It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Kya Quinn, here to talk about the evolution of Superman’s live-action costumes!
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With the upcoming Justice League 2017 movie, the world is wondering when and how Superman returns. After all, what names come to mind when you think of the Justice League? Superman. Ever since Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, the DCEU Henry Cavill Superman has proven a controversial take on the classic DC Comics comic book characters. But on top of his polarizing morality in the DC Universe, there have been plenty of other live action Superman movies and Superman TV shows giving up different takes on the beloved Superhero. And the Superman costume has evolved along with the audience’s changing tastes. These Superman costumes are more than just Superman cosplay, it takes more than a Superman cape and red boots to become the Man of Steel. So, on this episode of Yellow Spandex, we’re taking a look at the evolution of Superman and his costume in live action. The ultimate superhero has a classic Superman costume, but it’s had many interpretations over the years when it comes to the Superman movie costume and Superman TV costume. From the early days of Kirk Alyn Superman and George Reeves Superman, to Christopher Reeves’ iconic Superman 1973 in Superman: The Motion Picture and beyond, the most iconic superhero movie costume in history has a long and interesting history of making it to the big screen.
No look at the Superman costume history would be complete without talking about the Superman Day 1940 at the 1939 World’s Fair. There, an actor named Ray Middleton became the first to wear a real life superhero costume. From there, the Superman serial of 1948 introduced us to Kirk Alyn Superman, with another great black and white Superman costume. Later, the George Reeves Superman tv show, The Adventures of Superman, cemented the character as a mainstay outside of comics, and after two seasons we got to see the first Superman costume in living color. Afterwards, Superman disappeared for awhile until the legendary Richard Donner Superman movie in 1973. Christopher Reeves Superman Costume was a picture perfect recreation of the classic superhero costume, and the Superman costume explained why this movie and this Superman actor became so linked with the character. Later Superman costumes would have a hard time holding a candle to the classic Christopher Reeve Superman suit, but not for lack of trying. The aborted Nicholas Cage Superman Lives movie means we’ll never get to see a Tim Burton Superman movie, but we still got plenty of footage and images of the Nicholas Cage Superman costume. Then and now, Superman has always been an icon of superhero fashion, but the ‘90s proved too rough even for the Man of Steel. As for Smallville, Superman costume were sort of against the point of the show, so we didn’t see it until the last episode. Superman Returns gave us a decent Brandon Routh Superman, but the ugly brown Superman costume failed to impress me. With Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and the DCEU, Zack Snyder offered an alien-looking Superman costume, explained by his Kryptonian heritage. Now, even the Supergirl Superman has a brand new Superman costume. When it comes to the history of Superman costumes, we don’t yet know what the future holds, but it’s safe to say he won’t be away from our screens for long.
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