Total Nerd The 10 Lamest Superhero Costume Designs Ever  

Eric Diaz
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The worst superhero costumes of all time started as somebody's grand idea for a superhero costume change, then went horribly wrong. In the wake of Wonder Woman getting yet another massive costume change, we look back on the worst attempts at "updating" classic super hero costumes for modern audiences.

What are the worst superhero costumes ever? From slutty superhero costumes (and specifically slutty Wonder Woman costumes), to poor choices of color and fit, there are sadly a great number of bad superhero costumes to choose from when seeking the most ridiculous superhero outfits of all time. Here are the top ten fashion misfires in comic book history.

These could have been the coolest superhero costumes ever, but people had to get a little greedy. Why can't anybody just leave well enough alone?
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Electric Superman

Electric Superman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 10 Lamest Superhero Costume Designs Ever
Photo:  DC Comics

"Hey, lets take the world’s most famous superhero, strip him of everything that makes him an iconic, recognizable symbol around the globe, and instead put him in a light blue and white one piece. And no cape either. Oh, and we’ll give him lame electric powers that are barely worthy of a second string Spider-Man villain like Electro. Any objections?"

Not sure what the hell DC was smoking that day, but if there is one superhero costume you don't f*ck with, it is the Big Red S. This stupid outfit lasted for a whole year, meaning that someone's first (and last?).

Of course, we all knew Classic Supes would be back eventually, but why prolong the inevitable for so long?

And with something so lame as this? We may never know why, but Electric Blue Superman's lameness shoots him to the top of this list.

Random, bonus additional reading: Tim Gunn Critiques Comic Book Superhero Costumes Throughout The Ages
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Mod Wonder Woman

Mod Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 10 Lamest Superhero Costume Designs Ever
Photo:  DC Comics

In the late 60’s, Wonder Woman’s comic sales were in the toilet (in other words, they were selling about twice as good as the #1 selling comic book does today). DC decided to do something drastic. They took everything that made Wonder Woman, well…Wonder Woman, away.

Gone were her powers, her lasso, her bracelets, her magical island, her supporting cast, and her iconic costume. Instead it was replaced with a simple white jumpsuit, and some karate moves. Because she was like a super spy now, or something.

While it wasn't ugly per se, it was worse…. It was generic. It lost anything that connected it to her iconic representation. In modern terms, it was an epic fail (although, she did look pretty cool fighting Catwoman in that outfit). By the early 70’s, the classic Diana Prince was back due to popular demand. 
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Slutty Invisible Woman

Slutty Invisible Woman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 10 Lamest Superhero Costume Designs Ever
Photo:  Marvel Comics

Sue Storm is not only a mother figure to the Fantastic Four, but also a mother in the literal sense to two small children.

So this mid 90’s concoction, with Susan showing her cleavage through a cut out number 4 on her chest, belly exposed, isn't just cheap, it's sad.

What if little Franklin sees you in this, Sue?

This outfit is only suitable for The Real Housewives of the Baxter Building.
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Azrael Batman

Azrael Batman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 10 Lamest Superhero Costume Designs Ever
Photo:  DC Comics

At some point in the mid 90’s, editorial at Marvel decided everyone needed bright, shiny armor. What was good enough for Tony Stark was apparently good enough for everyone else. DC followed suit (pun completely intended).

Back in 1993, the villain Bane broke Bruce Wayne’s back, leaving new "Bad Ass" Punisher knock off character, Azrael, to take over for Batman (we know he is bad ass because he kills...or something).

A pre-Marvel Joe Quesada designed the new Bat suit, which like all 90’s costumes, had way too many shoulder pads and pockets in weird spots (what is wrong with a utility belt that is an actual belt?), and weird pointy things jetting out from odd places.

I will admit the mask that covers the entire face is kind of cool, which is probably why they chose to eventually incorparate it In the Batman Beyond design.

Everything else, though, is WAY too much. This look only lasted as long as Bruce Wayne was out of commission, which of course was not very long. Ah, comic book "time"…where people barely ever age, and kids never get any older, but people get over extreme injuries in what seems like days.