When superhero/supervillain costumes succeed on the big screen, it's a miracle. But it's also rare. The movie superhero outfits are a multiverse of fail, and here are 40-odd examples of total costume catastrophe. Brace yourself, this won't be pretty.

As terrible and shabby as these examples are, I have a feeling we've only scratched the surface here. Feel free to post your own suggestions in the comments. And if you hate gallery format and want to view this in non-gallery mode, click here. (I have a feeling it'll be easier to look at as a gallery though.)

Update: I cut it down to about 40 examples with about 70 pics, because 100 pics really was too many. Sorry if it seemed too repetitive before — I spent forever searching online for screencaps and making my own in some cases.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail


Deadpool from X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Circuit-board-skin disaster. Plus weird goth fetish face disaster. We'll come back to Wade again in a moment.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

The Joker, from the overrated first Tim Burton Batman film. Hat disaster!

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Bane, from Batman And Robin. Bane was actually kind of awesome in the comics. How did this happen??

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Robin, from Batman Forever. Fake pec disaster. Shiny armpit disaster.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

The Ironettes, from Iron Man 2. Although to be fair, they're meant to be trashy showgirls dressed like Iron Man.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Robin from Batman Forever again. Weird codpiece disaster!

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Batman and Robin, from Batman And Robin. Notice how they managed to make Robin's costume actually look worse than the previous one. Also, nipples.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Elektra missed her tryout to be in Apollonia 6 because her shoes were on too tight. Morris Day will not be happy.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Venom, in Spider-Man 3. CG rather than a physical costume, but still extraordinarily silly.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Daredevil costume, featuring too much of Ben Affleck's chin. And shiny pec disaster. I feel like the leather suit is too thick and immobilizing.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

I've never liked the Raimi Spider-suit. It's too rubbery and fake looking. It doesn't look like Peter Parker made this, nor does it look that cool.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

The gloves, also with the raised lines.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Uma in Batman And Robin. We'll be seeing a lot more of this film in this gallery, so fair warning. It's just so full of disaster.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Arguably not a superhero movie, but ugh. Helmet disaster, from Judge Dredd.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Random freak from Batman And Robin. Who is this guy? Kiss makeup disaster!

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Sequin disaster! More of the Jim Carrey Riddler in a sec.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

We're going to have to deconstruct all the ways Halle Berry's Catwoman costume is disturbing. Let's start with the shredded pants, which are about to tear open at the crotch. Did she shred them herself with her cat claws? Why did she shred her own pants?

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Superhero Movie is a spoof, yeah — but this is actually a pretty good example of superhero costume fail, including headpiece disaster, tight crotch disaster and belt disaster.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Again from Superhero Movie. A random supervillain with a clunky armor suit that includes non-representational musculature.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Tim Burton's Batman again. "I can't raise my arms above my head!" Disaster.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

"I also can't turn my head more than 30 degrees in either direction!" How does he fight crime when he can't move?

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Two-Face and the Riddler look just as campy as anything in Batman And Robin. Including Riddler's weird orange hair, and Two-Face's both-sides-crazy jacket, which is just a little too loud for what's meant to be a conflicted character.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

So not only are Catwoman's pants shredded, but so are her shoes. Good job, Catwoman. Then there's the boobs-falling-out disaster.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Jim Carrey's Riddler again, this time without the sequins, but with with the silly pajamas.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Arnie as Mr. Freeze, sporting a really weird headpiece, including a clear plastic cover. More of him soon. Gnarrrr.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

I think you know everything you need to about Michael Keaton's batarang after looking at this picture. Also, lego pecs.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

You know, that wrap really doesn't suit you.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Back to Catwoman. The headgear is also scary. She looks like Mousewoman.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

The Meteor Man. Just had to include that, it sums up so much of what's wrong wtih movie superhero costumes with its immobilizing chunky armor and excessive lines.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

More of head-wrap Uma. Vegas glittery bustier disaster!

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

The back of Burton's Batman's cowl is very silly and neck-brace-like. Also, Penguin pimp coat and string tie disaster.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Serrated pants disaster. What are those shoes?

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Foam-rubber pecs disaster. This picture really needs a silly dialog caption.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Xenomorph head disaster.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Apparently this was an early test for Deadpool. They really should have gone back to the drawing board. I mean, I would go to see this band. But he's not Wade.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Seriously. Wade! WTF?

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Nuclear Man, from Superman IV. Insignia disaster.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Nuclearman's codpiece. Plus shiny gold tights disaster!

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

More Penguin disaster, including the weird tie and the fur coat. His comics costumes would have been hard to translate to the big screen, but maybe they should have thought laterally.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Emma Frost should look cooler than this. That is all.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Shoulderpads disaster!

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Lex Luthor inexplicably dressed as a riverboat gambler.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Ozymandias from Watchmen. This was meant to be a bit spoofy, but they went too far with the rubber abs.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Padded arm muscles disaster!

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Random mutants from X-3. Spit-curl disaster. Seriously, what is that outfit? She should be in that band with Deadpool.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Goblin pecs disaster! Also, the slinky arms are a bit weird.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Don't cry, Samuel L. Jackson. Nobody will remember The Spirit soon enough.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Watchmen yellow fetishwear disaster. I really hate Nite Owl's costume in this movie, too — it feels a bit too campy, and trying too hard to be Batman-like.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

I think they were trying to mute the colorfulness of Superman's costume, which is a mistake.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Too much texture. I hate the little "S" shapes on the big S. And the little bumps on the fabric. It bugs me, for some reason.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Uma's trashy red outfit. It just gets more and more disastrous.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

The Dark Knight's Batsuit is an improvement, except for what it does to Bruce's mouth. Especially when he gets shouty.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Seriously, Bale's mouth looks freakishly big. That mouthpiece is a weird shape.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Juggernaut is like the precursor of Whiplash, only with more chest hair. He looks like he wants to give you a sweaty hug. He's such a cool character in the comics, he looks unstoppable. But here, he just looks sort of surly.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Without the helmet.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

I'm worried when they kiss, he's going to poke a hole in her face with his pointy nose.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

It's A Disaster!

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

There's just never been a great Batsuit. It's always too chunky and stylized. You can't do martial arts in this thing.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Doctor Doom is snarky rather than scary, and part of the problem is the mask, which doesn't convey enough menace.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Kryptonian pajamas. With plushy boots.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Zod wrestling disaster!

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Kelsey Grammar, the original Na'Vi.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

It's not a toomah! There are the bulbous blue pecs, the crotchguard and the shiny headpiece, among other things.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Ummm...

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Prison jumpsuit striptease disaster!

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Bondage harness disaster!

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Clunky basketball star armor disaster. (From Steel.)

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Seriously embarrassing. At least instead of a codpiece, there are metal Y-fronts.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Mr. Freeze as the Hamburglar.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

The Bat-Family in Batman And Robin. Note the nipples, as well as Batgirl's pneumatic chest.

40+ Examples Of How Big-Screen Superhero Costumes Fail

Hancock, at the end of the film when he puts on his "serious superhero" costume. He was better off in a hoodie and shorts.