Man of Steel set pics reveal why official pic hid Superman's crotch

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Dec 15, 2012

Remember that first, official photo of Henry Cavill as Superman in the upcoming movie Man of Steel? While it wasn't clear from that shot whether Cavill was wearing the traditional red underpants, some new photos seem to have settled the matter.

A series of pictures taken on the set and posted at the Man of Steel Facebook page appear to show quite definitively that Cavill is not wearing the red trunks that have been part of Superman's costume since the very beginning.

So now we can guess why that initial photo deliberately kept Kal-El's midsection in the shadows—director Zack Snyder and the film's producers (who include Christopher Nolan) wanted to keep the full costume a mystery and not necessarily set off alarm bells with Superman purists.

Of course, it's not just the new movie that's messing with the Man of Steel's iconic outfit: DC Comics has also revealed that Superman's red underwear is going to be a thing of the past when the publisher reboots its entire line of titles next month.

By the way, if you can get over the shock of the new Superman outfit in those set pics, you might also notice that they give us our first (sort of) view of female Kryptonian villain Faora (Antje Traue), who looks for our money a lot like Ursa from the first two Christopher Reeve Superman flicks. And is that Michael Shannon as Zod in the mo-cap suit??

But more importantly, are you okay with Superman losing the red undies for Man of Steel? Or is Zack Snyder committing comic book sacrilege with Supes' new look?

(via Ain't It Cool News)

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