Jul
4
2014

Superman: Then and Now

Superman, the epitome of what a superhero stands for. Tough, invincible, incredibly handsome,  has a cringe inducing alter ego, an incredibly dumb love interest, shoots red beams from his eyes that can melt a million galaxies in an instant, I presume. Superman has seen it all, and I really mean all.

Superman came into this world through the first issue of action comics, an issue which also led to the introduction of Lois Lane.  He has not looked back since then. His costume designers on the other hand have looked back quite often, for good reason!

1938

 

1938: Superman’s first appearance

1938: Superman’s first appearance

This year marked Superman’s first appearance. Not too shabby for a dude who’s going to spend the rest of eternity lifting trains and hauling ass. But the suit still required some much needed modification. For Ex- That superman logo looks like a failed attempt at frying an egg on his chest.

1948

 

Superman’s entry into the mainstage

Superman’s entry into the mainstage

This year marked Superman’s entry into the mainstage. In 1948, actor Kirk Alyn was the first actor to know what it feels like to kick some serious ass while simultaneously having your balls crushed by crotch hugging brown tights in front of millions of people in the serial titled Superman.  It usually felt like Superman’s worst enemy was his own boxers.

The costume used in the serial was light gry and brown as opposed to the iconic red and blue. The serial turned out to be a massive hit for Columbia Pictures and led to the inevitable sequel.

1979

 

1979: Dawn of Superman into the new era

1979: Dawn of Superman into the new era

This year specifically marked the dawn of Superman into the new era. Superman: The movie led to the fulfillment of a promise no one prior to it keep, Superman could now fly. The special effects team behind the project delivered on unprecedented special effects and truly gave flight to the imaginations of people across the globe. We finally had Superman. The movie gave a nod to the fiction by explaining the origins of Superman’s extremely uncomfortable clothing. For people still somehow unfamiliar with it, Superman’s suit came from the Kryptonian blanket he was wrapped in. This year also marked the first time that the man behind the suit was as powerful as the suit. Also, you WISH Superman was as strong as Christopher Reeve.

2001

 

Superman in Smallville

Superman in Smallville

After a million and a half insignificant and almost scary iterations later, Superman was reintroduced to the world in the form of Smallville. Smallville was built on the premise of showing Superman in a real world, devoid of tights and flights (Trademark pending on that). Clark Kent was the hero here and a hideous Red Jacket or a floor length black trenchcoat were to be perceived as his suits. But the official suit did make an appearance in the final season of Smallville.

Infinity: Govinda > Superman

 

Govinda > Superman

Govinda > Superman

2006

 

Superman Returns

Superman Returns

This was the year when X-Men alumni Bryan Singer took a futuristic shot at Superman (and failed miserably) with Superman Returns. But the movies did lead to the introduction of the next generation of Superman suits. The costume constructed in the movie seemed like the perfect blend between the comics and futuristic Superman of today’s age. The suit did turn out to be a bit controversial with the addition of an extra logo on Superman’s Belt.

2013

 

Superman : Man of Steel

Superman : Man of Steel

With Man of Steel the producers and director made sure that Superman was more relatable to the audiences, which in theory meant a bit more grounded., including the suit. So, Superman needed a REALLY good reason to dawn the outrageous suit again. Making a brand new suit that audiences could recognize was a challenge, the ‘S’ now remains as large as ever, and the hint of a belt still remains. Sorry folks, but no underwear this time.

It was a long road to get from the the first Superman to Zack Snyder and Henry Cavill’s modern interpretation, and not all of the stops were ones we’d like to remember. So, did I miss some important interpretations? If yes, hit me up in the comments section below and let’s have a constructive conversation, no telling me to kill myself with a blade. That shit don’t fly.

 

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