Oh, Superman

Posted: January 16, 2012 in Male Impersonators, Masculinities, metrosexuality

I love the new metrosexy Superman costume, designed for the forthcoming film. I grew up with Superman films and it is interesting to see how the ‘look’ of our favourite superhero has developed over the years.

There is a good analysis of the costume here:


In his book Male Impersonators Mark Simpson talks about Superheros in comparison to bodybuilders, saying that the super heroes wear their muscle ‘suits’ on the outside of their bodies. It’s an interesting idea that bends your head a bit if you think about it too much!

Oh, Superman:


On superhero beefcakes: http://www.comicsalliance.com/2012/01/19/superhero-beefcake-sexy-comics/ /via @ThermobaricTom

h/t @jenjenrobot

  1. X says:

    Does Mark Simpson know that Superman’s costume was origonally inspired by circus strongmen?

  2. elissa says:

    I’m a little annoyed that they dropped the red underwear from his apparel.

    Proper dress below:

  3. leta says:

    They tried to do the batman costume style for superman. The problem is batman is dark he is a flawed individual he has depth, well for comics anyway.


    Superman is always going to appear dorky and camp by comparison he isn’t so much a character but a half-god like figure in the style of greek mythology.

    thats my ill thought out and badly researched comment for the day.

  4. Mr. Divine says:

    What about Batman?

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