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Brian Rhodes
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Reeve's Superman is the gold standard, of course.

I don't think the Hulk is a "gimme." Lou Ferrigno was outstanding, but still just slightly bigger-than-normal, really muscular dude in make-up. And the mark was missed by a mile in HULK. THE INCREDIBLE HULK was a big step in the right direction. And I think they finally nailed it with the Avengers movies.

The Raimi Spider-Man suit was good. And the CIVIL WAR/HOMECOMING Spider-Man looks really good, too.




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Mike Norris
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I'm recalling that the first Black Canary in "Arrow" had the costume right, right down to the mask
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The GA Black Canary only wore a mask in her earliest appearances. 


By the time she got her own strip and  joined the JSA she had dropped the mask. 


 The Silver Age version was maskless. 


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Brian Floyd
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None of the Black Canary costumes from ARROW have looked anywhere near like the comic version.

The Hoff looked pretty good as Nick Fury. Its just too bad that Harrison Ford didn't play the character in the mid-late 80's.


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Eric Sofer
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Captain Marvel - dammit, I forgot Captain Marve. Both those stupid Roast of/Callenge of the Super Heroes and Shazam! had him right. Actually, quite a few of those were pretty good.

I said the Hulk is a gimme just because you get a guy who's big and bulky, and green body paint and torn trousers, and you're pretty much there. CGI doesn't count as an actor, I think.

Black Canary - yeah, my memory flagged on me; Sara Lance didn't look a lot like her. And I suppose I was thinking original more than "iconic."

Samuel L. Jackson and Nicky Fury? Hee hee hee...
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Peter Martin
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Burt Ward as Robin, definitely.

Ron Perlman as Hellboy looked like the comicbook come to life.
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Wallace Sellars
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Ron Perlman as Hellboy looked like the comicbook come to life.



Yes, it did! I find the BPRD books far more interesting than those featuring
Hellboy, but really appreciate the job Perlman did with the movies.
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Eric Jansen
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Yeah, I'm pretty happy with--

Serinda Swan ZATANNA
Ron Perlman HELLBOY
Burt Ward ROBIN
Lynda Carter WONDER WOMAN
Christopher Reeve SUPERMAN
Mickey Rourke MARV
Patrick Stewart PROF. X
Deborah Ann Woll KAREN PAGE
Frank Gorshin RIDDLER
Burgess Meredith PENGUIN
and though they're different (but really just more detailed)--
Chris Evans WWII CAPTAIN AMERICA
Robert Downey Jr. IRON MAN
Edward Norton BRUCE BANNER/HULK
Jaimie Alexander SIF

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Jason Larouse
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Pretty darn close
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Mario Ribeiro
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Obviously hated the costume, but I thought Lewis Wilson was very good as a Golden Age Bruce Wayne.

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Brian Rhodes
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The Deadpool suit looks pretty faithful.

I'll go along with Burt Ward as Robin...

Much has been wrong with any attempt at a Fantastic Four movie, but the Silver Surfer looked pretty good.

I also thought Sandman looked the part.

And with those last two (and to some degree, the first), CGI is crucial to the look, so I think totally CGI characters are legit, if done well (such as the Avengers' Hulk). When it's hauntingly evident they can get it wrong (*cough*-Galactus-*cough*), I think it "counts" when they get it right.

And as for Lou Ferrigno...yes, that was good casting. But not a "gimme", still. The first choice was Richard "Jaws" Kiel, after all (which, if you're going for the Kirby "slab Hulk", wouldn't be a bad choice, I suppose, but by 1977, the Hulk had been betrayed as uber-muscular for years...)




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Peter Martin
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Sandman looked good, and so did the Penguin and the Riddler....

...But how can these be a valid answer to the question posed of "What hero, in live action movies or TV, has been your favorite based only on how true their costume adhered to the iconic look of the comic books?"
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Brian Peck
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The Shadow - Alex Baldwin
The Phantom - Billy Zane
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Sergio Saavedra
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Robert Bradley:
Sergio -
"based only on how true their costume adhered to the iconic look of the comic books"
So, not by a long shot.
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I was kidding.
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John Byrne

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The Shadow looked good, but there was a problem getting Baldwin there. They played it as a physical transformation.

This is why I think it would be cool to see Adrien Brody play the part.

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Mike Norris
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I think Brody would be a good choice, too. 
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Jeffrey Rice
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That is a great idea for the Shadow! One of those little tweaks that you let slide because you are so happy to have a reasonable movie.
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Joe Zhang
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David Hasslehoff was not a bad Nick Fury. Really. 
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Brian Hague
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I remember seeing the transformation and wondering if it just wouldn't have been less trouble to just have Alec play Lamont and hire Stephen Baldwin to play the Shadow.

That Nick Fury film with David Hasselhoff was bizarre. Everyone else spoke in normal tones while Fury growled and barked gruff Lee-Kirby speak that had the rest of the cast all exchanging looks as if they were working for a madman. 

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Matthew Wilkie
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That Nick Fury film with David Hasselhoff was bizarre. Everyone else spoke in normal tones while Fury growled and barked gruff Lee-Kirby speak that had the rest of the cast all exchanging looks as if they were working for a madman. 

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You have so made me want to watch this now, Brian.


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Matthew Wilkie
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I know the costume and tattoos weren't in keeping with the portrayal in he comics, but facially Alan Cumming worked as Nightcrawler.
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Joe Zhang
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Everyone else spoke in normal tones while Fury growled and barked gruff Lee-Kirby speak that had the rest of the cast all exchanging looks as if they were working for a madman. 

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Agents of T.R.U.M.P. , which is unfortunately not a failed pilot from the 90's. 
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Joe Smith
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The WATCHMEN movie was faithful, with Night Owl being my favorite.
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Peter Martin
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I would respectfully disagree and say the Nite Owl costume differs substantially in several areas.

Ignoring the extraneous texturing and armouring, let's look at the key distinctive features of the costume.

Goggles: round in comic; square in movie
Cowl: has a long, loose flap that runs down his back in the comic; not present in movie
Mask: in the comic he has a kind of trefoil opening that runs above the googles and leaves his nose open; in the movie his mask is more like Batman's and comes down all the way beneath his nose, giving him a pointy nose thing.
Cape: enfolds his chest in the comic; entirely behind his back in the movie
Colours: brown and grey in comic; brown and bronze in movie
Belt: pouched, cartridge-style belt with crescent belt buckle centrally placed in comic; single band with crescent off to one side in the movie.

The shape of the googles and the pointy nose thing are reminiscent of Condorman.


Though you are right overall that Watchmen's costumes were by and large faithful, I think they intentionally altered Nite-Owl to make him more like Batman and less like the pot-bellied, owl-headed costume from the comic.
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Andrew Bitner
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Eric Jansen has a pretty good list.
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Andrew Bitner
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And Adrian Brody is an inspired choice for the Shadow.
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