Superpowers are nice and all, but just as vital to the superhero mystique is the costume. Can you imagine someone trying to save the world in a sweatshirt and jeans? Wouldn't stand a chance.
With 'Watchmen'adding some slick new additions to the costume department, we asked users to vote on which crimefighters have donned the coolest outfits. Click through to see the poll results after almost one million votes, as we count "down" superhero costumes from coolest to lamest.
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Spider Man (Black Version)
Played by: Tobey Maguire in 'Spider Man 3' (2007)
Sure, the red suit is a classic -- but the black threads Tobey Maguire dons in 'Spider Man 3' are the perfect expression of his transformation into an edgier, angstier, more emo webslinger.
Played by: Robert Downey Jr. in 'Iron Man' (2008)
It takes a righteously inventive dude like Tony Stark to fashion a suit of red and gold that gives him the power of flight, fight and might. He has no special abilities at all without it, making it a super costume indeed.
Played by: Christian Bale in 'Batman Begins' (2005)
Christian Bale's 'Batman Begins'/'Dark Knight' Batsuit strikes the perfect balance of form and function: Not only is it fear-strikingly badass, but it features tons of nifty state-of-the-art gadgets and armor to ensure that the Dark Knight always vanquishes his foes.
Played by: Michael Keaton in 'Batman' (1989)
Before Christopher Nolan entered the scene, Tim Burton took the Bat a bit darker (no more Bam! Kapow!). We've long thought Michael Keaton's personification in Burton's 1989 flick is under-rated, as is his getup. The neoprene suit made us believe 'Mr. Mom' was a superhero. Talk about Bam! Kapow!
Played by: Tobey Maguire in 'Spider-Man' (2003)
With great power comes great responsibility -- to dress the part of respectable arachnid-bitten good guy. Created by Peter Parker for his aborted career as a pro wrestler, the suit was retooled when Parker decided to use his power for good.
Played by: Jennifer Garner in 'Elektra' (2005)
Jennifer Garner's Elektra costume does little to hide her identity (or much of anything else) -- nothing like pummeling baddies whilst wearing crimson Victoria's Secret lingerie.
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Played by: Hugh Jackman in 'X-Men' (2000)
The X-Men's superpowers are derived from genetic mutations, but there's nothing freaky about the team uniform. Luckily all the good mutants can rock a tight black one-piece -- none more pleasingly than Wolverine.
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Silk Spectre II
Played by: Malin Akerman in 'Watchmen' (2009)
The getup Silk Spectre (Malin Akerman) sports while fighting crime in 'Watchmen' looks like something a futuristic stripper would wear -- and we mean that in the best possible way.
Played by: Halle Berry in 'Catwoman' (2004)
Say what you will about the movie (oh, and we do), but Catwoman's costume -- a black distressed leather suit -- is not the reason this franchise didn't fly.