Something a lot of people don’t know about me is that I am a HUGE fan of Superman. It all started when I was a kid. I grew up in the mid to late 70’s and the old Superman TV series was constantly in syndication and being re-run all the time. I loved watching that show. In 1978 the first Superman movie came out with Christopher Reeve and Gene Hackman. I was so stoked to see that movie, oh my God!! To this day I can sit down and watch that movie anytime…..I just watched it a few days ago to be totally honest with ya. Anyway, today’s blog isn’t me trying to delve into the history of Superman. No, today’s focus is on the suit. As many of you know there will be a new Superman movie coming out in June titled “Man Of Steel”. A quick search on YouTube will give you a few different trailers to check out. The one thing that really sticks out is the new suit, and that is why we’re here, to give my opinion on the various incarnations and to hopefully get opinions from others. Ok, take a minute or so and really look over these. Left to right is the original Superman suit worn by George Reeves, the 1978 suit worn by Christopher Reeve, Superman Returns worn by Brandon Routh, and the upcoming Man Of Steel worn by….well, that’s actually an action figure, there aren’t any really good head to toe shots of the new suit out there yet. Anyway, take a minute or two to go over these…. Ok, I was wanting to do these one by one, but, for the sake of argument, can we agree that the George Reeves version and the Christopher Reeve version are pretty much the same? I mean, yeah, George had those big, granny bloomers shorts, the belt is a little different, and the cape doesn’t come around the sides. Other than that though they didn’t really stray too far from the original when they suited up Christopher Reeve. Even the color of the suit itself, I believe the picture I have of George Reeves up there has been manipulated. I’m fairly certain that the blue is pretty much the same too, or really damn close to it. So… Superman 1978 – Christopher Reeve: Ok, no matter where the suit goes from this point forward, the 1978 will *ALWAYS* be *THE* suit. It doesn’t matter if you prefer Superman Returns or the new Man of Steel, there will always be a place in your heart for the original. A friend of mine was just telling me a little while ago that no matter what he sees, when he thinks of Superman, he sees Christopher Reeve. Maybe it’s our generation, I don’t know, but I have to side with him on that. That movie had way too much impact for it to ever die or be taken over by another movie. This upcoming Man of Steel for example. It could be the greatest super hero movie of all time, break all box office records, kids could be carrying the lunch box, it will always be second fiddle to the original, because……well…….that’s just how it goes. Back to the suit though, Christopher Reeve, at 6’4″ tall pretty much had the perfect build for that particular suit. If you follow the comics you would have noticed that as the years went on Superman got progressively bigger and more cut, like a body builder. I was never really into that aspect of it though. It looked so fake………….like any of this isn’t?!?! Superman Returns – Brandon Routh: Superman Returns probably ranks as my favorite of all the Superman movies. It will never have the allure of the 1978 original, but I really, really enjoyed it. I saw it the day it came out…..while I was in Australia on vacation. The first thing that stuck out to me was the suit. Brandon Routh, at that time, was very muscular and the suit fit him really well. I’m not entirely sure how tall he is. It took me a little while to get used to the suit though. I wasn’t really too thrilled with the color of red they chose, I’m still not entirely thrilled about that color……if we’re being entirely honest about all of this. It’s not “Superman” red. The suit itself kicks ass though. The trunks have been lowered, the belt buckle has been changed, the “S” on the chest looks like some sort of carbon shield rather than the sewn on “patch” logo, for lack of a better term. The cape is longer and the boots are pretty butch. The only minus point for this suit is the color of the red. Man of Steel – Henry Cavill: The suit for the millennium. This new suit, I have mixed feelings about it. Let’s be positive here first. It looks bad ass!! It’s totally updated to fit the times we are living in. A Christopher Reeve style suit would not fit too well in 2013. I’ll gladly admit that. But, with that said, this suit does have it’s flaws. I’m not 100% sold on the colors as of yet. I don’t hate the colors, but they wouldn’t have been my choice. I would have at least stayed to the tradition of the blue and red. But, again, I don’t totally hate this suit. It does look really bold. I think my two biggest problems with the suit are these. First, my friend came in and I showed him the pics of the new suit. He said “I like it, but it looks sort of like the Batman suit”. Well, whaddya know, this movie is produced by the same person that did the Dark Knight trilogy. Ya think he had a hand in the suit? I do. So, I’m not hip on all the muscles that this suit portrays. I would much prefer to see a really well built person wearing the spandex and get the natural muscle tone out of him. Don’t get me wrong, Henry Cavill has the body for it, he just should heave had a different suit. Second, no trunks. I’m sorry, I just don’t think I can get on board with the no trunks look. Superman has trunks and a belt. End of story. Now, I posted on a thread somewhere that I was hoping they hadn’t gotten rid of the Superman theme music with this new movie. It wasn’t long before the trolls came out. I got a really irritable message from someone with his caps lock key stuck. He proceeded to tell me that they purposely hadn’t used the music, suit etc… because they are trying to part ways with the original. He also told me that that was why they titled it “Man Of Steel” rather than Superman. Moron, Superman has always been the “Man Of Steel” and always will be. Naming the movie that doesn’t remove the fact that this is a Superman movie. You can call a Granny Smith a Granny Smith until you’re blue in the face. At the end of the day it’s still a fucking apple. Bottom line is this. I am really looking forward to seeing this new Superman movie. I’m the type of person that can rank a movie on it’s own merits. If they made a quality flick I’m sure I’ll enjoy it to the teeth. I can be objective and not compare it to it’s predecessors. It could even turn out to be my favorite in the Superman series. I won’t know until I see it. I’ll always think the suit needs shorts and the colors could use some adjustments, but that is personal preference. I surely won’t shoot the movie down just because they didn’t make the suit I would have made…..and again, this suit does look pretty bad ass all on it’s own. MULLY’s call on the suits? Hmmm, I think my favorite suit is going to be the Brandon Routh suit from Superman Returns…..with a tweak to the red. It’s updated enough to not look ancient, but it has stayed with the spirit of the classic Superman suit. I’d like to add one more thing about the newest suit. I saw some pictures on the net where someone had photoshopped some different versions of this idea. The top left is, what I believe, will be in the movie. The other 3 are just color varations. Which one do you like? Me? I’d go with the bottom right. Y’all come back, I’ll leave the light on for ya. MULLY The new S on the chest looks killer despite what my earlier opinion on colors was. I really like this S.
About MULLYex-pat American living in Japan since 1991. Love to play guitar and billiards. Love my Cincinnati Bengals too. Who-Dey!!
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