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Old Media cites ‘hoodies’ and ‘broodiness’ as evidence new Superman look inspired by Robert Pattinson

October 26, 2010

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.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Citizen Taqueau permalink
    October 26, 2010 9:16 am

    Invoking the fur(r)y of the podgy cat ladies is a foolhardy move on the internet!

    [Whooooo-oa on the internet, whoooa-ooaa, on the internet]

  2. October 26, 2010 9:18 am

    It’s worth the risk to ensure they are not tricked into getting a product that does not contain any actual Robert Pattinson content! Nobody deserves to be bamboozled. Not even Twi-hards!

  3. October 26, 2010 10:06 am

    At least they aren’t putting any actual vampires in the story. It’s completely embarrassing watching folks at DC and Marvel try to shoehorn vamps into super hero books to try and lure the Twilight fandom.

  4. October 26, 2010 10:13 am

    @Chriso, I wonder if Lex Luther will rock Rob Zombie dreads and facial piercings!

  5. October 26, 2010 10:20 am

    @Snarky’s: That would be kind of amazing, actually. Or maybe he’ll just be able to turn into a hot werewolf. TEAM KAL-EL!!

  6. October 26, 2010 11:04 am

    @Chriso, we need to start our TEAM EDDIE IZZARD AS ZOD campaign. He’d kill it!

  7. October 26, 2010 11:06 am

    @Chriso, vampires have a long and storied history in comix. But yeah putting vampires in non-gothic titles (aside from the obvious Batman) now would be pretty blatantly opportunistic.

  8. October 28, 2010 8:36 am

    @redlami: Yeah, comics do have a long history with the vamps. But right now it seems like they’re bringing them back in droves to get on the whole Twilight buzz bandwagon.

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