We were all pretty excited when the first set photos of Henry Cavill as Superman leaked out. It seemed that after years of binding and CGI smoothing, Superman was finally getting super where it counted.
However, over in Vegas, this year’s Licensing show has begun the steady drumbeat of publicity for the new Superman film, which is coming out next year. (Are you ready?) Some costumes from the film are on display, and it becomes clear that Superman’s attributes are structural rather than organic.
In other words, Superman is wearing a codpiece, a fashion item last in vogue in the 16th century, as frequently depicted by the great Flemish painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder.
More of the Superman costumes spectacle from the Licensing Show can be seen at Coming Soon.
The new Superman film is a reboot directed by Zack Snyder, who has definitely never been shy about showing male anatomy on film, as both 300 and WATCHMEN showed.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.