The challenge of taking the most iconic super hero in the world was a "super" success. And with records broken faster than a speeding bullet Warner Brothers signed Joel Schumacher on to directing a Superman sequel! Here's Schumacher:
"Wow it feels really great to be doing so well. For the design I wanted to push everything to the next level! So I made Superman 7 new suits to wear in this movie! But I didn't want to make suits just for the sake of making them (and selling more toys), but I wanted them all to have purpose."
"The first suit is his Kryptonian armor inherited to him by his father (I thought it would be nice to mention Krypton in this movie). This makes the most powerful super hero look even more powerful by turning him to a modern-futuristic-alien knight in shinning armor.
The second suit is Superman "powered-up" from all the solar energy. He lights up (nice "toy-etic" feature)! And he's "perkier" if you catch my drift.
"This is Superman's stealth suit made by Batman. It's for that one scene when the two fight Nicholas Cage's Scarecrow.
"I really wanted to show the noble side of Superman in this movie, so I gave him white clothes. It makes him look really innocent but still powerful when fighting enemies. It also makes people think of Jesus, because he wore white armor (I think).
"I thought it would be a really neat idea to introduce Superman's weakness so he is less invincible in this movie, so we designed a Kryptonite Suit. This was created by both STARR labs and Wayne Enterprise so that Superman can be immune to Kryptonite and be invincible again! This also allows him to travel into space and visit his home planet without needing oxygen. And teaches kids the value of pool safety.
"I read a Superman comic once and it had the Red Superman design in it. It's so cool and so symbolic that I had to add it to the movie. This suit really captures the red side of him really well. You feel crimson and some bright scarlet. Which is like Superman's hot side. It's really cool for today's MTV generation.
"This suit was the most difficult to design in terms of altering an iconic element. 'Do I turn the cape blue, or do I stay true to the comics and leave it red?' It was a tough decision. But ultimately I decided that would look cooler to have everything blue (and it showed his cooler side of his personality). It was the best thing to do for the good of the franchise."
Concept for the first Schumaker Superman [link]
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