Was it that long? I could of swore it was maybe 5 or so years. I am mistaken then there.
This is not a challenge or anything to back up my personal beliefs here, I'm genuinely curious after mentioning it last night, is there any superheroes left outside of Magneto that has trunks?
I would like those who are complaining about the loss of trunks to say out whatever they have written over here. Tell it to someone who doesn't read read comics on a monthly basis. You'll realise when you're saying it out loud about how tragic it is to lose the trunks, you'll sound completely and utterly ridiculous.
Actually, I think to anyone who doesn't read super-hero comics, it sounds ridiculous either way. It's one of those stupid things that us comc geeks argue about--the kind of thing that audiences laugh at on THE BIG BANG THEORY--but nobody outside super-hero fandom would give it any consideration.
What do kids have to do with anything concerning Superman's costume? Are you saying the trunks are more kid friendly in some fashion? Are all new kid characters created with trunks today? If that's the concern, then the costume how a long way to go being updated to kid's tastes today. A very long way.
The hair is iconic? Well, they changed it for the movie, so maybe it isn't more or less iconic than the trunks. Superman as a whole was iconic. I love how DC can change things and people can say, "Well, that wasn't the iconic part." lol
Iconic isn't something that you or I can decide. It's how the character is perceived in the group unconscious. Not even the current comics have anything to do with it. We'll see how the character is continued to be portrayed in advertising and merchandising over a long period. That will tell us, "iconic".
I don't like the nu52 costume or the MOS costume and I like the classic best, but I think it is possible to redesign it without the trunks and make it work, but I don't think either of those two get the job done. And I really don't see the need. There are many pressing issues with Superman, or at least there were before Morrison's Action Comics, but the costume was not a problem.
Doomed Planet. Desperate Scientists. Last Hope. Kindly Couple.
I would say his iconic look is the red and blue coloring, the shield and the cape. How you put those elements together has changed over the years but that's where the imagery comes from. I'm fairly certain that the new 52 Superman is recognizable as Superman. No one's going to get him confused with any other character. Of course I come at this as someone who had wished the trunks had been a casualty of CoIE.