|Dollar Bill, Watchmen (Zack Snyder, 2009)|
As a bit of fun over the weekend, I ran a short opinion poll on the concept of capes as part of the superhero costume, specifically "if you were a superhero, would your costume include a cape?"
Jonathan Linneman immediately reminded us of the fate of Dollar Bill in Alan Moore's Watchmen (pictured above in Zack Snyder's 2009 movie adaptation) , who was gunned down by bank robbers when his cape became snagged in the building's revolving door.
The enigmatic Unknown, an amateur artist, pointed out that: "As it's a visual medium capes work with superheroes and speak of authority and mystery. Practical uses are minimal so if heroes were real few would have them I suspect unless their authority or mystery were key."
The visual impact of a hero's cape was also highlighted by Natholeon who, admitting he would wear a cape as a superhero, said: "Capes add a certain degree of gravitas to a hero. I guess it also depends on what type of hero you are. Night-time heroes like Batman use them for concealment in the shadows, while invulnerable types like Superman and Thor are so powerful that a cape is never going to be a disadvantage in a fight."
And lest we forget the wise words of Incredibles' fashion designer Edna E Mode (as pointed out by numerous people):
However, despite the overwhelmingly negative anecdotal evidence of the potential dangers of cape-wearing, the majority of survey participants (52.17%) said they WOULD wear a cape if they were a superhero.
|I guess style trumps safety!|