Reactions to First “Superman” Movie Photo of David Corenswet

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The Superman Homepage contacted a number of celebrities and personalities in the Superman world, from comic book creators to film actors, to get their reaction to the first image of David Corenswet as Superman released for the 2025 “Superman” film.

Here are a number of responses we’ve received so far…

“Super-B!” – Jeph Loeb (Comic Book Writer)

“Well, my initial thought when I first saw the image was “This isn’t what I was expecting.” based on all of the public statements Mr. Gunn has made concerning his take on the film. The costume seemed more inspired by The New 52 than the traditional costume, or one closer to Frank Quitely’s All Star take. I had to sit with it a bit because the image says a lot. We see the costume is damaged, but we don’t know from what yet. I see a Superman getting ready to head back into the fight with a look of determination. There’s also a subtext to the image. This is Superman as a first responder. A more blue collared Superman, both literally and figuratively. It’s hard to base a movie on a single image but the more I looked at it, the more I liked it. We’ll have to see what the context will be, ultimately, but Corenswet looks the part.” – Jamal Igle (Comic Book Artist)

“I thought it looked great! I’ve really enjoyed every James Gunn movie I’ve seen and it makes me hopeful!” – Gene Luen Yang (Comic Book Writer)

“To me it has a bit of that gaurdians of the galaxy feel… but I’m trying not to overthink it… I know if the story is great everything will fall into place and be super!! :)” – Mark Pillow (Actor)

“I think James Gunn makes great superhero movies and feel he really wants to give Superman fans what they want. It was swell seeing the red trunks and yellow belt. David Corenswet looks great as the Man of Steel! I wish him all the luck in the world. I think it’s fun that they try to tell a story with the first reveal photo. While I appreciate all incarnations of Superman’s costume, I think spandex may be the best for Superman’s suit. When I played Superman, I worked out hard. I would have been disappointed if I had to wear a suit with fake muscles. There was never a debate about the Reeve suit. Real muscles always look best.” – Scott Cranford (Former Official Town Superman for Metropolis, Illinois)

“I want to wait to see the suit in action. I’m happy the trunks are back, little confused as to why he chose the Kingdom Come logo as opposed to more traditional. The fabric looks a little thick and as far as the collar/turtleneck, I wouldn’t want it but it doesn’t bother me like some, lol. At least it’s not bad like the Returns suit” – Josh Boultinghouse (Official Town Superman for Metropolis, Illinois)

“I liked it a lot. It looks good on Corenswet, who clearly bulked up a lot for the role. The cape goes to the end of the shoulders, which gives him width, the way John Byrne reimagined Superman in Man of Steel. As to the picture, with the weird stuff in the background window? I thought it was kind of funny to read the fan and haters responses on Twitter. I mean, it’s clearly got its own context as it looks like a filmed scene, not a posed shot. Also, I guess people forget the first shot from Man of Steel was Superman looking like he broke open a bank vault! Without the context of the movie, you could think he just robbed a bank, you know? Anyhow, overall I like the suit, a nice change from the ultra shiny armor-like one Cavill had in Justice League. I mean, why would Superman need armor? And I liked Cavill as Superman. But this is a new guy, and I am excited for him to make his mark.” – Jerry Ordway (Comic Book Artist)

Directed by James Gunn, “Superman” is scheduled to be released July 11, 2025.
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May 15, 2024 12:30 pm

I think taking all the reactions into consideration the consensus seems to be a ‘it’s fine’… not bad, but not great. I like what the image is trying to convey, but was hoping for something different with the suit. Everytime a new version of superman comes out, I always hope that the filmmakers take a ‘I want to make the definitive’ costume…like it leaped off the page’ approach. We’ve come close with a couple, but I never feel we get it… I think everyone gets too wrapped up in ‘I don’t want it to look like other versions’ or ‘it… Read more »

Last edited 12 days ago by sundevil82
May 16, 2024 12:49 pm

The suit looks “thick” or almost less of a suit and more like an external jump suit of sorts. The \S/ looks a lot less of an S than ever before. I can’t even guess at this point how this is going to turn out.