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Fashion Spotlight: Cheshire Craft, Dance-Off, Bro!, and USA

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When Comic Book Film Costumes Stray

It’s an exciting time to be a fan of comic book-based films. New stories are optioned often, and the wait usually isn’t more than a couple of months for the next theatrical release. Part of the fun of following these adaptations is witnessing the choices made in transferring the bold costumes of the printed page to the silver screen. In any adaptation of material from one medium to another, changes are bound to happen, and sometimes for the better. Of course, it can also be disappointing when the choices unnecessarily stray from the established lore. Let’s take a look at a few of the most drastic examples of unfaithful costume choices in comic book films, and whether those changes were appropriate, or way off base.

In writing this article, I made a few rules to help keep things focused: 1) No animation, only live-action projects. 2) Nothing before Superman: The Movie in 1978, just to keep the comparisons relatively similar. 3) Any cases where the alter-ego of a comic character was introduced but not exhibiting powers (such as Dr. Curt Conners in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy; he never became The Lizard) was not eligible. 4) Characters created with heavy CGI (like The Hulk) were also in a different category, so they were out.

comic-punisherTHE PUNISHER, Dolph Lundgren, 1989.

1) Dolph Lundgren as The Punisher, The Punisher (1989): A cornerstone of most iconic superheroes is a symbol that sums up their mission and their persona. In the case of The Punisher, this is especially true. The skull emblazoned on his costume is a harbinger of death. And yet, in the first feature adaptation of The Punisher starring Dolph Lundgren, his black tactical gear featured no skull at all. There were tiny skulls on the knives that he used as weapons, but that was all. While this film debuted at a time when comic book films (especially those few licensed by Marvel) were not even a shadow of what they have become, it still doesn’t excuse the omission. Beyond the skull, the other parts of the costume are negotiable and variable, but the skull really ties it all together (to paraphrase The Dude). Whatever you may think of the 2004 and 2008 versions of the character, the filmmakers at least had the good sense to include the skull.

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2) The Main Cast of X-Men, X-Men (2000): After Blade became a surprise hit in 1998, Marvel upped the stakes by adapting the much-beloved X-Men. Under Bryan Singer’s guidance, the key word was realism, and that extended to the costumes. For the X-Men team, Singer decided on black leather uniforms with hints of color. While the idea of coordinated battle uniforms remained from the earliest comics, otherwise they were quite different from anything seen on the characters before. While at first it seemed that Singer’s choices unnecessarily toned down the bold world of the X-Men, it proved to be a wise choice in the bigger picture. X-Men was a pivotal film in legitimizing the comic book film to worldwide audiences. While Blade may have cracked the door, X-Men pushed it further so that 2002’s Spider-Man could kick it open. Viewing it through that perspective, the care that Bryan Singer and his team took in creating an X-Men film for the masses seems downright prophetic. A film that completely tackled all the outrageousness of the X-Men comics could have alienated some viewers, perhaps causing a much different comic movie landscape.

comic-witchbladeWitchblade Complete TV Series on DVD, starring Yancy Butler as Sara Pezzini

3) Yancy Butler as Det. Sara Pezzini/Witchblade, Witchblade (2001 – 2002): Of all properties to be adapted to basic cable television, Witchblade must have been far down most people’s list. But it was adapted for TNT, where it aired for two seasons. While the show had a decent share of fans, the realization of the Witchblade itself left a bit to be desired. While in the comics a self-aware organic gauntlet/armor, the Witchblade of the show took on the look of a medieval knight’s armor. Perhaps it was inevitable on a television budget, yet the result was still disappointing. The subsequent anime adaptation presented a truer version of the Witchblade, though it wasn’t Sara Pezzini wearing it in that series. Plans for a feature film reboot have been floated, but nothing has yet landed.

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4) Ashley Scott as The Huntress, Birds of Prey (2002 – 2003): Smallville debuted in 2001, and proved to be a decade-long success for the WB network (which became the CW). In response to the success of that show, Birds of Prey came along one season later. While some aspects were very faithful to the comic book series (Dina Meyer as Oracle, formerly Batgirl), others were wildly divergent (Dinah Lance as a psychic teenager rather than martial artist Black Canary). In the latter column was Ashley Scott’s Huntress, a curious mixture of old and new versions of the character. Her costume, however, favored neither version. A strange mix of club wear that included no mask or other source of identity concealment, this Huntress looked like she had just finished crime-fighting and was headed downtown to blow off some steam. While on the show Batman was her biological father, he obviously never instructed her in the importance of anonymity.

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5) Dominic Purcell as Dracula/Drake, Blade: Trinity (2004): When the third Blade film rolled around, he had already battled and defeated Deacon Frost and a horde of mutant bloodsuckers. So what could up the stakes? How about Dracula? Yes, I know Dracula isn’t originally a comic book character, but he was published by Marvel in Tomb of Dracula in the 1970s, and that comic was where Blade debuted (he didn’t headline his own book until after the original Blade film became a hit). Marvel’s version of Bram Stoker’s big bad took a page from Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee and even Jack Palance, whom his facial features were based upon. He also had a jaunty mustache. But in David Goyer’s take on him, Dracula (here using the name “Drake” as an alias) wore no cape, nor evening wear, nor even a mustache. Instead, he settled for a silk shirt and leather pants like he was shooting a 90’s R&B video in the desert. He did have another, more demonic-looking form that was cooler, but it was underused. Couldn’t they at least have kept the mustache?

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6) Halle Berry as Catwoman, Catwoman (2004): It felt weird typing “Halle Berry as Catwoman”, because this film is a concrete example of using a familiar name to sell an unfamiliar character. Berry’s character in this film, Patience Price, has no affiliation to Batman or any previous version of Catwoman. And then there’s the costume. A goofy mask that sits too high like a trucker hat, a bikini top with mismatched straps, and ripped leather pants create a look that doesn’t make sense even in the weird pocket universe of the film. At least there is a whip involved; as much a trademark of any Catwoman as of Indiana Jones. A creative misfire added to the list of misfires that comprise this deeply misguided film.

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7) Famke Janssen as Dark Phoenix, X-Men: The Last Stand (2006): After the exciting tease for The Dark Phoenix Saga at the end of X2, fans were piqued to see Jean Grey take a walk on the wild side. Unfortunately, the combination of two major plotlines in X-Men: The Last Stand left only half the space for the Phoenix story, and so her debut wasn’t all it could’ve been. That included to her costume as well. The comic story featured a maroon and gold bodysuit complete with a gold sash and a flamebird emblem. For the film, Famke was outfitted with a red dress that alluded to the comic costume, but without the gold, sash or emblem. A choice that paid a bit of service to the look, but minus any of the detail. Would something a bit more bold have worked better to sell her character as a being of incredible power? It couldn’t have hurt.

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8) James Franco as New Goblin, Spider-Man 3 (2007): The film costumes of the Green Goblin have always been offbeat choices, from Willem Dafoe’s shiny lime-green armor to Dane DeHaan’s grotesque cyborg combination. But perhaps the most off-the-wall was James Franco as the New Goblin. Harry Osborn’s turn to super-villainy had been progressing for two movies, and by the third film the idea was ripe. If only the execution had been better. The New Goblin opted for a suit based on extreme sports, including a flying snowboard-like glider and a modified paintball mask. While Dafoe’s suit was on the goofy side, it did possess elements of intimidation. But the New Goblin simply came off as the drunken creation of a pissed-off ski patrol douche. Hopefully in the future a more traditional route may be attempted.

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9) James McAvoy as Wesley Gibson, Wanted (2008): Now this choice runs perilously close to breaking my rule of “no alter-ego characters”. In the original Wanted comic series, Wesley was outfitted with a very tactical costume that looked like a high-tech cross between Snake Eyes and SWAT team. Because of the change from super-villains to assassins for the film, he never wears anything other than street clothes. However, since he uses and exhibits his skills in those street clothes, he is in full “super” mode. It is definitely the most unfaithful costume choice on this list, since there was no particular attempt made to replicate the comic’s costume. It’s a shame, too, as that costume would’ve looked slick onscreen.

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10) Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009): I feel much the same way about Deadpool in this film as I do about Halle’s Catwoman – i.e., I just wish they were named something else. In my opinion, the Wade Wilson scenes in this film were good – funny, while also showcasing the character’s powers. But then there’s that troublesome climax, with the eyebeams, the teleportation and the absence of a mouth. It isn’t enough to awkwardly suggest the look of Deadpool’s comic costume. If it’s only half-Deadpool, then it’s not Deadpool. Thankfully, it really does look like Fox is correcting their mistakes with the upcoming solo film. Ryan Reynolds is great casting, but there has to be commitment to the character.



It’s got to be a tricky assignment for costume designers to create the film version of characters with such striking ensembles. You have to pay homage to the source material to please the fans, but you can’t make beloved characters look goofy for their mass-audience debuts. The most successful projects seem to walk the thin line of heightened reality leavened by common sense and real-world input. But make no mistake, it doesn’t take much more than a misstep to lose that line. Still, much of the outside wrappings can be forgiven if the structural integrity of the characters’ personalities are intact. When both are missing, you have Catwoman or the first attempt at Deadpool. When both are present, you have Iron Man or Hellboy. We can only hope that as comic book-based films continue to evolve, more filmmakers will find ways to exhibit both in a satisfying way.

Fashion Spotlight: The American Shield, Devil’s Punishment, and Rebel Stitch

Ript Apparel has three new designs today. The American Shield, Devil’s Punishment, and Rebel Stitch from SergioDoe, Fortune-Cake, and TheFlyingPenguin will be for sale on July 25, 2015 only!

The American Shield by SergioDoe

The American Shield

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Devil's Punishment

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Around the Tubes

It’s a new week! And we’re getting closer to San Diego Comic-Con! Who’s excited for the convention?

Around the Tubes

The Full Bleed – Marvel Had to Put The Punisher On Netflix, But Not for the Reason You Think – Interesting theories.

The Outhousers – Industry Shocker: Does Marvel Force Employees to Sign Away Right to Say Anything Bad About Marvel for the Rest of Their Lives?! – Interesting read. Hopefully no one signs this.

The Beat – San Diego Comic-Con ’15: Perfect Pack Preparedness – Some good advice!

The ComiChron – Secret Wars #1 tops May 2015 comics sales; Loot Crate-powered Bravest Warriors takes second – Not really shocking.

Erie TV News – New Erie Art Museum Exhibit Brings Comic Books to Life – I want to check this out.

Kotaku – DC Comics: Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy Are Girlfriends “Without Monogamy” – Mazel Tov!


Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – 1602: Witch Hunter Angela #1

The Beat – All Star Section Eight #1

The Outhousers – Barb Wire #1

The Herts Advertiser – Marvel Platinum: The Definitive Ant-Man

ComicMix – Pride and Prejudice

Jon Bernthal is the Punisher

jon bernthalAfter week’s a speculation and rumors that Frank Castle aka the Punisher would be coming to the Marvel Cinematic world, Marvel has announced on their website that actor Jon Bernthal is going to be taking on the role. The actor is known for his role in another comic turned television series, The Walking Dead as well as the movies Wolf of Wall Street and Fury.

The character will premiere in the second season of Dardevil which airs on Netflix. That will premiere in 2016 and the first season can be streamed now.

Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb said that “Castle’s appearance will bring dramatic changes to the world of Matt Murdock and nothing will be the same.”

From the Marvel announcement:

Bernthal will portray The Punisher, one of Marvel’s most popular characters. He is a vigilante who aims to clean up New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen by any means necessary, no matter how lethal the results.

The character has been on the big screen a few times already, and Marvel obtained the rights again recently. The character was portrayed by Dolph Lundgren in a 1989 movie, Thomas Jane in a 2004 film, and Ray Stevenson in a 2008 film.

The character is a former cop, and member of the military, who turns vigilante after his family is gunned down by the mob. His origin has varied at times.

Around the Tubes

So, it was new comic day yesterday. What’d everyone get?

Around the Tubes

The Outhousers – Here are Some Statements on the Valerie D’Orazio and Chris Sims Cyber-Bullying Story – A very solid roundup of the latest blow-up in comics.

Engadget – The Pirate Bay’s new network is making ISP blocks useless – Interesting.

Lifehacker – How to Get Started Reading Comics That Have Been Running For Decades – Great to see this article on Lifehacker.

The Rainbow Hub – Opinion: What We Can Learn From Chris Sims’ Apology – A very good read.


Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Vine – All-New Captain America #5

Comic Vine – All-New X-Men #39

Bleeding Cool – Batgirl #40

Comic Vine – Batgirl: Endgame #1

Comic Vine – Batman Eternal #50

Comic Vine – Batwoman #40

Comic Vine – Chrononauts #1

Comic Vine – Divinity #2

CBR – Ei8ht #2

The Beat – Giant Days #1

Talking Comics – Giant Days #1

Nothing But Comics – Invisible Republic #1

Talking Comics – Invisible Republic #1

CBR – Jupiter’s Circle #1

The Outhousers – Postal #2

Comic Vine – Princess Leia #2

Comic Vine – The Punisher #16

Comic Vine – Punks the Comic #5

The Outhousers – Rebels #1

Talking Comics – Red One #1

Comic Vine – Secret Identities #2

CBR – Shaper #1

Comic Vine – Silk #2

Talking Comics – Spider-Gwen #2

Comic Vine – Spread #6

Comic Vine – Superman #39

Comic Vine – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #44

Comic Vine – The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #3

Nothing But Comics – We Can Never Go Home #1

Fashion Spotlight: Spider: The Animated Series, Wile E. Symbiote, and THE BUNNYSHER

Ript Apparel has three new designs for Marvel fans, and two for Looney Tunes. Spider: The Animated Series, Wile E. Symbiote, and THE BUNNYSHER from JozVoz, Barbadifuoco, and Fernando_Sala will be for sale on February 28, 2015 only!

Spider: The Animated Series by JozVoz

Spider The Animated Series

Wile E. Symbiote by Barbadifuoco

Wile E. Symbiote

THE BUNNYSHER by Fernando_Sala




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The Last Days Come For More Heroes This June!

The_Punisher_19_CoverThe skies grow dark and the end is nigh. Everything they know is about to come to an end. Fledgling heroes, soldiers and beings of pure cosmic energy alike face the end this June. And there is no coming back. Marvel has announced the first issues of four blockbuster Last Days stories, leading in to the highly-anticipated Secret Wars. Beginning in June, be there as these heroes face their final hours and the obliteration of the Marvel Universe!

First, Dan Slott and Mike Allred bring you “The Death of Everything That Ever Was or Will Be” in Silver Surfer #13. From the edge of Battleworld to the far reaches of the cosmos – every planet, moon and star has been extinguished. Except for the Surfer, Dawn and Toomie! How did they pull this off? And more importantly, can they figure out a way to bring everything back?

Then, the end of the world comes to Jersey City in Ms. Marvel #16 as G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona bring Kamala Khan to the brink of destruction, as she learns the hard way what it takes to be a hero. But is it too late for her to save the world she has sworn to protect?

When the end comes – will you fall into the darkness, or will you fight against the dying of the light? That is the question as Natasha Romanoff faces her LAST DAYS in Black Widow #19. Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto take the most dangerous woman in the world to the very end of all things, as she finds herself unexpectedly connected to one of the darkest moments of her past.

Finally, when you live every day like it’s your last, what will you do when it finally comes? The end of the Marvel Universe won’t stop Frank Castle from doling out retribution in The Punisher #19. Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerads take Frank Castle back into the fray for one last war. One of the Punisher’s allies falls. Someone picked the wrong fight.

Before Secret Wars can begin, the Marvel Universe must end.

Written by DAN SLOTT
Art & Cover by MIKE ALLRED
On Sale in June!


Cover by KRIS ANKA
On Sale in June!


Art & Cover by PHIL NOTO
On Sale in June!


Art & Cover by MITCH GERADS
On Sale in June!

Around the Tubes

Lots of new comics yesterday in the first week of new comics for the year. What did folks get? Anything good?

Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Vine – The Amazing Spider-Man #12

Comic Vine – Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #2

Bloody Disgusting – Ant-Man #1

Comics Alliance – Ant-Man #1

Comic Vine – Birthright #4

Comic Vine – Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier #3

Comic Vine – Deadly Class #10

Comic Vine – Detective Comics #38

CBR – The Fade Out #4

The Beat – Feathers #1

Comic Vine – Green Arrow #38

Comic Vine – Green Lantern #38

Comic Vine – Hawkeye vs. Deadpool #4

Comic Vine – Hulk #10

Comic Vine – Lady Killer #1

Talking Comics – Operation S.I.N. #1

The Beat – Operation S.I.N. #1

Comic Vine – The Punisher #14

Comic Vine – Robocop #7

Comic Vine – Spider-Man 2099 #7

CBR – The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1

Comic Vine – Wolf Moon #2

Talking Comics – X-Men #23

Fashion Spotlight: To Judge And Punish, Anarchy Kart Club, and Fire Man’s BBQ

Ript Apparel has three new designs that cover Judge Dredd, the Punisher, Mario Kart, Sons of Anarchy, and Mega Man. To Judge And Punish, Anarchy Kart Club, and Fire Man’s BBQ from thooperman and JangoSnow and B. C. Art & Design will be for sale on January 6, 2015 only!

To Judge And Punish by thooperman

To Judge And Punish

Anarchy Kart Club by JangoSnow

Anarchy Kart Club

Fire Man’s BBQ by B. C. Art & Design

Fire Man's BBQ



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