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Comic books thrive on bright colors, exciting action, and awesome costumes. You can tell a lot about a hero or a villain by their super garb. Unfortunately, a lot of that super doesn’t translate so well to 3D, much less moving at 24 frames per second. We all know the design and illustrations that go into making up our favorite comic heroes is truly an art form. Likewise, the costume designers who construct tangible, wearable designs from their own imaginations is also an art, though these don’t always mix.

Spandex wrinkles and crinkles and shows every burrito. Heels? Yeah, fighting in heels seems like a great idea. Capes? Ha. Right. Capes. These are those costumes that didn’t turn out so hot, those that looked better in 2D, these are the worst adaptations of DC Comics costumes!

Cyborg – Smallville
Photo:  Smallville/CW
Slade Wilson – Smallville
Photo:  Smallville/CW

No. Just… no. This was a complete waste.

Brainiac – Smallville
Photo:  Smallville/CW

Brilliant, hulking, green-skinned, huge-headed, alien. Plain guy in a pink shirt.

Nailed it.

The Flash – Smallville
Photo:  Smallville/CW

Are you super happy they decided to not go with this red jeaned, oversized hoodie-vest, matching-belt version of Flash in the new series? This is exactly what they went with in “Smallville.”

Silver Banshee – Smallville
Photo: Smallville/CW

The make-up and lion’s mane. Nothing else need be said. Poor Silver Banshee, and that poor, poor person playing this part.

Photo: Batman & Robin/Warner Bros.

Batman invented his persona to instill fear in the hearts of his enemies. Blue plastic and chrome/silver lining isn’t scary… it’s preposterous.

Ultraman – Smallville
Photo: Smallville/CW

Instead of a costume and cape, they gave Clark a college t-shirt?

Photo: Catwoman/Warner Bros.

This was the epitome of impractical and downright insulting to Catwoman. Black leather/latex suits are already hot, no need to change it up.

Robin/Nightwing – Batman & Robin
Photo: Batman & Robin/Warner Bros.

Yes to the Nightwing homages, no to everything else.

Doomsday – Smallville
Photo: Smallville/CW

Doomsday is one of the scariest foes in all of DC Comics. Come on, he took down Superman!

Take a look at that picture. Really, look at it.

Black Canary – Smallville
Photo: Smallville/CW

Random yellow patches, restrictive sleeves, silly gloves, and what is going on with that face paint? At least they didn’t forget the fishnet stockings…

Poison Ivy – Batman & Robin
Photo: Batman & Robin/Warner Bros.

Poison Ivy is the epitome of racy, putting her in a green spandex onesie and giving her hair horns is not the way to go.

Bizarro – Smallville
Photo: Smallville/CW

“Smallville” loved, loved, this pixel effect as a take on Bizarro. Maybe, just maybe, one day someone will get it right.

Lightning Lad – Smallville
Photo: Smallville/CW

A few elements of this are great, but leather and a couple symbols randomly placed does not a good costume make.

Batgirl – Batman & Robin
Photo: Batman & Robin/Warner Bros.

Why does she look like an action figure? Why does she have the Robin mask and not a cowl?

Batman – Batman Forever
Photo: Batman Forever/Warner Bros.

Theres almost an homage to the classic big black bat chest going on here, but it’s etched in plastic and right about a weird six-pack so… no points.

Blue Beetle – Smallville
Photo: Smallville/CW

This Power Ranger Blue Beetle costume is out of control. He can’t move or see and what’s it even made of?

Superboy – Smallville
Photo: Smallville/CW

This is such a simple outfit, it’s actually impressive they messed it up. C’mon CW, spring for an expensive fitted t-shirt.

Photo: Batman Forever/Warner Bros.

Tommy Lee Jones was intense, scary, and impulsive. Two-Face was intense, scary, and impulsive.

Every existing chance regarding this idea that the script didn’t already destroy, the costume did instead.

Robin – Batman Forever
Photo: Batman Forever/Warner Bros.

We get why he couldn’t have a scaly pair of underwear as bottoms, but the lengths to which the team went in trying to make Robin look cool and edgy were just silly.

Swamp Thing – The Return of Swamp Thing
Photo: Return of Swamp Thing/Warner Bros.

In fairness, this is nearly impossible to achieve with practical affects, and good on them for trying. But, honestly, it just did not work.

The Green Lantern – Green Lantern
Photo: Green Lantern/Warner Bros.

Remember in the comics when Green Lantern’s costume looked drawn on and oddly-hovered above him? Remember his mask that looked like it wasn’t even touching his face?

Yeah… us neither.

Green Arrow – Smallville
Photo: Smallville/CW

A major problem in the Smallville costume department was an overly zealous use of pleather-like materials. The Green Arrow character embodies this problem all the way.

Plastique – Smallville
Photo: Smallville/CW

No. More. Pleather.

The Star Spangled Kid
Photo: Smallville/CW

So close to nailing it, so close. But something about the jacket is actually the part that makes a spandex-spangled man seem silly.

Superman – Smallville
Photo: Smallville/CW

The big problem here isn’t the costume itself. It’s the fact that we waited 10 seasons (or 10 years for anyone counting) to see it, for five seconds, in all its simple, boring glory.

Photo: Smallville/CW

Another admittedly hard to translate costume, they should have saved this one for something with a budget.

Photo: Constantine/Warner Bros.

Blonde, iconic tan trenchcoat, and shirt and tie. Or just… Keanu Reeves made to look as much like Neo from The Matrix as possible.

Dr. Fate – Smallville
Photo: Smallville/CW

So. Much. (P)leather.

Black Canary – Arrow
Photo: Arrow/CW

Though she may look ready to kick some villain behind, they’re forgetting one important thing for this costume: fishnets!

Photo: Man of Steel/Warner Bros.

Darkened colors to “modernize” the look of America’s favorite superhero doesn’t work. The bright colors and wholesome “pop” is what he’s all about.

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