WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Future State: Immortal Wonder Woman #1 by Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad, and Jen Bartel, on sale now.
Superman is no stranger to changing up his look, with new costumes appearing on the Man of Steel seemingly every week. Even within the pages of various “Future State“ comics, readers have seen him don a variety of exciting new outfits. His new look, which appears in Immortal Wonder Woman #1, however, shows fans a much more regal Superman than almost anything they’ve seen before.
Wonder Woman now lives on a near-uninhabited Earth, with only her fellow Amazons to keep her company. At the same time, light-years away on the planet Apokalips, the Anti-Life Equation has begun destroying everything on it. Darkseid manages to escape, and flies to Earth, either to seek help or to rule over it. As he approaches, he is met by Superman, whom the New God almost instantly defeats by slamming him into the ground close to Wonder Woman. It’s here we get our first look at the new Superman.
Firstly, his usually sleek black hair has turned grey, although the trademark curl is still present, and he’s also picked up a silvery beard, giving him a somewhat kingly appearance. His cape, usually tucked into his collar, is instead secured around his neck by a golden rope, quite similar to Shazam’s, making it feel much more ceremonial. It also has a golden trim, as well as the trademark “S” on the back, adding to this idea of it being ceremonial. His chest crest is actually a lot more muted than usual, cutting off the sharp point at the bottom. The recently revived trunks are gone, replaced with an intricate waist-piece that looks almost Viking in origin, but is more likely to be Kryptonian. While it’s hard to tell, the red boots look relatively unchanged, and the only other difference is that his usually blue wristbands have been changed to red.
While we’ve seen what a ruler-Superman has looked like in the Injustice series, that was more of a dictator style than a royal style. While this Superman may not be in the best situation, seemingly at the mercy of Darkseid, at least he’s got a better outfit than in his other Future State adventures. In Future State: Superman: Worlds of War #1 by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Mikel Janin, and Jordie Bellaire, Clark is thrown powerless into Mongul’s Warworld, and wears his trademark trunks, his boots, a cape, and crest secured to him by chains, and nothing else. It could even be argued that this older Superman has a better costume than his son, who opts to fly capeless, has a much more prominent golden belt, and has a chest symbol that spreads over his shoulders.
In terms of some of the looks he’s had for the future, however, it’s arguably not the most impressive. In Justice League #19 by Scott Snyder, Jorge Jimenez and Alejandro Sanchez, a supposedly futuristic Superman arrives who wears a crown and whose costume is entirely white and gold, although this does eventually turn out to be a trick. In terms of grandeur, we have Superman Prime, a supercharged version of the Kryptonian whose costume, skin, and hair is entirely gold. There’s also the famous Kingdom Come suit, which is a much more simplified version of the modern costume, seemingly more cloth-based, but this only aids in showing his raw power.
While this very well may be the most regal we’ve ever seen Superman look, from the looks of things he won’t be wearing this outfit for long, either in this series or elsewhere.