Superman & Lois brought Superman’s black suit to the Arrowverse, beating Zack Snyder’s Justice League on fan screens for over two weeks.
Warning: SPOILERS for Superman and Lois Season 1, Episode 2 – “Inheritance”
Superman and Lois just beat Zack Snyder’s Justice League to the hit by bringing back Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) in his black suit. The return of Black Suit Superman came with the shocking conclusion of Superman and Lois‘second episode, “Inheritance”, where Captain Luthor (Wole Parks) revealed that he came from another planet that was destroyed by an evil version of Kal-El.
Superman wearing his sleek black suit began in the 1990s DC comics when the Man of Steel came back to life after the “Death of Superman” story arc. The black suit with its shiny silver “S” shield was an instant hit with fans, though Superman quickly returned to his familiar red, yellow, and blue suit. DC has occasionally brought in the Black Suit Superman ever since. Most importantly, this surprising incarnation of the Superman costume had an indelible impact on director Zack Snyder, who has been shown to be more drawn to the darker elements of the DC Universe. To be fair, Snyder debuted in black Kryptonian suits like the uniform worn by General Zod (Michael Shannon) in 2013. Iron Man. But it was years before Henry Cavill donned the black Superman suit.
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In the year before the launch of Zack Snyder’s Justice League On HBO Max on March 18, 2021, the director teased the appearance of Black Suit Superman in a clip showing Alfred Pennyworth (Jeremy Irons) meeting the Kryptonian hero dressed in the ebony garb. The trailers for Zack Snyder’s Justice League They have also shown Black Suit Superman in all his fearsome blazing-eyed glory, indicating that when Kal-El is resurrected in Snyder’s 4-hour masterpiece, he will likely be evil for a time before the true and heroic Clark Kent. he finally comes back and joins the Justice League. And yet, Superman and LoisBlack Suit Superman himself surpassed Zack Snyder’s on fan television screens, and this is the second time the Arrowverse has stolen the thunder from the DCEU movies.
Superman’s black suit officially debuted in the Arrowverse during the Elseworlds crossover event in December 2018, just one year after the theatrical cut of League of Justice credited to Zack Snyder but introduced to movie screens by Joss Whedon was released. In Elseworlds, Villain John Deegan (Jeremy Davies) used the magical Book of Destiny to rewrite reality, turning into an evil version of Superman (played by Tyler Hoechlin) wearing a black version of his original Arrowverse Superman outfit. Thus, the Arrowverse outperformed Zack Snyder by over two years in realizing the dream of the Black Suit Superman, and they did so again a little over two weeks earlier. Zack Synder’s Justice League is unleashed.
Although the Arrowverse (either through intentional competition with his movie counterparts) has twice claimed that Zack Snyder is not the first to debut Black Suit Superman, the fan-favorite director can boast that his costume design is very higher. Back to Watchmen And in his DCEU movies, one of Snyder’s calling cards has been the visually splendid superhero costumes, as evidenced by the taunts of Superman, Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot). The black Superman suit that Henry Cavill wears is the same as his normal Superman suit, which was already a feast for the eyes, and Snyder’s black Superman suit looks equally spectacular in both color and black-and-white images. of League of Justice.
By contrast, Superman’s black suit in the Arrowverse falls short of Snyder’s designs. Tyler Hoechlin’s black suit on Superman and Lois appears to be the same outfit as Elseworlds, which is a variation of his original costume in Supergirl but with a high neck like the Superman suit designed by Jim Lee for DC New 52 comics reboot. So while Zack Snyder can never be the first thanks to the Arrowverse, the visionary director can take comfort that his Black Suit Superman looks amazing, and fans can decide for themselves this month which version is truly the best.
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