The Greatest Capes

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“Man of Steel,” out Friday, looks pretty good, thanks to Henry Cavill, who’s pretty and looks good in Spandex. Know what else looks good? Capes. Here are some characters who share Superman’s sartorial style.

Zorro
Antonio Banderas put on the black mask and cloak of the slicing, dicing graffiti artist in 1998’s “The Mask of Zorro.” Because what do you want to wear when fighting crime? Loose clothing that makes it easy to grab on to you.

V
Hugo Weaving started a fashion trend in 2006’s “V for Vendetta”: Underneath the cape and hat of the titular character lurks the Guy Fawkes mask that’s a must-wear to any Anonymous protest.

Nacho
All you need to make it in the Mexican sport of lucha libre is a mask and an attitude, as Jack Black learned in the 2006 comedy “Nacho Libre.” It might also help to be in slightly better shape than Jack Black.

The Phantom
A few mistakes were made in making 2004’s “The Phantom of the Opera.” For example, director Joel Schumacher made a mistake in deciding not to make a good movie. But at least Gerard Butler got to sweep around dramatically.

Victor von Doom
Julian McMahon played the cape-and-cowl-bedecked villain of 2005’s “Fantastic Four.” He was destined to be bad: No one born with the name “von Doom” is here to save the day.

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