The costume is what makes the superhero. It is a symbol to represent themselves. But many of these people were designed back in the 40s and 50s. Way different times from today. So I'm here to rate the Top 5 best and worst.
Little not to everyone on some rules. I'm doing this before the new 52, as many superheroes have had their uniforms changed. Some had a different costume from when they were introduced but eventually stuck to one design for the rest of their comic book lives. If their costumes have changed a lot, like Cyborg's or Iron Man, then they won't be on this list. Batman is not on this list. He has gone through many costume tweaks and thus does not make this list. One last rule: if they were introduced in the 70s to present (no Wolverine), they don't count either. So let's get to it!
I think many people will be like "he looks like he is wearing a onesie with red underwear". Yes he does. But this is a classic example of it being iconic: it defies those things. You don't think about that. It's Superman, dammit. He would look wrong without it, despite what may be wrong with it today. Which is why it's at five.
Captain America was one of those "'Merica, *bleep* ya" (which I will mention A LOT) characters that looks like the American flag threw up on him. But even today, Captain America continues to sport about the same costume. Even the little wings on the side of the head stick around. But it still works till this day. Sometimes a key to a well aged costume is not losing those pieces but not noticing them anymore. It's like with Superman: it's iconic.
The Flash is a character I appreciate for not being a walking American flag. He sports a yellow on red pattern. There are some parts on him that are lame like the lightning bolts that stick to his head. There may be tweaks here and there but it has been the same design for three different flashes for a good reason; it's unique. The color scheme is different and unique among the America brand costumes out there. Plus, even today, it looks slick as hell. This costumes takes the good from Jay Garrick, makes it sensible, and tosses out the bad.
He is another character that was "Merica, *bleep* ya" by sporting the good ol' red and blue. Aside from the webs underneath his arm pits, Spider-Man's costume has largely stayed the same. People have tried to kill it what with the Venom costume and the Iron Spidey but it always goes back to the the old true. Why? Because it's the best
There is one pretty big reason why Hal Jordan's costume has aged so well. Introduced back in 1959, if you look at his costume today, you could swear it was designed today. His costume was futuristic in many ways because it just fits so well with today. His costume design has become a template for all the GL's out there.
I'm going to the "without the cap, she is a stripper" mantra. I dunno how to pick it apart but when I look at it, I just can't like it. I think it's the headpiece. Why does she need the headpiece?
Wonder Woman's costume is one that makes no damn sense. Okay, let's break it down: it's all "'Merica, *bleep* ya" what with the stars and red. Why? She is from a Greek origin. Those colors make no damn sense. Next? She looks like a high class stripper. You think the armor of a race of warrior women would have something that looks like it offers more protection. You may give me "it gives her magical protection". I don't care. Granted it kind of ages well because it's easy on the men's eyes but dammit it needs a change.
The Flash (Jay Garrick)
Oh God, why? Why do you have a tin helmet? For a guy that runs really fast, you'd think that would fall off a lot. Oh and 'Merica.
I hate to rag on Aquaman because I like him and he is starting to be taken seriously. Even though Aquaman has gone through manyappearancechanges to make him more badass, they always go back the original. And I hate it. Who the hell thought orange and green would go so well together? And then you have his big ass gloves and those boots, which makes you wonder how the hell he swims so well with boots, and his costume is ugly and makes no damn sense. Only thing I ever want to change about Aquaman.
Look at his costume. You looking? Okay, now take away his cape. You know what he looks like? A stripper. I dunno what it was with some comic book designers, but back then they made a lot of silly mistakes with their costumes. Whether it's Darkseid wearing a damn mini-skirt (and then eventually underwear) or Cyborg looking like a wrestler, it makes you wonder why they create some homoerotic characters. Unlike those people I mentioned, whose costumes have changed, Martian Manhunters is always about the same. Let me put it this way. What I see when I see Manhunter: Link