All-American superhero Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman, All Over Press.
The 10 most stylish superheroes
There’s more to being a superhero (or villain) than a shiny cape, spandex and superpowers. Some of the finest on our screens are making waves in the style stakes, too – here are our ten faves.
10. WESLEY SNIPES AS BLADE
Vampire hunter Blade, immortalised on screen by Wesley Snipes in 1998, dedicates himself to protecting humans from vampires to avenge his own mother’s death. He does it all in his trusty leather trenchcoat and sunglasses, which somehow enhance his ability to hunt down those immortal rascals.
9. UMA THURMAN AS POISON IVY IN BATMAN AND ROBIN
As the female sidekick to the wicked Mr Freeze, the eco-criminal Poison Ivy tries to take down Batman, Robin and the world at large in the cheesy 1997 Batman and Robin. In her vibrant green catsuit and long red hair, her superpower lies in tying her enemies up with vines and then using powerful toxins to beat them entirely.
8. JENNIFER LAWRENCE AS MYSTIQUE IN X-MEN
The villainous Mystique presents a challenge to the X-Men in 2011’s X-Men: First Class.Jennifer Lawrence is a bright blue mutant with scarlet hair and shape-shifting abilities, which she can use to her advantage to bamboozle her enemies.
7. SCARLETT JOHANSSON AS BLACK WIDOW IN THE AVENGERS
With a codename like Black Widow, you would expect Scarlett Johansson’s role in The Avengers to be scary and maybe a little evil. In fact, she is an experienced spy with no real superpowers other than her human abilities, and her form-fitting black trousers and combat boots mean she’s dressed for the part, too.
6. CHRIS PRATT AS PETER QUILL IN GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
As intergalactic outlaw Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt got to beef up and play an action lead, becoming a Hollywood heartthrob with laidback style star in the process. Peter, a half-man, half-alien hybrid, is on a mission to save the universe while becoming a real hero in his own right.
5. POWER RANGERS
In their tight-knit team of six, the Power Rangers took to our screens to battle alien invaders and enemy forces with impeccable style. With identical outfits in bright shades of red, yellow, blue, pink, black and white, they launched a trend for space-influenced superheroes in powersuits with kids around the world.
4. HALLE BERRY AS CATWOMAN
As Catwoman, Halle Berry starred as the bizarre lead of the Batman spinoff, as a graphic designer brought back to life by a cat. From then on, she becomes a superhero with feline abilities, in her iconic barely-there black leather catsuit designed by Oscar-winning costume designer Angus Strathie.
3. JACKIE EARLE HALEY AS RORSCHACH IN WATCHMEN
In the dark dystopian world of Watchmen, based on Alan Moore’s graphic novels, outlaw vigilante Rorschach patrols the city investigating deaths and uncovering conspiracy. He does this in secret, hiding in a trenchcoat, fedora and shifting inkblot mask – his “true face”, which changes, continually forming symmetrical patterns.
2. LYNDA CARTER AS WONDER WOMAN
Lynda Carter entered our cultural memory in 1975 as Wonder Woman, and her secret identity Diana Prince, in her all-American costume of red glitzy bustier and blue-and-white starry short shorts. Her real power, though, lay in her bracelets, which could stop bullets with their strength.
1. CHRISTIAN BALE AS BATMAN
Taking on the role of Batman with 2005’s reboot Batman Begins, Christian Bale became the imposing, muscular superhero with a dark, demonic edge inside him. The man inside the iconic suit, complete with gravelly, intimidating voice to match, won praise for his depiction of the troubled Bruce Wayne/Batman character.