1981: Christopher Reeve as Superman in "Superman II." (Associated Press)Link
2006: Brandon Routh as Superman in Bryan Singer's "Superman Returns." (Warner Bros.)Link
Henry Cavill as Superman in "Man of Steel." (Warner Bros.)Link
2003: Superman, drawn by Jim Lee. (DC Comics)Link
2011: Superman, drawn by Rags Morales for "Action Comics" reboot. (DC Comics)Link
Circa 1976: Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman in "The New Adventures of Wonder Woman." (CBS/Los Angeles Times archives)Link
1940: Bob Kane's Batman.Link
2011: Batman #1 variant cover from DC's "The New 52" reboot. (DC Comics)Link
1989: Michael Keaton as Batman in the Tim Burton-directed "Batman." (Warner Bros.)Link
1995: Val Kilmer as Batman and Chris O'Donnell as Robin in Joel Schumacher's "Batman Forever." (Warner Bros.)Link
1997: George Clooney as Batman in "Batman and Robin." (Warner Bros.)Link
2008: Christian Bale as Batman in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight." (Warner Bros.)Link
Circa 1966: Julie Newmar as Catwoman in vintage publicity photo. (Los Angeles Times archives)Link
2004: Halle Berry as Catwoman in "Catwoman." (Doane Gregory / Warner Bros.)Link
Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in "The Dark Knight Rises." (Warner Bros.)Link
The “Man of Steel” might be a man of Spandex. Images of Henry Cavill as Superman, leaked from the Plano, Ill., set of the Zack Snyder-directed reboot, show the bulked-up actor’s muscles bulging through (or perhaps built into) his costume.
The hero’s new suit is already causing a stir online, with some fans worrying that the outfit makes the Last Son of Krypton look more like the Big Blue Cheese than the Man of Tomorrow.
Superman’s big-screen wardrobe update coincides with his revamped image in comic books. As part of DC’s reboot, Superman appears to be donning blue jeans instead of red tights in some promotional images.
But concerns over and comparisons of uniforms are par for the course when it comes to superhero franchises. Batman has gone through more makeovers in film, television and comics than Doctor Who. Catwoman’s new clothes caused a commotion after Anne Hathaway debuted her costume for “The Dark Knight Rises.” And outright mockery of Adrianne Palicki’s “Wonder Woman” getup might have contributed to the show’s cancellation before ever airing.
In the gallery above, take a look at some superheroes — Superman, Catwoman, et al — and their various garb incarnations. Be sure to click CAPTIONS ON.
– Noelene Clark
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