Leith Adams, movie poster expert and the Executive Director of Warner Brothers Corporate Archive, delves into the secret history of Superman's on-screen costumes. "I was always told, 'You can't save everything, Leith,'" he recounted. But when it comes to some classic Superman suits, Adams was able to save the day. Or at least, the fabric.
The costume seen here is one worn by Henry Cavill in this year's "Man of Steel."
Leith Adams noted that the modern "Man of Steel" costume was designed to be worn by its hero, and so imperfections such as this fraying in the cape gave the character's outfit a more natural look over the course of the movie.
On the right is the classic 1978 "Superman" suit. Opposite it is the "Evil Superman" costume worn by Christopher Reeve in "Superman III," while in the middle we can see the cape from "Superman Returns."
In both the new Superman movie and DC Comics' recent reboot of the character, Superman dropped his iconic red underwear. Explaining that the origins of the costume were of the circus strongmen from the mid-1930s, DC Comics co-publisher Dan DiDio said that it was time to update his look for the modern era.
"He hasn't lost them, he's just wearing them in a different way," DiDio quipped. Here, DiDio stands next to his favorite of the costumes, "Evil Superman."