30 Worst Superhero Costumes


The Crimefighter: Kara Zor-El, who leaves Argo City for Earth and discovers she has some pretty cool powers there.

The Costume: Alright, they got the Supergirl costume down pat (in an old school sort of way), but did they really have to turn her alter ego Linda Lee into such a frizzy-haired geekazoid?

Lamest Feature: That wig. Ouch.


The Crimefighter: No, not a stuttering monarch, but Jenny Johnson, just your run of the mill American who likes to fight crime in her spare time.

The Costume: New York chic. G-Girl may be a super-chick, but that doesn’t mean she has to sacrifice style for the sake of lycra.

Lamest Feature: What’s with the over-sized bonce-warmer? It’s not like she’s working in Russia or anything.


The Crimefighter: Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer who becomes a masked crimefighter thanks to a little toxic waste (hint: don’t try that at home).

The Costume: Red leather, figure hugging, sort of shiny. Probably squeaks when he walks.

Lamest Feature: The mask itself is close to the comics, but on Ben Affleck it just looks wrong. This hero should be renamed The Chin.

The Punisher

The Crimefighter: Vigilante Frank Castle, the city’s most wanted man. He lives in the sewers and fights crime. Nobody ever said being a superhero was glamorous (shut up Bruce Wayne).

The Costume: Black. Like, lots of black. Black T-shirt. Black trousers. Black straps. At least he has muscles for knocking out those who tell him he looks lame.

Lamest Feature: Is this guy even trying? Sure it’s a back to basics, he’s-so-bad-ass-he-just-threw-on-the-nearest-black-thing concoction. But Punisher still gets an F for effort.

Condor Man

The Crimefighter: Comic book illustrator Woodrow Wilkins, who makes it his mission to track down a nasty female Soviet KGB agent.

The Costume: A feathery affair comprised of skin-tight bodysuit (naturally), silly little black pants, and bright yellow boots. This guy needs a personal stylist, pronto.

Lamest Feature: The wingspan may be impressive, but that cumbersome apparatus will surely get in the way of ass-kicking. Right?

The Crow

The Crimefighter: Jimmy Cuervo, murdered along with his girlfriend by a group of Satanists. When he’s resurrected by a crow, he’s, uh, dead set on getting revenge.

The Costume: Lots of black again, this time paired with scare-hair and a frightful load of white facepaint.

Lamest Feature: Anything from the neck up or the neck down. Though Cuervo’s clearly going for scary clown with that facepaint, he comes off more as an off-his-tits mosher.

Meteor Man

The Crimefighter: School teacher Jefferson Reed. When he’s hit by a meteorite, he should turn into a gooey mess. Instead, he becomes Meteor Man, crimefighter extraordinaire.

The Costume: A bulky grey thing with a truly horrible chest logo. Plus a cape that Darth Vader would be proud of.

Lamest Feature: The crappy fake abs – we all know he's holding in a giant gut under all that plastic.

Ghost Rider

The Crimefighter: Fearless stunt motorcyclist Johnny Blaze.

The Costume: A regular black-leather biker dude outfit. With fiery skull for added oomph.

Lamest Feature: The CGI skull is all kinds of computer-animated horrible.


The Crimefighter: John Henry Irons, a weapons designer who develops gadgets for the government. Including protective armour for the military.

The Costume: Metallic. Sort of reminds us of The Man In The Iron Mask , except not as cool.

Lamest Feature: Iron Man he ain’t. This metallic suit comes with a giant metal bib – just in case meal time gets messy.

The Human Spider

The Crimefighter: Lame-o nerd Peter Parker. He gets bitten by a suped-up spider, which in turn supes him up. And gives him pecs to die for.

The Costume: A bargain basement pyjama concoction that Parker puts on to enter the wrestling ring and earn a quick buck.

Lamest Feature: That crummy name, actually. “That's it? That's the best you've got?” No wonder Bruce Campbell changed it to The Amazing Spider-Man. Bruce knows best.

Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.