smallville superman suit
DCnu superman suit
I have to go with the Smallville suit. To me, it looks futuristic like the man of tomorrow should wear. To make something look modern or futuristic, you have to streamline it and keep it elegant. The two tone blue, the sleek look, the red and yellow belt and the simple boots really pull it all together. It feels like a natural update to the classic costume.
I never did care for the armor look. If you're trying to update or modernize a costume, metal armor is not the way to go. It's only a couple of centuries out of style. The metal armor and the collar all scream the past. If everyone gets so upset that the trunks are out of date, why are they thrilled with costume design that's even more out of date? I also don't care for the points at the end of Superman's sleeves. They look feminine to me. I'm glad that some of the artists are keeping those busy seams to a minimum. Not all of the new suit is bad, but it has more misses than hits to me.
DCnU. The Smallville suit is fine, its best attribute being the belt, I like that it incorportated some yellow into it. But I'm not too big on the Eradicator-like dark blue/black stripes on the sides, and the DCU suit has the red on the collar and cuffs which I love.
Looking at that JL #1 splash though, its drawn so much better now.
Last edited by Sacred Knight; 04-22-2012 at 06:57 PM.
On the subject of which costume I prefer, I've gotta go with the New 52's suit. I like the v-neck collar and the red on the sleeves, collar and belt. It's a very simple design as long as it isn't overcomplicated. I've never drawn it with all the lines and stuff on it, but I see no reason why I should either. It's just an updated version of the classic suit, and one I like more than the Smallville one.
Last edited by Adekis; 04-24-2012 at 10:10 AM.