When Bryan Singer premiered “X-Men,” his movie based upon Marvel’s team of mutant superheroes, in 2000, there was a lot of controversy over the costumes. Instead of following the comics verbatim, they were made of leather (which was more than a little bit inspired by “The Matrix,” which came out a year earlier).
It was controversial at the time, but worked.
Singer appears to be working from the same playbook with “X-Men: Days Of Future Past,” though less successfully, if the image of Quicksilver (above) is any indicator.
And “less successfully” is being charitable. I know you cannot always tell how something looks from one picture, but that image looks really, really bad. I understand why they didn’t go with spandex, but a leather jacket? For a character who’s ability is manifested by running really, really fast?
I get the feeling that Singer isn’t a runner because if he were, Quicksilver wouldn’t be wearing leather. It’s not practical, doesn’t breathe and is somewhat heavy.
And why would you have a character that is supposed to be very fast moving, carrying so much literal baggage? I can’t tell from the pictures if those are his pockets, or some sort of utility belt, but why would he needs so many compartments?
Which is, I think in this instance, maybe a little bit of spandex is called for.
The green version of Quicksilver is from the comics (He’s also worn a blue version from time to time as well). I understand that theres no way on Earth that you could use this costume because it looks really silly and wouldn’t translate well to the screen. Now his more recent costume, that’s another matter. It’s pictured below, and a variation of it could have been really, really interesting.
I haven’t seen Joss Whedon’s version of the character that’s going to appear in “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” but he certainly can’t look any worse (can he?).