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Concept artist Andy Poon has shared his work from the Arrowverse crossover, “Crisis on Earth-X”, which includes an alternate costume for Citizen Cold. This epic television event brought together heroes from Arrow, The Flash , Supergirl and
Legends of Tomorrow last week, and even introduced some new characters from the dark parallel world known as Earth-X to the Arrowverse.
Among these new characters were The Ray (a superhero played by Russell Tovey, who’s set to spin off into his own animated series) and Citizen Cold (an alternate version of Wentworth Miller’s Leonard Snart/Captain Cold , with a more heroic disposition). One of the biggest talking points from the “Crisis on Earth-X” crossover was the romantic kiss between The Ray and Citizen Cold, which established the Arrowverse’s first same-sex relationship between two superheroes.
Andy Poon was involved in designing both of these new characters. The artist has taken to his Instagram account to share a couple of pieces of art that he did on the crossover, including this alternate take on Citizen Cold’s costume. You will notice that the coloring is lighter than the final product shown in the episodes and Captain Cold’s original costume, which chimes nicely with the fact that this is a more wholesome version of Miller’s character:
Arguably, the showrunners made the right choice by ditching the eye-hiding effect from The Ray’s costume. Even in concept art form, it looks off-kilter and distracting, and it could have been jarring to watch on TV. They could have kept The Ray’s chinstrap, though, as it makes his helmet look a bit more complete.
However, you could argue that Citizen Cold’s ditched concept art costume is a bigger loss. In the finished episodes, he wore a generic dark jacket, not unlike the one that the original Captain Cold wore. If the showrunners had chosen a lighter option like the one from Poon’s design, it could have helped to differentiate the character from the version that came before. Thankfully, they did decide to keep his funky eye protectors, which serve a similar purpose.