Should Superman Wear Red Trunks? (Great Debate)

Great Debate

Superman’s costume has undergone many changes over the years, but the biggest point of contention amongst fans is the debate over whether his costume should include the red trunks.

A throwback to the circus strongmen of the 1930s, the red trunks (not underwear) are, for many fans, unnecessary. To others, they’re an iconic part of the Man of Steel’s look.

So, in the second instalment of our “Great Debate” feature, we ask the question…

Should Superman wear red trunks?

Great Debate - Red Trunks

Who do you agree with?

Many thanks to our Great Debaters – Marc Lax and Julian Finn.

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April 19, 2022 8:32 am

I can live without the trunks, but I vastly prefer them. They’re great for color balance and help distinguish Superman’s torso from his legs.

April 19, 2022 12:28 pm

I never had a problem with updating the costume, in fact, the new 52 costume is hands down my favourite! In my 35+ years as a fan, I’ve never liked the trunks, so for me, the new 52 update was a breath of fresh air! I’d even go further & say I’d get rid of the cape as well!

April 19, 2022 4:17 pm

I think either or works. I really like the rebirth design and Tyler’s current suit. And I also think that there’s really no need to loose the trunks. As seen in the pilot episode and in the episode where Clark has flash backs of when he first became Superman wearing the Fleischer suit in season one of Superman and Lois, the trunks still work for the Man of Tomorrow. Just as long as there some kind of color divide. Cause no offense to the Cavill super suit, it looks like a wetsuit that surfers wear with a cape.

Last edited 1 year ago by Superman2878
Steve Eden
Steve Eden
April 19, 2022 5:39 pm

As said above, Superman is still Superman with OR without the trunks. My preference is FOR the trunks (just don’t call ’em underwear). While the trunkless version of the costume makes him look to me like a naked blue man, I can usually look past it after awhile. DC’s gonna do what they wanna do, so I won’t gripe either way. I just hope that if they go with the classic, no one should gripe, too.

April 19, 2022 9:00 pm

While I have a slight preference for the trunks-less uniform, both versions work for me. My real gripe is with artists who mistakenly assume that the Kingdom Come shield is simply what he uses in the future, instead of a specific symbol of mourning. The only other artist who got it right was Ed McGuinness with Public Enemies, where the mourning was for Earth’s entire population. Street clothing? I would like that concept for an Elseworlds comic or series. I preferred The Blur’s outfit from Smallville’s season 9 over the one from season 10, even though it was a clear… Read more »

April 19, 2022 9:56 pm

I know I’m biased, due to when I started reading, but I vastly prefer the version with a red belt, but no trunks. Obviously the trunks are traditional, but that doesn’t mean that an update isn’t welcome after so many decades.

April 25, 2022 7:43 pm

Well, I’m sold – when is Superman going to wear Hugh Hefner’s robe, and ONLY Hugh Hefner’s robe?!? ROTFLMAO Does Superman *need* trunks or anything else? No. And I do like some of the trunks-less costumes (like Rebirth and Reborn). But in his world, he’s not the only hero, so having an outfit that stands out to anyone (and not just people you know) is part of the point of a SuperHero reputation. Otherwise, it’s “is that him? Maybe?” that people do when they see a celebrity in a restaurant; they’ll be grateful for his help, but may not be… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by Kal-Elvis
May 3, 2022 5:05 am

I’m 100% in favour of the trunks. Without them he just doesn’t seem like Superman. And I agree that we should never refer to them as ‘underwear’ but while we’re at it can we please stop calling the rest of his costume a ‘uniform’? A uniform is something that soldiers or policemen or the like wear – the very word means ‘consistent’ or ‘unvarying’ as in an outfit worn by members of a particular group or organisation. So Green Lantern wears a uniform but Superman doesn’t because nobody else wears the same costume. Supergirl comes close but even then it’s… Read more »