Accurate Superman Movie Costume COMPLETE! Pics up!!

Martin-El

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Extensively researched from Yvonne Blake's original design and referenced from all four movies.

The basic tunic;
<img src=http://helphydinout.onestop.net/superpics/tunic.jpg>

Basic elements (lycra tunic & tights, Wool Gaberdine cape)
<img src=http://helphydinout.onestop.net/superpics/elements.jpg>

The belt is the most difficult part to source. The buckle pod is a resin pull from the Reeve original.
<img src=http://helphydinout.onestop.net/superpics/belt.jpg>


Assembled but unrefined;
<img src=http://helphydinout.onestop.net/superpics/assembledun.jpg>


And composite with cape;
<img src=http://helphydinout.onestop.net/superpics/composite.jpg>


Will post more pics as suit develops!
 

hydin

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looking great so far!

are you going to put it on a mannequin to display later?

chris
 

Martin-El

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Umph - Probably - but in the meantime it has been made to measure for my tubby ass. With the rest of my collection I reckon it'll look teriffic...

And thanks for the kind words!
 

DAVIDYR1

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That's pretty cool....I wish I made fabric costumes!!! I'd have soooo much fun with stuff like that!!!

OHH well...cant do everything!!!hahahahah

Great stuff!

David
 

pinder91

Sr Member
that looks great! i want to make one of those so bad. hhhmmm... gotta go see if mom's busy next week.
 

Martin-El

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Wow - thanks for your response guys!

The cape will eventually be attached as in the movie - with press studs on the shoulders and a long strap that ties under the armpits and round the back. It needs that much support as it is extremely heavy and the original even has backing to pad the shoulders out. I've seen the original a few times (In Planet Hollywood and suchlike) and you'd be amazed by how poorly it's thrashed together. The Belt has gaffer tape backing and buckle is attached with paper fasteners!
Mine is nearly there but needs lots of refinement. I'm most picky about the 'S' symbol - as the original was stitched into (as opposed to onto) the tunic and the red and yellow pieces hace to interlock and match perfectly. This is the biggest nightmare. Will post more pics tonite!!!!!
 

Martin-El

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I got it - backatcha.

Here are a few more shots for comparision -
You'll see the years have not been kind to this original Reeve suit (as displayed in Planet Hollywood, FL) But Jeez - gave me shivers to know the man himself strut funky in it.

So, the original form Superman; The Movie as modelled by what looks like a decapitated T-1000
<img src=http://helphydinout.onestop.net/superpics/t1000.jpg>

Another shot of my version (note the colours!)
<img src=http://helphydinout.onestop.net/superpics/mine.jpg>

Work in progress of my cape and the appliqued 'S' symbol (drawn but not yet embriodered)


Closeup of the original belt (probably a victim of Lois repeated grappling)
<img src=http://helphydinout.onestop.net/superpics/beltup.jpg>

And Finally mine - note the beltloops are far from finished and Margot Kidder is welcome to grapple me all she likes...
<img src=http://helphydinout.onestop.net/superpics/beltcomp.jpg>


Comments & questions welcome, fellas.
 

MattMunson

Master Member
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Looks awesome so far. This is something I've considered doing for YEARS! Any chance for a tutorial on how you did the chest symbol, or the cape applique???
 

Aeon

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Yup, Reeve wore a specially made cup to avoid having his manhood move around and giving off the wrong impression


Gel- That is one freaking cool costume! It's almost impossible to tell that was a replica. You nailed the color too! Check mine out



Original costume is on the left and mine is on the right. You can see how close he's gotten.

Thanks WC for hosting!!!!
 

Martin-El

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Actually - I'm pleased you brought that up -
Any sources on getting a cup?
Reeve wore metal codpieces but I'd prefer to go the plastic route. I already bought a jockstrap type thingy but the problem is everything like buttons etc. show straight through the lycra. It needs to be shaped trunks with a cup built in.
Any suggestions guys?
 

propsculptor

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I have the Book on the "Making of Superman the Movie" and I know they mentioned the different cups they used.

I'll dig it out and let you know.

I know in interviews Margot Kidder kept flicking the Codpieces with her finger just for fun, Christopher Reeve Didn't find it as funny!
 
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