The cosplay scene has exploded to the point where you should expect to see any type of cosplay at any event. An anime convention will have a Game of Thrones group. Someone will bring Waluigi to a Smash Bros. cosplay gathering just for meme points. And a comics convention will play host to plenty of movie cosplay.
It makes a lot of sense when you think about it. Superhero movies are a huge industry, with repeated successes ensuring more will be made for years to come. That means that fans will continue to be inspired by the silver screen and attempt to perfectly recreate its costumes. Here are some of the best of those attempts we saw at Los Angeles Comic Con.
10 Whatever Happened To Darth Maul?
Darth Maul emerged on the scene as the sinister new villain for the exciting new Star Wars prequel trilogy. And then both turned out to be underwhelming. The current generation of Star Wars fans is kinder to the prequels, however, which means a lot of their concepts have returned. Such as Maul, who saw a triumphant revival in the Clone Wars cartoon.
He then got to come back in the movies for a surprise cameo in Solo. But moviegoers decided to use Solo to protest Disney's aggressive Star Wars strategy. So where does Maul go from here? No idea, but at least we have this awesome cosplay from Roughseas Cos.
9 Sharkboy and Lavagirl!?
Some readers might not even remember that Sharkboy and Lavagirl existed. Only true fans even remember that the movie was actually titled The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D.
It was actually written and directed by Robert Rodriguez, a man known for such hits as Sin City and Alita: Battle Angel. It starred a young Taylor Lautner, who would go on to become a heartthrob thanks to his role in the Twilight series. It was also a pretty bad movie despite that star power. But don't tell that to Soarstormy and Primrosily, who brought the titular characters to life at LACC.
8 Need More Mandos
Hardcore Star Wars fans know all about the Mandalorian people. The planet of battle-hardened warriors once fought a war against the Jedi, which is how they developed their armor and jetpack technology. They also studied various martial arts and battle strategies to be able to fight evenly with force-wielding super people.
We didn't really get to see that with either of the Fetts. This Mandalorian, armor courtesy of Pineapple_Infested_Island, probably would have done a better job.
7 That Wingspan
Honestly, I'm not even sure what this person is cosplaying. The character looks somewhat familiar, and I guessed that it's from a horror movie. Whatever it is, the cosplayer just did a really good job on the wings.
Walking around at a crowded convention with those things on is difficult, especially when you're wearing a mask that looks like it blocks your peripheral vision. So good job, you!
6 Quite The Achievement
Speaking of amazing wings, this Maleficent cosplayer had a huge pair that could extend and retract. It was quite a sight to behold, and she had a massive wingspan when they were fully out.
She also just did a great job on the costume in general, with a killer dress, staff, and head horn things. Hopefully, she entered the cosplay contest, because she definitely deserved some kind of award!
5 The Baby On The Bottom Left Was My Reaction Too
Imagine being a child at a comics convention. A world of beings you've never seen before are walking around, and some of them don't look very friendly. Looking up in wonder, and slight terror, is an appropriate reaction.
I had the same reaction when I saw Aldragonlord's Predator cosplay. Fortunately, for both me and the kid, it was just a guy in a costume. Then again, it probably wasn't the weirdest thing the kid saw that day.
4 Living The Meme Dream
The Joker costumes are going to be plentiful this Halloween after Joaquin Phoenix knocked it out of the park with his take on the Clown Prince of Crime. The thing is, the Halloween Jokers are going to be behind. SmylexDylan already set a very high bar at Los Angeles Comic Con.
Aside from getting this iconic, meme-worthy shot, he also danced his way across the convention floor, never once breaking character. Talk about pro cosplay!
There are a few people who bring their remote-controlled Star Wars droids to conventions, and they're always a hit. Who doesn't want to see a real-life R2-D2? Even Miyamoto Production's Chopper here, who isn't as recognizable to the casual fans, got some love at LACC.
One fan, in particular, got a little too close. That is a Jawa's job, after all. We can only hope that the Jawa didn't get to complete his work. It would be a shame to work so hard on a droid only to have it be stolen and sold to some moisture farmers.
2 Nope, No Thanks
With Los Angeles Comic Con taking place so close to Halloween, the horror movie cosplayers were out in full force. That's how we were treated to this flawless (and utterly terrifying) Pennywise by Todd M. Cosplay.
He managed to get the smile so, so right. It was actually very unsettling to have him stare at me like that as I took his photo. Thankfully, he never offered me the chance to float.
1 No One Thinks About Lobot
If you can't tell, there were more than a few Star Wars cosplayers at Los Angeles Comic Con. Yet even with all the prequel love, cartoon references, and original characters present, I was still surprised by this. Who even thinks to cosplay Lobot? Darth Scotti, that's who. And did he ever pull it off.
Credit must also go to Mattgk85, who does one heck of a Lando impression. It's one thing to look like a character, but he went the extra mile to sound like Lando.