That's What's Up: Is the cape dead for superhero costumes?
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Q: For superheroes, is the cape dead as a design choice? What killed them? Could they come back? — @kingofdoma
Back when The Incredibles came out, I was working the front counter at a comic book store, and let me tell you, there was good news and bad news. The good news, of course, was that we were all pretty stoked about getting what was arguably the single greatest superhero movie we'd ever had up to that point, but the bad news was that every time I had a conversation about superhero costumes, I had someone doing their impression of Edna Mode shouting "no capes!" while I was contractually obligated to listen. And it will not shock you to learn that I have a lot of conversations about superhero costumes.
But if we can put aside Brad Bird's sartorial edicts for a moment, I'm going to take the bold stance that capes on superhero costumes are actually pretty great, even if they're not for everyone.