New Pics of ‘Man of Steel’ Costume Show Similarities to ’52′ Redesign

by Ernie Estrella on September 1, 2011 · 68 comments

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Some new images have surfaces from the set of the Warner Bros. production of Superman: Man of Steel revealing a closer look at Henry Cavill in the Superman’s costume. In these images there are many more details seen in the costume. As we noticed previously, the suit is skin-tight and has a patterned grid appearance. Superman’s famous hair curl in the front may be reserved for Clark Kent (how clever).

On closer look though we can see more elements to it that would appear to be native to Kryptonian design or the planet Mongo (How many Flash Gordon fans are out there?). Has anyone else noticed how similar this looks to the new re-design in the new 52 DC Universe relaunch? I wonder which one inspired the other first?

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Design embellishments on the wrists, sides and waist show that maybe the costume was created in Krypton and packaged in the rocket ship to Earth as opposed to being something that Ma Kent came up with on her own at the local Jo Ann Fabrics in Smallville. If Superman can withstand a missile or a bomb, his suit is going to be blown apart too unless it’s made from other worldly material. The chest plate looks less pronounced when it’s dirtied up, never noticed how pale the yellow is until now but it is definitely raised up above the rest of the skin-suit.

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Again, the red underwear traditionally worn over the tights is gone–thankfully. I understand that Kal-El is an alien but he’s not Jim Carrey in Earth Girls Are Easy. Seriously, the underwear over the pants was a bad design element from the very beginning. The cape seems to be more a part of the costume, almost sewn in; another image sans cape shows an action sequence with a motion capture actor. I wonder if the cape will be digitally added in later.

This last shot of Superman’s *ahem* backside shows for the first time a zipper in Superman’s costume–hey realism! The embellishments on the lower side/kidney area are seen in full and breaks up the straight old fashioned body suit look. These design elements seem to form a subtle belt, as opposed to a giant yellow or gold belt which Superman has never used other than to hold up his pants. However in the 52 redesign, the comics have outfitted him with a bigger, but more subtle red belt that echoes the shape of the chest emblem. It’s different but works. I think overall this suit will photograph well and might even function well, though it does take a little getting used to.

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Superman: Man of Steel is a Warner Bros. film that will star Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Michael Shannon, Antje Traue and is directed by Zack Snyder. Picture source: ComicbookMovie

What do you think about it?

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Ferdinand November 29, 2011 at 2:19 am

I hate it! Why do they have to change the norm? What’s wrong with the red bikini?

SuperFan November 29, 2011 at 2:40 am

Yup, this costume sucks bigtime. It looks uber-gay.
I actually liked the previous one (even though it had the red briefs). But Im happy that finally they found someone with some muscles. I hated the sissy boy in Superman Returns.
And I hope they will make this superman smarter than the previous ones..they’ve all been all brawn and no brain till now. I don’t care if that departs from the comics, but please don’t make him so gullible to his nemesis.

Bolts December 3, 2011 at 9:38 am

The suit is gay as hell. Wtf is up with that giant cod piece?? And I thought the nipples in Batman Forevef was bad. This takes he cake!

Sydney December 5, 2011 at 7:19 am

I like it. It’s cool. The old suit was so dorky. Come on…it was!!! I can’t believe some of you guys aren’t going to see the movie cos you don’t like the costume. Grow up!  Who cares about the suit! As long as the script is good and the acting is good- with Henry Cavill playing Superman how could it not be. Can hardly wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SNAlien December 10, 2011 at 7:29 pm

I don’t know.. It looks too tight for comfort, and that makes you think that it’s tight for other reasons (hmm, what could that be?). One of the most noticably traits is his wiener. I really hope they’re not trying to make a sexed up, modern superman. We don’t need that. 

Brandon Routh might not have been as “steely” as this, but his other qualities was all Superman to me. He’s supposed to be not only superhuman in strength, but also in goodness. He’s supposed to be the mommy’s boy who no one can mess with (with exceptions). 

The suit should be brighter too, but I do support the removal of the panties. I’ve always had an issue with pants on the outside. 

Despite all this, I’m actually very excited for the movie.  

eknirb January 7, 2012 at 11:37 pm

awful.  doesn’t even like like Supey.  looks like an Alien exoskeleton.  Pass.

Anonymous January 17, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Well, he IS an alien.

Anonymous January 17, 2012 at 7:22 pm

I love the new costume. FINALLY something different than that flag waving color scheme of nostalgia. I think people forget that he is from another world so the costume represents that idea. No more red diapers.

Jbozobo January 23, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Uhhh, expect him to rip it off and start dancing any second….

Jbozobo January 23, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Agree, lose the zipper, as if Superman doesn’t have access to nano-materials that seal seamlessly, or hell maybe just maybe he’s heard of velcro?

Bob February 11, 2012 at 6:41 pm

A tarnished ‘S’. . ?

If they can’t get something as basic as the suit right, then how much worse for the script?

Benitozaybe May 19, 2012 at 8:27 am

No one can ever replace Christopher Reeve

nevilleross August 8, 2012 at 1:52 pm
nevilleross August 8, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Strange, people used to say the same thing about George Reeves way back when, and look where we are today….

nevilleross August 8, 2012 at 3:21 pm

There’s nothing wrong with the costume, it’s quite a welcome evolution of the costume, and the Superman concept. Expand your horizons.

fuck all the haters August 29, 2012 at 9:29 pm

you’re all absolute morons. i didn’t really believe it when my old teachers used to say “90-95% percent of the world is simply idiots.” you all just proved him right!

why in the freakin world would underwear or bright colors make a superhero? are they not allowed to have costume redesigns? i think you’re all forgetting how nolan’s batman has a redesigned suit… and you all loved that. so why all the hate?

i think this costume is badass. this movie is supposed to show “the darker, more gritty” man of steel. it’s apparently supposed to show us clark kent after the fame and glory days. so shut up. if you don’t like it, get the hell out and let me watch my movie in peace. granted, if the movie sucks… it sucks and we’ll forget about it.

Neville Ross August 29, 2012 at 10:15 pm


I too am getting tired of all of this bullshit from these haters and whiners, and wish that they would shut the frack up and see the movie, or NOT see it if they’re going to be so nitpicky about Superman’s costume. The suit was changed in the new Superman/Action Comics books, so I don’t know why they’re all bitching like crazy-it was approved and created by DC Comics itself!

It was time to change the costume anyway (personally, I would’ve preferred the unitard and a red jacket similar to what Connor Kent/Kon-El wore in past comic books, but I guess that cape’s too much a part of nature to be given up) and I will welcome this new movie when it comes out next year.

Neville Ross August 29, 2012 at 11:24 pm

That’s the spirit!

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