Cotumes are a sensitive topic when it comes to superhero properties; get it right and you’ve got it made in the shade, but get it wrong, like in the case of David E. Kelly’s Wonder Woman pilot for example, and you’re sunk before you even get a chance to float. Two upcoming superhero projects are at the forefront of the costume question, as both having seemingly embraced some unconventional duds for their main characters. The trailer for the Fantastic Four movie shows the titular quartet looking positively “Derelique,” while the Man Without Fear in Daredevil looks like the man without imagination dressed in basic black. But are these heroes due for a costume change mid-story? Cast and crew say, “Yes.”
First up, let’s talk about Twentieth Century Fox‘s new Fantastic Four, which from what we’ve seen so far is doing everything possible to prove that it looks absolutely nothing like a comic book movie. But how are people supposed to know that this is the Fantastic Four without wearing blue onesies with a big number ‘4’ on the chest? In an new interview with Screen Crush, Mr. Fantastic Miles Teller reveals that the suits the team are wearing in the trailers are not likely to be the ones they’ll be wearing once the credits roll at the end of the film.
These are the beta versions of the costumes, which is great […] But, yeah it would be very odd if the Fantastic Four didn’t don the traditional costumes. You’ve got to. There is some servicing there. You’ve got to give that to the fans. That’s what it’s all about.
Meanwhile, over in Hell’s Kitchen, everything about Daredevil shown so far has seen Charlie Cox in the Frank Miller inspired black ninja garb with the simple black mask over his eyes, but fans have been wondering if there will come a point in the series when Daredevil will wear his distinctive red outfit. According to showrunner and executive producer Steven S. DeKnight, who was asked about this very subject in an interview with Comics Continuum, the costume will evolve over Dardevil’s 13-episode season.
He always wore a black mask that was tied in the back. We went through a lot of different versions and did a lot of R&D before settling on something. If you watch very closely, you’ll see the outfit evolve subtly into what we call the black ninja suit. The mask changes. He starts wearing protective pads. Eventually it morphs into the classic suit, because he wouldn’t be Daredevil without it. Getting there is part of the fun.
The idea was to back the story up to the point before Matt is Daredevil. Then we could take him to a place where some version of the red suit works in a grounded world. The solution is very exciting and makes complete sense.
So there you go. None of that overboard on realism stuff for these projects. Superheroes in their bright, colorful costumes forever! Still, I guess we’ll have to wait and see these projects for ourselves to get the complete picture and whether or not these classic characters will make the leap to the screen in their classic outfits.
Daredevil will be released on Netflix in its entirety on April 10; Fantastic Four will be in theaters everywhere in August.