Superman is putting his (red) underwear back on, as DC Comics has revealed that the classic Superman costume will return for Action Comics #1000. Superman has been through several looks throughout the years. Recently, however, the character's iconic red trunks have been streamlined, if not entirely removed, from his look. Now that's changing.
Superman was redesigned in 2011 as part of DC Comics' New 52 relaunch. The reboot changed Superman's origins and life (slightly) and removed his red underwear from his iconic look. It's a look that both the movies and TV shows have adopted. Superman has been trunk-less in the DCEU and during his appearances on The CW's Supergirl, with both mediums taking their cues from the comic books. Now for Superman's big anniversary in Action Comics #1000, things are going back to normal. It's unclear, however, if the look will last.
The news has now been formally announced by DC Comics. The cover for the issue (see the artwork below), as illustrated by Jim Lee, shows Superman back in his red underwear for the first time in the comics in nearly a decade. However, the costume doesn't appear to be just for the sake of the cover. It's a blend of the current look for Superman with, of course, the red trunks included - implying that this is an all-new look for the Kryptonian.
Jim Lee explained of the design:
Action Comics #1000 represents a watershed moment in the history of not just comic books, but entertainment, literature and pop culture. There’s no better way to celebrate Superman’s enduring popularity than to give him a look that combines some new accents with the most iconic feature of his classic design.
The look staying around would fall in line with DC's recent approach to the Man of Steel. Since the DC Universe relaunched (again) with DC Rebirth, the company has made an effort to bring Superman back to his roots. The character's once again married to Lois Lane. The two are raising a super-powered son together. The Last Son of Krypton is also trying to juggle his life as Superman and Daily Reporter journalist Clark Kent, both in the Action Comics series as well as his own eponymous title. Even Justice League made an effort to have Superman look and act much more like the classic version of the character. Bringing back the look with the red trunks fits fits perfectly with DC's currently optimistic and classic Superman.
However, Action Comics #1000 is a bit of a special issue. It will be the first time that any superhero comic series has reached that number and as such, DC Comics is pulling out all the stops to celebrate. Action Comics #1000 will be a super-sized issue, featuring stories from a number of artists and writers. Action Comics #1000 will also feature the first DC story by Brian Michael Bendis, as he moves from Marvel to DC. The issue will even include a new story by Marv Wolfman, using unpublished art from classic Superman artist Curt Swan.
This return to Superman's classic look really could be more about commemorating the character's history and past, rather than suggesting anything about his future. That said, there are probably more than a few Superman fans who hope that the look and the trunks are here to stay.
Source: DC Comics