Clark's New Superman & Lois Suit Is Mighty Easy on the Eyes

Superman sporting a new suit.
Superman sporting a new suit.
Image: The CW

With Superman & Lois, the CW plans to explore a phase of Clark Kent and Lois Lane’s shared lives that’s typically only had but so much time in the spotlight within DC’s comics. Here, the Metropolis-based couple isn’t just a talented team of reporters, they’re also parents who somehow find the time to fit saving the world from destruction into their schedules.

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Though this Superman’s still the same man who’s been involved in the CW’s many superhero crossover events, Superman & Lois centers on aspects of his life not yet explored within his few appearances throughout the Arrowverse. Turns out, his own show means he’s getting new threads when it launches in the new year. Today, the CW dropped the first official look at the last son of Krypton’s latest fit, a modernized take (designed by Laura Jean Shannon) on Superman’s classic costume that eschews the red briefs for a striking, but sleek red belt accented with his crest.

Superman’s new costume.
Superman’s new costume.
Image: The CW

The main body of the suit features a subtle, but still noticeable vertical patterning to it that evokes the ideas of movement and momentum, and it’ll be interesting to see what the entire thing looks like in action, particularly while Supes is flying and the suit’s presumably interacting with natural light.

From a press release, here’s what Tyler Hoechlin had to say: “I find that the new suit is representative of the show. Just as this suit is unique and set apart from the ones that preceded it, the story we’re telling about Clark/Superman at this point in his life is unique and something we’ve never seen before. I appreciate the opportunity to wear the suit and the responsibility that comes with it. But it’s always interesting when I’m asked how I feel about ‘my new suit,’ because I’ve always felt that the suit doesn’t belong to me; it belongs to everyone that finds some kind of meaning in that suit, in the symbol on the chest. I just happen to be the one wearing it. I come from the world of baseball and a line of coaches that always preached that the name on the front of the jersey is more important than the one on the back. Because when you wear that jersey, it represents not only you, but your entire team, and everyone that has ever worn that jersey that came before you. So when I wear the suit, that’s what it means to me. It represents everything that Superman stands for and has stood for, for almost a century now. And I look forward to carrying on that tradition.”

Superman & Lois —starring a returning Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth “Bitsie” Tulloch—premieres on February 23.

Update 12/9/2020, 4:50 p.m. ET: This post has been updated with designer information and a quote from Hoechlin.

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Charles Pulliam-Moore is an NYC-based culture critic whose work centers on fandom, pop culture, politics, race, and sexuality. He still thinks Cyclops made a few valid points.

DISCUSSION

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Arturo R. Garcia

I’m pro-trunks if only because it captures the spirit of Clark’s kit (or at least his first kit) being made by his mom at home. The all-blue look just has that tinge of “brand ambassador.” But if they keep the vibe that Hoechlin & Tulloch have already brought to their CW work then I can live with it.

That said, I really hope this show provides a better presentation of journalism than Supergirl has.