Ten DC Comics Super Hero Outfits You Can Totally Whip Up At Home

Admit it: Dressing up as your favorite fictional character was part of your bucket list at some point. Most likely, it was part of your bucket list even BEFORE you knew what a bucket list was. Come on, who didn’t tie a small blanket (or bimpo) around their neck as a child, pretending to be impervious to bullets, bombs, and their mother’s orders to stop jumping on your bed and go to sleep?

Well, guess what? On April 18, all you need to do is to head to The Block at SM City North EDSA from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and you can get the chance to live out your wildest – yes, even wilder than Animal Man or Beast Boy – fantasies and be in League with an entire Legion of Society’s cosplaying Titans.

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Wait, what’s that? You want to be a part of world record-setting, multiverse-shattering history, but don’t have the costume, budget, or superheroic physique to go with all that Cosmic Rod-powered chutzpah? Lest you start worrying that you’ll find yourself in a Crisis of Infinite Girth, let me assure you – you CAN still suit up as your favorite DC Comics super hero and be part of the World of DC Comics Super Hero World Record Philippines mega-event!

And because, dear reader, I want our friendship to be even stronger that Booster Gold and Blue Beetle’s (and because I want to do that without having to go through the trouble of hiding Martian Manhunter’s cookies), I’ve got not one, not two, but TEN suggestions for you. Read on – we’ll start with the more simple ones, and move on to a few rather iconic surprises.

1. Superboy (Conner Kent)

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Ah, Connor Kent. Half Clark Kent and half Lex Luthor, Clark Kent’s clone – and later, adoptive cousin – has had quite a number of outfits (and bad hairstyles – I suppose Luthor’s bad luck with hair *had* to manifest somehow) over the years. However, this look is easily my favorite, and is a costume you can probably put together faster than you can say “tactile telekinesis.”

What you’ll need:

  • A tight-fitting black shirt with a large red S-shield emblazoned on it
  • Tattered jeans
  • Boots
  • The guts to wear a tight-fitting black shirt

2. John Constantine

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This chain-smoking English bastard is at the top of most DIY cosplayers’ lists – not only is he one of the most badass, witty, smug and irreverent characters under DC Comics’ stable, he also happens to have a ridiculously easy outfit to put together. (Just make sure you won’t accidentally summon a demon while you’re at it.)

What you’ll need:

  • A brown trenchcoat
  • White undershirt and tie
  • Khakis
  • Boots
  • Self-restraint, to stop yourself from socking people who keep pronouncing your surname wrong (“It’s Con-stan-TYN, as in fork tines,” you explain to your hapless victim between punches)

3. Wonder Girl (Cassandra Sandsmark)

2187211-2310807_yjI *Wonder* if anyone here who’s thinking of going as Cassandra Sandsmark has this outfit in mind. While Wonder Woman’s protege’s best-known costumes usually include a red top, her look from the Young Justice animated series is easy enough to pull off (and makes for a great “his and hers” tandem with any Superboy cosplayers you might encounter or bring along with you). Plus, you can hit the gym right after your cosplay stint, and you’d fit right in.

What you’ll need:

  • A black tank top with a gold W across the chest
  • Red jogging pants
  • Blue running shoes
  • A “Lasso of Truth” for navigating through crowds or strangling perverts

4. Starman (Jack Knight)

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He can fly, he has telekinesis, he knows jujitsu, and he looks freaking cool in those goggle thingies. That’s really all you need to know about Jack Knight, the Cosmic Rod-empowered guardian of Opal City.

What you’ll need:

  • A green button-down shirt
  • A leather coat or black jacket
  • Khakis
  • Boots
  • Goggles (try not to use your beach goggles, though – after all, you’re Starman, not Swimmerman)

5. Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)

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Now we’re getting to the A-listers! Exciting, isn’t it? Meet Hal Jordan, the bravest pilot to ever stand up to an all-powerful Soviet alien, as he appears in the Superman: Red Son limited series. This screenshot was taken from Injustice, a video game notable for showing that, under the right circumstances, a skilled military man with one of the most powerful weapons in the universe can still get his butt handed to him by a guy armed with nothing but good looks and eskrima sticks.

What you’ll need:

  • A green ring
  • Army fatigues
  • Combat boots
  • A green jacket
  • Goggles and a cap

6. The Flash (Jay Garrick)

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Before Barry Allen found himself in the right place at the right time to gain superpowers and get two shots at television superstardom, there was Jay Garrick, the original Flash. His costume is so classic, timeless, and irresistibly goofy that it just HAS to be cosplayed by someone, ANYONE out there. Come on.

What you’ll need:

  • A red long-sleeved shirt with a lightning bolt originating from the belt line
  • Blue jeans
  • Red boots
  • That funky dish thing on top of his head (a modified Brodie helmet)

7. The Question (Vic Sage)

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Oh look, it’s the friendly neighborhood conspiracy nut himself, the Question. Always in search of answers and not terribly fond of Rorschach, Vic Sage has an outfit that just screams “cool” (about as loudly as “creepy perv who probably goes through other people’s trash at night”). Bonus points if you’re a girl – you’re actually cosplaying the equally awesome Renee Montoya.

What you’ll need:

  • A trenchcoat
  • A suit and a  tie
  • Black pants and shoes
  • A fedora
  • Gloves
  • A sock mask to hide your face
  • Tinfoil hat and a burning desire to prove that man didn’t actually land on the moon

8. Batman (Bruce Wayne)

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The Dark Knight Detective isn’t looking too dark in his Zero Year outfit. Forced to deal with a Gotham thrown into utter chaos at the very start of his career in DC Comics’ New 52 reboot, Batman had to make do with what was available – in this case, it was grey civvies and his trusty Bat-cowl.

What you’ll need:

  • A grey shirt with the sleeves rolled up to your armpits (snort)
  • Grey jeans
  • Combat boots
  • Straps and belts
  • Grey/purple gloves
  • That Batman cowl you hide in your bedroom and put on (complete with your best Kevin Conroy impression) when no one’s around

9. Superman (Clark Kent)

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It’s the granddaddy of costumed crimefighters, in his very first outing as a superhero in the revamped DC Comics New 52 continuity. His DIY costume makes it look like he’s going to some sort of cape lovers convention, though. Still, it’s freaking Superman. Can’t get any more superheroic than that.

What you’ll need:

  • A tight-fitting blue shirt with a large red S emblazoned on it
  • Jeans with the pant legs rolled up to your ankles
  • Boots
  • A red cape with a black S-shield on it

Don’t let the opportunity to make history pass you by – join your fellow DC fans in celebrating eight decades of Action-packed adventures, Detective yarns, and Sensational stories. Besides, now you already have more than enough costume ideas for this year’s corporate Halloween party!

Oh, before I forget, here’s #10.

10. Swamp Thing

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What you’ll need:

Just grab some lettuce from the fridge and slap it all over yourself. And pray your mom doesn’t feel any strong cravings for a salad anytime soon.

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Come and join us at the DC Comics Super Hero World Record Event on April 18, 2015, from 10 AM to 5 PM at The Block, SM City North EDSA. Visit the official Facebook event page and check out the hashtags #worldofdc_ph and #dccosplayph for more information and the latest updates on this one-of-a-kind, continuity-crashing cosplay extravaganza.

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