CosPlay Profile: Sonny Whyte
Today I had the pleasure to speak with CosPlayer Sonny Whyte who hails from across the pond in Liverpool. Sonny has had a love for Superman since he was a wee lad when he first saw Superman: The Movie with Christopher Reeve, and, yes, he did believe a man could fly. He’s been CosPlaying for two years. Although, as it turns out, Superman wasn’t his first CosPlay, it was Anakin Skywalker from Revenge of the Sith before he got all crispy. Since then he’s also done Kylo Ren whitch he really likes but he’s returned from the Dark Side and his first childhood hero Superman. Here’s a little of our conversation. I hope you get to know Sonny a little.
OG: Will you be CosPlaying Anakin or Kylo for the Star Wars premier?
Sonny: Hahaha unfortunately not I’m afraid the people who I do promoting with are away for the holidays so we weren’t able to organize anything.
OG: Did you make the Anakin costume yourself?
Sonny: No I actually had the Anakin costume custom made. I’m afraid I’m not very good at making costumes. All the ones I use have been custom made.
OG: That’s still cool. You come up with the ideas and work on it from that angle and leave the rest to the tailors?
Sonny: Yeah I pretty much see a costume or an idea and then I’ll try and find someone to make it for me or find a company online to make it. It’s like my Kylo Ren outfit I actually picked it up off Amazon.
OG: I always see you in your Superman CosPlays so I didn’t realize you did anyone else. So, quick list Anakin, Kylo and Superman: who else have you done?
Sonny: That’s pretty much it. Lately I’ve been having a blast playing Kylo Ren. So far the coolest convention experience was this little boy (pictured above) was dressed up as Darth Vader and wanted a picture with Kylo.
OG: I have to agree that was pretty cool. I mean, one look at that picture you kind of get why Sonny enjoys the world of CosPlay so much. So I guess with the Star Wars play you took Kylo’s line to heart “I’ll finish what you started” to heart, huh?
Sonny: Hahaha that’s for sure have grown really fond of Kylo Ren to be honest
OG: As much as you love Star Wars I take it Superman is your favorite?
Sonny: He certainly is and all different versions too.
Sonny’s first Superman CosPlay was a mix of the classic movie, comic book influenced with a touch of George Reeves. Take a look for yourself and tell us what you think.
He’s captured quite a few aspects of the on screen persona of Superman. He’s done Clark Kent from Smallville, Superman from the Justice Lords in Batman Beyond, Man of Steel as well as BVS and Justice League.
OG: Sonny you’ve done a great job with all the different versions of the caped wonder. I have to say the costume from the animated future version is pretty bad ass!
Sonny: Thank you have to admit love it but do prefer my dawn of justice suit.
OG: So who was the coolest person you have met while being Superman?
Sonny: I had the pleasure of meeting Jeff East who played the young Clark Kent in the 1978 movie.
OG: Tell us about the promotions you’ve been involved with since you started doing this?
Sonny: Well the guy who runs Merseyside con is the one who organizes promotions and the first one I worked was for rogue one.
OG: Have you done any charity work as Kal-El like fundraisers or visiting the children’s hospital?
Sonny: I haven’t done any charity events as yet, only mainly done the appearances for movies to be honest, and of course the conventions.
OG: What’s the convention circuit like over there? State-side (I’m East Coast) they are out of control from small old time comic shows to huge shows with what seems like hundreds of guests. Most likely 75-100 booked appearances not including cancellations.
Sonny: I’ve met up with a group of people at a couple of big ones over here and they are pretty intense and look amazing but would love to get over to the states and see one of their cons as they look awesome.
OG: Last month we interviewed Matches Malone who’s been CosPlaying Batman for 25 years now. Do you think you might be doing this just as long?
Sonny: First off a bit on the morbid side; I’ve said that I want to be buried in one of my Superman costumes. I really hope to CosPlay that long. I’ve told my parents and family no matter how old I am I’ll always wear a superhero top and probably still do cosplaying as well.
OG: Now I can tell you love DC characters but if you CosPlayed a Marvel character who would it be and why?
Sonny: Think it would be either Spider-Man or Captain America. They’re both my favs from when I was a kid.
OG: I’ve always wanted to dress up as Dr Doom. He’s my favorite marvel villain when I used to get excited reading Spider-Man in the newspaper. Doom was the big bad I remember reading. Who else is on your Superman bucket list to meet connected with your favorite character?
Sonny: Would love to meet Sarah Douglas who was nice enough to follow me on Twitter 2 years ago. I would also love to meet Terence stamp Aaron Smolinski and Henry Cavill.
OG: What’s the biggest show around Liverpool?
Sonny: The MCM was the biggest one for Liverpool and it’s now moved to Manchester also ultra con is a big one too which is in York.
OG: Superman wise whats your favorite collectible you have and what’s one thing if price wasn’t an object that you’d have?
Sonny: My fav collectibles would have to be my superman Hot Toys and if money were no object I would go to Superman Day in Metropolis, Illinois and also try and get the first edition of Action Comics that superman was in.
OG: I was going to ask you about Superman Day too, so I guess you’d love a chance to hang out in the Super Museum there, huh? I saw that Dean Cain visited there and was blown away.
Sonny: Yeah would love to visit the superman museum and have a weekend there for superman day also saw the Dean can video myself which I thought was cool.
OG: Lastly tell us why you CosPlay?
Sonny: It’s fun and makes me feel good about myself and also when I’m at cons it brings smiles to people’s faces.
There you have it all the CosPlayers I’ve talked to over the years all have that in common becoming one of their favorite characters puts them in a happy place and makes you and others happy.
I’d like to thank Sonny Whyte for taking the time today to talk with us here at Outright Geekery, it was our pleasure sir & Cheers!