In recent years, comic book movies have dominated the box office over the summer months. After all, these usually tend to feature superheroes whom so many people grow up with. And since the Hollywood tends to think that teenage boys and young men are the pickiest demographic, they usually cater to them. Because if a boy likes Batman, he’ll tend to love Batman forever. However, this doesn’t mean you’d want Batman to date your daughter since this is the kind of guy who needs serious psychiatric counseling. Nevertheless, these tight wearing caped vigilantes that have a penchant for widespread destruction tend to be beloved by so many people with each generation. And even if these movies sucked due to replacing a great story with great visual effects and wall to wall action sequences, then there are people who are probably going to see it, but the tie-in merchandise, and get the DVD when the time comes. Because even when the cash cow doesn’t score with critics, these movies have reliable fanbases. And if you have that, Hollywood couldn’t care less on the quality. Still, when it comes to comic book superhero movies, the field tends to be dominated by DC and Marvel Comics.
Since its inception in 1934, DC Comics is one of the largest and most successful companies operating in American comic books. Its current name is derived from Detective Comics which was an anthology series of theirs in the 1930s, which was responsible for the introduction of Batman in their #27 issue that came out in May 1939 causing a sensation. Not to mention, earlier DC had operated under the title of Action Comics which in June 1938 introduced Superman, one of the first superheroes which proved to be a sales hit. Since then, DC has introduced other superheroes such as Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern, Shazam, Hawkman, and Green Arrow. It also features teams as the Justice League, the Justice Society of America, and the Teen Titans. Not to mention villains like the Joker, Catwoman, Ra’s al Ghul, Darkseid, Lex Luthor, Deathstroke, Sinestro, Black Adam, and Brainiac. Today it’s owned by Time Warner which explains why its movies are produced by Warner Brothers these days. And on March 25 of this year, Warner Brothers will release Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, a movie I’m not really excited about for 3 reasons. First, it has Ben Affleck as Batman and I’m not sure whether to accept him as a worthy substitute after Christian Bale played him in The Dark Knight Trilogy. To me, Christian Bale will always be Batman and I don’t think Affleck could ever measure up to his acting ability. And I’d probably be more willing to see the film if it was Bale playing Batman instead. Second, despite Henry Cavill being a nice looking guy, I didn’t care for Man of Steel since it involved Superman nearly destroying his hometown and an entire city in a way that would make Hiroshima seem like school science lab explosion. Sure he was fighting General Zod and his cronies as well as trying to save the world. But still, this guy let thousands of innocent people die. Third, I’m expecting that a lot of sequences will be filled with long action sequences that aren’t really my thing. I know people enjoy that. But I think Hollywood should take it down a notch. I mean the reason why The Dark Knight Trilogy was so good on screen wasn’t due to the action sequences, it’s because the series is about a seriously messed up billionaire who turns to masked vigilantism to fight these incredibly dangerous villains despite possibly hurting everyone he loves in the process. It was about the relationships, dammit which gave great depth to Batman’s character. And that’s why people like it as well as like Batman.
Now since superheroes are very popular, it’s not unusual for people to attend conventions dressed as their beloved characters. In fact, it’s quite common, especially for cosplays. Sure they may be plenty of superhero costumes you can buy at a store or online. But at events such as Comic Con, many of the fans usually make their own. And some even bring their families. So for your reading pleasure, I give you a treasure trove of people dressed as their costumed capers from the DCU. Still, since my familiarity pertaining to the DCU usually extends to Batman, expect a lot of Batman. Also, I had to do a lot of research on Wikipedia for many of these characters since they’re not very familiar to me.
- All the way from Earth-2, say hello to Superman’s cousin from an alternative universe, Power Girl.
Super abilities include super strength, flight, heat vision, and significant cleavage. However, she refuses to be acknowledged as a derivative to Superman since she’s her own woman.
2. Harley Quinn tends to see herself as Daddy’s Lil’ Monster.
Harley Quinn is frequently seen as the sidekick and lover of the Joker. She’s said to start out as a shrink who fell hopelessly in love with him. What she saw in him, I don’t know.
3. There’s no one who could fight better in fishnet stockings than the Black Canary.
Along with Wonder Woman, Black Canary is one of DC’s earliest super heroines and is the partner of Green Arrow. Still, that doesn’t stop her from having a name you’d give to a film noir prostitute.
4. Looks like Wonder Woman got some sleek new body armor.
Well, she seems more protected than the guys from 300. But how do you expect her to protect her upper arms and thighs?
5. When it comes to Batman, no femme fatale love interest is more famous than Catwoman.
Let’s just say Catwoman is the woman Batman can’t seem to get enough of even though she’s not the best person for him. Still, she’s has a penchant for stealing jewelry while dressed as a cat.
6. Seems like Batwoman is coming up to bat.
Batwoman is supposed to be an heiress who was inspired to imitate Batman. This is her in a woman’s baseball uniform.
7. It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s Super Baby.
I’m sure having a Kryptonian baby around would be a parental nightmare. Still, this is adorable.
8. Apparently, Wonder Woman decided to have a go at being a pin up.
This is a more familiar Wonder Woman. But this time she’s wearing a star spangled skirt.
9. Seems like this Poison Ivy is straight out of the 19th century.
Some Steampunk incarnations will be featured on this post. This one is of Poison Ivy from Batman.
10. Think the Green Arrow should check his aim.
Because I hope he doesn’t shoot anyone’s eye out. Still, he seems to be a cross between Robin Hood and Zorro.
11. Seems like Batman got some silver plate armor.
Not sure if it goes with that outfit. But he certainly looks like a badass as always.
12. In the 19th century, Robin the Boy Wonder has got a gun.
This is Steampunk Robin. While his modern counterpart wears a cape and tights, he goes with a red shirt, coat, and goggles.
13. For loveable demon children, you can’t resist Raven.
She’s said to be an empath who can teleport and control her “soul self”which can fight physically as well as act as her eyes and ears. Though good, her powers don’t seem to make sense to me.
14. Guess Harley Quinn has been a very naughty girl.
Apparently, she’ been arrested in Gotham City. However, as we all know, Gotham’s prisons are basically made out of cardboard as far as we know.
15. When a critters in need, the bunny wonder will be there.
Yes, this is a Robin Rabbit. Sure it’s adorable. But it has a weakness for garden veggies.
16. Looks like this girl is bound to be a little wonder.
Yes, she’s a little Wonder Woman all right. And she’s so cute in her starry skirt.
17. As the first spin-off of a major superhero, Mary Marvel is simply stunning.
She’s a spin-off of Captain Marvel or Shazam. She predates Supergirl by more than a decade. Costume isn’t a female version of the Flash.
18. Apparently, the DC superheroes are all just hanging out on the steps.
I don’t know many of these heroes’ names. Because I’m not as familiar with the DCU as stuff like Star Wars, Hunger Games, or Harry Potter.
19. He may not be one of the scariest villains of Gotham City, but the Scarecrow is quite frightening.
Yes, the Scarecrow is quite scary at Gotham City. And most scarecrows usually aren’t.
20. Wonder Woman always aims to do her part to help the war effort.
Well, World War II effort anyway. And she’s armed with 2 golden guns in her hands.
21. When it comes to fighting crime, the Green Arrow and Black Canary do it together.
Actually, the two had only been professionally romantically involved since the 1960s. But they eventually married. However, in the Golden Age of Comics, the Black Canary was married to a detective named Larry Lance.
22. Now on CBS a new TV series called Supergirl.
Supergirl is said to be Superman’s cousin. And yes, she’s blond. However, my dad said he watched the show and it sucks.
23. Introducing the amazing Zatanna.
She’s a superhero who also happens to be a magician. She’s one of the most powerful sorceresses in the DC universe. And no, she didn’t model for Playboy.
24. When Bruce Wayne becomes too old to be the Batman, then Terry McGinnis takes the fold.
This was a WB cartoon that explored the darker aspects of Bruce Wayne. it’s also the first one to feature Batman as a teenager. Still, you can’t depict Bruce as a teen.
25. Seems like these two are super hellions to me.
These two are dressed like the Joker and Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad. Nevertheless, since the upcoming film is certainly rated R, it’s pretty disturbing how these kids are dressed.
26. Despite how he dresses, Robin is much tougher than he looks.
You have to wonder how someone thought designing Robin’s outfit like this was a good idea. Because people tend to make fun of it. Then again, Robin is supposed to be a teenager.
27. Harvey Dent was once the White Knight of Gotham, until he went nuts and became Two-Face.
He’s said to be able to bring upon good or evil based on the flip of a coin. Yes, having half your face dumped with acid could really mess you up.
28. When it comes to Wonder Woman’s costume, some of her outfits show more skin than others.
This is one of the more skimpier Wonder Woman costumes. I guess this is her bikini outfit.
29. In situations regarding hand to hand combat, Wonder Woman can certainly take a beating.
Well, Wonder Woman isn’t completely invulnerable. So it kind of makes sense that she might have bruises every once in awhile.
30. Guess these nurses aren’t known for their bedside manner.
If I saw nurses like the Joker and Harley Quinn at a real hospital, I’d freak out. Fortunately they’re just 2 fans at a comic convention.
31. Batman isn’t the only superhero who wears black in Gotham City.
This is Huntress. Sure this incarnation is her as a superhero. But it’s one shared by 2 different characters in the DCU.
32. Not sure if Batman should take on a sidekick that young.
It’s fair to say that these two are father and son who seem about to fight crime together. Still, it’s adorable.
33. “Why so serious?”
Well, we all had to be young once. Even Heath Ledger’s Joker. God knows what he’d be like on the playground.
34. Sometimes Harley Quinn tends to think that less is more.
Sometimes I wonder if the female superheroes and villains could get together and ask themselves why their outfits are designed to cater to adolescent boys. Because a lot of them have outfits that are so skimpy like this.
35. For a female assistant who kicks but in Gotham City, one might want to turn to Batgirl.
The most famous Batgirl is Barbara Gordon who’s the daughter of Gotham’s police commissioner. She’s also known for her smarts.
36. Lanterns assemble!
The Green Lantern is said fight evil with the aid of rings that grant them a variety of extraordinary powers. However, I really don’t understand this superhero franchise.
37. Even on a clear day, Static Shock can still make a spark.
Static was created by Milestone Comics (an imprint of DC) as a contemporary version of Spiderman. His civilian identity was derived from a black man who was denied entry into the University of Florida’s School of Law in 1949.
38. Apparently, Robin is said to work out at the gym in costume as well.
This was Joe Gordon Levitt dressed as Robin. He was in The Dark Knight Rises as a cop at the time.
39. While growing up, there was always that one girl who wanted to be Princess Batman.
C’mon, what can be more cooler than wearing gorgeous dresses as well as striking fear into Gotham’s criminals? This is awesome. Seriously, it doesn’t get better than this.
40. Don’t look now, but here comes the Bat Cat.
Bat Cat doesn’t play nice with unlawful mice like the Joker Rat. Gotham critters, you have been warned.
41. Poison Ivy can always blend into her surroundings.
In DC comics she’s known to be a notorious eco terrorist of Gotham City. She is one of the few members of Batman’s Rogue’s Gallery to have anything close to superpowers.
42. I have a feeling that we’ve seen this Wonder Woman before.
Hey, that’s Jennifer Lawerence, best known as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. She also played Mystique in the X-Men series as well.
43. When out and about, Catwoman always has to bring her kittens along.
Yes, Catwoman sure loves her little ones with her. Sure she might steal jewelry but that doesn’t mean she’s a terrible mom.
44. When there’s trouble afoot it’s up to Super Horse to save the day.
Yes, this is a horse in a Superman costume. Don’t ask me how they got the horse into it.
45. “Excuse me, but can you show me to the nearest phone booth?”
I’m sorry, Clark, but nobody uses phone booths to call people anymore. Also, how in the hell does anyone in Metropolis not know you’re Superman? I mean a pair of glasses isn’t a convincing disguise.
46. For fighting under the sea, you can’t do better than Aquaman.
I’m not very familiar with Aquaman either. Still, he’s said to be adapted to surviving in the sea and communicate with marine life.
47. It’s said a baby robin is a sign of spring.
Well, maybe not that kind of baby robin. But this Robin is so adorable that you don’t care.
48. Seems like Raven is deep seated in meditation.
This is her in the Teen Titans cartoon costume. There’s picture of her in Wikipedia in this kind of pose as well.
49. Starfire is said to be the kind of lady superhero who’s out of this world.
Okay, her outfit seems to make Wonder Woman seem modest by comparison. Still, she’s said to be an alien princess who fled to earth.
50. Looks like it’s a job for Batdog and Robin to the rescue.
Yes, these are dogs dressed as Batman and Robin. Still, shouldn’t the Scottie be the Batman. Because Batman is the Dark Knight.
51. When out and about, Poison Ivy likes to dress with nature.
Of course, many of these leaves are probably made from plastic. And being the staunch environmentalist she is, Poison Ivy would hate that.
52. I’m afraid we’re being beset by a very dangerous prisoner on the premises.
I guess this is a cosplay of Heath Ledger’s Joker. Let’s just say he’s a nightmare for correctional staff.
53. Finally, a Green Lantern who lives up to his name.
Because this guy has a green lantern. And yes, this is a Steampunk version.
54. As a Teen Titan, Jinx thinks she’s pretty in pink.
Well, pink hair as far as the Teen Titans cartoon goes. Still, earlier comics tend to depict her very differently.
55. Since Robin is a teenage superhero, Dick Grayson would soon assume a new identity as Nightwing.
Because Dick Grayson can’t be Robin forever and needs a new ID when he turns 18. At least his adult superhero ID comes with a better costume.
56. Seems like Batman and Catwoman make a rather adorable couple.
These seem like great costumes. But these two tend to be in what’s called a love-hate relationship.
57. Harley Quinn is said to be rather handy with a hammer.
No, you don’t want to mess with this clown. Because she’s known to be very violent and dangerous.
58. Who says that Wonder Woman can’t appear more ladylike?
I guess this is Wonder Woman’s 50’s housewife outfit. She may seem like a lovely woman. But if she sees you breaking into a neighbor’s house, you’re going to get it.
59. He’s nobody remarkable. Just your neighborhood superhero.
It’s widely said in Metropolis that he bears an uncanny resemblance to Daily Planet reporter Clark Kent. Hell, it’s even been speculated that the two are the same person.
60. In Gotham City, it’s best to watch out for the Penguin’s umbrella.
But he’s very polite since he fancies himself as a “gentleman of crime.” He also runs a nightclub called the Iceberg Lounge which Batman sometimes frequents to gain criminal underworld information.
61. Hope Batman is smart enough to outwit this Riddler.
It’s said the Riddler is a highly intelligent and smooth talking man with a host of personality disorders. He was also played by Jim Carrey in a movie.
62. Introducing Wonder Woman: Warrior Princess.
Well, she is said to be a princess of the Amazons. However, some of her comics depict the Greek gods way out of their true mythological nature.
63. Seems like Starfire has covered up nicely.
Maybe it’s because she was in a cartoon called Teen Titans. That might explain her toning down her wardrobe.
64. Looks like it’s going to be a job for Wondy the Riveter.
Yes, I know Wonder Woman seems to have a lot of variation with her outfits. This is her 1940s WWII getup.
65. Hope Princess Wonder Woman has a great time at the ball.
Yes, this is Wonder Woman in a princess ball gown. However, she’s not worrying about a midnight curfew or a glass slipper.
66. Catwoman always seems to have a weakness for shiny things.
This is Catwoman in what she had on during the 1960s Batman series. It’s kind of considered a camp type of entertainment.
67. Don’t forget the Nightwing also has a suit of blue.
Well, with a blue crest on it anyway. Probably to distinguish himself from his earlier identity as Robin.
68. Nobody wants to be near this Playboy bunny.
Yes, she may have a cork filled gun. But she’s not the kind of clown to mess with. Also, she’s dating the Joker.
69. For Aquaman, there’s no lady in the sea who’s better than Queen Mera.
She’s supposed to be a queen in exile from her kingdom. She and Aquaman also marry and have a son together.
70. When it comes to ruling that Zamarons, they tend to select a Star Sapphire as their queen.
There are many characters in The Green Lantern who are referred to as Star Sapphire. Many of them are villainous. Later they became the Violet Lantern Corps.
71. Sorry, kids, but it Superman has decided to retire.
That’s retired Superman all right. He just confines himself to convention appearances nowadays. But he shows up in his underwear.
72. Sure he may be a complete psychopath. But the Joker sure knows how to dress.
Originally, the Joker was said to be a one shot character. But then he ended up becoming so popular as well as one of the most iconic supervillains of all time.
73. Once in a while, Poison Ivy likes to shimmer.
Well, she at least fits in perfectly at Saint Patrick’s Day parade. However, would you even want her there?
74. Man, wonder what the hell happened to Superman?
Guess Superman isn’t very invincible after all. Then again, he probably received such injuries after nearly annihilating an entire city.
75. Looks like Harley and the Joker are so happy together.
Yes, they tend to be depicted as a couple. However, while Harley loves the Joker, the Joker is incapable of loving anyone. And he tends to use her in order to achieve his goal to get Batman at her expense. A healthy relationship it is not. But what do you expect if you dating the Joker?
76. If Bruce Wayne is held hostage, you might want to give Batwoman a call.
Yes, she’s the red haired caped crusader of Gotham City. She came before Batgirl who eventually replaced and surpassed her in popularity.
77. Seems like the Justice League has gotten together in some alternate universe.
Guess that the men dressed as female superheroes are very brave guys. Still, this is quite amusing if you ask me.
78. For some updated asskicking, Cyborg is here to save the day.
This guy was outfitted with prosthetics from his scientist parents to save his life. And he ended up becoming a member of the Teen Titans and the Justice League.
79. Seems like the Green Lantern Corps has come together.
Yes, there’s a Green Lantern Corps which are a squad of Green Lanterns. Don’t ask me why that is.
80. For an eco-terrorist, Poison Ivy makes a lovely ballerina.
Yes, she sure looks lovely. But she’s not nice at all since she’s a well known Batman villain. James T. Kirk, please don’t try to sleep with her.
81. Guess Wonder Woman decided to go casual.
Perhaps she didn’t want to wear the swimsuit anymore because she was tired of having to elicit interest of adolescent boys. Still, I think she looks better in jacket and pants anyway.
82. If you need a villain for the Teen Titans, Deathstroke is your man.
He’s a very popular DC villain that he got his own series. He was also in a super soldier experiment but it was one that turned out horribly wrong.
83. Guess the Bat family has come together.
There’s Batman, Robin, Nightwing, and Batgirl. So this means that Alfred took the picture though he should be part of the family, too. I mean Alfred practically raised Batman after his parents died.
84. Who knew that the Joker could look good in a suit?
But you’d still know that it’s the Joker due to his white face and green hair. Still, love the tux. Think it suits him.
85. Seems like Superman and Wonder Woman fight for truth and justice during the ye olde Renaissance.
However, I don’t think Superman from this era fights for the American way. Because the US didn’t exist yet. Love the stars on Wonder Woman’s dress. Still, I wonder how she could fight bad guys in that thing.
86. Don’t look now but I think Batman and Aquaman have gone medieval.
Guess we should call Batman Sir Bruce of Gotham who’s a literal dark knight. Nevertheless, love Aquaman’s trident.
87. Anyone in the sky would be wise to avoid the wrath of Hawkgirl.
No, she’s not the result of Wolverine’s affair with an angel. She’s Hawkgirl who was one of the first female superheroes since she was created in 1940. Still, it’s said her identity applies to 2 different women.
88. Those residing in Gotham City might want to watch out for Bane.
Because Bane ends up taking over Gotham City in the Dark Knight Rises. He also blows up Heinz Field during a Steeler game at one point as well.
89. For the Huntress, she may look sheek in silver.
Sure she might look tough. But I like her better in purple.
90. I’m sure Batgirl can get her own ride.
Here she is on her own little bat bike. So young yet so grown up.
91. Apparently, seems like Hawkman and Hawkgirl have come to roost.
In the original comics, it’s said that the 2 of them are a couple and were created in the same 1940 issue. They also had a son together who became a superhero as well.
92. Who’s that guy? Well, that’s the Question.
Question is his name. And yes, he tends to have his face covered so you won’t know who he is. Rorschach from Watchmen is a homage to him.
93. Here we have Zatanna at her desk with a skull.
Unlike some superheroes, when Zatanna is doing her gig when a villain’s on the loose, she doesn’t need to change. Still, I kind of like this picture for some reason.
94. When it comes to color schemes, Batgirl prefers black and yellow.
Because she wants to distinguish herself from Batman. Still, perhaps she should take the yellow down a notch since bright colors seem to stand out more.
95. In Gotham, the Dark Knight Rises at night to fight crime and bring justice to this dismal city.
His armor could use a paint job in this. Then again, Batman is supposed to be rather war weary if you think about it.
96. Looks like Joker and Harley are headed off to the beach.
Man, they sure look like a fun couple. Homicidal and psychotic but fun. Love the old timey swimsuits.
97. Remember, girls, you’re never too young to be Wonder Woman.
Sure she might be a little Amazon warrior. But still, she too adorable to resist.
98. Apparently, Zatanna decided to go with a yellow tie and cumberbun this time.
For the last time, she’s not a skimpy waitress. She’s a magician who’s also a superhero. And yes, she’d pull anything out of that hat of hers.
99. “Smile for the camera!”
To be honest, would you want the Joker to take your picture? Didn’t think so.
100. Seems like Starfire is just taking in some air.
For some reason, Starfire doesn’t seem to have much on her. Still, she’s said to be frequently involved with Robin and was married twice. But not to him.