When I was young, I used to dream of becoming my favorite superheroes like Superman, Batman, and Spiderman. And all those childhood enthusiasm and curiosities, I never ceased to ask questions on their identity, secret or not, and how they were presented to us. Now that I'm old enough to know that these guys are not real, the fascination about their costumes still lingers in my head. We now watch live action movies of the same comic book characters we used to love to read in comic books and watch in afternoon cartoon shows. I have listed here some questions about how they appear in comic books and in the flesh (I mean in movies).
Why do comic book characters like Superman or Spiderman wear their underwear prominently?
Seriously, this is the same age-old question that is still left unanswered. Do you know the answer? I really don't know why but it seems this style is already a tradition that comic book artists have left us to uncover. In my own opinion, I do believe that these are not under wear at all, these are just part of the bodysuit that these characters wear. In other words, these are not separate clothing. The artists may have intended it to give some sort of color contrast or just emphasizing the superheroes' muscular physique.
Why do they have to wear their costumes behind their typical alter-ego clothes?
Again this question has to deal with Superman, Spiderman, and other characters moonlighting as typical working professionals in real life. Its incredibly inconvenient to wear your costumes when you're Clark Kent, a journalist, or Peter Parker, a college student/photographer. Will you wear full latex costume underneath your business clothes? Answer me really quick. Unless if you're Bruce Wayne with his ever dependable butler Alfred or a shape-shifting mutant who doesn't need a costume at all.
The answer is so simple. Sex sells. Unless if they are the villains but seriously villains have femme fatales too. By the way, Elektra and the Black Widow are so hot!
Why do costumes of comic book characters don't get get ripped, damaged, burned, and even removed after all the fighting and mayhem?
Ever wonder, why some characters have very strong costumes? When you see it in the comics, their costumes look like typical fabric we buy at textile stores. As a matter of fact, in the film Spiderman, Peter Parker even made his own costume after his grandfather was killed by a thug. I can't imagine fighting with the Green Goblin, Venom, and Dr. Octopus with only few minor wardrobe malfunctions from scratches to some tatters. Even Superman may have a costume made of some sort of space age material or even a nano-suit. I wonder where they get their dry-cleaning or even have their laundry after fighting bad guys.
Why do they wear masks?
Well, they don't want to reveal their secret identity but Superman only wears glasses when he's Clark Kent? Is Lois Lane or the people of Metropolis dumb because they don't know who Superman is? Even the jaw-lines of some masks are prominent. Ask Mr. Wayne, I mean Batman. Of course villains do hide their ugly and disfigured faces, at least these guys have shame in their eyes. Kudos to the Ghost Rider for having a flaming skull for a head, so need for a mask.