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Superman Concept by GavinMichelli Superman Concept by GavinMichelli
Since everyone else is re-designing the Big Blue, I decided to take a stab at him :)

EDIT:// fixed a few typos.
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furiousstyles56 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
Love your work. Hope you don't mind but I used a piece of ur work and SMALLVILLED IT UP.Nowhere near as good as urs, but I couldn't help myself:-)
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GavinMichelli Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, I love Smallville! Let me know when you post it so I can check it out!
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Neville6000 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I. Love. This. Concept!

And I grok the fullness of the Superman redesign totality!
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GavinMichelli Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it!
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andrew-henry Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
and i like yours as well ..just imagined the can make an animated series based on your design 
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GavinMichelli Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!  It's about time we get a new Superman animated series, right?!
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andrew-henry Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
totally agree ..but hope they do it like the 90's and hope they won't ruin it :)
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TheAtomicDog Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013

Right.

There is absolutey no way that these two men could every possibly be the same character.

None whatsoever.

The mere suggestion is ludicrous.

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GavinMichelli Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm detecting a modicum of sarcasm....
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TheAtomicDog Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013

Also, in all geekish seriousness, I should advise that Kal's disguise of Clark Kent is based not so much on blatant physical appearance, as it is on a projection of false character. Clark is portrayed as a bumbling doofus precisely so you never entertain the idea that The Man Of Steel and the somewhat timid City Beat reporter at the Daily Planet are one and the same.

Batsy pulls the same stunt with his Bruce Wayne shtick.

But, come on now. That build, those shoulders, that jawline; and the fact that Clark is never around when Supes is, and somehow always reappears right after the Big Red Boots flies away? Lois pondered this evidence at the tail end of the first Superman movie, but dismissed it only because she couldn't accept that the two totally opposite personalities presented, were in-fact the sole and very-same man.

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GavinMichelli Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I can't disagree more with almost everything you just said!

You've summarized the basic argument that most people make when it comes to the concept of Clark Kent, and that argument is a completely logical one.  The thing is, when you say that anyone could pick Clark out of a crowd and point out that he's Superman, you're not thinking realistically about the way humans observe what (or who) is around them.  Think about it: if Brad Pitt sat next to you on the subway, would you really think to yourself "hey, that's Brad Pitt!"?  Probably not.  Chances are, you'd think "Hey, that guy vaguely resembles Brad Pitt...except he looks a lot older and shorter than Brad."  I've actually witnessed this happen first hand.  Now that Louisiana (where I live) has become a cost effective filming location, celebrities randomly pop up around here, and they walk around in relative anonymity.  The only reason anyone knows it's them at all is because they publicly move here for six months and confirm their presence to local papers and such.  Yes, beautiful, built people with squared jawlines are plastered on the front pages of tabloid magazines can indeed walk among regular people and go unnoticed, because the mystique that the camera adds is suddenly stripped away.

Now, so far I've only addressed celebrities...people who were born on the planet earth, who can't fly or shoot laser beams out of their eyes.  People who we naturally assume live in houses and lead normal lives.  The public perception of Superman is quite different.  He has made it known that he is an alien.  He came here in a space ship.  He's given no indication to the public that he wears normal clothes or has a job.  Do you really think that if Clark Kent (the corn-fed hayseed from Kansas who looks like he probably works out and was on the high school football team) sat down next to a regular person on the subway, that said person would connect him with alien who flies above Metropolis in red and blue pajamas, blasting lasers and throwing tanks?  Probably not.  They may think "hey, that guy looks a little like Superman!"  Then, they would think "That can't be Superman...what would a guy who can fly be doing on a subway?  Plus, Superman doesn't need glasses!"

It's funny that you're using the Donner movies to illustrate your point, because it's exactly that representation of Superman that I'm going against in this piece.  As someone who was weaned on Post-Crisis Superman and Superman TAS, I can't stand to watch those old movies.  Watching Superman act like a total dork, only to shed his costume and put on glasses to act like a bigger dork...it's just not right to me.  In fact, the characterization of every character in those movies takes on a level of cartoonishness that borders on mockery.  It's funny that the Bruce Timm cartoon was actually less cartoony than the movies, and that's the characterization that I tend to go with when I draw these characters.  Clark isn't as stylish as my take, certainly, but he isn't a bumbling goofball either.  He acts like a normal guy from a small town, and that's exactly how it should be.

Sorry about the long diatribe.  Superman is my favorite superhero, and I get a bit passionate when discussing him.
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TheAtomicDog Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013

First off, do not apologize about the length of your response. It was passionate and yet restrained and still quite civil. And for that you get props.

I recognize that we see this character from opposite ends of a somewhat seminal era in Superman's evolution.

No probs.

I'll just comment that Superman has managed to make some terribly powerful enemies over his long career, and that there cannot be too much insulation between his Spandex activism and that other, relatively docile and domestic half of his existence. And so it is, that while a man with super-vision would not need glasses, it also helps that those who are observant and suspicious, would assert that a man who cannot open a bottle of beer also cannot catch bullets and missiles with his bare hands. Or that a man who trips over his words as much as he trips over his own feet, cannot stand in front of the world and deliver exactly the right speech for the occasion, with dignity and poise.

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TheAtomicDog Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013

Kevin Smith's grudging acceptance of Clark's "disguise" should be addressed here.

 

Actually, one point of praise that Richard Donner gave to Chris Reeve's portrayal in Superman the Movie, is how Chris would hunch his shoulders and concave his torso to basically "shrink" his appearance while playing Clark, but then would allow himself to swell back out to his real measurements when in the blue tights. Watch the scene in Lois's apartment after the flying date, when Clark almost confesses his true identity, for the best example of this.

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mistavibe Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Incredible. The swagger on Clark is exuding through the screen!

And the Superman is impeccable.

Extremely high accolades here.
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GavinMichelli Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well thank you very much! And thank you for dropping by my gallery to take a look! :D
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OblivionIchigo Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
Wow very nice design.
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GavinMichelli Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much! I'm glad you like it!
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HappyBirthdayRoboto Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Amazingly you seem to have predicted what DC ended up doing!
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GavinMichelli Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
They got rid of that ugly New 52 suit? When?
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HappyBirthdayRoboto Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Unfortunately Superman is still stuck in his ugly New 52 suit and it looks like he might be there for a while! D'oh!

But I meant you eliminated the red shorts and raised Superman's collar from the base of his neck to his throat and extended his sleeves over his wrists.

Your design has better Superman hair and the sunlight absorbing suit makes much more sense than what he's wearing in the comics right now.
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GavinMichelli Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, you got my hopes up! The main thing that bugs me about the new suit is that they replaced all of the yellow with red. If they made the belt and the piping yellow (and took off all of those random lines that don't serve any purpose), the suit would look much better.
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HappyBirthdayRoboto Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Also I don't have too much of a problem with the Superman costume design form the new "Man of Steel" movie; by and large the costume is the same but the shorts have been replaced with Kryptonian adornments.
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GavinMichelli Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I actually really like that one. The S reminds me of the way they used to draw it in the 50's, which is cool. I'm a huge Zack Snyder fan, so I can't wait to see what he does with the Man of Steel.
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HappyBirthdayRoboto Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Yeah I agree. Granted that the shorts on the outside were a useless design feature on Superman (and Batman) but they've replaced them with an armoured look that doesn't suit Superman (no pun intended)!

In fifteen years his new suit will look dated, remember Superboy's costume in the '90s, the creators had the good sense to make the accessories a leather jacker and sunglasses, so he get rid of them as the times changed, but the costume itself was pretty sound.
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ABlackRaptor Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Awesome, I love the little notes at the side on what you've done, and the design its self is fantastic. Great job.
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GavinMichelli Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I thought that people might like some insight into the specific reasons for certain changes, especially on an iconic costume like this one.
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ABlackRaptor Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
It does help that your points about the decisions do make a lot of sense. It is unlikely that anyone would think someone as all powerful as Superman would even want or need a secret identity, especially since most of his villains know him as Kal-El anyway.
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HappyArequipe Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
I definitely love the "cool" Clark..and the yellow design on the hands.
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GavinMichelli Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, thanks! I'm kinda getting some mixed reactions on Clark. I'm glad you like my take on him!
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Knight22179 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Very nice.
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GavinMichelli Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it!
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TF-The-Lost-Seasons Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Oh man, this is good, the whole reasoning for the costume (and the colors!) to be is great, I wish DC had used something close to this, it's one of the first Superman redesigns (and I've seen a lot) that looks modern but manages to keep the classic look, love the added yellow and the fact that we've seen some of it in old Supergirl costumes.
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GavinMichelli Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, exactly. It's a look that's contemporary, but it's already familiar, and it's already associated with Superman. Actually, I don't know if you've seen any issues of Smallville Season 11, but that Superman suit looks really good as well. Simple is almost always better.
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TF-The-Lost-Seasons Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
I agree, the Superman costume from the Earth 2 costume was better that the regular one too, that said I still like yours better, the little nods to older Super-lore completes the package for me.
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MicroTraceour Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
RADICALL!!!
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GavinMichelli Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I thought you were commenting on one of my Ninja Turtle drawings ;) Thanks!
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MicroTraceour Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome
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Lord-Dream-Stalker Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice concept! I might come up with a different design, if it were me, but I like your start.
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GavinMichelli Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! To be honest, I really didn't want to deviate from the classic suit that much. If you screw with it too much, it just doesn't look like Superman. I added some cosmetic stuff and some trim, but at the end of the day, it's pretty much the same.
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Sketch252 Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
Awsome design and great suit idea.
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GavinMichelli Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it!
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SOULFORESAKER Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I totally agree with you brother! And I'm glad you found out all these great new characteristics such as making his yellow behind the S shield and around the suit glow. This is a symbol of a higher inner power (Ironman is a good example). I'm also glad you noticed how color should be natural to the eye and attractive without harming it. :J Good good. But try to understand me when I say that although Red and blue should not touch, this instinctively should not completely apply to Superman's cape. Think of his cape as an individual. (: We will always relate to his cape as a solid Red. And adding another color is risky when you are dealing with people who had grown to love Superman's simplicity. My solution was to add a dark blue collar onto the suit itself. I'd be honored if you saw my version of the character. Come check it out. Hope you enjoy. :D
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GavinMichelli Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Actually, I more or less took that cue from Supergirl's suit, which I always thought was like a better version of Superman's. The red-blue thing was more of a statement on the nu52 costume, where almost all of the yellow is removed. If that suit had yellow piping instead of red, I think I might like it a lot more.

Your suit is not bad at all, bud. The only problem I have with it is the S. I'm not against messing with the S, but I don't think I would go to that extent. Still, it's an overall nice retooling of the classic suit.
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darkphyre0 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks great. Part of me still yearns for the red pants, but I love the innovations you've devised for his appearance. Simply superb!
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GavinMichelli Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're missing it because it actually served a purpose: it split up the huge gulf of blue that's in the middle. I actually thought long and hard about adding some red around his belt, but I felt like that would contradict the point I was trying to make about blue and red being next to each other, so I opted against it.
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DemonQueen17 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the makeover.
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GavinMichelli Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's sassy, right? ;P
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DemonQueen17 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very, VERY sassy.
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Moshuko Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
You missed one typo.

In the paragraph about his hair, the part about when he takes flight. Says is instead of his.
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GavinMichelli Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, the English language continues to vex me -_- Thanks!
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