The Ultimate Superhero Costume Guide for 2016

Ultimate Superhero Costume Guide 2016

2016 is shaping up to be the year where superheroes take off the gloves and battle it out with each other. Superman is fighting Batman. Captain America is fighting Iron Man. Deadpool is fighting anyone in his way and Apocalypse is coming to take on the X-Men. Yes, it should be an excellent year for watching them on the silver screen and a good year for dressing up in superhero costumes. Here's our 2016 superhero costume guide, highlighting all the hot comic book characters. You can find all the heroes you need to know about this year, from Marvel characters to DC favorites, these looks will cover all the bases in 2016!


Batman V Superman Costumes

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens this year and it puts the two DC powerhouses up against each other. Frank Miller suggested back in the 80's that the two comic book characters might not actually get along that well, despite how they'd often been depicted as best buds in the Justice League. Zack Synder has finally pitted the two in a deadly brawl with his latest movie, but it also poses a question to fans. Are you Team Batman or Team Superman? Let's check out some of the looks for both of the DC superheroes.


Batman Costumes

Batman Costumes

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Batman proves that the human spirit can achieve just about anything. Or maybe he just proves that having an arsenal of gadgets is completely awesome? Either way, choosing Team Batman in the battle between the two superheroes seems like a no-brainer. The guy has a grapnel gun, Batarangs, power armor, flash grenades, night vision, explosives, and to top it all off, he has a really sweet ride. What does Superman have? A cape? Batman has one, too. If you plan on choosing Team Batman, then you're going to need one of these Batman costumes to highlight your decision this movie season. They cover tons of different looks that the Caped Crusader has assumed over the last century.


Superman Costumes

Superman Costumes

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It's hard to imagine a world without Superman. Without him, the world would be some kind of dystopian society where General Zod rules as supreme overlord and disobedience gets you zapped by laser beam eyes. Superman took a stand against him and stopped him. Combine that kind of heroism with the fact that Supes has his own set of laser vision and can toss a M1 Abrams like it was a football, it's pretty clear why anyone would side with him in a one-on-one rumble. Not a whole lot has changed since his first appearance in 1938. His costume has almost always consisted of blue spandex with a set of red underwear and a big “S” on his chest, but once a hero finds a winning combination, why tinker with it? These are the Superman costumes for you to wear once you've decided to choose team Superman.


Wonder Woman Costumes

Wonder Woman Costumes

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Wonder Woman finally makes her movie debut and it's about time. That girl has been keeping the world safe from a whole pantheon of bad guys since 1941, so it's astonishing that she hasn't played a bigger role in DC's cinematic universe until now. While her style has changed a little bit over the years, her commitment to butt-kicking has not, and she's the perfect balancing force to keep Batman and Superman from fighting like a couple of school boys on the playground. To celebrate the girl's awesomeness, here are some of the various Wonder Woman costumes that you can wear while heading to the release of Batman v Superman.

Captain America: Civil War

What is it with superheroes and fighting each other these days? It used to be that the superheroes fought the bad guys, but now the good guys just can't seem to agree on anything. Captain America and Iron Man are squaring off this year in the biggest battle royale that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has ever seen. Of course, the entire comic book universe got turned on its head when it happened back in 2006, now the MCU tackles this iconic storyline. Not only will this new movie forcing the Avengers to choose sides, but it's also putting a split in the comic book community down the middle. Is Captain America right, or do you side with Iron Man? Make your decision wisely!

Captain America Costumes

Team Cap Costumes

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Whether it's Chris Evan's manly features, or Steve Roger's reputation as an all around good guy, there are plenty of reasons to side with Cap! He's also on the side of freedom and who doesn't love freedom? Hawkeye, Falcon, Ant-Man, and Winter Soldier join him in his fight against regulation and Iron Man, so if you plan on supporting him in the upcoming clash of the Avengers, then you'd better be sporting one of the costumes for #TeamCap. We've put together all the costumes for anyone who's trying to join his team with these Team Captain America Costumes.

Iron Man Costumes

Team Iron Man Costumes

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Iron Man's stance seems like a pretty solid one. Superheroes have immense power, so it's only natural that someone should be able to keep an eye on them and make sure that they're held accountable for their actions. His best pal, James Rhodes, The Vision, and Black Widow join him in his battle against Cap. These #TeamIronMan Costumes are the ones you'll want to wear if you want to stand alongside Tony Stark in this epic Marvel superhero battle.

Deadpool and X-Men Costumes

Okay, so maybe not EVERY superhero movie is centered on a huge battle between heroes this year. Fox is putting out two new movies based on the X-Men franchises in 2016, Deadpool and X-Men: Apocalypse. Although a movie pitting Deadpool against Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters would make one killer film, we're just going to pit these two groups into a hypothetical battle. Do you choose Team Deadpool or Team X-Men?

Deadpool Costumes

Deadpool Costumes

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We really don't have to make an argument why you should join the Merc with a Mouth on his mission for, well, whatever it is he believes in. He loves flattery almost as much as he loves chimichangas. So, the best way to become a part of Deadpool's entourage is to dress like him (or Mexican food). Wade isn't always known for being a teamwork kind of guy, but if he were to assemble his own team, it'd probably be a whole team of guys just like him! As such, we've gathered all of the best Deadpool costumes (and some Mexican food costumes).

X-Men Costumes

X-Men Costumes

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The X-Men are at it again this year. This time, they're taking on the baddest of the mutant baddies, Apocalypse. With a name like that, you know that he means business. They're fighting for the future of peaceful relations between human and mutant kind. Well, that and they're trying to make sure the world doesn't fall into the rule of a sadistic, tyrannical ruler! Anyone who's joining their struggle against the evil Apocalypse is going to need one of these X-Men costumes. From Wolverine to Storm and even Cyclops, there are plenty of ways for you to show your support of the superheroes.


Suicide Squad

Harley Quinn and Joker Costumes

Suicide Squad Costumes

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With all the violence going on, it's nice to know that a love story can still survive. This summer's Suicide Squad brings back the classic romance between Harley Quinn and The Joker. Okay, so maybe Harley and Mr. J's romance includes depraved conduct, tons of violence, and a few explosions, but it IS a love story of sorts. Anyone trying to celebrate this year of heroes while also trying to celebrate their love through the look and feel of comic books will need a Harley Quinn costume or a Joker costume. These outfits capture their looks throughout the years, from old school appearances to how they look in the Arkham video game series. Aren't the two villains just adorable together?

So, which superhero film are you most excited to see this year? Do you plan on dressing up in costume to head out to the theaters? Which illustrious superhero team are you going to side with? Let us know in the comment section and be sure to check out our complete selection of superhero costumes featuring everyone's favorite characters from comics, movies, and more!  

Ryan Heuer

Ryan Heuer is a Copywriter at He spends much of his free time wrestling alligators in the bayous of Louisiana. He spends the rest of his free time coming up with incredulous false facts about himself. Usually he can be found at his local game shop wearing strange hats while making bad financial decisions involving Magic: the Gathering cards. Also, he likes frogs for some reason.