April 22, 2005

I'm ready to "believe again"....

We finally get to see Brandon Routh as Kal-El in "the suit" today.

Not bad - some might want more muscles, but what the hey. He's Superman.

Costume designer Louise Mingenbach has made a few changes to the blue and red suit for Superman Returns. The "S" insignia is smaller and higher on the chest, plus as opposed to being painted or embroidered on, the emblem is more three dimensional in nature. The colors - blue, yellow & red - are darker, with the yellow appearing more gold, and the red closer to a scarlet. The blue is more a royal color. Finally, the more stylized "S" of the insignia has also been added to Superman's belt buckle.

No extra muscle padding for 25 year-old Routh, though, according to director Brian Singer.

"I always had the general idea of the suit. However, when the conceptual art was evolving around the same time that I cast Brandon, I privately had paintings rendered with Brandon's face, which certainly brought it to life."

Superman's body is the key to his power, Singer says.

"With X-Men, although they had extraordinary powers, they also had physical weaknesses," he says. "The suits were for protection as well as costume. Superman is the Man of Steel. Bullets bounce off him, not his suit."

Superman Returns, with Routh as Superman, Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane and Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor is filming in Australia now. The film opens in theaters June 30, 2006.
(More coverage from Outside The Beltway & others)

Posted by mhking at April 22, 2005 11:33 AM

Bullets bounce off him, not his suit.

Somebody tell Singer he's only half right. Yes, bullets bounce off Supes -- but they also bounce off his suit. It's made from Kryptonian blankets that baby Kal-El was wrapped in when placed on the rocket ship as Krypton was about to go boom.

I assume Ma Kent found Kryptonian scissors, needle and thread to make the costume...


Posted by: McGehee at April 22, 2005 01:44 PM

We'll try not to screw it up too badly down here.

Posted by: Todd at April 25, 2005 04:36 AM
Post a comment

Remember personal info?