A Muted Superman
literature Superman nerd
What you can't see, of course, are the boots. They're there. The back of the cape also has a black S Shield on it, which is the only real issue I take with it, because it should either be yellow of now there at all. This design does away with the conspicuous underwear on the outside, although to be entirely honest the old appearance stopped annoying me overtime after I eventually accepted it as part of Superman comics and was selective in what to take seriously. However, the bright red underpants are certainly harder to take seriously in life action versions of the character.
I might have preferred the belt being yellow so as to balance the color scheme, but nevertheless I'm glad the belt was there, since it helps balance out the color scheme without being an eyesore. That was part of the reason I was okay with the red underpants in the first place, because they did help complete Superman's costume. Still, I like how inconspicuous this is, so the chest emblem and the cape are primarily what stand out, as well as his face.
And speaking of his face and cape, that's a wonderful turtleneck he has there, and I prefer the way the cape attaches to his collar bones, as opposed to being tucked into his collar like in Superman Returns.
Now, here's what I don't like:
What is is with the muted colors? He looks like he's from some alien military, not like Superman. I understand that it might have to look alien, since that's what he is, but it most certainly should not look militaristic, since that is far from what Superman stands for. I dislike the lines along the side that came together above his groin, and thought he should have has a belt or something to help divide the suit up, becaude otherwise it really does look like a circus outfit. I might have been content with red lines, but they would have to be applied carefully, because the suit must ultimately have a visual simplicity. The colors aren't evenly balanced, and overall he doesn't come off as the bright beacon that Superman is supposed to be.
Perhaps this is me being accustomed to the standard S Shield, but this particular rendition looks particularly uninspiring. It's dull, not bold.
The one thing I do like about the costume is the design of the cape, or at least the way it attaches to the collar. It does not have an S Shield on the back in any way, shape, or form, which I also ultimately prefer. It could be a brighter, richer shade of red, though. Because that's just who Superman is.