‘Man of Steel’ Supersuit to be Redesigned for ‘Batman vs. Superman’

Published 1 year ago by , Updated May 28th, 2014 at 4:35 pm,

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The last two weeks have seen a flurry of updates to director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel – still known to the world at large as Batman vs. Superman

Starting with the news that Gal Gadot of the Fast & Furious franchise will appear as Wonder Woman (joining returning Superman Henry Cavill and new Batman Ben Affleck), we’ve had other news on the highly anticipated continuation of the DC Cinematic Universe: Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa may join the production (as Doomsday? Bizarro Superman? Martian Manhunter?), Warner Bros. is looking at Joaquin Phoenix for an undisclosed role, and Argo screenwriter Chris Terrio will rewrite David S. Goyer’s script for the sequel.

With production set to begin in February 2014, there is a question as to just how much of Man of Steel screenwriter Goyer’s script can or will be changed. At this point, all of the pre-visualization of the look of the film will have been locked down, including a new design for the rebooted Batman’s outfit. We have our own ideas of how the new Batman could look, but what about Superman’s Supersuit? As it turns out, his Man of Steel look is getting a redesign as well.

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Batman vs. Superman costume designer Michael Wilkinson talked to Cinemovie.tv about the retro outfits he designed for the 1970’s-set American Hustle, and briefly discussed his new looks for Batman, Wonder Woman and how he is “tweaking” Cavill’s Superman costume. Wilkinson did not say anything specific on what has been changed in Supe’s look from the original film, but he did talk about how far along the new film’s preparations are, stating:

“We are now in the stage where we’re refining our designs with the last series of camera tests and doing our final tweaks in preparation for shooting.”

As we have pointed out, Superman’s costume has undergone a long evolution over the past 75 years. The updated look of the Supersuit for Man of Steel was the most radical big-screen departure from its predecessors, and reflected DC’s redesign of the character in the post-New 52 comic book era.

The most noticeable change in the suit’s design was the loss of the red trunks, but every aspect of the Man of Steel costume had a function, from the “S” symbol as the crest of the House of El (a carry-over from the Richard Donner films) and meaning “hope” in Kryptonian to the suit itself serving as an undergarment for the Krypton battle armor.

It’s very common to see superhero costume adjustments and redesigns from movie to movie – Marvel’s Iron Man franchise might be the most consistent example of this – but the changes to the Batman design in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy had a purpose. It’s unclear if the same can be said for the Batman vs. Superman redesign to Superman’s look, especially with the plot details still firmly under wraps.

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As for just what the “tweaks” might be, the only other major approach to the Superman look other than the New 52 redesign is that of the Injustice: God Among Us video game, which features no real departures from the Man of Steel costume other than a scalloped collar (which is oddly reminiscent of the Starfleet uniforms from the later seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation) and a slight armored-plating look. Could this version of the iconic costume be an influence?

As shooting of Batman vs. Superman ramps up in early 2014, expect glimpses of the new Superman outfit to find their way online in due course – but any “tweaks” are bound to be upstaged by the redesigned Batman and Wonder Woman costumes. As always, stay tuned for further updates.


Batman vs. Superman will be in theaters on July 17, 2015.

Source: Cinemovie.tv

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  1. Here are the things I want in this “Batman vs.Superman” movie:

    – Hans Zimmer’s score on both the “The Dark Knight Trilogy” and “Man of Steel” needs to be in this movie.. It will be so awesome to combine both movies’ music score in this one.

    – Bats and Supes verbal sparring is what the fanboys and the mainstream audience wants to see.

    – Luthor and Metallo needs to be in the movie and fight mano y mano with both Bats and Supes.

    – In the post credits scene, Doomsday is shown punching out a metallic cage to free himself, that will lead to the eventual “Justice League” movie.

    – Wonder Woman will have to just cameo in this movie and show up full time in the JL movie.

    • I couldn’t agree more!!! Plus 1!

    • The problem is that anything in The Dark Knight trilogy can’t be in the Man of Steel universe. I liked Hans Zimmer’s score in the trilogy, but I want something new and different from that. Though it’ll be tough for Zimmer to work another Batman score because the Batman in the MOS universe is not like Nolan’s Batman.

      • It will be very hard to top what Hans Zimmer has done for “The Dark Knight Trilogy” .
        People will always want to listen to that, because it is so iconic and unforgettable.
        I’d like it to be included in this “Batman vs Superman” movie.

        • They’re not going to use Hans Zimmer’s Dark Knight theme. This MoS universe and the Nolan Movies are not the same universe and it wouldn’t make sense to use and it would confuse people. I still would like Hans Zimmer to do a new Batman theme though, all his stuff is great.

          • If you all have seen the animated two part feature Dark Knight Returns… That the score is pretty awesome… Check it out on youtube… Id love to see Zimmer and that composer blend the two themes together…

    • It is far too soon to bring out Doomsday.

      • Aye. We all that Man of Steel movie has just retold Superman’s debut. And Doomsday supposedly killed him.

      • Aye. We all know that Man of Steel movie has just retold Superman’s debut. And Doomsday supposedly killed him.

    • Lawrence has to get a gig producing or something. The man’s spot on

    • Sounds good.

  2. “It’s very common to see superhero costume adjustments and redesigns from movie to movie – Marvel’s Iron Man franchise might be the most consistent example of this – but the changes to the Batman design in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy had a purpose.”

    Iron Man’s design changes definitely had a purpose. They were different versions of the armor with advanced capabilities and designs. That quote above makes it sound like only The Dark Knight trilogy design changes were done with purpose.

    • There WAS a purpose to the design changes on the Nolan films… it was evolution of the design over time and as gadgets were added.

      Superman’s suit isn’t made by Superman. He CAN’T change it, nor can anyone else.

  3. Are you happy now babies, you may get your red crotch.

    • Only if they tweak his codpiece….

    • Heh they really are fussing about how they need his crotch painted crimson, aren’t they.

      Ahhh, what must the real aliens think of us.

  4. Want it to be a kickass movie !

  5. I’m probably not alone in this, but I really geek out when it comes to details in a film-version super hero costume. The batman, superman, iron man, thor, etc movies have been a real boon to that part of my brain.

  6. For a win win, they just need to “copy-paste” New 52 costume into the film.

  7. Costume changes do not bother me. If you get the character right then the rest falls into place. Supes looked kinda silly in the red underwear. He always did.

    • Actually there’re times/panels throughout the comics when you don’t think about underwear at all. Earth One is probably the only series that makes it sort of natural and not disturbing throughout the whole series.

  8. How bout a scene where Superman threatens to do battle with Batman if he does not come peacefully.

    Batman replies “sure, but if you lose you will have to wear your underpants on the outside anytime you fight crime from now on”.

    Superman: “I’ll take that bet”.

    Cut To:

  9. Can we please get batman’s white eyes . They technically make him look terrifying

    • Also, way less vulnerable to Pocket Sand.

  10. i0.wp.com/www.wordofthenerdonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Man-of-Steel-Supergirl-Costume.jpg?resize=480%2C694

    • Change costume not gender =)

  11. I speculate that Superman’s suit will be lightened (possibly by Clark himself.) Then when asked why he changed the colors of his costume, I imagine Clark saying to his mother or Lois,

    “After all my people and I have put everyone through, it has become even more difficult to gain their trust. Even though this is but a small step towards a that larger goal, I feel that this change will give them less a reason to fear me. If I’m to be the beacon of hope that my father believed me to be, I want to act appear as such.”

  12. They need to add the red belt so superman can have it to go with all that blue.

  13. Please don’t bring back the red briefs. There’s really no reason for them to be in a modernized costume design for Superman.

  14. I really hope Wonder Woman just gets a cameo or after credits scene. I want this to be Batman and Superman. Same with the Flash.

    • Yea, I don’t think we should expect Wonder Woman to be doing much in the movie. I’m pretty sure she’ll just have a cameo.

  15. Um, okay, yeah, sure, Iron Man gets several new suits per movie. He also wears them out, and he makes them himself. They’re damn near disposable.

    Superman’s suit, on the other hand, according to MOS, was created by alien tech, on a ship that got totaled, by an AI that got deleted. Its indestructable and as far as we the audience know, its also irreplaceable if you follow the movie’s logic.

    Changing the suit breaks disbelief, breaks the storyline, and is a pretty damn idiotic move to make. I don’t care WHO the costume designer is, they need to leave it alone or have some explanation about how a bunch of Earth monkeys managed to alter something that is apparently indestructable.

    Period. End of line.

  16. Frankly, the outfit doesn’t look right WITHOUT those red briefs.

    Ratchet things back towards the Donner films. And while they’re at it, bring back the Williams score for Supes and the Elfman score for Batman. I can’t remember a single note from the last few movies.

    • Then just go watch the Donner films. This isn’t them.

    • How is the N52 costume not superman?

      • New 52 is Bizarro World Prime! Classic Dc, now that’s a universe!

    • @ Anthony

      I like that costume. Easy to modernize.

  17. Red belt.

    • Agreed. A red belt would help section the suit very well. With this version of Superman, I can’t truly see the point to him all of sudden sporting briefs. With Christopher Reeves’ version of Superman, I could understand the briefs. It fit with the nod to strongmen and boyscout style of hero that version was presented as. With this version, the trunks would seem a little silly. There’s a bit more grit to him and he’s going through a very interesting journey of experiencing the world and developing his moral code and learning to be a hero in a very human way. I think he’ll end up becoming a beacon of hope in the context of the MoS story line, but he’s still going to be a warrior Superman and we’ll very likely see the nods towards that in the costume and in that, the briefs seem superfluous. I do think the blue should be lightened in the costume in order to provide a contrast to Batman’s dark appearance. The most iconic thing about Superman to me is the S on the chest,and that was modernized in a way that I can appreciate. Its still reminiscent of the original S and yet sleek and alien enough to indicate a Kryptonian origin, and overall remains a symbol of his house and of hope. Past that point, if anything had to go, it would be that piping in the suit. It seems the most alien aspect of the suit. Removing it could be seen as trying to present as less alien and easier to relate to in terms of humanity.

      • Pretty much agree with everything you said. Especially on the silver stuff. Sure it was there and helped formalize it as the Kryptonian underwear. But they can do without it. They took the silver…stuff…off of the new Spider-man’s boots, so hopefully they’ll go the same way with that.

        I did like the S too. (even though…’it’s not an S’) I would definitely appreciate the lightened colors as well. Maybe they can say that it absorbs the earth’s sun more as Kryptonian things are wont to do, and it brightens with its longer exposure (the suit had like 2 days of exposure in the duration of the movie).

    • For when Man of Steel hits the streets of San Fran, amiright????

  18. I miss the black (or yellow) S on the cape.

  19. I would quite like to see some red accents on his sleeves, to accompany the red ‘boots’ he wears. I do hope they keep away from the red belt and/or pants; that is probably what best defines MoS’s Superman.

  20. What ever it will be , Henry Cavill will look amazing <3 !!!! XD

  21. Logically his suit wouldnt change at all.. But then how to differentiate the MOS toys with the new ones 😛 lol seriously, i bet thats the only damn reason theyd make changes… Because new toys = money. Lol

  22. How can they redesign the suit if it was passed down to Kal El from his father?

    • It’s not hard to figure out. He could find another ship or other kryptonian base that has more tech to either create a new suit, or contains a different suit, or upgrades the one he has in some way. There are so many ways to achieve the effect, the writer just has to pick one and use it.

      The House of El was a long and prosperous dynasty, and there would be many ships and other locations across the universe that would all carry suits and tech with the house’s logo on them, though not necessarily on earth.

      • Yep, let me go traipse to another planet to go get another suit. I don’t know, this one is SO yesteryear, you know? I mean, it’s sooooo draaaaab, ugh, I can’t be fantastic. Yeah I’m gonna head over to the next galaxy to pick up a new suit (that looks different for some reason)in the next ship I find.

        (Because there was always a suit for baby Kal-El to look fabulous and dapper in when he grows up and visits the planets)

        //mega-sarcasm font

        • You are a total weirdo. Good job.

  23. Well the MoS suit was designed and made way before DC launched or even conceived the New 52. Due to the controversy over the New 52’s treatment of all the characters and many of the controversial changes to them (not including costumes) I doubt MoS II will feature a more New 52-inspired revamp. The common rumor is that Snyder’s getting his wish to have the famous trunks out on the suit. The tweaks to the films suit are going to be minor. I doubt well see Henry armored up in a “Star Trek” collar with a red belt. Well see more of an iconic-based look, closer to what the mad media knows in order to sell not merchandise. Statistics show New 52 designs don’t sell well at all. Since the relaunch in 2011 (and the Odyssey an flashpoint universes in 2010) sales on classic designs have skyrocketed. Chances are the updated suit for Henry will follow this trend. Will the shorts come back? Possibly. Will it be the New 52? Most likely not.

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