The dust is now settling from Comic Con in Los Angeles over the weekend. And the big winners were Iron Man and Oz.
We both knew that Iron Man was going to be hot. The success of The Avengers this spring ensured it. But when Robert Downey Jr. entered the Iron Man children’s costume contest for photographs with the kids and the Iron Man 3 costume was released during the director talk, it sealed the deal. Iron Man 3 generated the most discussion online. You can see the new Iron Man costume online at Yahoo’s MOVIEtalk blog. The Movie is scheduled for release next May.
But what is Oz? It’s the prequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Oz: The Great and Powerful follows the Wizard, played by James Franco, as he meets the three witches and transforms himself from Oscar Diggs into the Wizard of Oz. It got the best buzz over the weekend, according to the L.A. Times. It is currently scheduled for release in March 2013, so here’s the movie trailer:
I’m not sure what to think about the potential implications for the Dorothy costume. I don’t believe that Dorothy makes an appearance in the movie, so it is much more likely fans will dress up as the Wizard of Oz or one of the witches. But how could you have a group costume from Oz without Dorothy? I just don’t know how it will play out at this point. If I had to speculate, I’d guess that people go elsewhere for their costumes.
Superman also generated a substantial amount of publicity. Footage of the film was screened at the convention and the director answered fan questions during the Warner Bros. panel. You could also get a better look at the Man of Steel costume via a QR Code and the BrowsAR app. You can capture the image at ComicBook.com. The next Superman is scheduled for release in June 2013.
With only a few days before the open of the Dark Knight Rises, both Anne Hathaway and Christian Bale recently gave interviews discussing what it was like to wear the Batman and Catwoman costumes. Yawn. I’m eager to see the movie, but the interviews didn’t reveal anything new or interesting about the costume. That’s why I am not linking to them. I am, however, getting excited about the new selection of Catwoman and Batman costumes that the movie has generated. I remember looking at the catwoman costume for a website three or four years ago and the ones available from costume manufacturers were pretty bad. Now, they appear to have received a substantial upgrade. Selena Kyle would definitely approve. I also recently saw a Batman costume that retails for around $500. WOW! I expect that isn’t really aimed at the Halloween crowd. It seems to me the type of thing that would be purchased by a Batman fan that is going to wear it to a comic book convention. From the photos that I saw, it looks amazing.
After reading this discussion, you might want to check out Cinema Blend’s post detailing the Top 20 Superhero Costumes. The winning movie costume? Rorschach from the Watchmen. Rounding out the Top 5 were Iron Man (#2), Captain America (#3), Superman (#4) and Spider-Man (#5). If you are looking to replicate a superhero costume for Halloween, that would be a good place to start.
Similarly, ComicVine took a look at Spider-Man costumes throughout history. I love the look of the latest spiderman costume, by the way. I’ll have to think long and hard about whether I can choose Spiderman over Batman or one of The Avengers this Halloween.