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The Many Looks Of Superman
How the big blue boy scout’s suit has changed over the years

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The Many Looks Of Superman | Tom Welling (2001 – 2011)
TOM WELLING (2001 – 2011)

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Okay, so it’s a little hard to judge Superman’s look in this one, since this is really the story of a pre-Superman Clark Kent and since the makers had a specific rule mandating “no tights, no flights”. Any viewers who are more than mildly observant will have noticed that Tom Welling’s wardrobe choices almost all revolved around red and blue, whether plaid shirts or red jackets with jeans. Even in later seasons where he moved more towards suits and ties, the two colours can generally be spotted somewhere in the mix. But it wasn’t until the finale that we got a glimpse of the iconic suit – and even then, it was really only a glimpse. So what was there was... good? But pretty thoroughly inconclusive. We know it’s blue, red and yellow; the chest shield is very much present, but really it’s left to viewers to make up their own mind about what he’s wearing.

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