San Diego Comic-Con is a place for fandom in all forms, and that includes celebrities cosplaying. Last year, Black Panther’s Lupita Nyong’o got to enjoy the festivities carefree, incognito in a pink Power Ranger costume. Breaking Bad’s Byran Cranston once pulled off something similar, walking around in a Walter White mask, while Mark Hamill collided his most famous franchise with his anti-Trump activism for a very special and disturbing mash-up look. But not every celeb cosplays to hide in plain sight. This year, promoting Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald at the Warner Bros panel, Justice League’s Ezra Miller came to stand out. He came as Mario Bros’s Toadette.
And he didn’t just wear his Toadette couture on the floor for fun and photo ops. Miller took this gender-bending outfit of pretty pink lingerie and macho chest hair to the Hall H stage, and all of the Fantastic Beasts photo-ops.
You might think he’s following in the tradition blazed by John Barrowman, a god to geekdom and LGBTQA+ icon who regularly cosplays as female characters for Comic-Con panels. But the openly queer and unrepentantly nerdy Miller might take issue with this comparison.
ezra miller passionately talking about how the toad species is genderless has the SAME energy as oscar isaac starting a ted talk about gender politics while being asked about the star wars droids’ genders https://t.co/NYCDu3209g— sophie (@nbcwiII) July 22, 2018
Naturally, Miller’s game look won hearts at SDCC and beyond.
Imagine the moment when Ezra Miller explained the concept of Toadette to Jude Law https://t.co/zadPgW9yR4— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) July 22, 2018
If anyone wants to know what I’m “into”- it’s Ezra Miller dressed as Toadette. pic.twitter.com/AZfOtpRanl— Jinkx Monsoon (@JinkxMonsoon) July 23, 2018
ezra miller at comic con dressed as Toadette— laura ✨ (@daisyrdley) July 22, 2018
oil on canvas/ artist: god himself pic.twitter.com/O0JicVgu6k
This picture of Ezra Miller dressed like Toadette is truly what the internet is supposed to be for. pic.twitter.com/1KzRvR18dv— Zach Heltzel (@zachheltzel) July 21, 2018
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald opens later this year and still co-stars alleged abuser Johnny Depp, despite repeated outcry from fans for J.K. Rowling to stand up for the victims of abuse who found a source of inspiration in Harry Potter’s journeys.