Friday List: The 'Green Lantern' costume and other superhero ensemble mistakes
Posted by Paul Williams
The first pictures of Ryan Reynolds in costume for the upcoming "Green Lantern" movie were revealed yesterday, to mixed reviews from fans. (I tend to agree with the commenter who wrote "it looks like he has been skinned and his muscles are green.")
Comic book costumes have been notoriously hard to translate to film. What works on a printed page can look ridiculous. Some films -- "X-Men" and "Dark Knight" -- forgo the underwear-on-the-outside look altogether. But too many changes also run the risk of alienating a character's fans.
In light of the "Lantern" revelation -- and the fact that Comic-Con gets underway next week -- let us consider some of the odder decisions in comic book-to-film translation.
General Zod ("Superman II"): General Zod was Krypton's greatest military leader, though historians are unsure how much of the credit for his success should go to the "lounge wear made from skinning a black pleather couch he found on Craigslist" uniforms he favored.
Spider-Man has organic webbing ("Spider-Man"): Spider-Man does not just shoot webs. He invented and uses mechanical shooters that spray a chemical webbing of his own design. The fact that he should be able to make himself rich by filing a patent on them is just something you should not think about.
Catwoman ("Catwoman"): I know what you're thinking -- "What are you talking about? Michelle Pfeiffer's costume was perfect in 'Batman Returns.' " And you would be correct. But did you know they made a "Catwoman" movie? Starring Halle Berry? Oh, you refused to acknowledge that ever happened? Given that the costume demonstrates how the best way to stay safe while fighting crime is to appear 2/3 naked, I can't blame you.
Nipples on the Batsuit. ("Batman Forever"): 'Nuff said.
Are these the worst? Or are others even more egregious superhero offenders? Let us know in the comments section.
Paul Williams is a (superheroic) online interactivity producer at The Washington Post.
| July 16, 2010; 1:20 PM ET
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