Friday, February 18, 2011

Spandex VS Leather

Every year I look forward to the next big comic inspired superhero movie. 2011 will be bring us titles likes Captian America, Green Lantern, X-Men: First Class and Thor. Thing heat up even more in 2012 with Avengers, the Spider-Man reboot (sorry Toby...but after Spider-Man 3, we're breaking up), and my favorite The Dark Knight Rises.

But in the midst of my Geekgasm I have to step back. Ever since the release of X-Men in 2000 my feeling towards Comic inpired movies have been bittersweet. As a kid who grew up reading comics during the late 80's and early 90's, the thing I loved most about them was how colorful and over the top they were. I loved that all the comic chicks had GIANT 80's hair and everyone wore spandex outfits and revealed just enough to leave NOTHING to the imagination. ^_^

But in todays world of comics and comic based films everyone looks like they belong in a biker bar or an S&M club. It's all Leather, Leather, Leather...and the occasional Vinyl. I just don't buy it. I feel it takes away the fun and personality of all these wonderful characters. How do you think Marvel and DC have come up with THOUSANDS characters? Not by putting them all in black leather outfits, that's for sure.

There have been a few exceptions...Spider-Man's costume from the Toby Triligy...EXCELENT. Spandex...Colors...the whole package. Even the Batman costumes...while Leather or Rubber...have been pretty good. I'm a fan of the older Batman movies because they had kick ass costumes! The Joker in a full spandex body suit...Catwoman's rain coat suit...I mean, how awesome?! Watchman did an excellent Job on many of the characters as far a making them look very close to their inspirations (minus Ozymandias and Nite Owl). Iron Man is another example of an excellent costume...but it kid of doesn't count since it's made of metal (oh, and FYI, Black Widow's outfit SUCKED).

But my hope is that a new dawn is on the horizon. I recently saw a trailer for the Green Lantern and was thrilled by the new "CG" Costume. Well hot damn...Ryan Reynolds looks like he just walked off the pages of a Green Lantern Comic.

There have been a bit of a backlash online from people who HATE this choice by Warner Bros., but I really like it. I hope they try this again in future movie. I mean...come on...these are COMIC BOOK SUPERHEROES for Fraks Sake. How much better would then X-Men movies have been if Hugh Jackman was in his Yellow suit, or Storm was in a full bodysuit of Silver?!

This is just the world as I see it. Matt out!

1 comment:

Gretchen said...

I love the strategic placement of the line break on "I loved that all the comic chicks had GIANT---80s hair." Classic.

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