So Sony released this picture revealing how Quicksilver will look in the upcoming X-men movie:
In case you do recognize him, he's the one in the back with the silver jacket.
Now, the Marvel movies have strayed a bit from the original designs in the past, but this strikes me as being one of the worst redesign of a costume I've ever seen. It's possible that what we are seeing is just the character in his civies, and an Action Suit of some sort will be shown later in the movie. I guess we'll have to wait and see.
Still, seeing this picture made me think about how the liberties that are taken with superhero costumes in movies and television. I suspect that it's because many things that work (for comic book readers) in comics don't particularly work (for movie goers) in movies. Some of this reworking might be to appease test groups from Topeka or it might be an attempt to drag Silver Age aesthetics into the 21st century.
Which makes me wonder about CW's new Flash series coming out this year. What are they going to do about his cowl?
Here's the thing - I don't think Hollywood shares that opinion. I think they are down on cowls based on a few things:
1. Outside of the 60's Batman, what successful television show featured a character with a cowl? And I'm defining successful as running more than one season, so that leave out the first Flash series.
2. None of the Marvel movie characters have had a cowl. Not even some that have traditionally had one in the comics (like Hawkeye) True Spider-man has a full face mask, but I think you actually have an easier time selling a full face mask instead of a cowl - ala Deathstroke on Arrow.
3. Has there ever been a cowled character on either Smallville or Arrow?
I think if you were to ask the creative minds behind such movies and
shows, you would get an answer about how they see the comics as sources
for inspiration - not a blueprint.
That's why on a show that clearly features Green Arrow, no one has yet to actually call him Green Arrow.
Still, how much do you change the character design before you've basically created a new character?
Also, would a Flash without a cowl ruin the series for you? Remember, the original Flash didn't have a cowl:
I'll be interested in seeing how the CW handles this.