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10 Actors Who HATED Their Superhero Movie Costumes

When directors tell origin stories derived from comics, there’s always a montage showing
how the main character comes to develop their super-suit. That’s because costume is central
to any hero’s identity and how audiences connect with them. Costume designers face
an uphill battle right from the start, as fans can be pretty vocal about what they expect.
It can also be really hard to engineer an outfit that will withstand the realities of
filming. Plus, whatever suit they decide on will forever be enshrined in the superhero
lexicon- for better or for worse. No pressure. But one thing is understood; the costumes
will not be comfortable. Every actor lucky enough to wear one knew exactly what they
were getting themselves into, but did it anyway. Because opportunities to be super don’t
come around everyday. Here are 10 Amazing Actors Who Hated Their
Superhero Costumes. Ryan Reynolds, The Green Lantern
CGI is a beautiful thing. It makes new worlds spring to life and bring people back from
the dead. But when executed poorly, it spoils the whole experience- regardless of who is
in front of the camera. Case in point: Hal Jordan’s suit in the 2011 flop The Green
Lantern. Computer generated from head to toe, fans lost their minds about how ridiculous
it looked. But nobody hated the outfit more than the guy wearing it: Ryan Reynolds. Thankfully,
it wasn’t the actor’s last time super-suiting up. And came back to the big screen in Deadpool.
Which, if you watch closely, takes a few jabs at his past work. The actor has also stated
that he’s thankful Deadpool wears a physical suit instead of a CG one: the kids he visits
with the Make A Wish Foundation are far more excited to see a real costume than the alternative
motion-capture pajamas he wore for the filming of The Green Lantern. Margot Robbie, Suicide Squad
Fans (and Screen Rant writers!) are all eagerly awaiting the release of Suicide Squad later
this summer. With killer teams both in front of the camera and behind it, the movie is
sure to be a success. But for actress Margot Robbie, the journey has been a cold one. Playing
Harley means wearing the clothes that fit with the iconic character’s personality.
And in this case, that means booty shorts, a baseball tee, and some bitchin’ stilettos.
The costume is quite striking, especially beside her heavily-clothed cast-mates, but
the actress is quick to remind people that there’s a definitive line between where
she ends and her character begins. One scene required her to be soaking wet, and when the
crew broke for lunch, she ate a burger in her clingy wet costume. If any of us were
in her shoes, we’d feel self-conscious too. Jennifer Lawrence and Rebecca Romijn, X-Men,
X-Men 2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, X-Men:
Apocalypse Fans have been drawn to the X-Men franchise,
in part, because of the diversity of characters. Each mutant manifests their power in a personalized
way, and bringing those radical characters to life takes incredible dedication behind
the scenes. These transformations aren’t just hard on the makeup team, they take a
toll on the actors too. Both Rebecca Romijn and Jennifer Lawrence have played Mystique,
everyone’s favorite shapeshifter and one of the series’ most visually stunning characters.
The actresses were both covered in prosthetics and paint applied directly to their skin,
in a process that usually took about seven hours every day. After Lawrence had a medical
reaction to the paint, they finally created a suit for her to wear instead. Mercifully,
that cut her time in the makeup chair down to only 3 hours. If only Romijn could have
been as lucky. Paul Bettany, Captain America: Civil War
According to Paul Bettany, spending 20 hours a day with rubber glued to your face is kind
of an uncomfortable experience. As Vision, Bettany is decked out in a full suit from
tip to toe, which had a tendency to get pretty warm. But what audiences can’t see are the
tubes underneath, pumping ice water around the actor’s body to cool him off- a trick
used for most of the heroes appearing in film. But that didn’t help him in the nearly four
hours each day it took to get into costume. A costume that, he says, he can rip off in
under a minute at the end of the day. As for the rest of his day? The stunt team had two
pieces of advice for him and co-star Chadwick Boseman to stay sane in their uncomfortable
costumes: reading and meditation. And when it got really bad, Bettany says he reflected
on how many actors would kill to be in his position, and his discomfort became replaced
with gratitude. Andrew Garfield, The Amazing Spider-Man
With all the superhero movies being released these days, costume designers have been working
overtime to take some of the most complicated designs from the page to the screen. And they’ve
become pretty innovative as a result. A good costume makes it easy to forget that its being
worn by a real person, who has real bodily functions. And Andrew Garfield’s first spidey
suit from The Amazing Spider-Man is a good example. While it was full of technology,
the only way the actor could go to the bathroom was to take it off completely- no easy feat
when the suit is engineered to be skin-tight. Thankfully, the designers heard Garfield’s
feedback, and added a zipper to the next generation of costumes. Nature’s call wasn’t the
only obstacle in his way, apparently the mask was really hard to see out of. But since Spidey’s
mask and eye shape are basically his trademark, everyone agreed that low visibility was a
price they were willing to pay in order to stay true to the character. Malin Akerman, Watchmen
No matter how literal the adaptation, filmmakers take a risk when they decide to take a story
from a graphic novel and turn it into a movie. Someone always gets hurt. But regardless of
where you stand on Zac Snyder’s Watchmen, you have to admit that the costumes are dead
on. And while that made fans really happy, it was hard on Malin Akerman. As Silk Spectre
II, Akerman had to wiggle into a suit made of latex, which she compared to wearing a
rubber band. The actress has also said that Spectre’s suit would magnify the temperature
of whatever room she was in: making her either freeze or overheat depending on the conditions.
Add a corset and heels to that equation and the result is a bad time. Ben Affleck, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of
Justice When it came time for Christian Bale to pass
the bat-torch to Ben Affleck, he had one piece of advice: “make sure you can piss in the
suit.” And, as we heard earlier, that’s a sentiment that Andrew Garfield would agree
with. Going into the filming of Batman v Superman armed with that advice also led to co-star
Henry Cavill’s super-suit being modified to meet the new criteria as well. But that
isn’t the Batsuit charged with cramping Affleck’s style, it’s the heavily armored
alternate suit that’s to blame. It looks unbelievably bad ass in the final cut of the
film, but in reality it was way less cool. The actor wore a baggy motion-capture suit
during these scenes which helped engineers later manipulate the scene with CGI. And,
as it turns out, fighting in ill-fitting pajamas against the Man of Steel can be a little embarrassing,
especially if you’re expected to brood at the same time. Ron Perlman, Hellboy, Hellboy II: The Golden
Army Ron Perlman has been in the business for a
long time, but audiences will recognize him from his roles in shows like Sons Of Anarchy
or Hand Of God. And we’ll be seeing more him in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts And Where
To Find Them. But one place they might not recognize him from is his work as the character
Hellboy- and thats exactly the point. The makeup process was so extensive that by the
time he was done in the trailer, only his eyelids were left exposed. With everything
else either covered by prosthetics, foam, or several coats of red paint. The actor admits
he grew tired of the process pretty quickly, but stuck it out because he loves the character.
Hopes for a third installment have been swirling for years, many of them belonging to Perlman
himself. But unfortunately, at this point, it doesn’t seem very likely. Chadwick Boseman, Captain America: Civil War
Audiences have been waiting a long, long time for Black Panther to show up on the big screen.
So when it finally happened earlier this year in the super-anticipated Captain America:
Civil War, fans got excited. Brought to life by Chadwick Boseman, the character’s suit
keeps the actor completely contained within. And considering the movie was filmed over
a pretty hot summer, it wasn’t very comfortable. The outfit is made of many intricately detailed
pieces, and Boseman admits he was pretty concerned about accidentally scratching any one of them
and making more work for the costume department. But that’s something he’s going to have
to get over, and pretty quickly too, since a Black Panther solo movie has been greenlit
for a 2018 release. Plus, now that he’s been introduced to the Marvel cinematic universe,
there’s no telling how many movies he’ll show up in. Despite all this, Boseman has
stated time and time again that he feels honored to be part of the team. Olivia Munn, X-Men: Apocalypse
Olivia Munn has been orbiting the comic scene for years, since her days hosting G4’s Attack
Of The Show. And she’s come a long way since, even landing herself the role of Psylocke
in the latest X-Men installment, Apocalypse. Munn’s passion for the source material and
her love of the character are what she would focus on every day while both her and her
costume were being covered in lubricant so it wouldn’t rip. The character’s look
has come under attack recently for being too revealing, while others applaud its authenticity.
The actress has mentioned the outfit was uncomfortable and ripped in some pretty awkward places.
But for her, the character’s appeal lies in who she is, not what she wears. And besides,
Psylocke didn’t even choose that outfit, Apocalypse did. Conclusion
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  1. Abel Westerveld Author

    Jim carrey when he played the grinch. He said he was trained by an old cia agent who teaches people how to withstand torture just to not lose his mind while wearing the suit.

  2. Da’Kylis Author

    I’m here to see who tf doesn’t like these awesome costumes except Harley her coustume is nothing but fan service and I ain’t tryna be someone’s porn

  3. Dallas Mullins Author

    I'm a die-hard comics fan who knows about the criticisms surrounding the Green Lantern film and GL's costume. BUT, I really enjoyed that film. Also, just from trailers I saw, I thought Margot Robbie's costume as Harley Quinn was pure exploitation and (given the character's various costumes) was NOT particularly true to the character. Because I thought the Harley costume sent the wrong message to young women and men, and for several other reasons, I have to this day refused to watch the "Suicide Squad" films. Also, because of the high level of profanity and content that some friends of mine described as pornographic, I have also not viewed the Deadpool films.

  4. Herbert Erdferkel Author

    booohooo, rich people dislike having to work under mildly difficult conditions for a few hours a year … wonder how they would cry if they had to get a real harsh job which millions of people have fulltime. Ridiculous that there are people not laughing in their faces when they start complaining.

  5. Beatnik Author

    I'm pretty sure Jennifer Lawrence's "medical condition" that caused them to add clothes to her costume was simply "uh, she doesn't look good naked"

  6. Evil Monkey66666 Author

    FFS learn WTF a SUPER HERO is…… Villains are not heroes…. those who do not have a super human power or ability are not SUPER….. FFS

  7. Holly M Author

    Lately they’ve started giving women more dignity when it comes to superhero costumes, and more comfort to the men AND women who wear them in general. Movies have evolved a lot thanks to the superhero genre

  8. WTFViewer Author

    It's going back a long way, but Anthony Daniels had a hell of a time in those desert scenes playing C3PO. And they didn't have water-cooled suits back in the 70s.


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