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This Gotham has style — and you can have it, too

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We’re pretty much obsessed with the new superhero show Gotham, airing Mondays on FOX. Full of gritty heroes and even grittier villains, it takes everything we love from the Batman universe and makes it feel even rawer and more realistic (which isn’t an easy feat when you’re dealing with super villains like The Penguin and Poison Ivy). But Gotham sets up its world before Batman comes of age—in this Gotham City, Bruce Wayne is only a kid, and Catwoman is still just a teen with a proclivity for hanging out in alleys. Ever since Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight series, superheroes have lost a lot of the camp we used to associate with men wearing bright costumes and fighting crime. These…

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From the sublime to the ridiculous: Super style for your next comic convention

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Superhero costumes can be awesome—but they can also be pretty over-the-top. For every iconic Superman there’s a Green Lantern lurking in the corner, all skintight neon and painted-on masks. Women seem particularly cursed with bad superhero outfits. Random cutouts, staggeringly large chests – these ladies are lucky if they get enough fabric to cover their entire stomachs. But of course not all super-heroine outfits stink; some are tasteful, functional and classic. So here are choices for the best – and the most ridiculous – female superhero looks: The Awesome: Jean Grey as the Phoenix As soon as Jean Grey turns into the Phoenix, her costume gets taken to a whole new level. In the movie she looks like she could…

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