It’s been a long time waiting for this. Every since CW announced that Supergirl would finally be showing Kara’s cousin, Kal-El (better known to the people of Earth as Superman), and that Superman would be played by Teen Wolf‘s Tyler Hoechlin, I’ve been waiting for the full reveal of the costume he’ll be wearing as the Man of Tomorrow. Thankfully, today is that day and the CW has released the image below of Kara and Kal-El standing proud together in all of their glory.
Now, as Multiversity Comics’ resident Superman fanatic, I tend to have a lot of Opinions about the Big Blue Boy Scout and this time is now different. What is surprising, probably, is the fact that I downright love this. Sure, it’s way more in like with the New 52 costume than the classic costume and I continue to mourn the lack of red underpants, but there’s so much to love here. For one, Hoechlin definitely has the presence of the character and while I wish the promo image allowed him to smile and exude a bit more warmth, it’s hard not to just see Superman standing right there. Second, I love the size and style of the iconic shield, covering most of the chest of the costume and glowing with that vibrant yellow. That’s definitely an element I found lacking in the suit worn by Henry Cavill in the films.
Finally, I want you to remember that this is how CW revealed Kara’s costume before the first season and that image couldn’t have been less representative of the tone of the show. This is definitely more in line with how the show feels, but I feel like how the costume looks will be secondary to how Hoechlin embodies the role. Once we see him interacting with Kara, I feel like any qualms people have with the costume will melt away.
But what do you think? Do you like this version of the costume? Are there any glaring flaws you dislike or elements that you just love? Or do you just prefer the film costume? Regardless of how you feel, sound off in the comments below!