The entertainment industry right now is positively inudated with superhero movies and TV shows. But if you weren’t familiar with the stories already, you wouldn’t necessarily recognise some of the latest releases as a part of the genre. While the main characters, for the most part, have the distinctive powers – whether through supernatural means or through feats of incredible technology – that make them so special, they increasingly bend the rules that fans have come to expect. Most noteably, a lot of heroes are deciding against wearing the iconic costumes that, for much of their careers so far, have defined them.
Over the years, Batman has had visible nipples and Superman has given up on his bright red over-pants. Many super-suits have managed to be cleverly written in new storylines, but others have been drastically changed in recent adaptations, with many undergoing drastic design changes, usually losing a lot of colour in the switch from bright comic books to dark, gritty movies.
One recent instance of a suit being abandoned altogether is Netflix‘s Iron Fist, starrring Finn Jones as the billionaire Buddhist Danny Rand and titular hero.
Developer Scott Buck, in recent interview with SFX Magazine, explained his decision to keep the familiar skin tight black and yellow outfit out of Jones’s wardrobe:
“Danny Rand is still discovering who he is as a hero and where he is going to be, so he’s not yet ready to put on a mask or a costume… At the same time he is someone who is rather well known as a billionaire, so he can’t necessarily go out in public and do the things he does without being recognized. It does become an issue for the character.”
“We’re trying to keep things extremely grounded and real and tell our stories through characters. So the mystical aspect is something we like to hint at, the idea that there is something bigger and larger out there, but we don’t delve into it all that deeply.”