Why Bryan Singer should add some color to the X-Men uniforms

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I do enjoy Bryan Singer’s X-Men films, but there are many things he can improve on, like the uniforms. In the comics, the X-Men characters stand out thanks to the different colors and design. The same can’t be said about the films. So why is that? Is it because the filmmakers think the comic book versions look silly? We’ve seen some of the other X-Men films try to add some color, but Singer always reverts them back to the black uniforms.

The first X-Men movie

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We’ve been introduced to the black leather uniforms in the first X-Men film, with Cyclops taking a jab at the comic book versions by saying, “What would you prefer, yellow spandex?” So instead of making an outfit that looks “funny”, Singer opted instead to make them look cool and edgy. The black uniforms continue with Singer’s second X-Men film.

X2: X-Men United

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Even Brett Ratner continued with the black leather look with the third X-Men film.

X-Men: The Last Stand

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Once we got away from Bryan Singer and Brett Ratner, we finally saw some color in the X-Men uniforms when Matthew Vaughn helmed the following movie.

X-Men: First Class

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The color palette is an homage to the X-Men First Class comic uniforms.

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Once Singer returned with X-Men: Days of Future Past, the X-Men uniforms reverted back to black again. D’oh!

X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Deadpool is part of the X-Men film universe and featured two of the X-Men family, Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Since Singer wasn’t at the helm, can you guess what color the outfit was for Negasonic Teenage Warhead? Yellow and dark blue! Director Tim Miller and team opted to give her the First Class look.

Deadpool’s Negasonic Teenage Warhead

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You would think that Singer would be influenced by Miller and Vaughn’s choice in adding some life to the X-Men uniforms… but nope! Enter the next X-Men movie.

X-Men: Apocalypse

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Yeah, Singer brings back the black.

The X-Men consists of mutants with special powers. They fight for their rights to be treated as equals in a world that fears and hates them. The colors represent them showing their pride to be mutants. Take that away and they look like soldiers working for the government.

Now YouTuber kaptainkristian has created a video on why the X-Men uniforms in the comics are important. Also check out the behind-the-scenes part showing the actors having a hard time moving in the “practical” outfits in the first X-Men film.

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