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What These DC Superheroes Should Look Like


Most cinematic portrayals of Superman and Batman have resembled their original DC Comics counterparts, but not all superheroes are created equal. When some of the most renowned superheroes stepped off the printed page, they were given substantial makeovers. Our design team worked with cosplayer photographers to depict some of the biggest discrepancies between DCEU characters and their comics counterparts, demonstrating how they'd appear if they kept faithful to the comics—as well as some of the ways they were spot on.


There are a number of real complaints about Zack Snyder's Superman in Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but his costume is unlikely to be one of them. Though it isn't an exact duplicate of the comic book character's original threads, which have evolved over the years, Henry Cavill's physical look for the part isn't one of the DC Extended Universe's issues.

One of the most noticeable differences in the new Kal-El suit is that, like everything else about the current approach, it is much darker. Whereas the original Superman had cobalt blue body tights with brilliant red symbol detailing and a cape, the new outfit is in the deep denim family. The texture of its cloth is harsher than previous versions' leotards, which may be another subconscious link, given how relentlessly hounded he's been by society and peers in the DCEU films so far. Cavill's suit also lacks the wide belt and outer britches seen in the illustrations, and his Clark Kent disguise glasses are more modern.

The shape and muscle of Cavill's Superman costume, on the other hand, are eerily comparable to the mythical physique—even his cheekbones are nearly identical. Surprisingly, Cavill's looks most closely resemble what Superman looked like after his resurrection from the grave while wearing the silver and black suit, implying that the most faithful Superman yet may still be on the way.


The CW's costuming staff went above and beyond for Hawkman's Arrow premiere. Carter Hall's (Falk Hentschel) version of the character wears golden-brown, full-body leather armour instead of the typical yellow chest straps, and his grass green leggings have been replaced with a huntery tint. Meanwhile, his mask had been simplified and shortened, and his red circular chestplate had been exchanged for an Egyptian-style brooch.


While other superheroes have had a long history of film adaptations, Aquaman has been mostly overlooked. However, this implies that the next Aquaman film's makers were allowed to radically reimagine the character's conventional appearance. Instead of the traditional gold outfit with scales and pink slacks used by Aquaman in the comics, actor Jason Momoa is dressed in a sleek, silver suit that emphasises his strength. It's basically Poseidon mingling with Khal Drogo.

Black Canary

One of Black Canary's most powerful weapons has always been her sex appeal, and Katie Cassidy contributes a lot to her role on Arrow. However, the character's iconic appearance was drastically altered by the filmmakers. They ditched the fishnet stockings and gold shoulder embellishments in favour of a black leather bodysuit that was a little more modest.


The TV version of Hawkgirl, like her partner Hawkman, included some substantial stylistic departures from her various comic book forms. Most noticeably, the figure no longer wore her distinctive yellow costume and helmet, instead opting for a brassy fabric flair. Ciara Renee's rendition of Kendra Saunders, on the other hand, used the same style of headpiece as the character and integrated a homage to her fondness of green body-hugging fabric into her outfit.

Wonder Woman

Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman from the 1970s TV show developed a highly literal interpretation of the classic DC character. However, when Gal Gadot reintroduced Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, she wore a new wardrobe. Instead of the traditional red, yellow, and blue colour scheme, she has metallic body armour that complements the newer, grittier incarnations of Batman and Superman.

The Flash (DCEU)

The Ezra Miller version of the Flash from the DCEU is much more different. His outfit is more ornately layered than the TV version, with black fabric featured throughout—including a patch behind his signature lightning rod at his chest—and an increase in the number of yellow streaks included in the garment's sleeves and legs.

The character's appearance in the Injustice: Gods Among Us video game series appears to have inspired Miller's film Flash. Gustin has proclaimed himself a supporter of the new Flash look, calling it "sick" and saying he's "happy it's completely different" from the TV show's "street, vintage feel."


From here on out, we'll look at characters whose onscreen incarnations don't appear different enough to earn the full Photoshop treatment—but who have had their fair share of page-to-screen transformations.

Ben Affleck's interpretation of Batman in Dawn of Justice was clearly inspired by the Caped Crusader's trip in the 1986 comic miniseries The Dark Knight Returns. In Frank Miller's four-part narrative, 55-year-old Bruce Wayne came from retirement to confront the widespread violence that had taken over Gotham City, and he clashed with Superman along the way, resulting in a not-final death (in the comics, it was Batman who was laid to rest but really remained alive).

His outfit is also influenced by the show. The slate grey bodice and hyper-realization of musculature beneath (yes, Batman has only grown bigger in his middle age) is a direct mirror of Miller's vision, and the deadest giveaway for the Batfleck's inspiration — aside from him directly admitting it — is the size and shape of his chest emblem, which is a direct call to the miniseries' depiction.

Following the film's premiere, Miller personally endorsed Affleck's version, telling fans at a June 2016 fan gathering that he "was cheering for Batman" and "loved it." "He's a brilliant actor [and] obviously very, very connected to this material and portrays it with tremendous passion," Miller said of Affleck's performance.

Green Arrow

Green Arrow's outfit on Arrow has seen various changes, though none have completely matched the comics. While the original is a not-so-subtle nod to Robin Hood, Stephen Amell looks much darker and leatherier in the new costume. Both versions highlight Green Arrow's musculature while disguising the hero's actual identity, although Arrow updated his hooded appearance for the show's urban environment.

The Flash (TV)

There are several conceptual contrasts between Grant Gustin's Barry Allen on The CW's The Flash and his comics origin tale. For one thing, the TV Flash has a slew of talent at his disposal, many of whom didn't even exist in the comics, whereas the illustrated counterpart is more of a single crimefighter before co-founding the Justice League. On the small screen, his super-speed is produced from a particle accelerator explosion during a rainstorm, which drove him into a chemicals cabinet—an exaggeration of the original, in which Allen was simply struck by lightning and covered in chemicals in his lab.

The costume is mostly faithful to the original, but it is a deeper shade of red and has some unique stylistic properties, such as the lightning bolt seams in the headpiece, the fact that his boots are red rather than the signature yellow, and the lightning trimmings from the drawn version's waist and forearms, which have been reduced and removed, respectively.

The Atom

For his return to the superhero world (after his unsuccessful effort to become the Man of Tomorrow in Superman Returns), Brandon Routh played Ray Palmer, a.k.a. the Atom, on TV's Arrow. The film adaption of the character involved a complete molecular mutation of his original look.

While there are certain callbacks to the original comics version, such as the character's chemistry-centric headpiece emblem, the remainder of the suit appears to integrate elements of Atom's upgrade in DC's The New 52 series, such as the fact that he wears an exosuit and an armour helmet instead of the mask. The concept artist who designed the new costume, Andy Poon, explained that the decision to forego the character's signature spandex suit was made for practical reasons, but he still "tried to emulate the feel of the traditional blue and red pattern as much as possible while keeping it still more on the grounded sci-fi armour."

Martian Manhunter

J'onn J'onzz has gone through a lot of transformations during his numerous decades of fictional life, and his live-action portrayal in The CW's Supergirl adds yet another distinct chapter to the character's journey. David Harewood's makeup-enhanced appearance for the Martian Manhunter on the show borrows from bits and pieces of his comic past—the shape of his head reflects the New 52 aesthetic, while his cross-shaped red chest design is more a tribute to the DC Rebirth generation.

Meanwhile, the design of his eyes and the spherical orbs on his suit are reminiscent to the Martian's standalone miniseries from 2006, while the costume itself appears to be a militarised version of what the character was shown with in the cartoon Justice League: Doom. Nonetheless, the TV adaptation of The Martian stands on its own.


Constantine's short-lived TV version was aesthetically much more close to its comic book origins than the 2005 feature starring Keanu Reeves. In the show, actor Matt Ryan's Hellblazer suit was a precise reproduction of the original's loosened work attire, right down to the undone of the first button of his dress shirt, his thin (although reddish) tie, and khaki-colored jacket. Meanwhile, Reeves' version wore a black coat and was not blonde, although he did wear the slackened tie. Of course, both versions incorporated the character's most defining accessory: a cigarette in hand.


Jessica De Gouw's arrival on Arrow as Helena "Huntress" Bertinelli was a considerable shift from her comic book counterpart. Unlike the drawn renditions of the figure, there isn't a trace of purple to be found, save for her lipstick and the interior of her leather coat. The character wears a violet piece or two on occasion, but her costume is funeral-ready black with few of the frills that gave the vigilante vixen a vivid personality on the printed page.

Jenet Klyburn

Jena Malone's mysterious, edited-out role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was revealed to be Jenet Klyburn, a minor member of the DCEU who works as a leader to the team of scientists at S.T.A.R. Labs, according to the film's credits. Many people assumed Malone would play Barbara Gordon (later Batgirl) or Carrie Kelley (the female version of Robin), but this was not the case.

The fact that she didn't appear like any of these females contributed to fans' confusion about her persona. Jenet, who appeared briefly and revealed herself to be a glasses-free redhead, was a far cry from Malone's dazzling blonde-with-bangs image. Barbara Gordon, too, was a redhead (though she did wear spectacles in her normal life), as was Carrie Kelley, whose specs were more similar to Malone's.


Arrow's Roy "Arsenal" Harper provided one of the most exact live-action adaptations of a DC franchise character (played by Colton Haynes). Arsenal's maroon threads have been copied almost perfectly in the programme, which has been known to modify even its eponymous hero's appearance to near-unrecognizability. The criss-cross decorations on his jacket are somewhat more literal, the shoulders of his coat are more ornamented, and his eyes are hazel instead of their typical sky blue, but aside from those tiny differences, the character's physical portrayal is about as accurate as it can be. His backpack even has the same jawline set and buckling form.

Kid Flash

Kid Flash's outfit, like that of Barry Allen before him, saw some substantial changes in The Flash TV series. The outfit worn by Wally West (played in the show by Keiynan Lonsdale) has a mustardy colour and sewn-in gloves, as opposed to the separate parts in the comics, while his belt is sturdier and distinct, the red is a richer shade, and the mask wears a chin guard, which was not previously featured. Most notably, his hair is not the original's reddish Edward Cullen-esque bouffant.