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5 Important Things About the New “Man of Steel” Image

August 4th, 2011 by Rick Marshall · No Comments ·

Warner Bros. revealed the first image of the new Superman costume today, and I wrote up a quick list for Movies.com of five observations about it. It feels like I was treading a weird line between ultra-fanboy geekery and fashion critique here, but hey, sometimes that’s what the job calls for…

The world got its first look at Henry Cavill as Superman today, thanks to a new image released by Warner Bros.

Our first peek at the Man of Steel as he’ll appear in Zack Snyder’s upcoming reboot is a nice one, with lots of information for mainstream and hardcore fans alike to absorb, discuss, and debate. The new costume offers up more than a few departures from recent incarnations of the DC Comics character, but also features a nice mash-up of nods to the Man of Steel’s visual history.

After studying the photo for a while, here are the first five things that caught my eye about the new Superman…

The Shield

As with every incarnation of Superman’s costume, the iconic symbol on his chest is likely to garner the most attention — and rightly so, as it’s gone through a lot of changes over the years in comics, film, and television. In the new Man of Steel image, the “S” shield appears to be significantly larger than it was in Superman Returns, and raised higher on the chest of the costume. This would seem to fall in line with the recent redesign of the character in the comics world, which also involved enlarging the shield and moving it closer to Superman’s neckline. The new costume also continues the trend of having a raised shield rather than a symbol in the fabric of the costume, which was one of the major changes made to Superman’s suit in the last film.

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