It has been a long standing tradition here at the Superman Homepage to run a number of fake news stories as April Fools Day pranks. Below are the two stories we posted this year, catching out quite a few readers…
Earlier this year, “Supergirl” was benched while “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” took over the Monday night time slot with The CW president Mark Pedowitz explaining at the Television Critics Association winter press tour that The CW was worried about an “overload” if they aired more than four DC Superhero TV shows in any given week. With “The Flash”, “Arrow” and the new series “Black Lightning” being of higher priority, the network decided to inter-change between “Supergirl” and “Legends” on Monday nights.
Back in February “Supergirl” took an unprecedented nine-week hiatus, with “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” occupying the Monday time slot until April 9, at which point “Supergirl” will return with new episodes on April 16 and run continuously right through to Monday, June 18 when the Season 3 finale will air.
The reason no “Supergirl” Season 4 announcement has been forthcoming is due to the fact that The CW is set to announce that “Supergirl” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” will merge into one show titled “Supergirl and the Legends”.
It’s unclear how the dynamic of the show will work, but it’s understood that Kara will take on a dual leadership role of the Legends alongside Sara Lance as the Legends head back in time to Krypton to explore what happened to her home planet just before it exploded.
In 2011, with the release of the “New 52” initiative, DC Comics changed Superman’s costume, removing the red trunks. This look was further solidified with the release of the movie “Man of Steel”, in which Henry Cavill donned a Superman costume that was also missing the familiar red trunks.
Further changes in the comic books, the dawn of the “Rebirth” era, changes to Superman’s story, would see more changes to the costume, bringing it back to a more traditional look (no high collar, no metallic sheen), but still no red trunks. Excellent Superman stories, with 2017 being one of the best years in recent memory… but still no red trunks.
We thought they were gone. Relegated to history. Some fans were happy. Others, not so much. Debates raged on across social media and in comic book stores. Polls. Articles. Memes. Charts. Red trunks. No red trunks.
Underwear. Speedos. Underoos. Panties. Shorts.
Originally, Joe Shuster was inspired by the circus strongman of the 1930s as his model for the red briefs. It was a design that most superheroes that came after Superman employed. But over the years many of those superheroes did away with this part of their costume… and so too for a while did Superman. Until now…
With the release of the 1000th issue of “Action Comics” (on April 18, 2018), Superman’s iconic look will be complete with the return of the red trunks to his costume.
“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.”
While the trunks may leave at some point, their color is already under threat… DC Comics has plans to explore a different look for the Man of Steel, with the discovery by fans on Reddit that Superman will sport YELLOW trunks by the end of Brian Michael Bendis’ six-issue “Man of Steel” miniseries.