Did you know that Darth Vader was supposed to be wearing only a black scarf and not his iconic helmet? Darth Vader is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise created by George Lucas. He’s one of the most well-known villains in history and an important figure in the Star Wars comic series. The American Film Institute even listed him as the third greatest movie villain in cinema history. When George Lucas and his team of designers were creating Darth Vader, they imagined him in a black scarf to cover his face. But Lucas realized that the villain needed something more remarkable than a scarf to match the character. A simple scarf could not keep him alive and breathing considering Darth Vader’s backstory. That’s when the idea of a helmet began to take place. Ralph McQuarrie designed the helmet as part of Darth Vader’s spacesuit - to allow him to travel in spaceships and be able to breathe. The helmet was inspired from the suit of the samurai in the 1954 movie Seven Samurai. Originally, the helmet would only be worn in space, not as part of the regular costume. But then, Lucas and his team opted to have him wear the helmet full-time to add mystery to the character.
Much of Darth Vader’s history can be found outside the Star Wars films where most people are familiar with. But clues about his strengths and abilities can be found on books, short stories, and the Star Wars comics. The Sith priests used spells to protect Darth Vader’s suit and helmet, making him indestructible as long as he is wearing them. The helmet also scans for threats, giving Darth Vader warning. His helmet’s eye visors also helped him see even in complete darkness after his eyes were damaged on Mustafar. Darth Vader’s mask had to be padded with foam because it was too large for David Prowse’s face, the actor who portrayed Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy.
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