What is this crap?
Look, I know some might think that Clark wearing his red underwear outside his clothing is just one of those silly holdovers from comics. But there's a very real reason they're in the costume—they break up the solid blue of his costume, link the red of his cape and sigil to the red of his boots, and draw attention to his waist. Without it, Clark looks, well, chunky
.Even in the comic books.
His abdomen looks enormous
. The problem here is both the lack of the red at the abdomen and the fact that they're keeping the belt in the same spot it needs to be to support the underwear, at his natural waist. But there's nothing to hold up. If the belt were being used for more decorative purposes, awesome,
but it's not. The logic of having such a plain belt being the only adornment to break up all the blue is just plain silly.
What makes it worse is the material. It looks like molded plastic. I mean, I realize we're quite used to Batman in his Kevlar, but this is Superman. He doesn't need a protective layer of clothing
. (…suddenly, this is becoming a very different movie in my head and I'm walking away from it.) I do like the fact that the texture is aerodynamic, but again, Superman doesn't need to be aerodynamic
. He has superpowers! It's in his name! The colors are also pretty dull—why can't we have nice things, guys?—and the neckline looks like it could bug me. I just… I want to have faith in Synder, I really do, but Superman is a fundamentally optimistic character, you know? Here's this kid, with superpowers, who could have turned out horribly (Red Son
, anyone?), but because he's raised by good people, he becomes a good person and fights crime not because he's Superman, but because he's Clark Kent, and that's what he should do with the gift he's been given. And to see the costume
go pretty wrong makes me doubt that, although, of course, it might be brilliant for all I know.In conclusion, Dean Cain is Superman and that is that.