So, What Is This? Does Superman Go To Thor’s Tailor Now?

The upcoming Superman movie Man Of Steel has a new poster and it’s not making me less cranky about the typical lame Hollywood decision to tamper with the classics — in this case, Superman’s iconic costume. What is that, grey? Why’s the yellow in the crest so faded and anemic? Why is the iconic red “S”  PINK? And where’s the GOD DAMNED RED SHORTS?

I like the scene depicted in the poster. It’s clearly inspired by a pretty good Geoff Johns/Gary Frank comic from a few years back — which Man Of Steel screenwriter David Goyer wrote the forward to, perhaps not co-inka-dinkally. But Supe’s gimmicky, “ooh we’re all cool and dark now” costume undermines it. The camerawork isn’t doing it for me, either: Superman should be photographed by someone with an aesthetic like Annie Leibovitz, not some goof with an iPhone3. Boo.

Star Henry Cavill looks good though. But still, they should’ve put Emmet Matheson in charge of this Superman movie. Boo again.

*Maybe not. Cosplayers seem not to have discovered professional photography, judging from a quick Google.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

8 thoughts on “So, What Is This? Does Superman Go To Thor’s Tailor Now?”

  1. Let’s face it, Stephen: when it comes to our superheroes, we’re dyed-in-the-wool anti-revisionists.

  2. Oh, I don’t know. I’m a traditionalist where superhero costumes are concerned, but as I was arguing during our last podcast taping, I would be 100% in favour of a revision of Wonder Woman’s outfit. She’s an iconic character but what they’ve made her wear over the years has almost always been silly.

  3. WW would have to retain the bracelets, though, because they repel thinderbolts and whatnot.

  4. Barb: Hell YES I’m anti-revisionist — at least as far as pointless changes that muck up classic costume designs go. They obviously wanted to change Superman’s costume but didn’t have the guts to do anything radical so we get a pink S logo and a codpiece. It’s stupid.

    I strongly recommend Darwyn Cooke’s The New Frontier. It’s a lovely Justice League story. And Cooke doesn’t mess with the costumes. And he draws the greatest Wonder Woman ever.

  5. @4: I wondered if the redesign would incorporate a little Xena. Question answered.
    @5: Not at all disagreeing with you, Stephen.
    Self: thunderbolts, darn it.

  6. For many – certainly not all – of those of us of a certain age, Superman: Secret Origin and Superman: Birthright beforehand were unnecessary in the face of the 1986 Man of Steel mini-series.

    As for New Frontier, however…that certainly retains a charm of its own, and one well worth revisiting from time to time!

  7. Mini series #1-4,6-7

    You All, are wrong.

    Batman has had many “costume” changes.But the Origial batdesign batprevails.

    Supes can elvove I guess for lame movie audiences, but no tighty reddies?
    Fans Will prevail!!

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