Movie outfits have got to be one of the most underrated aspects of film production. They tell us an immeasurable amount of things about the character who’s wearing them. That’s why its all the more hilarious when filmmakers miss the mark entirely, to the frustration of the audience.
But if this article teaches you anything, it’s that the voice of the many can have a big impact – or at least ruffle a few feathers. People have spoken out when movie outfits have been misrepresentative, pointlessly revealing, or mind-bogglingly silly. Take a look at the costume design that got people talking.
Cinderella’s Teeny-Tiny Waist
The 2015 live-action movie, Cinderella, brought to life the Disney animated film of the same name. It starred English actress Lily James as the title character but also featured famous actors Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, and Helena Bonham Carter among their line up. But director Kenneth Branagh was met with a lot of criticism for the unrealistic proportions of Lily’s waist.
There was outrage about how her frame had been edited to appear smaller and was sending out a negative message to their young target audience. Kenneth defended the look, claiming that it was all-natural and simply made to look slimmer through the use of a corset. Even Lily defended her waist, saying: “I naturally have a really small waist. The skirt’s big and the corset pulls me in.”
Tropic Thunder’s Misuse of Makeup
Tropic Thunder garnered a lot of attention for its weird and controversial brand of humor. Released in 2008, it was directed by Hollywood actor Ben Stiller and featured a famous lead cast of actors, including Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Jay Baruchel, and Brandon T. Jackson. Robert’s character was a blonde-haired blue-eyed Australian, whose desire to method-act as an African-American man saw him offensively paint his face.
Naturally, there was a huge controversy about their depiction of blackface. Ben and Robert explained that the joke was to mock how far a method actor might take his role, but that didn’t stop it from offending. “I can’t disagree with them, but I know where my heart was,” Robert has said of the criticism looking back.
The Avengers Did Captain America Dirty
2012 superhero movie The Avengers brought together several characters from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Captain America played an important role as one of the lead cast members but didn’t appear to be given the same care and attention by the costume department as other castmates.
Casual viewers and fans alike complained that the suit he wore was far too bright, cheesy, and altogether garish for the serious superhero. It looked more like a kids Halloween costume than an intimidating power outfit. The filmmakers listened to the feedback, however, and toned-down his outfit entirely in future productions. Their rebrand of his look turned out far less goofy and more suitable.
Jurassic World Needed More Realism
The 2015 science-fiction reboot Jurassic World starred Chris Pratt, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Bryce Dallas Howard, among others. It was a huge hit worldwide, even managing to become the sixth highest-grossing film of all time. But a large number of viewers took issue with Bryce’s wardrobe in the film, and loudly voiced their criticisms.
Bryce played Claire, an uptight executive of the park whose role becomes considerably more active throughout the film. But no matter the scene, she always wears her heeled pump shoes. For many, this was unrealistic and simply ridiculous, especially when she’s running for her life from dinosaurs. But Bryce snapped back at the critics, saying “I’m better equipped to run when I have shoes on my feet… I don’t think she would carry around flats with her.”
Deadpool Needed a Major Rebrand
When Deadpool came out in 2016 it changed the face of superhero movies. A serious and stern superhero looked outdated next to the witty Wade Wilson, and future Marvel films would look to emulate his character’s relatability. But we were actually introduced to a far different version of his character in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. And fans didn’t like what they saw.
Seeing Deadpool with his mouth sewn shut, bad eye makeup, and without his trademark superhero suit sent fans into a frenzy. X-Men Origins Director Gavin Hood even regretted his look, stating it was a huge mistake the studio made as they tried to define him. He told fans to think of his version as just an “embryonic Deadpool,” not the real thing. Luckily, they got it right in 2016s Deadpool.
Pitch Perfect Was Out of Tune on This
The Pitch Perfect movie trilogy has been hugely successful since the first installment in 2012. But before the third movie even got released, it managed to rile people up. Australian actress Rebel Wilson posed for a photo with co-stars on the set, revealing their outfits for a particular scene.
Fans weren’t at all amused to see that Rebel was wearing more conservative clothing than her co-stars. The filmmakers were accused of body discrimination, forcing the actress to hide more of herself away than others. In reality, the movie’s costume designer Salvador Perez gave all the actresses a choice in how covered up they were. Apparently, Rebel opted to cover her arms.
Cats Relied too Heavily on CGI
The 2019 musical film Cats was a remake of the hugely successful Broadway show of the same name. People couldn’t wait to see how it turned out, especially as it boasted of a star-studded cast: Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, and Jennifer Hudson, to name a few. But once the trailer dropped the film received a critical backlash for the decision to badly CGI the actors with feline features.
The chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Donna Langley, revealed that they had initially wanted to give the actors prosthetics but they ran into problems. “There were all sorts of technical problems with dancers overheating and not being able to keep the fur on. It didn’t look good,” she explained. We find it hard to believe that this was the second-best option.
Harry Potter’s Insensitive Wardrobe Choices
With the Harry Potter film franchise, fans got the unique experience of watching their favorite characters grow into young adults. English actor Matthew Lewis plays Neville Longbottom, the down-on-his-luck wizarding student of Hogwarts school. To achieve his look, filmmakers actually made Matthew wear a fat suit. The actor revealed that he struggled to feel confident on set with the additional baggage.
“Being 15 years old in the middle of puberty, having to wear a fat suit. There are girls around; I’ve got this fat suit every day,” Matthew explained, adding “No one knows I’m wearing this damn thing, they all just think I’m fat.” It was a pretty insensitive wardrobe decision for an adolescent young man, and it took its toll. “I was just a kind of short, chubby kid who was crap at sport, and I didn’t really have a whole lot going for me.”
Sex and the City Revealed as Sell-Outs
The Sex and the City TV series was so successful, Sarah Jessica Parker decided to bring it to life on the big screen. People loved Carrie’s eccentric sense of style, and her ability to nicely piece together second-hand items. But when the 2008 movie came out, it seems as though the old Carrie had been replaced by a new designer label-wearing one.
People didn’t take well to the high-price fashion items featured in the film, complaining that it wasn’t in keeping with the character of the New York columnist. Rather than Carrie’s happy-go-lucky attitude to fashion and clothing, she was flouting exclusive designers like Chanel and Dior. Sell-out much?
Green Lantern Failed Its Fans in Post-Production
The 2011 superhero film Green Lantern wasn’t exactly loved by fans for a number of reasons. From the script to the character development, it was pretty dissappointing all round. But the public took particular issue with the CGI costuming for Ryan Reynold’s character, which most people thought was pretty poorly executed.
Green Lantern’s entire suit was created with CGI, with Ryan having to film a great number of his scenes in a marked bodysuit fit for motion capture. When he heard of the critical backlash, he told the public that he didn’t know the final product was going to look that bad. But he did let fans in on the fact that he hated filming for it, describing the motion capture bodysuit as “made of actual woven misery.”
The Deep Gave the Public Cheap Thrills
The 1977 adventure film The Deep starred Robert Shaw, Jacqueline Bisset, and Nick Nolte as the lead actors. While they weren’t in the 1950s anymore, they still pushed the limits of an acceptable wardrobe. One particular scene saw Jacqueline wearing nothing but a thin white T-shirt, leaving little to the imagination. She’s meant to be diving for treasure, but the whole thing feels like a bad excuse to see her in revealing clothes.
Naturally, the infamous “T-shirt scene” caused quite a stir with the public. But director Peter Yates didn’t seem to care, having admitted that “That T-shirt made me a rich man.” But Jacqueline later acknowledged that it probably hindered her image as a serious actress. She once explained: “I’d like to get my public image nearer to my reality… They have seen me, you know, in The Deep… and I think they have a lot of misconceptions.
Django Unchained Chooses Style Over Substance
2012 saw the release of Quentin Tarantino’s much-anticipated Western movie Django Unchained starring Jamie Foxx, Samuel L. Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio, among others. Quentin’s known for deviating from fact a lot of the time in his period films, but one particular detail got on the nerves of some more than others.
At the end of the movie, Django is seen sporting some pretty nice shades, but sunglasses weren’t invented until the 20th century. Quentin flexed his creative license on this one, which some people saw as a bit too cheesy. Obviously, Quentin doesn’t really care about making his films realistic.
Suicide Squad Had Margot Robbie Feeling Self-Conscious
After being introduced to Australian actress Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad in 2016, DC comics decided to give the character her own film, Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey. But people took issue with her outfit in the 2016 film, claiming that having Margot wear such a revealing costume took away from her brilliant performance.
Margot said that her character was “wearing hot pants because they’re sparkly and fun,” but she might have been trying to ease the negative feedback. She later admitted: “As Margot, no, I don’t like wearing that. I’m eating burgers at lunchtime, and then you go do a scene where you’re hosed down and soaking wet in a white T-shirt, it’s so clingy and you’re self-conscious about it.” She voiced her concerns to director David Ayer, but it fell on deaf ears.
Wonder Woman Wasn’t All That Wonderful
2017’s Wonder Woman was much anticipated by comic book fans and casual cinema-goers alike. People weren’t sure about their choice in casting actress Gal Gadot as the superhero, but her performance had been well-received in her first appearance in 2016, for Batman v Superman. It was her costume that ended up concerning fans more.
People didn’t take well to the darker and washed out tones in her body armor, claiming it was far different from what her original costume was like. She also wore wedge-heeled boots, which fans complained was simply unpractical for the fighter. But costume designer Michael Wilkinson told critics: “We wanted to create something incredibly strong and portray her as a legitimate fighter.” Which doesn’t exactly answer the concerns, but oh well.
Spider-Man 3 Should Have Gone Back to the Drawing Board
2007 gave us Spider-Man 3 when Tobey Maguire was still starring as the lead character Peter Parker. James Franco portrayed the lead antagonist Harry Osborn AKA the new Green Goblin, which saw him take on an entirely different look from his father. And fans didn’t really know what to make of it.
It’s easy to see why. This bizarre super-suit left a lot to be desired and was a big departure from previous Green Goblin costumes. It completely masked James’ signature smile but left just his forehead and hair exposed. Surely that’s the most crucial part of the body to protect? Who knows. But all we can see is a creepy bug-eyed character that deserved better.
The Seven Year Itch Ruined Marilyn’s Marriage
The 1955 film The Seven Year Itch became an instant classic due to “that” scene with Marilyn Monroe. There’s one moment where Marilyn stands on top of a subway grate, and a gush of wind comes and blows her dress up. It was meant to cause controversy for being a racy and revealing moment.
Even though it might have been too much for some, a large majority of people fell in love with this scene. It became an iconic moment of cinema that everyone’s familiar with, but it had a detrimental effect on Marilyn’s personal life. Her baseball player husband Joe DiMaggio was furious about her exposure, and it is believed to be the final straw to them getting a divorce.
Hellboy Was Relentless for Ron Pearlman
Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy film franchise was big when it came out in the noughties. It is arguably lead actor Ron Perlman’s most famous role, but it came at a price. He had to endure over four hours of prosthetic makeup every morning to shoot, and another three hours at the end of the day to take it off. It was a grueling process, and it wasn’t helped by the fact that wearing head-to-toe prosthetics was incredibly uncomfortable.
Director Guillermo believes that Ron’s discomfort in the makeup process was the main reason he didn’t make Hellboy 3. He once explained: “He [Ron] really grew tired of the makeup in the second film and he was really rubbed the wrong way by those seven-hour sessions.” It seems understandable!
Ant-Man and the Wasp Had Suggestive Costumes
People loved Evangeline Lilly as the Wasp in Marvel’s 2015 superhero film Ant-Man. But fans were less thrilled with her in the 2018 follow-up movie Ant-Man and the Wasp, mainly for the suit she was wearing. People said her suit should have been black and yellow like in the comics, but the costume department went down a completely different route with navy blue.
The wardrobe department did have other concerns about her super suit: “We tested 30 different shapes, which was incredibly time-consuming, but the costume had to look absolutely perfect.” But the final design also had fans scratching their heads after they noticed the suggestive shape on the front of the Wasp’s chest!
Joker Gave Us a 70s Getup
2019 movie Joker was the highly anticipated origin-story interpretation for the infamous villain. The film explored the Joker’s mental state and his inevitable descent into insanity. Starring Joaquin Phoenix as the title character, the DC flick ended up winning several awards. But the lead costume designer chose to deviate from the norm in this movie’s depiction of the tormented Joker.
In previous films, the Joker would wear his trademark purple suit like in the original comics, which complemented his bright green hair. But costume designer Mark Bridges wanted his outfit to be more realistic. Instead of purple, he opted for jewel tones of red, mustard yellow, and teal, explaining that he wanted it to be more realistic to the 1970s era. Naturally, a lot of fans weren’t happy he reinterpreted the iconic purple suit.
Jumanji’s in Hot Water With the Viewers
2016 movie Jumanji: The Next Level had a star-studded cast made up of Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan, among others. Karen received a lot of harsh criticism over her character’s outfit with fans describing it as unnecessarily revealing. Viewers weren’t impressed that the only woman in the main cast was made to wear next to nothing.
But Karen responded to the angered viewers, explaining how the outfit was mean’t to be silly. She said: “It’s about [my character] learning how to inhabit that and dealing with this ridiculous costume. Everything that anyone’s been saying about the costume is exactly what the character is saying about the costume.” Essentially, she is saying that her costume is making fun of what women wear in video games.
Daredevil Has Not Aged Well
Daredevil starring actor Ben Affleck as Matt Murdock came out back in 2003 before he would later star as the better known comic character Batman. And similarly to his Batman, comic fans would have a lot to say about Ben’s Daredevil. In this case, the biggest issue they had was with his not-so-super costume.
In a bid to try and replicate the high-shine of Daredevil’s original suit in the comics, they chose an extremely reflective red leather from head to toe. It wasn’t well-received, with fans finding it tacky, unimpressive, and even “embarrassing.” Looking at it now, we can agree that this super suit did not age so well.
Aladdin Doesn’t Do It for the Fans
2019 saw a live-action remake of the Disney animation, Aladdin, starring Naomi Scott and Mena Massoud as the lovebirds. The casting in itself was controversial as actress Naomi Scott who plays Jasmine is half-white and half-Indian, indicative of Hollywood’s prejudice against hiring actors of color. People saw the opportunity this film had to represent non-white ethnicities, which arguably this European-looking Jasmine does not deliver.
Aside from that, fans of the Disney classic were unhappy that the film changed the couple’s iconic outfits. Jasmine doesn’t have on her famous crop top, and Aladdin is without his simple ragged vest. But actress Naomi defended the filmmaker’s choices, stating that they went for “what makes the most sense for this movie and this time. I think it was the right decision.”
Man of Steel Introduces a New Sinister Superman
2013’s Man of Steel was directed by Zack Snyder and starred British actor Henry Cavill as the new Superman. But it received a mixed reception, especially from fans of the superhero. Henry’s version had a darker personality than previous Superman’s before him, and that translated into his suit.
The colors of the super-suit were far darker and more subdued than the previous bright, primary tones we’ve been used to seeing. Man of Steel also broke from tradition by forgoing underwear being worn on the outside, but people weren’t as offended by that design decision…
Harry Potter Could Have Done a Lot Better
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire came out in 2005 and was the fourth installment of the fantasy film series. Due to the Triwizard Tournament, students attended the traditional Yule Ball; a formal dance with an equally formal dress code. But there was drama surrounding the costumes of Harry and Ron’s dates, Padma and Parvati Patil.
Some fans thought that Harry Potter missed the opportunity to portray some of the glorious and lavish traditional garments worn by Indian women. They found the outfits Padma and Parvati wore to be too simplistic, gaudy, and not commonly worn at formal events. The costume designers explained that they were trying to keep people’s attention on Hermione’s dress.
Judge Dredd Was Not Understood Well
1995 gave us the science-fiction movie Judge Dredd, in which Sylvester Stallone plays a “street judge” who’s being framed for murder in a future dystopia. It wasn’t well-received critically, and it’s thought to be one of the worst films of the year. It had the chance of winning over diehard comic book fans as it is based on a comic, but it failed at that too.
The comic book version of Judge Dredd, famously, never removes his helmet. But Sylvester could barely even wait 20 minutes into the film before he takes it off of his head and reveals his identity. This annoyed the fans, as did Sylvester’s design changes to his costume that he allegedly asked for personally.
X-Men’s Chemical Overload
X-Men: First Class came out back in 2011 as a prequel to the earlier X-Men film series of the noughties. But it might surprise you to know that Jennifer Lawrence’s character, Mystique, previously played by Rebecca Romijn in the earlier series, was never meant to be totally nude.
Mystique is for the most part of the film completely naked when in her natural blue form. Fans asked why this had to be since in the comics, she usually wears a white dress. It seemed like they just wanted to make her unnecessarily revealing, and even Jennifer wasn’t a fan. She once complained: “It’s just the paint… I’m like, ‘I can’t even pronounce this and that’s going in my nose? I’m breathing that?'”
Star Trek’s Stinking Set
Star Trek: The Next Generation aired from 1987 to 1994 and attracted a huge and dedicated fan base. It starred Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, and Marina Sirtis among others. But they had an awkward start to the series because of the costume material, which made the set a stuffy and unpleasant place (left.) Creator Gene Roddenberry put the actors in spandex for its futuristic appeal.
But the material would “dig into the actors’ shoulders” where they were “wearing them 12 or 15 hours a day,” admitted a former cast member. As a result, many of them suffered from back problems. Spandex also retains smells and, after long working days, the stench was unbearable. The smell would never fully wash out and in the end, the costume department swapped it for a more dignifying wool gabardine in season two (right.)
Tarzan and His Mate Was Almost R-Rated
1934 adventure film Tarzan and His Mate was the second installment of the Tarzan film series. It starred Johnny Weissmuller as the title character and Maureen O’Sullivan as Jane, Tarzan’s love interest. Interestingly, Maureen also happens to be actress Mia Farrow’s mother in real life.
Somehow, director Cedric Gibbons was brave enough to put Maureen in a crop top and extremely revealing loin cloth! The latter didn’t even cover her the side of her hips. Of course, this caused quite a stir with America’s 1930s audience who considered it outrageously provactive. The truth is, Cedric initially intended for her to be completely nude, covered only by props and angles. Believe it or not, he chose the more conservative option.
X-Men Wasn’t Afraid to Re-Write History
The X-Men film series boasts an ensemble cast, and as of the 2010s has focused on the origin stories of its collection of superheroes. Actor Evan Peters portrays the super-mutant Quicksilver, who has the ability to operate with super-human speed. But many fans were taken aback by the costume department’s bold departure from his original look.
The new Quicksilver featured unkempt silver hair, a silver motorbike jacket. and eye goggles. It’s a far cry from the comic book version who had short, spiky hair and a streamlined suit. Some people didn’t take well to the change, but many have since come to appreciate the new updated version of Quicksilver.
Batman Never Gave Robin the Respect He Deserved
In 1966, Batman: The Movie came to theatres following the success of 1966’s TV show, Batman. The film even starred most of the same actors from the series. Actor Burt Ward resumed his role as Robin, Batman’s trusted sidekick, but he wasn’t too pleased with what the costume department had in store.
It was the producers who decided that Burt’s costume should be exactly the same as his comic book counterpart. But that meant starring in a less than dignified outfit. From the hotpants to the tights to the tight collared cape, Burt claimed it was the single most uncomfortable thing he’s ever had to wear.
Twilight Were Out of Options
2010 saw the release of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse which was the third installment to the Twilight film series. With a die-hard teenage fan base, it was long anticipated and blew up in the box office, despite the mixed reception. But fans and casual viewers alike couldn’t help but notice that Kristen Stewart’s hair looked totally different despite maintaining the usual style.
Kristen was donning a wig for the entire film and the fans, in particular, weren’t too keen on it. But she had only recently finished shooting for The Runaways, in which she plays the pixie-haired Joan Jett. She cut her real hair for the role, against the wishes of Twilight’s production team.
Star Wars Neglected Their Most Beloved Character
The Star Wars film franchise started as a trilogy in 1977 and still produces films to this day. One of the most recognizable characters throughout is the beloved C-3PO, a talkative droid, played by actor Anthony Daniels. But in 2017 he lifted the lid on what it’s really like to be the masked character on set. We had no idea it was quite so lonely as he revealed it to be.
Anthony admitted: “It’s not easy for me being in the suit because I’m slightly separated from everybody else. Back in the day, I was basically locked in…” Being C-3PO was clearly very isolating. “After a few days, I had become an object. People forgot I was in there,” he revealed, adding “They accepted that I was a robot and a machine and you don’t have to be nice to machines. You don’t have to say, ‘Are you okay?'”…Are you as angry at the Star Wars team as we are?
RoboCop Gives Batman Vibes
2014 brought us the remake of the 1987 cult science-fiction movie, RoboCop. The original didn’t have access to the special effects that the 2014 film did, and fans appear to have preferred it. But while they could get over their gripes about the digital advancements, the costume design was a whole other story.
Even before the film aired, photos leaked of the new Robocop suit and fans were very offended. They described the title character, played by Joel Kinnaman, as looking like a knock-off Batman. Others complained that he looked like a small guy in a big costume, trying and failing to look intimidating. All we do know is that Joel found the first suit that the designers proposed so uncomfortable that he almost walked away.
Catwoman Is off the Leash
Catwoman came out back in 2004 and was a hotly anticipated flick with actress Halle Berry as the title character. While there was some controversy about having Catwoman as a movie protagonist, her costume is what got people really riled up.
Her super suit was extremely revealing and completely impractical for a crime-fighting heroine. One wrong move and everything’s on show! Fans didn’t appreciate her shredded leather pants or her bondage-style bra-let. The movie ended up becoming a major flop and apparently, Halle has regretted it ever since.
Spider-Man Made Their Villain a Laughing Stock
2002 brought about Spider-Man starring Tobey Maguire as the title character, Peter Parker. Willem Dafoe portrayed scientist Norman Osborn AKA the Green Goblin in a performance that was both critically praised and ridiculed. Fans couldn’t quite look past the cartoon-ish costuming.
Mainly, people didn’t like the Green Goblin’s mask. Not only did it look like it was made from cheap hard plastic, but it also covered up Willem’s brilliantly expressive facial features. While people commended the actor’s emotive performance, the costume still took people out of the movie experience.
Pirates of the Caribbean Made a Little Mistake
The fourth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series came out in 2011 under the name Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. It received mixed reviews for its story-telling, but viewers couldn’t let the historical error they spotted just slide.
All those British redcoats we see serving the king, as it turns out, shouldn’t have been wearing those clothes at all. The film was set in the early 1700s, but those coats didn’t come around until half a century later. Apparently, the costume designers weren’t thorough enough in their research.
Star Wars Got Lazy in the Writing Room
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones came out back in 2002 and was the second installment on the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Natalie Portman starred as Padme Amidala, the young Queen of Naboo, in a role that catapulted her to worldwide fame and recognition.
Her outfit in the film drew criticism, however, for her exposed midriff. The lower half of her top was supposedly ripped off by an alien, leaving a conveniently revealing design. It seemed like lousy scriptwriting to the fans, but Natalie shrugged off the comments by declaring, “I got over the hump of 18 so I’m allowed to show tummy now, I guess.”
Fantastic Four’s Traumatizing Treatment
2005’s Fantastic Four starred Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, and Michael Chiklis as the main cast. Viewers were quick to criticize “The Thing’s” suit, worn by Michael, for looking cheap and unrealistic. But little did they realize that the actor was just as disappointed by it.
Michael had to endure hours in the makeup chair to cover him in the rock-like prosthetics. And that was before the acting day had even begun. It was so traumatizing for him that he even had to consult with a psychologist for professional mental health. Looking back, he described the experience as a “physical and psychological nightmare.” Poor guy!
Captain Marvel Has a Reason to Feel Smug
In 2019, Captain Marvel was finally released with up-and-coming actress Brie Larson starring as the title character. Her character is allegedly the strongest superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with the die-hard fans to match. So when images of Captain Marvel leaked where she uncharacteristically dons a green suit, fans were outraged.
But it seems like fans were forgetting Captain America’s backstory, as she initially wears green in the comics before changing to the American flag colors. And the film included the transitional period, so she did acquire her famously red, blue, and gold super suit. All that fuss was for nothing.
Godzilla’s Questionable Solutions
The original Godzilla movie came out in 1954, with 11 consecutive sequels that followed up until 1972. Amazingly, Japanese actor Haruo Nakajima played the water monster in all 12 films, making him a pioneer of what is now called suit acting. And he had to endure pretty questionable circumstances when he got into character as Godzilla.
The Godzilla suit was partially made out of cement, which made it weigh something close to 100kg. This was due to the rubber shortage following the war years, so the costume designer made do with what was available. But it was so difficult for Haruo to remained so restricted that they had to constantly pause filming to let him take the weight off.
Star Wars Had a Comfy Solution
In 1977s Star Wars: A New Hope (Episode IV) actor Peter Cushing played the part of Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin AKA the Commander of the Death Star. The commander is depicted as evil and destructive, but we know a little secret about him that may change your opinion.
The Star Wars costume department gave Peter some slick black boots that, unfortunately, were a little on the small side. So they swapped out his commander shoes for a pair of cozy slippers, which he filmed all his scenes wearing. They were just extra careful not to film past his knees.
John Carter and the Scandalous Two-Piece
Actress Lynn Collins played the part of the royal Martian warrior, Princess Dejah Thoris, in the 2012 film John Carter. But she wasn’t too happy with the original costume her character had to wear, and requested that changes be made. She wanted the outfit to have a higher cut.
A lot of viewers thought the final product was far too revealing. But in reality, the costume could have been far more risque than what it was. Princess Dejah’s OG outfit from the books didn’t even have any fabrics attached to it – she was entirely “clothed” in luxury ornaments and jewelery!
American Hustle Can’t Tell Time
The 2013 crime movie American Hustle starred a slew of A-list celebrities such as Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Louis C. K. It received numerous accolades, but there was one major slip up that some viewers noticed, which proceeded to spread like wildfire.
Louis’ character Stoddard Thorsen loves to flash his gold Rolex watch at every opportunity. Obviously, the filmmakers thought it played in to his character perfectly. The only problem was the film was set in the seventies, while his particular wristwatch was fresh out of 2010. Oops.
The Mummy Returns and Their High Street Wardrobe
The Mummy Returns came out back in 2001 and built upon the adventures of the first 1999 film installment, The Mummy. But eagle-eyed viewers were confused during the epic fight scene between Anck Su and Nefertiti when clothes tags attached to their underwear kept popping out and making an appearance. Surely that wasn’t happening in Ancient Eygpt.
It was a pretty careless slip up, and one that you wouldn’t expect them to make considering the mistakes from the first movie. In The Mummy, filmmakers found themselves a little embarressed after several wardrobe inconsistencies kept surfacing.
The Tudors Should Have Known Better
The 2007 history-drama series The Tudors depicted England in the 16th century, specifically the life of King Henry VIII. Costumes were integral to the show’s success, which saw them run for four seasons. While the wardrobe department did a fantastic job at piecing clothes together, they didn’t quite meet the researching standard.
Women on the show were depicted as having white ruffs worn around their necks. But this accesory wasn’t worn at all during the 15th century, at least not by the “high-born” society that they show. Wearing such a thing would have been considered extremely scandalous by Tudor standards. And fans were quick to catch on to that.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Just Got More Curious
It was hard enough to follow the plot of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, but this wardrobe mistake just made it all the more confusing. Released in 2008, it starred Brad Pitt as the man who aged backwards and Cate Blanchett as the apple of his eye.
A detail that probably went over most of our heads was spotted by fashionista’s as a major faux pas. How is it that Benjamin is in 1945 but he’s wearing Ray Ban sunglasses that wouldn’t come to exist until 1952? Surely they hire people to check this sort of thing?
Baywatch Could Have Invested More in the Swimsuits
Baywatch has gone down in history as one of the most iconic shows to come out of the late 80s and 90s. It famously starred David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson back in their youth, alongside co-stars like Jeremy Jackson and Gena Lee Nolin who played less significant roles.
Gena’s character Neely Capshaw wore the shows famous red swimsuit, which it turns out wasn’t all that practical. They weren’t even made from a water-resistant material, let alone swimsuit spandex. And Gena’s first time wearing it revealed that it was in fact see-through. Luckily, she noticed just in time before having to shoot.
The Ten Commandments
The epic 1956 film The Ten Commandments was a dramatic biblical reimagining of the life of Moses, starring Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, and Anne Baxter among others. It was hugely succesful for its time, becoming the second-highest grossing movie of the entire decade.
With Anne starring as the infamous Nefertiti, she stole the show in an amazing blue silk dress. But such a color wasn’t historically accurate, not just to the character but to the period in history. Blue was a difficult color to grasp, and the process of dying silk such a brilliant shade of teal was not yet invented.
Catch Me If You Can Couldn’t Pull up a Google Search?
2002’s Catch Me If You Can was the biographical crime movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks in the lead roles. Amy Adams appeared as supporting character Brenda Strong, who was the young daughter of an attorney and a hospital worker. The wardrobe department clearly thought that braces added to her endearing personality.
But they missed the mark with this one. The film is set in 60s, when braces weren’t in common rotation like they are today. It would take another decade until they could be accurately depicted, but dental advancements are just taken for granted these days by most. At least some viewers were quick to point out the inconsistency.
The Other Boleyn Girl Chose Looks Over Plot
Historical “reenactment” The Other Boleyn Girl came out in 2008 and was met with a fair share of criticism, no matter how good the acting was. Starring Natalie Portman as Anne Boleyn opposite Scarlett Johansson as her younger sister Mary, there were several inconsistencies throughout the film, which annoyed many viewers.
One of the biggest inaccuracies depicted in the film is in the hairstyles of Anne and Mary Boleyn. They are often seen with their hair down falling over the shoulders, which is grossly inaccurate to the styles of the time. Their hair should have been tied up and kept hidden from sight if the facts were important to them.
Robin Hood Stole From the Future
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves was released in 1991, starring Kevin Costner as Robin Hood and Morgan Freeman as Azeem. It wasn’t particularly well-received, and on top of that, the writers didn’t exactly do much fact-checking for this one. Unfortunately, a lot of people were quick to spot a big mistake.
During one scene, Robin and Azeem aid in the use of a striking leather telescope. But they’re supposed to be set in 1194, many centuries before the telescope was even invented. It wasn’t until the 17th century that the apparatus came to be, making this film all the more ridiculous.
Batman & Robin Was a Little Cold on Set
1997 film Batman & Robin saw George Clooney as Batman, while Chris O’Donnell acted alongside as Robin. The film wasn’t critically praised and is often thought to be one of the worst superhero movies of all time. It doesn’t help that they garnered a lot of attention for their costume choices, too.
Audiences couldn’t help but notice that Batman and Robin’s nipples were unnecessarily prominent. The rock-hard suits had them standing out in 3D and fans couldn’t understand why. Director Joel Schumacher explained that those features tied into the image of male perfection that they were going for. They were emulating the “Greek statues that have perfect bodies.”
Cleopatra Was Ahead of Its Time
Silent film and stage actress Theda Bara played the title character in Cleopatra, back in 1917. Only a few years out of the Victorian era, the world was still in a very conservative place and women weren’t expected to show so much as an ankle. So when Theda appeared on-screen barely wearing any fabric whatsoever, the public was beside themselves.
Not only did she show a lot more than just her ankles, but her chest was covered in intricate beading rather than any fabric at all. While it was extremely racy for the time, the filmmakers wanted to make the costumes as true to history as possible. From the outfits to the jewelry, they tried their hardest to be faithful to the designs of ancient Eygpt.
Batman Forever and the Impractical Helmet
1995 gave us Batman Forever starring actor Val Kilmer as Bruce Wayne. Reviews were mixed, but that didn’t stop it becoming the sixth-highest-grossing movie of the year. That being said, filming was a nightmare for Val he revealed, because of just how uncomfortable his bat-suit was.
Val’s helmut was a solid piece of hard plastic than ran over his shoulders, making it impossible for him to turn his head. The actor comented on the costume: “The suit takes an hour to get into… and then you can’t hear because there are really no earholes in it… Plus, you fall over quite easily.” We don’t envy him.
The Avengers Put Scarlett Johansson in a Tight Spot
A decade has passed since actress Scarlett Johansson joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Natasha Romanoff, AKA Black Widow. She debuted in 2010’s Iron Man 2, where she donned a skin-tight super suit for the first time. She continued to squeeze into the constrictive outfit in all The Avengers films. Some fans thought they focused too heavily on her desirability over her skills, doing a disservice to the character.
In one interview Johansson expressed her true feelings about the costume.”Look at that thing. I mean, who wants to get into something like that?” Scarlett said. She continued saying, “It was also everything it represented. The character was so beloved. She’s an iconic character. And I didn’t know how people were going to take it.” Clearly, Marvel didn’t hit the mark with this one.
Zardoz Was a Peculiar Choice for Sean Connery
Science-fiction movie Zardoz came out in 1974 and depicted a post-apocalyptic world where people worshipped “Zardoz,” a stone god that decided their fate. Scottish actor Sean Connery plays Zed, an exterminator and the protagonist of the film. Naturally, people couldn’t stay quiet after seeing 007 in a loincloth with garter attachments, thigh-high leather boots, and a plaited ponytail.
It’s definitely a brave look and not one that paid off seeing as the film did terribly commercially and critically. People thought Sean made a fool of himself, which is ironic considering the time in his life. Sean had only just sworn off playing James Bond anymore as he thought the character was turning into a joke. Then he starred in Zardoz…
X-Men: Apocalypse Knows What Sells
2016 superhero film X-Men: Apocalypse introduced some new mutant characters into the mix. One of them was the telekinetic Psylocke, who was played by American actress Olivia Munn. However, the public had a lot to say about her barely-there super suit and how irrelevant it was to her character.
The material was so thin, Olivia even suffered a major wardrobe mishap the first time she tried it on: “I just popped the crotch, the latex just broke.” Still, when faced with a backlash she defended wearing the suit, claiming that “I can see the way that she’s dressed but it has nothing to do with how strong she is and how powerful she is.”