Perhaps the most poorly kept secret regarding the storyline from Warner Bros.' upcoming Justice League film is the fact that Superman will be making his big return from the grave in the ensemble superhero epic. Of course, whether he'll return with an attitude more closely resembling his comic book counterpart or if he'll continue to be a darker, broodier Man of Steel remains to be seen. But the first photo of Hot Toy's deluxe 1/6th scale collectible Superman figure should delight fans left cold by his last few big screen outing, as it indicates the latter is a definite possibility.
The image, posted by the toy manufacturer on its Facebook page, is only a prototype, but Superman's uniform is noticeable more brightly colored than it has been in his previous DCEU appearances. While the final colors may be less saturated, Hot Toys' prototypes tend to give fans a pretty close approximation to the final product's look, so this is a pretty fair indicator that Justice League may finally give fans critical of the character's handling up until now something close to the version they've been wanting.
The figure is currently on display at Comic-Con International, allowing those who have descended upon San Diego this weekend a chance to pore over it in person, along with prototypes of the rest of Hot Toys' Justice League line of deluxe figures. Those of us unable to make it to SDCC, however, can check the image out below.
Superman's brighter costume is also visible in a photo of Hot Toys' complete Justice League themed line of Cosplay Babies. Also of note here is the fact that Mera makes an appearance as part of the line, possibly indicating a larger role in the JL film than a mere cameo.
The tease of Superman's fresh look comes in the wake of photos that gave us the best look to date at the film's major villain, Steppenwolf, as well as another action figure that revealed what the villain looks like under his massive, horned mask, and will likely not be the last revelation to come about the movie's story before it arrives in theaters.
Arriving Nov. 17, Warner Bros.' Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta and J. K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.