Old Media cites ‘hoodies’ and ‘broodiness’ as evidence new Superman look inspired by Robert Pattinson
I have a good friend who works for an old media outfit and scotch taped to her computer monitor she has the phrase, “Great, but can you relate it to Twilight?” – a real life clarification of editorial guidelines she received a couple of years ago when pitching a story about something completely unrelated to Twilight. Well, her editor must be dancing like Charles Durning in Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Now, here at Fry Butt Chriso tackled the last horribly craptastic superhero costume reboot, and suffice to say, Superman’s Arizona Jeans makeover isn’t exactly shutting things down anymore so than Wonder Woman’s did. Thank Xena, we could tie the story to Twilight!!!
That cheeky headline stalwart New York Post:
Seventy-two-year-old Superman is getting a face-lift this week in a new book that reimagines the iconic character as more of a brooding heartthrob than a muscle-bound Boy Scout. In “Superman: Earth One,” the Man of Steel is a conflicted 20-year-old who’s trying to find his way in the world, bearing more of a resemblance to Robert Pattinson from the “Twilight” movies than Christopher Reeve from the Superman films. He wears hoodies, has smoldering eyes and, as a lanky Clark Kent, wears low-cut pants and hipster skinny ties. Artist Shane Davis also made him less physically imposing — shorter and less beefy — than he has traditionally been depicted
Brenda McCullum of some site I’ve never heard of even goes so far as to title the story: ‘Superman: Earth One’ Recreates Hero in a Hoodie
The newly-released images have met a mixed reception, with website ScreenCrave describing the moody young superhero as “emo” and “angsty,” dressed in a hooded jacket with smoldering red eyes and untidy hair.
Not to be outdone, the always five-minutes-late-on-a-trend Entertainment Weekly’s article is riddled with the “H” word:
New costumes on old superheroes are always fun, even though they’re always awful. Exhibit A: In the upcoming Superman: Earth One, Supes is portrayed as a modern 21-year-old. “Modern,” of course, means three things: Hoodie, hoodie, and hoodie! Nothing says “Emo-Superhero Angst” like the subtle, shadowy folds of a hooded jacket. Continuity: rebooted!
Perennial johnny-come-lately CNN has an inkling and confirms their hoodie/Pattinson suspicious with a click to the New York Post article:
Does the modern Superman look a little familiar to you Twi-hards? As the New York Post points out, he bears “more of a resemblance to Robert Pattinson from the ‘Twilight’ movies than Christopher Reeve from the Superman films.”The new Superman still has the inky black hair and buff bod – six pack and all – but features more of a brooding look than the super hero’s past clean-cut appearance.
“Superman: Earth One” drops Nov. 2, and costs $19.95 for the hardcover. No word on whether or not retail outfits will be able to manage the throngs of chubby, thirtysomething cat owners (what? what did I say?) who jump at the mention of Robert Pattinson, even if the story is merely seeking to capitalize on his popularity.