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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 | Brandon Routh (2006)
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Superman Returns

A surprising divisive suit, here, despite the clear adherence to classical Superman comics (and cartoons). Brandon Routh and Bryan Singer were huge fans of Christopher Reeve, the former delivering a performance that brilliantly incorporated Reeve’s ticks and tricks in differentiating Clark and Superman, but they have tried to update the costume for a post-Batman Begins, post-X-Men era. So the colours are decidedly duller, the yellow turned a mustard-gold, and the red cloak now longer and more burgundy. The belt buckle was also made a smaller replica of the chest shield (as Batman does in many incarnation) and the whole thing has a cellular, almost Kevlar texture that recalls Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man. And the pants are still shrinking - here down to "boy-short" dimensions. For our money, he looks great, but this one is not universally loved. Which may be bad news for...

 

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