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2014-15 TV AWARDS: Best Costume

Written by Alex Reale

The 2014-15 season of TV was a landmark one for superhero TV shows! To celebrate, AP2HYC is hosting its first annual TV Awards. Make sure you vote for your favorites at the end of each article and keep checking back to see who wins!

It’s like they say, the clothes make the man… or woman. Nothing defines most superheroes than their costumes. Every person who decides to undertake crime-fighting and vigilantism follows this unwritten rule of wearing a signature costume. Sometimes, they don a mask to protect their identity. Other times, they just grab whatever looks best on them and start kicking ass. No matter the reason, it’s important that we recognize these heroes for their awesome outfits. Here are the nominees for the best costumes of the 2014-2015 television season.

Featuring contributions from writers: Eric Dodds, Alex Reale, Kathleen McEneaney, Scott Swartz, Brian Corliss

1. Daredevil – Daredevil

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It was a long wait to see this suit, and when I finally got to watch it in action, it was perfect. The colors, the armor plating, and those classic devil horns, everything just looked perfect. The more you think about it, it was almost a complete deviation from the original black costume at the beginning of the season. At first, all Murdock wore was a few black garbs so as to blend into the surrounding darkness. It wasn’t until later on that he decided that it was time to stop working strictly from the shadows. He needed something that was not only armored, but that could also stand as a symbol in the slums of Hell’s Kitchen. He wanted something that would strike fear into the hearts of his enemies and give hope to the innocent at the same time. Thus, the recognizable red costume was born. I can’t wait to see more of this suit in Season 2, which I’m hoping will be just as great as the first.

2. Speedy – Arrow

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It was a long time coming, but we finally got to see Speedy don her full costume at the end of Arrow’s third season. For the occasional Arrow-watcher, the costume may not have had much significance since it was almost the exact same thing that Arsenal wore. But when you look at the events leading up to Speedy’s arrival, you realize just how great the costume was, and how it reflected the character so well. Remember that Thea originally didn’t approve of Roy’s vigilante ways, and almost saw the suit as a symbol of betrayal. However, when Roy leaves it for her, and she decides to throw it on, it becomes the exact opposite. The costume is something that Thea/Speedy wears so that she can work alongside her brother, Black Canary, and the other heroes of Starling City. It’s not so much what the costume looked like as it is what the costume stood for.

 

3. Peggy Carter – Agent Carter

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Agent Carter is always impeccably dressed. From 50’s dresses to knockout lipstick to blue coats and red fedoras, Peggy Carter knows how to take the bad guys down in style. And that in itself is fascinating; Peggy’s superhero costume is a woman’s wardrobe of the 1950’s. Agent Carter wears the fashion of the day instead of a mask to keep her identity a secret. She uses her feminine look to play on people’s assumptions about her to get what she needs. Agent Peggy Carter is super and is a hero and doesn’t need spandex to be either.

 

4. The Flash – The Flash

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When you do something, do it in style, or in Barry’s case, a multifaceted leather super suit. Barry’s costume evolved over the course of the season bringing in accents from various ages of the Flash including New 52 and Pre-Crisis color schemes. While at first, the choice of a darker red can be jarring in comparison to the classic Scarlet Speedster attire, it eventually managed to work well and provided a sharp enough contrast to the staging of the fight scenes. Lighting was key in making the suit look as great as it did, especially when used in sequences where Barry became enhanced by the speed force.

5. The Atom – Arrow

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The most obvious association with Brandon Routh‘s Atom costume is Iron Man–this is DC’s attempt to have their own man in the metal suit, and that’s fine because they nailed it. You can argue that it’s a cop-out, but it doesn’t matter. It looks incredible. The first real encounter between the Arrow, Arsenal, and the Atom puts on full display the whole value that the show has to offer–many Hollywood films fail to live up to the visual effects of that fight. True, we haven’t seen the vertical properties of the original Atom; however, the show-runners have alluded that in coming seasons, we won’t have the knockoff billionaire engineer flying about, and we’ll see a more formal representation of the character.

Who do you think had the best costume this year? Cast your votes!

Best Costume of 2014-15

About the author

Alex Reale

From a young age, Alex knew he was destined to be a writer. He also harbored a deep infatuation with superheroes and comics. Luckily, he was able to combine these two passions through his role with A Place to Hang Your Cape, where he works as Junior Sidekick and Social Media Hero.

When he’s not writing for AP2HYC or working full-time as a content manager for a small business website, Alex is diligently at work on other creative projects including a fantasy novel collection and an independent comic series.

You can find Alex's first book, Dodger's Doorway, on Amazon!