Fashion is constantly evolving – and doesn’t stop at superhero costumes. What was once cool and hip now looks completely outdated and sometimes almost ridiculous. We’ll show you how film superheroes have changed over time.
Thor, Batman and Superman – these and many other superheroes have been protagonists in their own films for several decades. Superheroes and villains may be above the law, but they also have to keep up with the times and have often reinvented themselves visually over time:
Dare Devil, for example, wears very dark colors in his modern dress: black, gray and a mixture of red and brown dominate the outfit.
Around 13 years earlier things looked completely different. At that time, Ben Affleck was still dressed in a red leather dress with a thick DD logo emblazoned on it. And what about Batman?
In Matt Reeves’ “The Batman,” Batman’s suit currently sets very angular and dark accents in the film noir style.
The Batman films in recent years in particular present Gotham’s protector as a rather dark and very muscular character.
The outfits are full of technical gadgets and guarantee that Batman is prepared in any situation. In the past, other standards were applied.
When the first Batman films were made, Batman looked a lot less threatening and less athletic. Nowadays the outfit seems almost ridiculous
Tight-fitting yet practical suits and “that thing” cut a good figure at first glance.
Almost forgotten: There was also a version of the troupe with Jessica Alba and Chris Evans (later Captain America) in tight blue uniforms. However, 11 years ago…
…“beautiful” blue and white suits and the thing somehow looks more like a lizard man and less like an indestructible rock.
Thor’s armor from Asgard looks really good in the new Marvel films. In most situations, the God of Thunder does not wear a helmet.
The Thor from 1988, on the other hand, looks more like a LARP Viking, including fur shoulder pads and a metal helmet.
Three cheers for modern CGI! The “new” Ninja Turtles look really impressive, but they also left some viewers unsettled.
Well, still better than the costumes worn by the actors in the 1993 feature film.
The Avengers’ Mean Machine! Green, big, angry – that’s how we know our Hulk today! But despite the CGI, the face remains close to the actor.
The computer-generated giant from “The Incredible Hulk” with Edward Norton is no less muscular. Every single strand of muscle about to explode.
Gray instead of green! The Hulk from 1978 somehow looks more like an angry teenager who lives too close to the nuclear power plant.
Burgundy cape, dark blue almost gray coat – the modern Doctor Strange!
The coat and cape were a different color back then, but the mustache has apparently always been an important part of Doctor Strange.
The modern Power Rangers wear fat metal battle suits.
24 years ago, however, the Power Rangers had to make do with cheap plastic helmets and colorful jump suits.
Most of us probably often associate Agent Nick Fury with the moody Samuel L. Jackson…
… no beard, hair on his head and even a different skin color, Nick Fury still had a different skin color in 1998. Back then, the SHIELD agent was played by none other than David Hasselhoff himself.
The modern RoboCop looks more like a human android and less like a robot…
The original RoboCop from 1987, on the other hand, looks a bit dated by today’s standards. His armor is reminiscent of an absurd mixture of sheet metal and plastic.
In the current Flash film, the superhero can be seen in two different outfits.
Looks like the modern Flash stole Ben Affleck’s Daredevil leather costume and changed it up a bit.
I always wonder why so many superheroes wear tight-fitting leather outfits? They must be extremely uncomfortable and impractical and you’re constantly sweating in them. Can do that to me please answer one?
The 1990s Flash, on the other hand, uses a slightly brighter red for his outfit. In addition, his logo on his chest is a little more present than his modern version.
Seriously: I can’t imagine that Amazons, who are known to be experienced warriors, would wear such outfits.
But at least the modern outfit is still a little more subtle in color and less “BÄM!” In your face!”, like this variant from 1975.
Patriotic, practical – Captain America! The basic color and design concept of the comic template was retained, but heavily adapted.
Does Matt Salinger even wear a costume? Kind of looks like bad body painting if I’m honest. I like the modern cap much more.
A suit as if it were made from one piece – extremely body-hugging and tight-fitting. The modern Superman could also bear the title of the current Mister Universe. With this physique, is it really possible for him to maintain his disguise as Clark Kent?
Superman also appeared quite muscular in the 90s TV series “Lois & Clark”, his outfit was much closer to the comic book.
In the late 70s and 80s, Superman walked around quite physically, but his suit was made of fabric and the colors were very bright. The short, red pants would be more likely to get a laugh these days.
In 1948, however, Superman didn’t look as pumped up as a bodybuilder, but more like your good neighbor Max, to whom you still have to give his lawnmower back.
Short haircut, black hair, powerful pose, closed outfit – the current version of Supergirl!
In 2017, Supergirl still had long blonde hair and wore a skirt.
And this outfit combination already existed in 1984.
The same goes for Spider-Man too! His combination of red and blue underwent only slight modifications…
… the spider man always cut a sporty figure. Andrew Garfield was allowed to slip into the costume here…
… the spider remains his identifying symbol on his chest, under the mask of the early 2000s Tobey Maguire!
Looking back, not much has fundamentally changed in the outfit.
In contrast, the lively CGI animation from 2018 even offers several versions of Spider-Man: From Spider-Ham to Spider-Man Noir, there are no limits to your imagination.
While Catwoman from “The Dark Knight Rises” still comes quite close to the original film from 1966…
… the version with Halle Berry in “Catwoman” stands out due to its lascivious and revealing costume design.
Michelle Pfeiffer was also able to present herself as Catwoman in a tight patent leather look.
In the ’60s, Catwoman wore significantly more jewelry than she does today, but the outfit still served as a template for the final version in “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Tattooed, muscular and of course mostly shirtless, Aquaman is currently moving through the DC Universe.
In contrast, Aquaman still seems very boyish for a pilot episode of a TV series that was not followed up.
In Gotham, the penguin is officially still Oswald Cobblepot and does without his top hat.
But supervillains also undergo visual changes over time. In 1992, for example, the penguin looks very abstract, pale and extremely crazy…
In 1966, however, Batman’s adversary looked more normal and, above all, more human. In addition, people still thought of the good old monocle back then.
The latest Joker, portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, impresses above all with his intense portrayal. Actually, he is just a mentally disturbed and socially broken person in a colorful clown outfit.
Jared Leto has once again put his own stamp on the Joker. Batman’s toughest rival looks like a crazy psychopath in Suicide Squad…
… Heath Ledger, on the other hand, is remembered by most people as THE Joker. Purple is often his color of choice here, too, like in the comic.
Jack Nicholson’s Joker also has a purple suit and orange vest – only here with a hat as a fashion accessory.
…In 1966, however, the Joker looked a lot more like a clown.
With its own spin-off series after Daredevil, the Punisher comes across as very militant and dark. He even has his own symbol with the Punisher skull.
In the late eighties/early nineties, the role of the Punisher definitely had to seem cool and badass. Motorcycles and leather jackets are standard for Dolph Lundgren.