Classic superheroes look weird in heavily-armored costumes. Take someone like Superman or maybe The Flash and add a bunch of joints and ridges to their iconic looks, and it loses some of what made them so historically cool to look at.
Dredd producer Adi Shankar must have been thinking the same thing when he dreamed up this costume test reel for a pre-New 52 version of the Flash (along with some of his enemies). Keep an eye out for Mirror Master, Cheetah, Solomon Grundy, and Wonder Woman as the video takes a quick lap through Wally West’s corner of the DCU.
The minute and a half clip – part of what Shankar calls his “Bootleg Universe” – gets a good look at body-hugging costumes based on the designs of illustrator, painter, and cover artist Alex Ross (Kingdom Come, Marvels). Ross’ hyperrealistic illustrations typically plug in real humans into the original costumes of his subjects, with textures that seem to shine and gleam for the reader, a mix of cloth and some material that doesn’t yet exist in the entire world that made Bucky Barnes’ Captain America costume look right.
For this project, Shankar teamed up with the folks at Frontline Designs (Man of Steel, Spider-Man 3). The costume shop also helped bring Frank Miller’s The Spirit and the live-action Tekken to the screen.
So what do you think? How does this compare to the CW’s take on the Flash? Am I being an old crank about the armored costume thing or are they just really cool and I’m missing out? Let us know in the comments.