Thursday, May 3, 2012
Jim Lee's Superman Costume Design
The DC Source blog has begun posting some of the back material for the JLA-Origins trade collection, on sale today. Some of that back material is the costume concept art for the DCnU redesign. Here is the Superman page: http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2012/05/01/justice-league-sketchbook-superman
The picture to the left is Jim Lee's original concept art and the rest is from Cully Hamner. And I have to say I appreciate these behind scene creative peeks and really up close looks at these new costumes. There are some elements of these new costumes that haven't sat well with me. I mean, why mess with iconography. But this look let me focus a bit on the good, the neutral, and the not so good.
The good. I have to say the thing that stands out to me as an improvement is the treatment of the cape. I like the black shield on the cape. And, for some reason, I really like the fact that it tapers to a point in the back. And it is said that it attaches directly to the costume as opposed to being tucked into the shirt. I jhope he can take it off to carry something in if needed. And, as always, I like when the S-shield is large on the shirt. It should be.
The neutral: I have come to accept the lack of red shorts and even the high collar.
The not so good: I just think that all of these new costumes tend to run a little bit too busy. I want a sleek Superman. So all these creases and piping and recesses and seams just seems to make it feel cluttered. And the piping is supposed to be red! Even busier.
I just think the costume should be emblematic of the man. I don't think of Superman as being this fussy or detail oriented about his fighting togs. So I don't think his clothes should be either.
This is the same sort of complaint I have with the new Supergirl uniform, the same sort of unnecessary use of piping and corners (although Kara's looks relatively unadorned when compared to Kal's).