So… uh… the kids over at the SciFi (SyFy) Wire have released a sneak peek at the costume design for the channel’s update to the classic comic strip character The Phantom.

The Phantom stars Ryan Carnes (Desperate Housewives, Doctor Who) as the title hero and as his alter ego, Chris Walker, in this re-imagined version of the classic comic strip, which has been updated to the present day.

Well there’s purple in the costume, but it reminds me a lot more of the costume design seen in Smallville than a classic hero from 1936.

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via SciFi Wire

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  1. BigEZ
    April 9, 2009 at 11:45 am — Reply

    I didn’t know that the Phantom was in DUNE…The one without the hood looks okay, but that hood looks bad. I undertstand the need for the update though because of the fact that the spandex just wouldn’t look good on episodic television.

  2. Salieri
    April 9, 2009 at 11:46 am — Reply

    Eh, cut of his arms and legs and give him a cheesy mustache and that’s all I’ll need.

    “Oh, sweet mercy! l’ve been rent asunder by your violence! Be merciful and finish me off…”

  3. Salieri
    April 9, 2009 at 11:48 am — Reply

    But, hey – at least he can join Carol Ferris & the recent Dark Billy Batson to form the Legion Of Crotch Logos…

  4. Tecroguye
    April 9, 2009 at 11:51 am — Reply

    “Well there’s purple in the costume, but it reminds me a lot more of the costume design seen in Smallville than a classic hero from 1936.”

    Yeah, even the animated Phantom 2040 had a costume that was more in line with the classic Phantom costume.

    Well… I guess at least they kept the guns… and the belt buckle… can’t tell from the sketch if they are going to be bringing the ring in… which would be sad if they didn’t.

    Still, velcro Converse? A hoodie exco-suit? Whoever thought that combination was a good design, especially for the Phantom….

    No that continuation is too rabid for such an early comment…

    (The End?)

  5. April 9, 2009 at 11:55 am — Reply

    Wow, name typo. sad…

    Anywho, thinking about it that design seems like a better fit for someone with an Assasin’s Creed fetish in Generic Future Setting 1 than the Phantom.

  6. April 9, 2009 at 12:00 pm — Reply

    The hood looks pretty bad. Hopefully they’ll fine tune it. Otherwise, it looks pretty cool.

  7. Rob Liefeld
    April 9, 2009 at 12:34 pm — Reply


  8. Tom
    April 9, 2009 at 1:32 pm — Reply

    a hood? are you kidding me?

  9. Douglass Abramson
    April 9, 2009 at 3:10 pm — Reply

    These are the same people that think SyFy is a cool name.

  10. Kuato
    April 9, 2009 at 3:22 pm — Reply

    I didn’t know the ghost-who-walks spent his spare time riding BMXs in the X-Games. I guess he washed his Vikings jersey with his extra Smallville Green Arrow outfit and out came Next Gen Phantom…striking fear of..of…well…nobody. And where are the rings? On the outside of the gloves?

    You know there’s something about Classics that make them CLASSIC. SciFi needs to be careful how the handle these characters. Their updated Flash Gordon was something akin to what monkeys at the zoo toss around. I’ll watch the pilot of this show…but the first time he gets on his Phantom ski board…I’m OUT!!

  11. crood
    April 9, 2009 at 4:00 pm — Reply

    My first thought was of the pilot episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Q holds a kangaroo court modelled after some post-nuclear era on Earth. The guards wore uniforms like that.

  12. MaximusRift
    April 9, 2009 at 4:06 pm — Reply

    I don’t have a problem with the costume other than the fact it might not be a good fit for the Phantom. The big problem with the costume would be the hood, but that would cover up the soon-to-be teen heartthrob face. ;p

    Then again, this is just a drawing. It might look better in the show. As for the Smallville comment, well what can I say? Wouldn’t *that* be the crowd they want? We are talking about TV execs, right?

  13. April 9, 2009 at 4:41 pm — Reply

    Be hot wearing that in the jungle, wouldn’t it?

  14. Young
    April 9, 2009 at 10:56 pm — Reply

    Hmmm…I don’t know, for a costume that can be worn in the jungle, it looks very stuffy. And they better keep the rings…they are an integral part of the character.

  15. Randallw
    April 10, 2009 at 3:11 am — Reply

    It reminds me of Dexter’s opinion on being a superhero in Miami. Too much leather.

    Is he really going to be running around Africa in all that. More like Ghost who sweats buckets.

  16. The Dude
    April 11, 2009 at 2:03 am — Reply

    This is what you get when costumes have to be “functional.”

  17. April 13, 2009 at 7:03 pm — Reply

    It’s pretty much totally lacking the single cool motif that they could’ve kept: the mask.
    Frankly, it’s baffling.

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