Superman debuts a new look
October 25th, 2010
01:00 PM ET

Superman debuts a new look

First Wonder Woman got a makeover, and now the Man of Steel is debuting a new look of his own.

The redrawing will appear in“Superman: Earth One," a new graphic novel retelling of the origin of the super hero which DC Comics says is “Superman for the 21st century."

Does the modern Superman look a little familiar to you Twi-hards? As the New York Post points out,  he bears “more of a resemblance to Robert Pattinson from the ‘Twilight’ movies than Christopher Reeve from the Superman films.”

The new Superman still has the inky black hair and buff bod – six pack and all – but features more of a brooding look than the super hero's past clean-cut appearance.

The book is written by J. Michael Straczynski, known for writing Superman, Wonder Woman and  Babylon 5 and drawn by artist Shane Davis who has previously worked on Green Lantern and the Superman/Batman series.

The new graphic novel series does not replace the original Superman comics, but is merely a reinterpretation of his younger years. The book goes on sale next Tuesday.

What do you think of the new Superman?

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  2. Superman Costume
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    February 29, 2012 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. NatDuv

    No,No,No,Hell No, No, NO, NO, NO

    I rest my case

    November 8, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kalel92

    The new Superman does not resemble Robert Patterson at all . I'm tired of people saying that he does, he's more leaning towards tom welling than Patterson.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  5. macionis

    It is demonic, yuk!!

    October 27, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Actual Comic Retailer

    Wow. The absolute *WORST* thing you can do for this book is compare it to Twilight. Comic fans will see that and think 'clearly that's not for me' and Twilight fans will read it and think 'this book isn't what I thought it was going to be' and not buy any more.

    Having read the book in the form of a preview copy; I find the comparison completely arbitrary and groundless. The article was clearly written by people who don't understand the character, the book, or the industry.

    If you're interested in Superman and a modern re-envisioning of the character, or are a fan of Straczynski, pick up this book. If you want teen angst and melodrama then pick up Twilight. They are different things.

    October 27, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dan

    I honestly like the new look...I never really was a huge fan of superman because of the clean-cut innocent look that he had. Sure, he is the biggest superhero, but I thought the look needed a change. This new look for him will definitely draw new attention to more people. I showed a lot of my friends this new look and they were really intrigued by it. The world is changing rapidly and it's not like Superman's character has changed, but his looks changed for today's world...and it's getting more appealing to the younger crowd. Sorry fans it was bound to least he looks like a badass lol.

    October 27, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joseph

    Because this is just a side story, I can bring myself to tolerate it. If they had truly decided to change superman into another generic emo fool, I would absolutely refuse to have anything to do with DC. Nothing wrong with "updating" a character, but to corrupt one of the few characters that's still good? Bad buisiness.

    October 27, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |

    How about making Batman wear white costume and make him smile everytime, and his new hideout would be on top of a big three colored with different colors of the rainbow, sounds good huh? WAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    October 26, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. e

    he grew up on a farm doing not a single thing.. what he so mad about to be looking like that ... horrible job

    October 26, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. mikeinsiouxfalls

    Even icons sometimes need to be refreshed. It's a marketting move to sell product. Remember when Doomsday killed the Boy Scout? Sales went through the roof. Anybody remember the outcry when Craig became James Bond. He did a great job but Sean Connery still rules.

    October 26, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. collectededitions

    The Collected Editions comics review site will host a live discussion of the Superman: Earth One graphic novel Wednesday night at 8 pm EST, after everyone's had a chance to pick up a copy. Drop by at the link below - we might even clarify "Earth One" and Earth-1 for you. 🙂

    October 26, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  13. Great!

    Now Christian Bale can play both Superman and Batman. (Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing...I will leave up to you.)

    October 26, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. *Ricecake

    Yuk! Superman was better as the clean cut version!

    October 26, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. Rick

    It's very dark and disturbing characterzaton of a well known superhero.

    October 26, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  16. SKY


    October 26, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  17. Chachi

    This Superman's weakness: people pointing at him and laughing at how much he sucks.

    October 26, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  18. Chachi

    This Superman is from Earth-four-hundred-sixty-gay.

    October 26, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  19. cavemanstyle

    Look, he looks like a punk now.. like a cheap Ambercrombie and fitch fool.. get that stupid character outta here and keep superman real. Plus, isn't he supposed to be dead anyways? .. c'mon man.

    October 26, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  20. Nerd_Puncher

    "graphic novel" LOL

    October 26, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  21. Bizarro

    Really? Does DC know that people older than 12 still read comics? I'm sorry but making the big blue boyscout look like a little wimp with glowing red eyes is by far the stupidest thing that DC has done. Hopefully he dies in the next Crisis series. BTW isn't the actual Superman from Earth 2?

    October 26, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  22. Myriam

    Why not create something new instead of constantly disfiguring characters we all fell in love with growing up?

    Really I think it's sad.

    October 26, 2010 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  23. Frank

    DC writers just have no original ideas so they're just re-packaging Superman. It's pathetic, DC is too afraid to take any chances so they do the same stuff they've been doing for years.

    October 26, 2010 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  24. Andrew

    Heh heh. Now Batman: Brave and the Bold will become the new version of that character? 😉

    October 26, 2010 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  25. Maverick

    Yawn. No, double yawn.

    October 26, 2010 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  26. Jefffan

    Hey, he doesn't look like George Reeves-the ONLY Superman for my money.

    October 26, 2010 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  27. tyson

    Its just a one shot no big deal

    October 26, 2010 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  28. realityhater

    first the Hollywood feel good movie industry ruins comic book story lines, now the comic book writers themselves. I understand updating the "brand" to be more appealing to todays culture, however lets not lose sight of what made this story great in the first place, Superman being a nerdy stand up guy who people can relate to, leave the dark and broodiness to Batman or Dark Knight whichever "re-brand name you prefer.I guess my real question is "What does Kevin Smith think about this , should there be a giant metal spider in the story ?...Kevin ?......

    October 26, 2010 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  29. snobiltman

    Don't worry... they will reboot or kill him off and then he'll be back as the boyscout.

    October 26, 2010 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  30. Third Leg of Steel

    I don't like the brooding look. It doesn't look super? He looks like a villian and looks as if he was downgraded.

    Change it!

    October 26, 2010 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
  31. Ian

    I'm sure that Superman's new look will be embraced and accepted and loved by the public, just the same way that "New Taste Coke" was accepted and loved by everyone in the 1980's. Oh wait, that sucked too... ok, never mind.

    October 26, 2010 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  32. UltimateKryptonian

    I for one glad this is a refreshing storytelling of the 1st comic book hero...and besides, this is a new Earth. It is not Earth Prime or Earth-1. Just another great Superman story from DC, unlike Marvel's crap. Just saying.

    October 26, 2010 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
  33. Bunny

    Don't like it. Superman should not be emo.

    October 26, 2010 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
  34. warsteiner

    Unbelieveable the darkside had cart blanch with bad guys why must you turn Superman into a bad brooding dude he's not. Give him red cryptonite then make him that way for awhile but not forever. Superman is as A marican as apple pie and baseball you S.O.B.'s

    October 26, 2010 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
  35. meh

    Redraw? It's moody Clark in a hoodie. Woop-dee-doo.

    October 26, 2010 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
  36. rickirs

    Bad, looks like a vampire spinoff. At least how about some Vulcan ears!

    October 26, 2010 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
  37. Julie S. Anaheim, CA

    Hey, YOU FANBOYS: LEARN proper English, and how to type! Most of you can't even put a proper sentence together. I couldn't go 3 posts, without seeing incorrect English, sheesh.

    At least most comic book creators finished High School, and/or College – you can tell by the lack of typos in a single sentence.

    October 26, 2010 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      It seems your a hypocrite since you used a singular pronoun before a plural noun. Then you used slang terms as well to form the sentence. "You Fanboys " makes you sound like a moron when your writing a sentence about proper grammar.

      October 26, 2010 at 4:35 am | Report abuse |
  38. NoYouD'unt

    weight a minute...NG would cause him to have windshear.

    October 26, 2010 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
  39. Tim

    Another example of ObUMMER'S failed policies.

    October 26, 2010 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
  40. Rich

    I'm usually supportive of these changes (loved the Wonder Woman, for example), but this is absolutely horrible.

    October 26, 2010 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
  41. observer

    Just what the world needs: a goth Superman. Not.

    October 26, 2010 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  42. JanieG

    Nobody could replace Christopher Reeve as Superman. He was the best.

    October 26, 2010 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  43. joe

    This guy looks emo. Go cry and slit your wrists with kryptonite razor blades for attention.

    October 26, 2010 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  44. CurrentTopic

    I am so sick of this. Let's see, Bane breaks Batman's back, Doom kills Superman, Captain America gets killed by a sniper and now this. Every few years a crop of unimaginative and desperate writers come along and basically rewrite decades of accepted canon because they can't figure out a story.

    October 26, 2010 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
  45. jubei

    I'm tired of Superman being a weakling. I want the old Superman who can juggle planetoid, sleep in the heart of the Sun, drop kick a Neutron star, travel faster than the speed of light., see across galaxies with his vision, hear the very cells of your body splitting, the guy that can lift entire mountains with just one finger, the dude that can stand still and feel nothing as the Hulk waste himself trying to punch him out, crumble mountains with his sonic voice, vaporize the entire planet with his heat vision. Yeah thats the Supes we need to return.

    October 26, 2010 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  46. lewisd415

    Wow, you all get pretty good internet service in your parent's basement. Do you split the bill with them every month or do you have your own line?

    October 26, 2010 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  47. ShamanNora

    I don't like this new look at all. First of all, it looks more Anime, less realistic. Secondly, he looks like he could be either homicidal or suicidal. Depressed and dark. Red eyes? Sorry, yuck!

    October 26, 2010 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  48. Ray Jackson, MS

    You can't tell squat from one picture. The new look might work for a while but he and Wonder Woman will both eventually go back to the old looks but I will say I hate alternative universes. Marvel had done that to death and I'm sick of it.

    October 26, 2010 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  49. victor

    i saw the last update of wonder woman, and at first along with most everyone else i really didn't like that "new" look-then I happened across the new series that the look was part of and the story was quite the opposite,they had turned WW into a super badass-I mean beating the crap out of everyone,blood and seeing this new look-I' would suppose that Supes will be a lil more of a badass than the all-american superhero...I do agree though that the WB/DC are trying to update the characters to the current timeline then have them constantly stuck in the '90s..

    October 26, 2010 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  50. Sogeking

    If DC's Earth-1 is anything like Marvel's Ultimate Universe, then it'll start off good...then become great...then go bad...then turn into garbage...then turn good again but never as good as when it started off.

    October 25, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheAlaskaCurmudgeon

      I'm still mad at Marvel for canceling "Howard the Duck."

      Get DOWN America!

      October 25, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  51. TheAlaskaCurmudgeon

    I am Superman.

    And I can do anything.

    October 25, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  52. wildwohl

    This is just another attempt to destroy AMERICAN ICONs. First GI JOE, Wonder Woman, now Superman. What's next, redo of Charlie Brown, make him and the Peanut's Gang into "Jersey Shores" losers. If they want to do redo, why not come out with a "graphic novel" in which POTUS actaully has leadership and ethics and represents America.

    October 25, 2010 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • guinevere

      Oh, for the love of crap.

      Emo Superman has nothing to do with your political bitterness.

      October 25, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Aaron J

    Emo Superman cuts himself with kryptonite razorblades.

    October 25, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  54. garyd

    A more contemporary/reboot is long overdue.Lets face it the Man of Steel running around in spandex and a cape although "classic" may not fit in a contemporary universe.Clearly this is an attempt to resolve that issue.Frank Miller did the same with Batman a few years ago which ultimately gave Chris Nolan and Warner Brothers a new direction to take the Dark Knight,which has garnered huge box office success.A more contemporary version of Superman may rekindle and heat up the box office and comic book sales.Maybe lightning will strike twice it's worth a try!

    October 25, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Superschlang

    Can't wait for Superman to finally reveal his gay lover, so the comic book gets even higher sales?

    October 25, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Steve

    Yeah Buck, I always wondered why Jimmy got the special watch instead of Lois.....hmmmmmm.......

    October 25, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Bigmyk

    This Superman, sporting the red, leather jacket in lew of cape, is more in line with the Smallville character. The cape will probably come later.

    October 25, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  58. dan

    He looks like justin beiber.

    October 25, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Frank

    This is terrible! His face is all wrong! I don't want Superman being compared to that moron Robert Pattison. This is just a ploy to pull in those silly Twilight fans. And, why? Superman has nothing to do with vampires.
    Batman's my favorite, anyway.

    October 25, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Nathan

    What is strange is that he has the face of a teen but the build of Mr. Universe. It's like taking Justin Beiber and adding 200 lbs of muscle but keeping the face the same. Oh well I guess that's what Taylor Lautner did.

    October 25, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  61. AllTyme

    This is why I just stick with 616 Marvel Avengers and X-Men. DC is too confusing for me.

    October 25, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  62. jacks

    JMS Can't write comics anyway. This will suck as much as his "One More Day" story for Spidey, his "modern" Wonder-Woman story, and his "US Tour" for Superman's books.

    October 25, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  63. matt

    Do we remember when superman died??? Are we trying to relive that again?? Let's now rebuild the wheel. Up up and a zero for the new superman.

    October 25, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Anton

    I love superman he's my favorite in DC,
    Buy it is true they have gone of the deepend with poor o'l sup's, there's far to many variations of him fad far to many. We got young- old- married & not- dimensions- mega super killer death villains he's done-been-seen it all & nothing but going silly & stupid. I love superman but it's getting hard to watch him get beatin the only way he truely can.

    October 25, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Chris VanHaight

    The face seems a bit thin to go with the body.

    October 25, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  66. scroo yoo

    Superman Sucks.How can someone who is Invincible always be beat by Lex Luthor?

    Lame,dont care.Batman,Green Lantern,even Aquaman is more Interesting than Big Blue

    October 25, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  67. saboth

    Whenever a hero/origin/comic gets a "reboot", it makes me want to buy it even less. Especially if it reboots to look more like pathetic tween franchises like Twilight.

    October 25, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Michael Anton Lylyk

    Superman's life is twilight.

    October 25, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Astrid

    Do not like the look, looks like a Twilight vampire with a hoodie on.

    October 25, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Daniel

    Worst article ever.

    October 25, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  71. banzai

    He looks like Frodo just after the ring took him over.....

    October 25, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  72. GiGi

    Anderson Cooper is Superman. I bet he looks hot in his tights. There is no Lois Lane. He saves George Michaels. And together they'll have wonder boy.

    October 25, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buck

      Figures gays want Superman to be a phaggot!

      October 26, 2010 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Posh-Kenneth

      @Buck- of course there's a stupid redneck bigot named Buck. I bet you come complete with a confederate flag and shotgun right? You're add on's are a mobile trailer, black eyed pregnant wife, and a beer stained wife beater.

      God, hicks and hillbillies are so insufferable but at least they make things interesting. Why don't you go back to kissing Bill O'Reilly's @$$ you moronic follower.

      October 26, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Buck

      Hey Posh, go back to using your rear as a sausage stuffer.

      October 26, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  73. cheefsfury


    October 25, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • DearSuperManLovers

      he looks like Mel! maybe Mel can play SM? Who could tell with the hoodie! kinda MadMax-ish.

      October 26, 2010 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
    • CheefsfurysDad


      October 26, 2010 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  74. steve

    like everyone else said, or as any comic geek knows, this is the alternate version superman, much like the alternate version spiderman and x-men in marvel, and there is nothing wrong with making supes edgier, thats what makes comics great, as long as they dont change the basic canon of the character, alternate versions ad some color to the character that was seriously lacking.

    October 25, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Billshasha

    Why do cerators/devlopers feel the need to make EVERYTHING emo. Who decided "emo" was cool anyway ? Have any of you seen these "emo" people ? Sissies all of them !!!!! First devil may cry, now superman, what's next ???? Hey guys let's emo-up the army and then we can enforce a national dress code that say's if your not emo your going to jail. Hey and while we're at it lets emo-up the american flag !!!!! I for one am sick of developers telling ME what's cool !!!!! REVOLT !!!!!

    October 25, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  76. ororoson

    I like it, but it's not really noteworthy. We've seen Supermen from parallel universes sporting similar yet different looks. How is this different? They are always retelling his origin in the "Elseworld" stories. lol

    October 25, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  77. jb

    Emo superboy. Gotta love when people try to revive a dead/dying superhero. While i'm happy someone has decided to make superman more relevant to todays culture, it is a weak attempt. I'm sure that this wont stop the movie makers from trying to make another re-reboot.

    Maybe they can start off with the death of superman. Remember the black and white bags?

    October 25, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Abigale

    As long as they have Tom Welling as Superman I don't care what they do.

    October 25, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Emmanuel

    There are somethings you don't mess with... And you don't mess with Superman. Period...

    October 25, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Aquafan

    What about Aquaman?!

    October 25, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  81. b badger

    if you are a reader of DC comics and have been reading it for a while, or even have a basic understanding of how it goes, you will welcome this as for what it is: a comic that expands DCs multiverse.

    October 25, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  82. The Unknown Chronic

    Well, I was expecting something more like Shore Leave from "Venture Brothers", so even though I don't like the new one, I'm kinda relieved.

    October 25, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Victor

    This is not a reboot. It's another interpretation of the character set on one of the many paralel earths that comprise the DC Universe. In other words:

    Don't freak out people, he's still a reporter for the Daily Planet wearing his business suits and eyeglasses.

    This is just a Gen X version created by J. Michael Straczynski.

    October 25, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  84. NAW

    Well, they have to bring in new readers. This will just be a Superman for a new generation. Yes people will wine and cry about the "change", but most of them will still buy the comic. What do you expect them to do? Come up with brand new characters that will be as great as the old school characters?

    October 25, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • EricLr

      Don't worry, the new Superman will be whining and crying much louder than the fans.

      October 26, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  85. glacis

    looks like a young skinny Brandon Routh to me. Hm. Maybe they got the idea from the movie reboot.

    October 25, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  86. DarylO

    As long as Tom Welling plays the man of steel in any new movies, they can do whatever they want to his appearance.

    October 25, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Chuck

    Marvel Comics already did this, with Ultimate comics. Creating a Superman who today's young people can identify with is an okay idea, along as they leave the 'real' superman alone. This way, you can have a man of steel who carries and ipod, looks vapid and stupid, and complains about mundane things. Kids like that crap.

    October 25, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Fonz

    Superman is a pop culture phenomenon who is bigger than Michael Jackson. Twilight is a stupid series of films that will be forgotten in 20 years. Comparing Robert Pattison to Superman is ridiculous.

    October 25, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  89. bendover

    this is news? does anyone really care?

    October 25, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Superman Forever

    LOVE IT. Good job Shane Davis! Beautiful artwork. And with Straczynski writing it has to be good. But I really can't see the Twilight comparison...THANK GOD.

    October 25, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  91. FudgemintGuardian

    Like the new Wonder Woman, I would like this if it was a completely new character instead of some "edgy" redo.
    The Big Red S is not some wussy brooding emo.
    It makes me feel like they're trying to get the "Twi-hards" into Superman.
    By the way, I'm a girl and I hate Twilight!

    October 25, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • RichMoo

      twilight anything sucks the concept of sparkling vampires is dumb very dumb. go twi-mos

      October 25, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rue

      I'm fortunate in that I've never even seen the movies!

      October 26, 2010 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  92. ken


    October 25, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Capt. Overtonman

    aaaahhhhhh my head hurts, toooo muuuchhhhh nnneeeerrrrdd tallllkkk

    October 25, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Maxx

    I don't think Superman or any other super hero/villian needs in particular needs a reboot, the whole superhero/supervillian concept needs a reboot.. Come on, the skin-tight costumes that exsensuates (sorry if that is misspelled) every conture of their bodies is pretty ridiculous, especially in this day and age. Capes too for that matter, they do not aid in flying, and only seem to increase the possibility of tripping over it or getting it caught in something. I like Marvel/Image comics better than DC, because they tend not to do the whole 'alter-ego' concept (except Peter Parker/SpiderMan I guess), which is another concept that's been played out and gone stale. Come on, after all this time, NO ONE has caught on that Superman is Clark Kent (or vise versa)? People are not that stupid/naive. The X-Men are the X-Men, Wolverine is not "Logan: The Mild-mannered accountant" that when evil leers it's ugly head, runs into a closet, rips off his khakis, button-down shirt, and oxfords to dawn a super-gay costume of fierce color. Upgrade very much needed.

    October 25, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Superman was actually the first super-hero, so this is what started it all. And if you think about it, the alter-ego of Clark Kent is actually the opposite of every other alter-ego of any superhero. Superman wears the clothes he was sent to Earth in, the blanket he was wrapped in, when Krypton was destroyed. Superman is not his alter-ego, he is Superman, those are his clothes, that is him. Clark Kent is the alter-ego, it's how he disguises himself, it's how he views the human race.

      So the whole cape/costume/alter-ego argument is a poor one. Or you just can't appreciate a good backstory. Read some Alex Ross Superman, and even Batman. I never was a fan of either until I saw and read Alex Ross' take. He really has the ability to make Superman seem like God.

      October 26, 2010 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  95. OKx3

    So let me get this straight, 10 seasons of Smallville's "will he won't he" redux story line is now going to be replaced by a sensitive "emo" version of Superman? Perhaps when he is fighting crime they can't print the lyrics of the songs he has written in the comic panels.

    October 25, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • EricLr

      I hear his poetry is very heartfelt. You should hear him on open mic night at The Angst.

      October 26, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  96. citizenUSA

    I hope it's better than that "I'm gay, gay gay" outfit from a few years ago, (not that there's anything wrong with being gay).

    October 25, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Don

    That is absolutely horrible. DC, you suck!

    October 25, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  98. John E. Litton

    Not too crazy about it at all!!!

    Why must things such as this go through these trending changes when in the end, they always come back to the tried and true formula. It might very well, sell well to this 'Twilight' infused generation but, the older fans are going to struggle.

    October 25, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  99. EricLr

    Oh great...emo Superman. Wasn't it bad enough that they had to turn Batman and Captain America into a couple of brooding wussies?

    October 25, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  100. name

    too dark for superman. superman is supposed to be beacon of light, not darkness. it worked for batman but copying it over to superman goes against what he represents.

    October 25, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  101. G

    dc sucks, long live Marvel!

    October 25, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Ken

    Is Superman gay? He's never been in a marriage that didn't turn out to be a sham. His buddies, Batman, Green Arrow, Flash, etc. are all unmarried. He looks just a little too handsome and prim. Don't know, just saying?

    October 25, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Vinnie Bartilucci

    Another classic example of the modern news process – one source makes a mistake and the rest quote it as fact. But heck, if it brings more eyes to the book, well, where's the harm, huh?

    As others have explained, this story isn't a retelling of Superman as much as it is a parallel version. A new version of the character with the story moved up to a more recent start, and in a more contemporary setting. Imagine if they kept making Harrison Ford Jack Ryan films, but at the same time did Ben Affleck films, playing the same character but as a younger man, at the beginning of his career.

    October 25, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
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  105. Zod

    Key word – Earth One. The Superman we currently know and love is from Earth Two. Completely different world, completely different dynamic. And Superman doesn't need a reboot, he just needs Tom Welling.

    October 25, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • MeisterLegion

      @Zod – Earth-2 is the Golden-Age heroes from the 50's & 60's
      The Silver & Modern Day heroes are on Earth-0
      ...Earth-One is the re-created Earth-1 as the results of FINAL CRISIS series.

      October 25, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • b badger

      so who is the superman that died in infinite crisis? since that one was supposed to be earth 2 superman?

      October 25, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kneel Before

      Wow, you're wrong. Very very wrong. Earth-One was our Superman (until Final Crisis). Earth-Two was the Golden Age (Kal-L) Superman who Comic Book Died during Infinite Crisis. I believe the "current" Superman is Earth-Zero. DC really sucks at the concept of continuity with it's different dimensions, retcons, re-boots, and re-hashes.

      I do think this "design" is going for the Twilight-fangirl demographic. Devil May Cry fell prey to it, too.

      October 25, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      What about Earth-8?

      October 26, 2010 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Chachi

      This all sounds earth gay.

      October 26, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  106. strangedesigns

    its about time.

    October 25, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  107. ja

    people are going to have a problem with this, but Superman has been in need of a reboot for about 30 years, the big blue boyscout isn't exactly cutting it anymore

    October 25, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      well how many reboots can you use on the same freakin character anyway? how many alternative childhoods/adolescences/young adulthoods did this guy have??? NEXT!

      October 25, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don

      Superman was rebooted by John Byrne about 25 years ago. Personally, just by the pic alone, I am not for it. I do not see Superman as the brooding hero in the comic line. That's Batman's role. Superman is supposed to be the paragon which is why the two characters work well together.

      October 25, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • LL

      Superman is the big blue boyscout. That's what separates him from all the other brooding superheros. I don't like the new look.

      October 25, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linda

      Don't care for it. They can make a new look without the brooding. Leave that to Batman please.

      October 26, 2010 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Fixda Fernback

      What's his soundtrack going to be? New Found Glory, My Chemical Romance, The Get Up Kids? Enough with the brooding/emo trend, we get it, if you're angsty you must be awesome!

      October 26, 2010 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
    • mark

      oh the brooding, angst-ridden suffering American youth, blah blah blah. Yawn.

      October 26, 2010 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
    • veggiedude

      It's rubbish. Superman had an easy life growing up in a little country town. He never had anything to fear. So what would cause him to be like this?

      October 26, 2010 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Toberman

      Well he looks a little peeved because someone caught him buttoning up his shirt! To me it seems that the "super suit" is the same underneath the hoodie and the shirt. OH!!! I say he has more of a TOM WELLING LOOK than anything from the sparkly vampire flicks.

      October 26, 2010 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Vass

      Eh... This Graphic Novel is a take on how Superman would behave if he was introduced in this world TODAY. A lot more fear, a lot more paranoia etc. In addition, this is an "alternate" universe so to speak. So we still have a man of steel who we know and love.

      October 26, 2010 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • quori

      Rebooting Superman is perfectly fine. BUT....he HAS to be the Boy Scout. That's the point of his character. He is meant to be the idealistic representation of Humanity, personified in the irony that he is NOT human! He, Wonder Woman, and Batman form the trifecta with the DCU. And changing their core, thoroughly ruptures the fabric of that universe's fabric.

      October 26, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • EricLr

      I don't think "Let's turn him into an brooding emo wussie!" is the solution.

      October 26, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |

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