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How Does Superman Get a New Suit for Batman v Superman?

Posted by Saliv Saturday, August 23, 2014
Greetings, Fanboys and Fangirls! This is Sam Lascio, discussing something that I'm sure must be on most sweaty nerds' minds lately: How does Superman get a new suit in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice?

Give or take the shape of the "S," the style of the shield, or the precise shade of blue and red in his costume, fewer costumes are as iconic as Superman's. When you see that costume, whether you're from America, the UK, China, or the Philippines, whether you're 7 or 70, you know exactly who it is. Superman is one of those heroes who transcends time, even more than Captain America. Superman isn't just an American hero; he's a global protector. So when the first images and trailers dropped for Man of Steel, opinions soared about Superman's "new and improved" costume. His iconic red underwear was missing, the "S" looked strange, he had a textured suit with strange markings on the forearms and sides.

Superman gets a brand new suit in the 2013 film Man of Steel starring Henry Cavill.
The "ta-da!" moment in Man of Steel (2013)
Even with these major alterations, however, most of us either loved it from the start, or it eventually grew on us. That aside, we got one major change from the early comics/previous films. Rather than the suit being developed on Earth (most adaptations have it as a creation of his adoptive mother, Martha Kent), it was created on the Kryptonian ship that would go on to become the iconic Fortress of Solitude. Is this new to most of us geeks? Not really. There are many Superman issues that show that his suit is made from Kryptonian fabric and is thus as indestructible as Superman himself (unless a really powerful villain curb stomps his ass). Unfortunately, this presents a bit of a brick wall when it comes to creativity. As for the new DCCU, new set photos were recently leaked online giving us a better look at Kal's new suit for Batman v Superman.

Comparison of Superman's suit costume from Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Man of Steel suit vs. Batman v Superman suit.
At first glance, it's obvious the suit is different. First off, it's, well, brighter. A big complaint from Superman fans was that the Man of Steel suit was too dull and faded. It looked like Clark put it through the washing machine too many times with bleach. So I mean, yeah, on the surface, this should totally be a plus, right? It might be a little hard to tell from the pictures, but the BvS suit also sports a more rectangular belt buckle than the MoS suit, on which the buckle is more of an oval. Also, it's only a slight difference, but look at the collar. Notice anything? The "S" shield appears to sit lower on the chest than it does on the MoS suit. This presents a bit of a continuity issue.

From the end of MoS, it's obvious that Clark's battle with Zod didn't rip or tear his suit. If two Kryptonians cutting down Metropolis like a hot knife through butter couldn't so much as cause a pit stain, it's not like he could just take it to a seamstress to get it altered or dye the suit a new shade of blue and red. So what's the deal? I've got three possibilities as to what could account for these variations in the suit.

  1. It actually is a different suit. Just like we have multiple wardrobes in our closets, the Fortress of Solitude contained more than one suit from the House of El. Now, I guess one could argue "Why not just wear the suit he wore in Man of Steel anyway?" Well, do you wear the same clothes each and every day? Oh, you do? Well, uh, moving on then…
  2. The costume department for the film didn't care. Now, that's not to say they don't care about continuity. Remember though, some fans were really butt-hurt over the changes presented in Man of Steel. With that in mind, were they just supposed to ignore those complaints and say "No, if we change anything, it'll screw up continuity"? I'm sure some higher ups were listening to fan complaints and decided to make some tweaks to the design, such as the biggest complaint I heard: the colors. More fans were upset about the dull colors than they were about the missing tighty-whiteys (tighty-reddies?). A little reshaping of the belt buckle, lowering the shield down his chest a tad, they probably figured no one would care enough to complain and write an entire article devoted to it. Wait…shit…
  3. Money. money. money. So, you've decided to make a cinematic universe around the DC comics superheroes. You've also decided to give the public something they've been awaiting for decades: Batman fighting Superman. Let me say that again: Batman. Fighting. Superman. The two most iconic superheroes of all time FIGHTING! YES! HELL YES! You want to make as much money as possible, right? So what do you do? You want kids to buy your toys, right? You want them to wear your t-shirts, carry your backpacks, run around as these characters during Halloween, etc. What's the best way to do this? Change the costume ever so slightly so that little Jimmy and Susie can look at these toys and see that WHOA! They're like, so totally different than the old toys! Jimmy already has his action figures, t-shirts, and pillow cases from Man of Steel, and Susie still has her backpack, blankets, and pajamas from Man of Steel, so what's going to make them buy new shit? Change that shit. Boom, you just made a ton of money, my friend. Look at Iron Man 1-3 or Captain America 1 and 2. The Amazing Spider-Man, Thor, X-Men. The list goes on and on. I think the last notable superhero films that didn't change the costume from the previous film was The Dark Knight Rises or the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy. New costumes means new merchandise means more money.

So there you have it, folks. Are they going to mention that Superman has a new look in Batman v Superman? Probably not. Would it be nice to get a small throw-away line about him having more than one suit? Definitely. If I were a betting man, however, I'd wager that we won't get an explanation, at least in the film. Batman though? Shit, it looks like he'll already have two different suits in the film anyway, not to mention the fact that he's loaded. Bruce Wayne could afford to make thousands of different costumes for any imaginable scenario. I'm sure we'll see his suit change throughout the course of the DCCU, along with the other heroes.

What do you think the reason is behind the change? Was it a continuity fail? Is it perhaps a totally different suit? Or, was it all about the money? Maybe you have a different idea? Let us know in the comments section! Thanks for reading, everyone! My name is Sam Lascio, and I am a Fanboy!

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