When Jim Lee removed Superman’s red trunks from his costume with the launch of the “New 52” initiative in 2011, many fans were happy, while other fans were disappointed that the traditional look had been abandoned.
With the release of “Action Comics #1000” on April 18, the red trunks are returning, and permanently… well, for now. Nothing is every permanent in comic books.
“I knew when I took them off in the New 52 that they were going to come back,” Lee said at WonderCon in Anaheim, as reported by CBR. “It was just a matter of time. We figured the 1000th issue was as good a time as any. The danger with creating new costumes is that someone always loves it, so I’m sure the trunks will leave again at some point. At the end of the day, I have no horse in the race. I have fun drawing both.”
Fans have debated the look for years, and will continue to do so long into the future.