If you’ve watched the trailers for Netflix’s Daredevil series or the upcoming Fantastic Four movie, you probably noticed a lot of gray and black. Daredevil is running around in a basic black ninja getup, and the Fantastic Four are sporting a variety of outfits, but none of them are their classic blue-and-white duds. Of course, Hollywood making superhero costumes more “realistic” and less colorful is nothing new, so we’re probably never going to see Daredevil or the Fantastic Four in their comic book costumes, right? Wrong.
According to Fantastic Four star Miles Teller, what we’ve seen so far are just “beta” costumes, and the classic outfits will be in the movie…
“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.”
Good to know I’m being properly serviced.
Now, what about Daredevil? Showrunner Steven DeKnight talked about taking a grounded approach to Matt Murdock’s red devil pajamas…
“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.”
Hooray for actual superhero costumes in superhero TV shows and movies!