While many remember The Death of Superman story line at DC, I remember the death of Superman’s red trunks in during The New 52 with more anger– it seems as though the publisher is trying to leave behind a key element of the character’s design. Artist Tom Derenick (Batman/Superman) has posted a better look at Jim Lee’s Superman redesign that he drew. Lee has added some additional details to this new Superman, combined with new elements as well such as additional red lines on the book and an odd red belt buckle and triangles?
One of the biggest departures from the last design is actually the collar that Superman left behind. Also, the additional lines on the sleeves are back from the original costume. The outfit overall is an odd blend of the old and the new– with Superman’s yellow emblem still present on the back of the cape. DC loves to tinker with the tiniest details of Superman’s costume.
Fans were shocked when Superman’s red trunks vanished in the wake of the New 52. Good ol’ Clark Kent used to wear his heart on his sleeve and his underwear on the outside– but The New 52 look for the included a more casual Superman with t-shirt and jeans. Afterwords, Superman nestled into a more traditional outfit that lacked a key element of the costume: the red trunks.
Here’s an infographic from Imbong Hadisoebroto that illustrates some of the recent changes to the design: