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How does Henry Cavill’s “Man of Steel” outfit compare to other Superman costumes?

How does Henry Cavill’s “Man of Steel” outfit compare to other Superman costumes? (photo)

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Henry Cavill officially owns Superman’s cape in “Man of Steel” now, and the first picture of him in costume shows that he will be wearing muted tones and a scaly texture. The costume marks just one more evolution in the history of Kal-El’s tights, which have been loosened, tightened and reshaped on numerous occasions since the hero first appeared on the cover of “Action Comics” #1 in 1938.

Although Superman has experienced a handful of dramatic makeovers in the pages of DC Comics, most of his animated and live-action adaptation incarnations have played it safe. Nevertheless, producers and costume designers always find little things to tweak. Here’s how Cavill’s costume looks compared to previous Superman suits.


Animated Superman (voiced by Bud Collyer), “Superman” (1941)
The old Max Fleischer-produced Superman cartoons are legendary in the world of animation. Modern-day movie goers would likely do a double-take, however, if Cavill’s “S” emblem showed up in a black-on-red design. “Man of Steel” will instead be sticking with the iconic red-on-yellow shield that should reassure viewers that they haven’t errantly wandered into some bootleg Superman film from Southeast Asia.


George Reeves, “Adventures of Superman” (1952)
During the laidback 1950s, George Reeves actually got to experience a little breathing room between his skin and his Superman costume. His “S” emblem was neither too small nor too large, but his yellow belt was kind of a joke. Cavill’s belt buckle appears to have some shine to it, indicating that his Superman won’t be clad in some non-functional, quickly-cut strip of fabric that looks like his mom crafted it for a Halloween outfit.


Christopher Reeve, “Superman” (1978)
When the late ’70s and ’80s rolled around and Christopher Reeve donned the big red cape, director Richard Donner kept the colors bright and the costume conservatively true to the comics. Reeve did get some more topography on his belt buckle, however. As far as the material used to make the costume went, this incarnation left little of Superman’s anatomy to the imagination, but the bright circus colors made the Last Son of Krypton look inherently more ready to appear at an 8-year-old’s birthday party than the superhero appearing in “Man of Steel.”


Dean Cain, “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” (1993)
Superman’s colors had to turn it down a notch for nighttime TV audiences when Dean Cain showed up with an “S” on his chest for ABC. The shield stayed large, but this was the beginning of a trend toward less circus-appropriate shades of blue and red. Cavill’s look appears even more faded and looks much less like a giant multicolored piece of pantyhose and more like a thin suit of body armor.


Brandon Routh, “Super Man Returns” (2006)
The costume in director Bryan Singer’s film looked a lot more like rubber or vinyl than it did Spandex. The colors weren’t necessarily as muted as they were darker, and the costume had texture all over the place. Routh got a smaller shield on his chest that let him show off his abs a bit more than his predecessors were allowed to do. He also got a clearly pronounced “S” belt buckle. Cavill’s “S” seems to have grown, and his belt looks like it has reverted back to being a simple oval. We still need to see him standing up straight in the light to tell for sure though!


Which is your favorite Superman costume? Let us know below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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Wicked Good

See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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SO EXCITED!!!

Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.