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Justice League - Superman Redesign by Femmes-Fatales Justice League - Superman Redesign by Femmes-Fatales
Justice League redesigns, part 5 of 12.

Having asked you all pick your favourite Justice League members from a selective list, Superman placed third last. Out of 90 votes, he only received four. It's shocking that he did so poorly but I suppose his image is too 'squeaky clean' for a population that prefers 'bad boys' like Batman.

Superman's story is one for the ages. As his home planet Krypton exploded around him, little Kal-El was saved by his parents when he was sent to Earth via a rocket ship. He landed in Smallville where he was raised by the kindly Kents and was given the name Clark. The Kents quickly learned that Clark wasn't like other children when he developed numerous superhuman abilities and upon reaching adulthood Clark decided to dedicate himself to the pursuit of truth and justice by becoming the hero Superman. He now works as a reporter for the Daily Planet alongside his girlfriend Lois Lane in Metropolis but shuttles to New York City to spend time with his friends and teammates on the Justice League. His strong convictions and beliefs bring him closer to the Flash and Wonder Woman while he finds himself in conflict with the more aggressive Aquaman and the secretive Batman. At the end of the day, Superman is happy to be making a difference in the world be it saving a cat from a burning building or preventing an alien invasion.

For his costume, I mixed and matched elements that I liked. Those ridiculous panties of his had to go. I've been loving his New 52 costume so I largely drew inspiration from that particularly with the high collar and longer sleeves. Something I've always been confused by was how his cape managed to stay on in other designs so here I built it into the costume. I also used a less traditional "S" shield and played around with the costume to give it more dimension. I accented it with different tones and opted for a gold outline on the collar and sleeves. I think he came out looking quite nice.

The other Leaguers can be found in my gallery.

**Please note - much of the character content here is altered from their biography in comic continuities and is intended to be my personal interpretation in a series independent from the comics**
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Sonja-from-Finland Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
I like most of your redesigns of superheroes, probably because they have this movie like feel to them, without being dark/dull colored, which due to the often dark lighting makes the costumes just look even darker and really boring.

I really like Supermans design, the cape looks great and I really wish he would have a cape more like this in canon, because I'm honestly confused how his comicbook capes are supposed to be attached to his costume, if they are just sewn into it, any force applied on the cloak should just tear it off. This cloak looks like it's one piece with the collar and that the S-shields straps go over it somehow and the desing just looks far more functional.

I like the use of darker and lighter blue in his costume, it makes the suit look more interesting and would actually work much better onscreen than the raised seams or the rubber suits that superheroes usually end up wearing. You also made the right choice in not giving him the red underpants, since they do make Superman look ridiculous, especially next to more modernly costumed heroes.

My only complaint about this design is the way the soles of his boots go at the front, since I find shoes like that to look bit ridiculous, but it does give the boots more sporty look, which works better with superheroes than impractical shoes, like the classic boots he wears would probably be very uncomfortable and "stiff" in real life and thus not shoes a superhero would pick.
Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness, thank you so much. You have no idea how much I appreciated this comment and it totally made my day. Overall, I'm really glad you like the look.

Many of the elements you've pointed out were born out of my own questions regarding Superman's costume. How does his cape attach? How are those shoes comfortable? Why is he dressed like Britney Spears circa 2002 with underwear on the outside of his clothing? It's also a relief to see the muted tones go over well. I know many are still married to the candy-colored costumes of yesteryear.

Once again, thank you so so much for taking the time out to comment. :)
Sonja-from-Finland Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
I like commenting on peoples art and you have really great designs and even made me interested of some of the less well known characters (I'm animated, tv and movie only fan, because comics are pretty rare in Finland(only few titles sold in ordinary stores)).

I love it when people consider practicality when coming up with designs, especially on superheroes, since they need to be able to fight, but some costumes are totally impractical(often even the canon designs are impractical). I do actually personally prefer more muted colors, so the lack of the bright/primary colors in the costumes is a huge plus for me.
Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's what I like hearing! There are so many fantastic and fabulous comic book.characters that don't make it into adaptations, so if I'm able to make people aware of them that's a huge bonus. :)

My design philosophy is always that fashion is a physical representation of who someone is on the inside. It's important to recognize that when drawing I think.
Sonja-from-Finland Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014
Poor Donna Troy, she seems so interesting based on your comments, but from what I have heard every time someone wants to use her in animated adaptation they have lot of trouble getting the rights to use her character for some reason.

Considering the personality of the character is most important part of costume design, but most superhero redesigns focus too much on the badass or sexy, so the costume ends up looking like something the character would never wear(or just plain ugly, because there's too much detail etc.).
Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The rights for Donna's character were freed up durung the production of Young Justice, but the producers opted to use Cassie instead. Thankfully, Donna managed to appear in the beloved Super BFFs shorts.

Well, I disagree to a point. I think most costumes these days are designed quite well and are suited to the characters.
Sonja-from-Finland Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
I understood they got the rights after the first season was mostly done and didn't want fanrage over potraying Donna as the newbie who hasn't yet learned to control her powers, so they just chose Cassie for the second season(Cassie punches so hard the shock wave shatters windows). I always think about viewing the Super BFFs, but then I do something else and completely forger they exist at all.

Professionals designing superhero costumes are mostly great, but I were actually talking about fan redesigns, which tend to be either great like yours or even worse than the worst costume the character has ever worn in canon. Though I do hate it when they try to design a costume with "movie" aesthetics in mind, because those end up too detailed and the darkened colors and "seams" just make the designs look either bland or too detailed in comics. You have movie like designs, but you are also able to keep the details down and pick muted, not as dark as possible colors.
Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't really buy that. After all, most of their first season team was a mix of generations. In the comics, Superboy and Miss Martian were two generations after Dick and Wally. Artemis was also a villain in the comics and Zatanna was a Justice League member. They probably just wanted to go with Cassie since that's the Wonder Girl people know. Sadly, they put her in a hideous costume that made her look like a soccer mom.
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Warriorking4ever Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
if its any consolation, I find myself appreciating Superman more and more these days...I still like Batman mind you, I'm just burnt out on him because he's so overused these days to the neglect of the other heroes. Also, Supes is honestly a much more well adjusted person than Batman & less high maintenance than Bruce can be at times...Well, until the New 52 came along & turned him into an arrogant jerk instead of the boyscout we all know and love (if Justice league War is any indication >_<)

At any rate, while i still like the classic costume, since its worked just fine for him for years, I try to keep an open mind about what few changes the new 52 brought that aren't inherently bad, & I like how ya added a bit more color to the newer design of his costume, the bits around the shoulders
Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've read a lot of Superman's early stuff from the New 52 and it pretty consisting portrayed him as a nice guy.

The old costume is iconic for a reason but the red underwear is still pretty funny. He's a superhero, not Britney Spears. :P

Either way, thanks for the comment! I really appreciate it! :)
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