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A Muted Superman

Posted by Kragghle , in Movies, Nerd, Superman Aug 02 2012 · 229 views

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:kaukau: In recent years, Superman has had a bit of a makeover. On one hand, there's the version I really like from the New 52, which is exactly how I think Superman's costume would look like. Heck, if I has Superman's powers I would actually wear the same costume while going off to save the world:

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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:






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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.

Merida

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I prefer the muted colors. The brighter they are, the harder it is for me to take Superman seriously.
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The muted colors isn't the problem with the second costume.

The problem is the rest of it. :/
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:kaukau: The way I see is, Superman is supposed to be a symbol and an idea. Ideas come in bright, pure colors (or black, if you're Batman). He's supposed to be like a living flag. He was sent to Earth with this specific intention in mind.

Meanwhile, the older Superman films actually didn't take themselves too seriously (John Williams himself said so, and that was one of the reasons he loved it), nor do I think they should have. My favorite superhero film of all time is still Superman II, which might leave some people incredulous, but I loved the clear and simple imagery, emotions, and story. He became the type of character that John Williams could write a fanfare to.

I'm really, really afraid that I'm going to see similarities with the Dark Knight trilogy in the upcoming Superman film. A Superman movie has to be a completely different type of entertainment.

Wait, BenLuke, what's the rest you're refering to?

Merida
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Booker DeWitt
Aug 02 2012 05:50 PM
I think he means the overall design just sucks.

And of course it's going to be like Batman - basically every comic book movie outside of the Avengers wants to be like Nolan's Batman. That's not really a bad thing, but at the same time it's often blatently clear to be their intention.

Henry Cavill is pretty cool though, so I'll go see it for that reason alone.

- Tilius
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:kaukau: When it's Superman, it's a bad thing. He has to be approached with a completely different writing and directing philosophy than Batman, and so should the way he contributes to the culture of cinema.

Merida
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Actually... I'm Santa
Aug 02 2012 07:00 PM
I kinda like the brighter colors. It's him saying "Yeah, I'm easy to spot. Bring it on! I can take anything you can dish out!" Which is awesome. 8D

... I do agree, though, the new suit does kinda fall short in comparison. =/ And, actually, the belt is a brilliant idea. The one thing I actually do like about the second outfit, though, are the wrist accents. However, I think it might look better in a different color such as yellow, and incorporate a red belt instead of those lines (Below the top part of his chest, he just seems too... puny to be Superman, you know? His arms fill it out, but the lines distract from the manly-man-ness. And it is this element that should be worn like a badge of honor to intimidate enemies into submission. Otherwise it just looks silly. XP)
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Wait, BenLuke, what's the rest you're refering to?

Basically,

the overall design just sucks.

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:kaukau: Yeah, I admit I was a little thick there. I agree, by the way, but I suppose that's evident by my rant and nitpicking of the details.

Merida
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Really, a scaly costume like that might work for, say, Aquaman, but it just looks lame on superman.
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