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Superhero movies have come a long way from the days when the only way to sell the X-Men was to slap them into black leather bodysuits. Nowadays it seems any of the wildest costume creations from your favorite comics can be brought to beautiful life on the big screen. Of course, any movie of the scale of these superhero blockbusters is going to go through a lot of costume design concepts. Many of these end up being rejected. A lot have good reason for rejection. Some of these rejected designs, however, happen to be superior to the ones that end up making it to theaters. Sometimes the differences are absurdly dramatic.
Thanks to art books, “making of” documentaries and the internet, fans of superhero movies have more resources than ever to examine the process of making these movies. This list compiles 15 of the best pieces of superhero movie concept art with a focus on costuming and character design. These are costumes you’ll wish the studios went ahead and chose over the ones they ultimately went with. This doesn’t mean the final costumes were bad (though some certainly are). It just means there was a missed opportunity. When possible, this list does try to make sense of the reasons why these spectacular superhero and villain costume designs ultimately got scrapped. Due to production shifts or practical limitations, it might not have been reasonable or even possible for some of these designs to get used. Still, that doesn’t mean we don’t wish they could have been!
Juggernaut’s design in David Leitch’s final version of Deadpool 2 was certainly a massive improvement over whatever Brett Ratner was thinking with the character in X-Men: The Last Stand. That said, it could have been even better. Just look at what Alexander Lozano was designing for original director Tim Miller.
This concept art of Juggernaut has similar proportions to the final version, but a notably different costume. Not dressed in a prison uniform like in the movie, his costume’s color scheme is closer to the comics. His clothes and helmet are more worn and beaten, and he’s also armed with metal gauntlets.
What to do with the Fantastic Four? The answer to this question has elluded FOX for the longest time. One potential answer which was shortly scrapped: put them in Deadpool 2. Alexander Lozano’s concept designs for Tim Miller’s version of the sequel featured new, more classically-styled costumes for the cast of Josh Trank’s 2015 Fantastic Four feature.
Perhaps the bomb stink from that disaster was just so toxic it was decided not even Deadpool could save that cast, or maybe putting generally family-friendly characters in a hard R movie was frowned upon. Regardless of how these cameos would have turned out, however, odds are good they’d be the Four’s best on-screen appearance.
Mantis’ design for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was a challenge to figure out. The character was wildly different from her comic counterpart, and her green skin from the comics was scrapped probably because they already had a green Guardian with Gamora. Trying to find the perfect balance between insectoid alien features and human attractiveness was the goal for designing her.
Ultimately the final movie design is great, and this is one case where the difference in quality between the concept vs. the final product isn’t that great. This Andy Park design, however, is worth highlighting as an example of a design that still manages to be attractive while being even more alien than the final.
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Not sure what to be this Halloween? Instead of joining a group of pals as yet another Snapchat filter, why not stand out with a costume that’s part Ancient Egyptian, part badass babe? Cleopatra is the ultimate Halloween look, and with a little patience, some careful eyeliner and well-chosen accessories, you’ll be able to craft up a Queen-of-Egypt-inspired Halloween costume that’s sure to blow everyone away. And since not everyone is a DIY pro, we’re going to show you how to do a Cleopatra costume no matter whether you’re a beginner or a master-level costumer.
To start things off, we’re thinking simple and straight to the point. So stock up on the essentials below and read each step carefully. Most importantly, don’t get intimidated! Since this costume is an update on a store-bought getup, even a Halloween novice can bring the double-tap-worthy look to life.
What you’ll need to bring your look to life:
A wig (with bangs)
Bold gold ring
Another chunky necklace
Beaded earrings to adorn headpiece
How to put it all together:
1. Try your hand at styling. Even though you’ve bought a wig with bangs, there’s a good chance that they’re not cut to Cleopatra’s liking. Lay your wig flat and use a pair of ultra-sharp scissors to snip the bangs a tad shorter than they already are. The goal isn’t so much baby fringe as it is micro bangs, so be sure to cut them about an inch up from your brows. To make sure you have the right length, try the wig on first to get a feel for how much to cut.
2. Jazz up your wig. Add dangling earrings or beads on a strand to the headpiece to personalize it.
3. Swap out store-bought for statement pieces. Take the collar that comes with the costume out of the mix and replace it with the chunky necklaces of your choice. Remember: the blingier, the better.
4. Accessorize like a royal. Throw on a few chunky rings for Queen of the Nile style.
5. Slay your face like the Egyptian queen that you (almost) are. Begin with the flawless face for your base. Next, add shimmering gold lids and light-reflecting cheekbones. To get the look, apply a gold reflective cream shadow to your eyelids, expanding beyond the outside corners and along your lower lash line. For your cheekbones, swipe a high-pigmented gold highlighter from your cheekbone up towards your temple and out towards your hairline — the more you apply, the more you’ll glow, so be generous. From there, hit your lower lash line with a touch of gold glitter in the center and dab the upper lash line in the center as well to bring attention front and center. Next, go for a bold, elongated cat eye using a liquid liner pen, expanding the liner onto the sides of the bridge of your nose. Top off your queenly look with a set of bold brows using black or deep brown shadow, followed by a clear eyebrow gel, voluminous false lashes, and a subtle nude lip. Voila!
THE FINAL LOOK
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Every year on Halloween, countless Muggles dress in simple black cloaks and pretend for one night that they actually got their Hogwarts letters. Those flowing capes are iconic, but in the next wizarding movie, Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s go-to garbs will look totally different.
In the new Fantastic Beasts film The Crimes of Grindelwald, fans will get to see flashes of what life was like at Hogwarts when Newt Scamander was at school – as well as in the 1930s, when Dumbledore was teaching Transfiguration.
Colleen Atwood, the costume designer behind all eight Harry Potter films and both FBAWTFT movies, told Seventeen.com that in the flashbacks, true fans will notice some *fabulous* changes in the school uniform.
“The robe is based on a medieval robe basically; those robes are a very old design. I sort of took them out of the choir robe thing and did a little bit more trim on them,” Atwood explained.
“I did some velvet trim on them and then the hoods are the house colors inside and so we did some fun things like that,” Atwood explained.
Hogwarts-goers in the ‘20s also carried leather satchels stamped with the school crest that need to appear in my closet immediately. In Harry’s day, students could carry whatever bag they wanted, but there was zero velvet to be found – a dark time in wizarding fashion.
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