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The Best DC Costume Adaptations Ever 

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Updated July 13, 2020 16.6k votes 1.5k voters 51.3k views 32 items

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Comic books thrive on bright colors, exciting action, and awesome costumes. You can tell a lot about a hero or a villain by their super garb. It's especially hard to translate that 2D skill to 3D, and even harder when it has to be moving at 24 frames per second.

We all know the design and illustrations that go into making up our favorite comic heroes is truly an art form. Likewise, the costume designers who construct tangible, wearable, designs from their own imaginations is also an art. 

These people have to somehow make men in tights believable. We have to believe a big blue glowing naked guy might just hang out with a dude that has an ink blot test on his face. We have to believe in a Batman. A Bat. Man. 

These are those impressive feats in costume design, those artists who create magic with their hands and sewing machines, these are the best adaptations of DC Comics costumes.

The Joker ('The Dark Knight')
The Joker ('The Dark Kni... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best DC Costume Adaptations Ever
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This costume is extremely different from the comics. He is, however, a perfect embodiment of the energy and personality of the character. They made a punk rock, clockwork Joker instead of interpreting the comics to a T. This costume is believable and speaks VOLUMES for exactly who the Joker is. 

The costume was so iconic that The Joker looked a lot more like this in the comics for a while after the film dropped.
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Rorschach ('Watchmen')
Rorschach ('Watchmen') ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best DC Costume Adaptations Ever
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A tricky look to get right, Watchmen nailed all of their costumes, but Rorschach's was especially well done. The trench coat and slacks somehow didn't look cliché, and that mask was so real, it was like you could find one for yourself.
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V for Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best DC Costume Adaptations Ever
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Iconic, badass, intense, foreboding, and practical. V's suit and mask in V for Vendetta nailed the book and the attitude of the character.
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Dr. Manhattan ('Watchmen')
Dr. Manhattan ('Watchmen... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best DC Costume Adaptations Ever
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This is a (usually) naked, blue, glowing, perfect physique'd, god-like entity, and we believed every moment he was on screen.
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