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"Nice suit, son."
Martha Kent to Superman[src]

A series of Kryptonian skinsuits are worn by Clark Kent as the superhero Superman. The first one consisted of a crimson red cape and boots, and a black belt device, over a tight-fitting, blue skinsuit[1], with the S-shaped emblem of the House of El featuring on the chest; the third one was identical, save for some red trim around the waist. The third one was structurally the same, but instead was black with a silver House of El crest. Superman wears the skinsuits primarily in order to conceal his Earthly identity.


Discovering his heritage

Clark wearing his suit for the first time, as Kal-El

Kal-El was given the suit by his father, Jor-El's AI programming inside the Fortress of Solitude. Kal-El took the suit as a rite of passage and wore it during his training to truly test his abilities in the Arctic. Subsequently, he has worn it when protecting the planet Earth from threats, notably during General Dru-Zod's Kryptonian forces' invasion on Earth during the Black Zero Event, during his brief duel with Batman throughout the Duel at Gotham Port, and his final fight during the Battle against Doomsday. The S-shaped House of El glyph on the suit was what ultimately inspired Lois Lane and the US military to nickname Kal-El "Superman".

Damage and recovery

Superman after donning a black variant of his suit.

However, the skinsuit was damaged, when Doomsday plunged his arm bone protrusion through Superman's chest, ripping right through the suit and cape, seemingly killing him.[2] After his resurrection in 2017, Superman walked through the halls of the Kryptonian scout ship, finding his orginal blue skinsuit but opted to use a black, silver-crested skinsuit instead. After he donned this suit he breifly few above the planets orbit to absorb solar energy. He then proceeded to Bruce's villa where Alfred Pennyworth welcomed him and directed him to where the Justice League had gone to fight Steppenwolf and his parademon forces.[3]

Re-donning a blue skinsuit

Superman visits Fawcett Central School.

Sometime after Billy Batson became Shazam, Superman returned to using the blue skinsuit, this one with some red trim around the waist. He headed to Fawcett Central School in Philadelphia to meet Freddy Freeman, at the behest of Billy Batson.[4]


The suit and cape are constructed from a uniquely Kryptonian material that is shown to be incredibly resistant to damage and tear, being roughly just as invulnerable as Superman himself[1], hence only beings of tremendous power, like other Kryptonians or Doomsday, could damage it. For example, the suit took no noticeable damage during the battle against Steppenwolf.


  • The "S" is the Kryptonian glyph for "hope."[5]
  • The suit has Kryptonian inscriptions on the shield, shoulders, and belt; most notably, a quote from Joseph Campbell, translated into the Kryptonian script, can be found in the shield. The quote reads: "Where we had thought to stand alone, we will be with all the world," and is meant to convey Superman's initial struggle to find his place in the world.[6]
  • In the DC Universe, Martha Kent, made the suit when Clark was a teenager.

Clark passing the suits.

  • The suit is shown to have been fabricated in Scout Ship 0344.
  • This is the first live-action version of the suit to not have red briefs on it.
    • The iconic undergarment was used due to Superman's initial debut being modeled after circus strongmen.

Behind the scenes

  • David S. Goyer stated that Superman's costume is defined in this film to be an undergarment: "All the battle armor goes on top of the suits. But since Superman's a refugee, his outfit doesn't have that gear, and would make him defenseless on his own Kryptonian turf."
  • The suit went through a slight upgrade between Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, with changes to its belt and gauntlets, while the overall color and musculature was boosted to move away from the darker palette.[7][6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Cox, Greg (June 18, 2013). Man of Steel: The Official Movie Novelization. Great Britain: Titan Books.
  2. Goyer, David S., Terrio, Chris (writers) & Snyder, Zack (director) (March 25, 2016). Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
  3. Terrio, Chris, Beall, Will (writers) & Snyder, Zack (writer and director) (March 18, 2021). Zack Snyder's Justice League.
  4. Gayden, Henry, Lemke, Darren (writer) & Sandberg, David F. (director) (April 5, 2019). Shazam!.
  5. Goyer, David S., Nolan, Christopher (writers) & Snyder, Zack (director) (June 14, 2013). Man of Steel.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Davis, Brandon (September 6, 2017). Superman's Suit In Batman V. Superman Has A Quote On It. Comic Book. Retrieved on June 10, 2020.
  7. Dyce, Andrew (August 20, 2014). 'Batman V Superman' Set Photo Reveals Colorful New Supersuit. Screen Rant. Retrieved on June 10, 2020.

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