For months and months, everyone has been trying to figure out what the various costumes would look like in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Man of Steel; now, thanks to the glorious world of merchandising, we have a fairly definitive look at the most important among the character designs. This look comes courtesy of Previews, a magazine which showcases upcoming comics, toys, and other merchandise; and Gentle Giant, Ltd. (the merchandise division of Gentle Giant Studios), which sculpted these scale-model figurines.
First, there’s Superman himself.
This is the one character design we’ve already pretty much seen, but this is still a nicer, fuller look. The more I see this costume design, the more I’m more okay with him losing the red underoos (and I was pretty much completely okay with it, immediately).
Next, there’s Jor-El, Faora, and Zod.
We’ve also gotten glimpses of these guys in the past, but this is a nice complete look at the designs we’ll be seeing in the movie (unless you think Jor-El’s feet are going to be drastically different from the rest of his body). There has been some negative reaction to these suits, but they seem to represent a fairly consistent progression from the suits in titles such as Superman: Birthright and the Jor-El design in The New 52. Admittedly, that’s probably the problem some have, since The New 52 version of the Superman universe seemed to rub a lot of fans the wrong way, but this feels like, to me, a solid marriage between those designs and the “real-world” look and feel Snyder (and producer Christopher Nolan) are going for. I mean, Jor-El’s Krytonian gun basically looks like an assault rifle; that’s an interesting design choice that perhaps makes the Kryptonians feel more human than if the gun was completely unrecognizable.
Man of Steel releases June 14, and I look forward to seeing these characters on the big screen.