/ThorRagnarok'', Thor trades in his trademark metallic-tinged outfit from the previous movies for a comparatively unadorned battle outfit. However, he does still keep his red cape, and the costume gets some more color added to it once he's forced into a gladiator match on Sakaar.
** In ''Film/BlackPanther2018'', T'Challa has a new costume that ditches much of the silver detailing...except, as noted above, this makes it look ''more'' like his standard comics outfit.
** ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' has Thor sporting an entirely black outfit, abandoning the red BadassCape and metallic colors that were characteristics of his previous costumes. Eventually averted, as he later dons his traditional metallic outfit and red cape after [[spoiler: forging his new axe]]. Completely averted with Comicbook/BlackWidow, who has ditched her traditional black SpyCatsuit from the previous movies for a military-style outfit with a green tactical vest.
** Averted for the title character in ''Film/CaptainMarvel'', who wears a blue, red and gold costume straight from the comics. Though, like many examples on this page, the colors are more muted here.
* In ''Film/KamenRiderTheFirst'' and ''Film/KamenRiderTheNext'', the original three Riders' costumes go from cloth to leather, and use more subdued colors overall; compare [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/kamenrider/images/3/32/V3.png the original 1973 version]] of ''Series/KamenRiderV3'' to [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/kamenrider/images/f/f5/Kamen_Rider_Hopper_Version_3.png "Hopper Version 3"]] from 2006. The same happens over the course of the two movies, as [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/kamenrider/images/a/ad/Img_first01.jpg Hongo]] and [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/kamenrider/images/5/5c/Kamen_Rider_2_The_First_Version.png Ichimonji]]'s suits faded in the two-year interim, becoming [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/kamenrider/images/a/ae/Kamen_Rider_1_The_Next_Version.png much]] [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/kamenrider/images/8/86/Kamen_Rider_2_The_Next_Version.png/revision/latest?cb=20160120113918 darker]] (with Hongo's suit outright changing from dark blue to dark green.
* The ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' comic strip had the character in a fairly bright blue bodyglove accessorized with oversized yellow shoulder decorations and badge, along with lurid green boots, knee and elbow pads, gloves and utility belt (complete with a red, white and blue American Eagle buckle). [[Film/JudgeDredd Both]] [[Film/{{Dredd}} movies]] keep the basic outfit (in a rather darker blue or black) but the accouterments are in silver metal or black leather.
* The costumes in ''Film/FantasticFour2015'' are not unlike the black bodysuits from the original ''X-Men'' movies. This proved to be a huge mistake; 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 detractors even more ammo.
* ''Film/TheMeteorMan'' features its hero wearing a black, grey and green suit (made by his mother).
* Justified with ''Film/GhostRider'' and ''Film/{{Blade}}'', both of whom were wearing black leather in the comics around the time the movies came out. Though, Blade's original costume was a hideous red and green ensemble, and Johnny Blaze's biker jacket was arguably blue.
* The 90s live-action ''Manga/CatsEye'' movie had the sisters wearing black latex bodysuits (influenced by Comicbook/{{Catwoman}} from ''Film/BatmanReturns'') rather than their colorful leotards from the anime.
* The colors on the live-action ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'' costumes are pretty faithful, if a bit more muted than they were in the anime. However, Jun the Swan's costume is changed from white and pink to black and violet, while Joe the Condor's goes from burgundy and blue to black and deep blue.
* ''Film/RoboCop2014'' plays with the trope, the title cyborg has a default body that is close to the original blue-ish silver look but he is given a black redesign as a PR tool to make him look cooler to the public. When they beat the CorruptCorporateExecutive who insisted on that black design, he chooses the classic appearance at the end of the film.
* None of the characters wear their [[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. Contrast this with the costumes in [[Film/StreetFighter the previous movie]], which were about as colorful and accurate as the designers could get away with.
* The LiveActionAdaptation of ''Film/SpeedRacer'' had Racer X wear a black leather suit in lieu of the white and red one he wore in the anime; in a move highly similar to the X-Men movies. On the plus side, now he matches his mask.

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* This is discussed in the novel ''ComicBook/NewAvengers: Breakout'', which is partially inspired by the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. Iron Man, Captain America, Spider-Man, and ComicBook/SpiderWoman all wear colorful outfits, while Black Widow, ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}}, and Hawkeye all either wear black leather or ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} gear. When Black Widow sings the praises of black {{Spy Catsuit}}s and wonders aloud why superheroes even bother with colorful costumes that make stealth impossible, Iron Man retorts by saying that the colors help with "branding"; the heroes ''want'' the bad guys to know exactly who is coming to kick their asses.

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* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** 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.
** ComicBook/GreenArrow wears a jade-colored vinyl hoodie and sunglasses instead of the usual tunic. It goes without saying that he wields a military-grade composite bow.
* ''Series/{{Arrowverse}}''
** ''Series/{{Arrow}}''
*** ComicBook/GreenArrow himself wears a very dark green suit that could be mistaken for black at times. The arrows he uses have more of a bright jade green coloring for the tips and quivers. In Season Four, he gains a new suit that's closer to the comics, lacking sleeves, but come Season Five, it's gained black sleeves.
*** The show plays with this concerning ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}}. When he first appears, his trademark blue and orange costume has been changed to black body armor, though his mask remains half-orange. However, it turns out that this ''isn't'' Deathstroke, but rather his former partner, Billy Wintergreen. The ''real'' Deathstroke, Slade Wilson, at first wears gray and black fatigues, but [[FaceHeelTurn when he becomes Deathstroke]] later, he switches to a black suit with dark blue armor, orange markings, and a more metallic mask, similar to his costume from the comics.
*** Comicbook/{{Deadshot}} typically wears a black sneaking suit instead of the red and silver in the comics.
*** ComicBook/{{Huntress}} also wears a black [[SpyCatsuit catsuit]] rather than her purple and white costume from the comic books. The purple does show up in her second outfit, however, and she is shown asking for it specifically when [[spoiler: Oliver]] designs it.
*** Count Vertigo wears a black BadassLongcoat over dark civilian clothes, in contrast to the green-and-black suit worn by his comic counterpart. However, the show does provide a MythologyGag by coloring his [[FantasticDrug Vertigo pills]] green and black.
*** The several versions of ComicBook/BlackCanary wear black leather, [[JustifiedTrope just like in the comics]], but they notably wear ''more'', going for leather pants instead of fishnet stockings.
*** Cupid wears a black catsuit instead of green like in the comics, where she invokes herself as a DistaffCounterpart to Green Arrow. However, she's sometimes seen wearing a dark green shirt.
*** Thea Queen's prototype costume is a black and purple version of her counterpart Mia Dearden's red and yellow. Her proper costume is a muted red and black which was given to her by her lover and predecessor Roy Harper.
*** Ray Palmer / ComicBook/TheAtom wears dark red and blue PoweredArmor instead of the bright red and blue suit from the comics.
*** Wild Dog's outfit when he debuts in Season Five is...basically identical to the comics version. The blue of his shirt is ''slightly'' darker, but that's it. He plays this trope straight come Season Six, ditching the familiar outfit in favor of an armored black leather suit with large red chest-straps, some blue on the sides, and a dark gray mask instead of white.
*** Mr. Terrific's first outfit has no white stripes, being basically black leather with some red lettering. Later in Season Five, though, he upgrades it to have some white stripes, moving it closer to the comics version.
*** Prometheus trades in his white cape and yellow, purple, and black armor for a black copy of Green Arrow's suit. However, in the season finale, he does wear dark yellow armor under his black leather jacket, perhaps as a subtle nod to the comics suit.
** ''Series/TheFlash2014''
*** The Flash's suit is more of a burgundy with dull gold lightning bolt highlights instead of the bright red and yellow from the comics. A glimpse into seeing the future Flash has Cisco comment on some color changes, such as a brighter red suit and white around the insignia; the latter gets included in the Season Two suit. The trope is fully averted when the actual future suit in all its bright red and gold glory is revealed toward the end of Season Three, then starts getting used in Season Four; its only change from the comics is not having fully golden boots.
*** The Reverse Flash's suit is still yellow in the top half, but the bottom fades into black.
*** Comicbook/{{Firestorm}} wears all-black CivvieSpandex instead of his red and yellow from the comics. An outfit using the comics color scheme ''is'' worn by the second Firestorm during ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', however.
*** Similarly, the metahumans in the show have primarily worn casual clothes or black tactical gear. Though some villains -- Captain Cold, Heat Wave, and Pied Piper -- have at least worn costumes of sorts, they have been CivvieSpandex that resemble their comic book attire, with the latter switching from green and black to just black.
*** Played straight with Lisa Snart aka Golden Glider. As her supervillain moniker suggests, she wears a white outfit with heavily golden accents in the comics. In the show, she wears an all-black outfit.
*** 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 comics version of Zoom, wears a yellow costume. [[spoiler: Also, in his disguise as "Jay Garrick", Zoom wears a dark maroon soldier's jacket with merely a golden outline of the big lightning bolt, dark blue pants, dark brown boots with no golden wings or even buttons, and dark brown gloves. By contrast, the real Jay's suit is much closer to the source, retaining the bright red, blue, and gold color scheme and not having any gloves, and he even takes the iconic winged helmet from Hunter Zolomon as a keepsake.]]
*** The Rival wore a copy of [[PrimaryColorChampion Jay Garrick's costume]] in the comics, albeit with darker shades and paired with a black face mask. Because that suit had already [[spoiler: been used by Zoom in Season Two]], the show's Rival wears a black full-body suit with dark orange lines and an orange lightning bolt, along with a horned, almost demonic mask.
*** Inverted with the Future Flash, who wore a black suit that leaked blue energy in the New 52 comics. The Future Flash of the show wears a red-and-gold suit that looks much brighter than Barry's suit from Seasons One through Tree. [[spoiler: However, his role as an evil version of Barry is taken by a [[EnemyWithout time remnant of himself]], who stays true to the dark color scheme.]]
*** Savitar wears a dark silver suit of armor with blue TronLines over a black jacket, shirt, and set of trousers, instead of bits of red and gold armor. [[spoiler: Given that he turns out to be the evil version of Future Flash, this is likely a reference to the character's black-and-blue color scheme.]]
*** The comic version of Clifford [=DeVoe=]/Thinker usually wore normal clothes. The show's take on [=DeVoe=] has a black leather suit for whenever he gets into his life-sustaining CoolChair.
*** Ralph Dibny, the Elongated Man, wears a maroon suit with a couple of white stripes instead of either bright red and black or deep purple.
** ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow''
*** In Season One, Chronos wears a black and dark green suit of PoweredArmor instead of the comics' green and gold, thus making him more of a MalevolentMaskedMan.
*** In Season Two, ComicBook/{{Hourman}} wears a suit that [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/09/17/70/091770c6fbb0f5a34e4cda935de65de7.jpg retains the original's color scheme]], but [[http://media.comicbook.com/2016/10/hourman-207784.jpg plays up the black]].
** ''Series/{{Supergirl|2015}}''
*** Averted with Supergirl herself, as her suit's only change from the source is only having gold outlines in and around the red S-shield instead of solid gold inside; it otherwise retains the classic color scheme. Superman's suit lacks the red trunks, has a red and gold belt, and adds gold clasps to his cape, but is otherwise true to the source.
*** [[ComicBook/MartianManhunter J'onn J'onzz]]'s costume is an almost Batman-esque black suit with armor 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, and it retains the blue cape.
*** The members of the ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes in Season Three wear similar dark costumes (no capes), with occasional accents to differentiate one from the other. Mon-El's suit is all black. Saturn Girl's is mostly black with maroon on the sides. Brainiac 5's is black and dark blue with a belt that has Brainiac's signature triple-dot. (The triple-dot's also on a shirt that's usually covered by the suit's jacket.) All colors are so dark that it's only for brief moments in the most direct light that you can tell they're not just wearing solid black. [[spoiler: This is averted straight to hell with Mon-El's old suit, which Winn fixes up for him in the second half of the season; it retains the bright red, blue, and gold color scheme and overall design from the comics, including the blue cape.]]
*** Reign wears black, just like in the comics. However, she wears a lot more than in the comics, partly to hide her identity (she looks human here). She still wears the same black pants, but her black bra has been replaced by a top that covers everything from the belt up to her neck (i.e. no BareYourMidriff or cleavage). She also features her symbol in the same way Supergirl does. Finally, she has a black cape and a metallic mask.
* The short-lived ''Series/BirdsOfPrey'' TV series had ComicBook/{{Huntress}} wearing a black leather trenchcoat rather than an actual costume and mask.
* Played with heavily in ''The Gerosha Chronicles'':
** The series ''Series/BloodOverWater'' inverts this. The videos have Sleet Mountain employees wearing some [[UnderdressedForTheOccasion awfully civilian-like clothes]]. They are given more-standardized business-casual uniforms for the Cataclysmic Gerosha book adaptations, [[DressCodedForYourConvenience consisting of black tops and khaki pants with black shoes]]. Keep in mind...Sleet Mountain workers are the ''villains''.
** Ciem in ''Cataclysmic Horizons'' keeps the orange outfit, though orange hues are dimmed a bit from previous adaptations and the accent colors are given a little more emphasis.
** Emeraldon's suit between adaptations goes from a near-all-green traditional FlyingBrick suit to a tougher material that is black - with a sort of green "Matrix" pattern accenting it.
** The Earwig is justified in this, as her outfit has always been black with red trims.
** Mukade averts this, keeping her Japanese flag red-on-white scheme. (Even though she's moved to Toklisana from Japan, and has never been a CaptainPatriotic.)
** Jackrabbit normally hops around in civilian form. But his Cataclysmic Gerosha form has been shown to occasionally wear a black hat and sunglasses on more-dangerous missions.
* The 60's ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series had Comicbook/{{Catwoman}} in a black leather [[SpyCatsuit catsuit]]. In the comics at the time (and indeed for decades afterwards), the character usually favored purple outfits. [[RetCanon It wasn't until the 21st century that she adopted black]] as her primary color scheme in the comics.
* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'' (again):
** ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'':
*** Mike Peterson, the only vaguely "superhero-ish" character from Season One , wears a black ComicBook/{{SHIELD}}-issued bodysuit before switching it.
*** Blackout's "costume" is basically a black shirt with a black duster.
*** Most of the superpowered characters in general either tend to wear dark S.H.I.E.L.D. bodysuits like the rest of the cast, or [[NotWearingTights just don't have any costumes whatsoever]].
*** Comicbook/{{Mockingbird}} wears a fairly accurate recreation of her ''Comicbook/NewAvengers'' outfit, but with the white portions of the suit changed to a darker gray.
*** When Skye/Daisy becomes Quake, she begins wearing a black uniform with yellow piping and a pair of metal gauntlets. To be fair, the outfit is overall consistent with her look in the comics, where she tends to mostly wear S.H.I.E.L.D. uniforms.
*** Graviton sports a blue outfit with silver and red ornamentation, which actually does look pretty close to his costume from the comics. However, he also wears a black duster over it.
** ''[[{{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 on 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 red suit and name, though his suit has noticeably more black in it than his comics version.
*** [[Comicbook/TheKingpin Wilson Fisk]] is fond of wearing black suits rather than white like he does in the comics; however, as the series progresses, his tendency to avert this trope becomes more prominent, with his final shot of the season showing him in all white.
*** Comicbook/{{Elektra}}'s costumes are also primarily a mix of black and red, rather than being completely red like in the comics.
** In ''Series/JessicaJones2015'', Trish gets Jessica a suit that looks like Jewel's from the comic (Jessica being Jewel for a short time) because of its colors. Jessica refuses it, and instead primarily wears black shirts and black paints under a black leather jacket. On the other side of the spectrum, Kilgrave (the Purple Man in the comics) has a wardrobe primarily made of purple clothing, likely as a stand-in for the fact he doesn't have actual purple skin.
** ''Series/LukeCage2016'' generally uses the NotWearingTights trope for most of the characters, but Willis "Diamondback" Stryker zig-zags this. He's introduced wearing dark combat gear, but in the Season One finale, [[spoiler: he dons a green and yellow suit of PoweredArmor that looks extremely similar to his snake-themed costume from the comics]].
*** Cage himself appears in his original comics costume briefly, after escaping from prison and having to resort to ClotheslineStealing, while still wearing his arm and head braces from the experiment that gave him his super strength. His reaction upon seeing himself in a mirror? "You look like a damn fool!"
* ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGoBusters'' was the first Franchise/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 ''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.


* In keeping with the game's grungier style and the protagonist's rougher origin and personality, ''VideoGame/DMCDevilMayCry'' replaces Dante's long white hair and bright red longcoat with punkish shaven black and battered black leather with red lower sleeves, lining and collar, respectively. His old color-scheme returns super-saturated when he's in Devil Trigger form, and at the end of the game [[spoiler:his hair has turned white]].

* The DVD-only [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad Email]] "comic book movie" refers to this as "Leatherquest 2000."
-->''"People may buy that our character has radioactive powers, or is from another planet, but a colorful spandex costume?! Are you crazy?! No audience will accept that! Nope, it's one color, head-to-toe leather for our hero!"''

* The ''WesternAnimation/BewareTheBatman'' cartoon has taken a nod from the films and given Batman an armored black costume. ComicBook/{{Katana}} as well (though she has since adopted a black costume in the ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' continuity. At the time the show began production however, she still had her old red and yellow color scheme).
* Dick Grayson's ComicBook/{{Robin}} suit in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' has all of the green parts colored black instead. This goes for [[LegacyCharacter Tim Drake]] as well, though he at least does have several red and black costumes in the comics.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' has ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} wearing his black leather outfit from [[Film/TheAvengers2012 the movie]], rather than his traditional purple costume.
* ''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. ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} is notable for starting off in his classic orange costume and then transitioning to a black, maskless outfit in the later seasons. 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.