Thursday, August 23, 2012
It's images like this that remind me why Superman needs an "S" shield on his cape. For some reason or other, designers want to keep it off the costume and I feel that it just makes him look a little more generic. It started with Superman: The Animated Series and on into Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. OK, those shows got just about everything else right, so I can give them a pass and accept the reasoning that it was too hard to animate (although somehow they managed it on Super Friends, decades earlier). But then the live action movies decided to drop it - first on Superman Returns and now on Man of Steel. I just don't get how in this era of CGI that it would be a problem and again, it works so well design-wise to keep the shield. The worst cut was in DC New 52 costume redesigns, where now it is gone even in the comics! I can understand the reasoning behind losing the red trunks but this omission I just don't get. Add in the fact that they changed the color of his belt to red, and you now have hardly any yellow on the costume at all. The overall result is that the uniform just looks like it's missing something.