Let's just get this over with right?
Superman is the character I messed with the least. I don't like the idea of armor, for someone as strong as he is I have always imagined he should be just as intelligent. Sneaky humans always try to put the deadliest weapons front and center like insecure insects - Superman should be just the opposite.
Think about it for a second, Superman is our fictional elder statesman, an emissary from a dead planet. How often do you see elder statesmen wearing body armor? That's what the rest of the members are for. Just kidding.
Seriously I don't mind the underwear, I could have made a design with it as well, but if we are going to make a Superman update it really is the only thing to lose - and as an old design saying goes a design is often done when it is not that more can be added, it is that no more can be taken away.
I kept everything very subdued, colors hopefully, details are very small, the glyph on his chest is something that concerns me. I always liked the idea from the films that it wasn't an "S" but a glyph or sigil of his family but to us it meant something else. That's a basic truth of Superman - we imprint an awful lot on this guy. And that's the biggest reason to keep his design as minimalistic as possible.
The best reason I think I had for not doing too much with him though is he is often thought of as the centerpiece of the JLA - the most inherently powerful. All the characters I have designed have a basic idea relative to their mortality - the more complicated their images become the more you sense it is a comepnsation for their mortality. That will become more apparent as the designs sit together on a page I think. It is actually fairly apparent from the current designs as well but I really wanted to capitalize on that.
Anyway - like I said I may lose some people with this. As Artists I know a lot of us want a shot at pencilling the boy in blue - he's one of the few icons I would actually relish the chance of working on professionally, but not if it meant in anyway dilluting the ideals.
Anyway there was alot of thought put into this even though there really isn't a lot changed and I am sure that is one of the problems that faced the recent Superman Returns film - too many opinions on the simplest of designs. It forces debate. SO be it.