Superman’s Red Trunks Are Returning and I Am Absoltuely Loving It


Last week, DC Comics announced that in the milestone one-thousandth issue of Action Comics, Superman will don the iconic red trunks once again.

In a press release, DC Comics Co-Publisher and superstar artist Jim Lee said, Action Comics #1000 represents a watershed moment in the history of not just comic books, but entertainment, literature, and pop culture. There’s no better way to celebrate Superman’s enduring popularity than to give him a look that combines some new accents with the most iconic feature of his classic design.”

The most iconic pair of trunks since Calvin Klein’s. Photo Credit: DC Comics

I for one am glad to see Superman rocking the red trunks once more. I understand why the powers that be got rid of them back in 2011 during the New 52 — the costume needed a modern look. How did they make it modern? By getting rid of unnecessary accessories like the yellow belt and the red trunks. If DC wanted a clean break from the past, they needed to do away with the more “dated” aspects of Superman’s costume.

“Out with the old and in with the new…52!” Photo Credit: DC Comics

I thought the costume in the New 52 era was OK, but it always looked like something was missing. Plus, the stuff they added to the costume was pointless. Why are part of his hands covered by the cuffs? Why does the costume look segmented? And what exactly is that red belt holding up? It’s essentially a unitard!

DC took baby steps back to the classic costume for the Last Son of Krypton. In the DC Rebirth launch in 2016, Superman had a new costume that looked similar to his classic costume but with a few hints of the New 52 threads.

“Baby steps to the red trunks…Baby steps to the red trunks…” Photo Credit: Comic Book Resources/ DC Comics

THIS is close to the Superman fans all over the world grew up reading about. No more unnecessary lines all over the costume. No unneeded collars. A back to basics look. However, still seemed like it wasn’t quite the same. I know they were looking to match the costume worn by Henry Cavill in Man of Steel and the rest of the DCEU movies, but it still seemed like it was a little off.

Honestly, when you think of Superman, the image nine out of ten readers think of is the classic look with the red trunks. They were around for over 70 years and you can’t help but think of them. Seeing Superman without his red trunks is like getting nachos without sour cream. Sure, the melted cheddar, chili, guac and salsa taste good, but something ain’t quite right.

A classic cover and a classic look. Photo Credit: DC Comics

I am glad Superman is going with his familiar look once more since there’s is a bit of a negative connotation with the trunkless costume. It is good to see DC Comics come to their senses and give the fans exactly what they want.


  1. I’ve been reading Superman since the early 70’s and have loyally followed each and every evolution thrown at me as a fan. Having said that, as I matured, I found the red “panties” worn on the outside of his costume to seem very “under-roosey” and distracting, to say the least. The adult that I was becoming couldn’t take seriously the aesthetic. In the age-old Batman or Superman debate, even though I was a staunch Superman guy, I had to bregrudgingly acknowledge the Bat was a far more nuanced character and visually more connected to one’s expection of him. The clothes did indeed make the man. Then came The New 52! I was absolutely thrilled with the changes made in the New 52 universe. I was glad to see him move pass the boring Lois Lane hammered to death relationship. His relationship with Wonder Woman created such fun possibilities. Who does Superman get to be with a woman who was at least his equal in all areas? C’mon, he deserved that. Who could he be when he was not tethered to this wrung out history of platonic, boyscout, “Leave It To Beaver” kind of weirdness? Having said that, I could never resolve the notion of him having sex with any mortal/human being. I KNOW IT’S JUST A COMIC BOOK. But I was so looking forward to seeing Clark’s humanity manifest and be tempered against the challenges in his relationship with, not only a princess, but a political diplomat, and a god!! Man, I looked forward to years of fodder as their relationship matured. So now we recon, reneg. I’m done. I’m sick of Superman being stuck in some sort of 50’s childish timewarp. My love of Superman is not just me but is a family tradition. I made sure my brothers, my niece, my GREAT nieces all have a love for superhero comics, animations, TV shows, and cinematic features- with special reverence given to Superman. New cinematic superhero openings are like the Super Bowl amongst us. One must get the “OK’ from everyone in the group if one wants to see a film without the rest of us. So,Yes, I’m saying the red panties are a deal breaker for me. I just can no longer continue to marry the panties with the notion that Superman is Earth’s mightiest hero. He will be missed.

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