Honestly, I feel that they made the right call. The suit, in the movie that is, was something from Krypton instead of being homemade. It looks like it was made in the struggling civilization Krypton was. In Batman v. Superman, I hope the costume becomes a bit brighter, maybe add some more yellow, but other than that, I don't think the costume needs briefs.(I'm not opposed to them, but it's not something I demand they add.) They may or may not work on screen...idk. Btw, I personally like the longer cape.
Back when Supes was first made, I'd think people would've understood the briefs.(Strongmen would wear them...) How many people would honestly know that now? Superman's suit has gone through many changes, the suits changes tons of times, the colors have changed in shades and hues. So now they decided to remove the briefs. I can get why people wouldn't like the change, they're iconic and they've always been around, but I don't think it's as bad as people think. It's a new take on Superman's costume. Things have to change eventually. If I was a hero, I wouldn't want to wear the same thing for the entirety of my career.
Though, I would say I'd like to see the Superman curl.
I don't like the briefs look honestly, it looks so 40's. The most iconic part about Superman is the shield, change the briefs isn't unnecessary because they don't make sense in this time period? They're there to add more red to the costume, I'm fine with that, but it's possible to add red w/o briefs.
I believe the reason they made the suit like that, is to make it appear more alien.Which is why its a full body armor suit, instead of his classic hand made costume. Plus the reason they changed the suit might be so that it appeals to everyone.
My take on Superman's costume (which Martha made by unraveling his blanket) was that, while Batman needed people to be afraid of him, Superman needed people NOT to fear him. The suit, with the briefs and the cape, were evocative of the circus, the bright colors of fun and childlike charm. I'd have preferred the suit on the right. But then, I disagree with just about everything from the movie.
I think the reason they darkened the costume is to reflect the world. Because in man of steel he wasn't just saving Metropolis and the united states he was saving the entire world. Plus the reason they made film dark (which isn't much) is to reflect that the world has changed.You can't watch a superhero saving a cat in a tree, when there are wars going on.
"The reason they darkened the costume is to reflect the world." Uh, what? How in the hell does making the costume darker say "I stand for Earth" or "I protect the whole planet?"
Even if that DID make sense (which it does not) Superman has been protecting the entire planet since about 15 metaphorical minutes after he first showed up. Seriously.
Dude, if you think Superman spends his time saving cats from trees, you clearly have no idea what you're talking about. At all. Hell's bells, you obviously haven't even read his fucking Wikipedia article if you think the costume should be darker because "there are wars going on."
The first Superman comic was published on April 18, 1938. Something happened a year after ... let me think...OH RIGHT. WORLD WAR II HAPPENED.
The world has changed in the last 80 years, true. Our culture has changed since 9/11. There is a trend for things to be darker; it seems like pessimism in the guise of "realism" is more and more popular.
Which is, I argue, why we need a primary colored, optimistic, *hopeful* Superman now just as much as the world needed him in 1938.
It's not about him being "dark," it's about which materials/colors/palettes translate well to film. It's also about translating a dated comic book costume concept from 1930 to a convincing modern interpretation. They made AMAZING calls with his costume for this film. The muted, greyish yellow, the composite blue-black(which also has purples in it if you look close) makes for a convincing alien-like material. If antything I'd say go further. Lose the boots. The alien black detail lines along the suit, again, make it look alien and functional. Not a "costume" but the military underarmor of his people.
I'd have made the "S" even less of an "S" shape, making it more clearly a kryptonian symbol. I'd do something with the cape as well, making the material look less velvet and earthly.
We should try to be objective, and think, "how would an alien from krypton actually dress?" I think it's obvious that's the direction they took. And it's the only tolerable filmic depiction of Superman to date. Even Return of superman's costume looked campy, though they chose a great blue.
The bright royal cobalt of the 80s and 90s looks too much like a baseball uniform. TOO blue! too rich.
Though, C.A.'s suit is definitely full of more true color than we normally see in films these days, however, it's FRAMED as being corny, "old fashioned." It's made to resemble the colors of the flag in this flashy throwback fashion, se we accept the design.
In this superman universe, there's no way we'd accept this bright ass cerulean onesie with bright red trim and a yellow ass superman symbol on the back. It's just plain silly.
I'm sick and tired of this dark shit, where it's movies or on TV. I'm sick of this cultural obsession with darkness, and the idea that optimism, hope, and faith are childish notions that have to be abandoned.
I'm sick of this belief that in order for things to be "serious" or "for adults," they must also be dark and cynical.
I want the optimism of the source material to be reflected in film adaptions. THAT EXTENDS TO THE COSTUME.
HE'S SUPERMAN. He dresses in primary colors, embodies the best parts of humanity, never kills, and always believes.
Because he's Superman.
If you can't accept that in your movie Superman universe, I have to wonder why you want a Superman movie at all.
Well, I don't buy into things being "dark" for their own sake. When I say dark I mean literally using muted or dark colors. Not for any thematic purposes, but because it simply doesn't look ridiculous on film. Can you picture batman begins with gray tights and a blue cowl? It just doesn't look convincing to the eye. On a comic page it's passable because of how abstracted things are, but on film it ends up looking silly. It's not the "darkness" per se, but also the complexity of the material, the patterns and multiple colors mixed in. If you look close, you'll see blues grays and purples in superman's suit. This makes for an organic, convincing garment that captures light in interesting and subtle ways.
1st off, I'm a Superman junkie & yours is AWESOME! Just saw the new one & have to say, new getup is OK, but as I watched kept thinking that Damn Cape was too Big! Reminded me of why I stopped watching Steven Seagal movies, cause he started wearing those Damn Long Leather Trenchcoats that distract you from the movie & wander why he wears them & looks so out of place! My bad! With that said, Both of yours are Awesome, but I do favor the More Original uniform over the new one, just b/c it doesn't seem so thick & Cape's about right! Great Job!
Your Superman on the right is the one that should be in the movie. This new Superman looks like he is running around exposed without the red briefs. Your Superman also had the curl of hair dropping down onto his forehead. This new Superman will not be liked by the traditional fans. They will go and see the movie, the moan about it. The studio will say it is successful because of ticket sales. But a second Man of Steel film will not be successful. The Superman costume has stayed the same since it was first drawn in 1938, while Batman's has changed over the years. This is why the changes to worked with Batman.
@thedreaded1 "That's the biggest problem with the movie. Superman is not a dark character and shouldn't be portrayed as one. I'm hoping by the time the JLA movie comes out that WB changes the suit."?
Um, no offense. But are you friggin kidding meZ?! That is NOT the biggest problem and he does NOT look like his he wearing pajamas with the red trunks. the fact is that the outfit does NOT look right without it. It helps draew less attention to that certain bulgy area. plus, helps balance out the colors and there is so much more meaning to the red trunks than some of these people could understand!!
They should have gone with yours with the modern material. Superman is a light character, the light blue of the costume shows this, but then again you do have Nolan producing or directing the movie and he does tend to have a darker look at things.
The thing is is they're trying, I assume, to make him more alien and less human. The thing with Superman, what makes him the greatest hero is that he embraces his humanity, he embraces all of the good aspects of humanity. He's not a guy that wears military armor, his suit is made by a his mother out of blankets that made the trip to Earth with him, unlike what DC wants people to believe now. His suit should look like something that his mother would be able to make, something that would make you trust him. And having him dressed in something that doesnt look human really wouldnt accomplish this task right off the bat,especially to someone that did not know anything about aliens other than the movies they watch in which aliens want to destroy the world.
The problem is when analysing the idea of his mother making his costume, it doesn’t make sense. DC stated that material which superman costume is made is almost indestructible even Darkseid omega beam can’t destroy it in a matter of seconds, so how was Mama Kent able to cut it and put it together. Your right it what you wear affects how people view you but I don’t think this generation would find an alien that can move planets, shoot lasers out of his eye and freeze trustworthy and his costume with red underwear would not help either, why ? Because what our society is see today as being trustworthy is not what our ancestors viewed as being trustworthy. Secondly, if superman doesn’t change or adapt to each generation, he would naturally die out. They is reason why superman’s fanbase has reduced over the years is not that his a bad character is just our present with is political, society and economically structure has no value that can be the only reason . That’s why certain materials of the past are referred to as old fashioned, it that not they are not good but they just don’t add any value or represent the society struggle that any modern society is facing. By the way, I know your posting is old but just thought I should reply because I had time on hands. Am did superman fan two.