Although 2000’s X-Men was the film that arguably kicked off the modern superhero movie craze, the mutant film series has eschewed standard superhero costumes for its protagonists. While the comic book X-Men typically wear colorful outfits, the cinematic adaptations of the characters have typically worn dark, leather uniforms or standard street duds when taking on the bad guys. Fortunately, those of you who have disagreed with these fashion choices are in luck, as 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse may have the characters wearing outfits more in-line with their comic book roots.
One of the questions that director Bryan Singer was asked during a recent Yahoo! Q&A was whether the X-Men would wear their traditional colored costumes in the film. Singer responded that we may see something close to what these protagonists wear on the printed page. He said:
In X-Men: First Class, which I produced and wrote the story for, we hark back to the original colors of the original costumes from the 1963 comics. I will say that in X-Men: Apocalypse, there is a chance - without giving anything away - that you may get closer to seeing what I think, Mr. X-Men News, you are interested in seeing. I know it’s something that I’ve been interested in, I just always wanted to do it the right way.
As Singer mentioned, the yellow and blue sump suits in X-Men: First Class were the closest these characters got to wearing "comic book-y" outfits, with the color scheme harkening back to the outfits from the team’s early years. The end of that movie also had Magneto wearing a faithful adaptation of his comic book costume, although by X-Men: Days of Future Past the color scheme and design shifted closer to the outfit from the original movies. Evan Peters’ Quicksilver did rock his namesake color in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but the jacket and goggles ensemble was a far cry from the character’s standard uniform.
Fans have already glimpsed of what some of the characters will be wearing in the 2016 blockbuster. On the second day of filming, Singer posted a picture of Sophie Turner and Lana Condor, and the latter was wearing Jubilee’s trademark yellow coat. Olivia Munn also teased her tight-fitting Psylocke costume (or at least a prototype of it) on Instagram several months back. Apocalypse is also said to look similar to his comic book counterpart, so we can likely expect the antagonist to wear his unusual armor and flowing cape. We can only hope that some of them wind up wearing anything on the comic book-level of accuracy of Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool.
X-Men: Apocalypse will hit theaters on May 27, 2016.