DC Universe Reboot Character Redesigns: Winners and Losers

Posted Saturday, June 11th, 2011 10:07 am GMT -5 by

DC Comics LogoFinally, we got a peek at the character design for the last of the 52 titles involved in the the DC Universe Reboot (or DCnU as the cool kids are calling it) with the release of the Grant Morrison and Rag Morales cover for Action Comics #1. I have been reading as much news about this historic event as I possibly can. Also, I have been very careful to form any hard opinions based on the cover shot and short blurb for each of the new books.

Of course, I haven’t been completely free of judgement. I am sad to lose my favorite book in the DCU, the current Batgirl (Stephanie Brown) written by Bryan Q. Miller, but I am excited to see what Gail Simone will do with Barbara Gordon back in cape and cowl. Especially since there has been such a heated debate raging on the Internet about Barbara returning to Batgirl and leaving behind the wheelchair and her alter-ego Oracle. Another book I’m excited for is ‘The Fury of Firestorm’ by Simone and Ethan Van Sciver. That being said the majority of my excitement comes with the return of my favorite character in all of comic-dom… Nightwing! I loved Dick Grayson as Batman, especially how he worked with Damien Wayne, but I’m ready for Dick to ditch the cape and cowl and get back to being his own man.

Now for the main event, this list is by no means a complete list of what is coming this fall, but it is a list in no particular order of the redesigns that spoke to me the most; both good and bad.

The Winners:

Supergirl DCnU Reboot

Love this Supergirl Classic and Modern at the same time.

Nightwing DCnU Reboot

I miss the blue, but the red (especially the eyes) will strike fear into criminals even better.

Firestorm DCnU Reboot

Two Firestorms have to be better than one!

Deathstroke DCnU Reboot

Even with a He-Man sword Deathstroke is a bad ass.

Blackhawks DCnU Reboot

It was time to update the Blackhawks. Now they are ready for the 21st Century action.

Batgirl DCnU Reboot

Love the Cape, the gloves, the Bat-clasp at her neck and of course the red hair.

The Losers:

Superman DCnU Reboot

Miss the red trunks and yellow belt. Everything right with Supergirl is wrong here.

Mister Terrific DCnU Reboot

Never really cared for his look in the past, Fair Play tats seem way to NBA.

Batwing DCnU Reboot

Why does the African Batman have to be pink-ish purple and teal?

Action Comics DCnU Reboot

Either it is casual Friday in Metropolis or he is homeless, hence the patches on his knees.

Teen Titans DCnU Reboot

Red Robin stole Falcons wings, I only liked this Superboy a little better than Superboy #1. Why does Kid Flash have old man eyebrows built into his cowl?

Jury is Still Out:

Red Hood Outlaws DCnU Reboot

Love Red Hood and Starfire... Not sure about Red Arrow's ball cap. I'll wait for the issue to decide.

  • davidgrantlloyd

    Actually, the Superman covers look cool — so you’re definitely wrong there. If you miss the red trunks so much … YOU wear them!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      It’s not so much that I miss the red trunks… it is more of a question why a nearly invulnerable man needs to have armor? As far a the homeless Superman look, Connor Kent in jeans and a t-shirt was cool; Clark Kent… not so much. 

      Thanks for your comment, what did you think of the other designs? Did you have a favorite I left off the list?

      • http://www.hydeandgeek.com Scott

        From chatting with fellow comic fans, it seems I’m in the minority that actually likes what’s being done with Superman. As for the armor, I don’t think it’s that Superman “needs” to wear it at all. From what I’ve read, what he’s wearing is a form of Kryptonian armor. Since the warriors of Krypton would not have had Superman’s powers, they would have needed the armor and apparently Superman now wears it as a connection to his home world. His story is going quite different this time around with the Kents being dead and Clark/Kal-El finding his own way in the world. That explains the jeans-and-t-shirt look as well since Action Comics’s stories will be taking place in an earlier time in Superman’s life. I guess we’ll find out in a few weeks how it all plays out.

        As for the rest of the designs, I like most of them. The only one that gives me pause so far is Kid Flash but I’ll wait until I see it in action before I make that call.

  • http://twitter.com/cmdonatello Christine Donatello

    I don’t like any change when it comes to my superheroes (especially Superman), so I couldn’t agree with your assessment more.  :-)

  • Irfant2001

    Love the new superheroes look. They got everyone perfectly. I couldnt wait till they finally got rid of batman and superman’s gay outside underwear. The new looks are awesome. Keep it up DC

  • http://twitter.com/RoundTableNerds Chris Ferrell

    I still don’t understand why Superman, a man who is invulnerable, needs to wear armor that looks like it was designed in the mid 90s.

    Pretty much everything from the cover of Teen Titans needs to be redone.  Change just for the sake of change is all that one is.  There was no reason to redo Red Robin’s costume and to make everyone else on the team near unrecognizable.

  • Americanwade

    Most of these are decidedly 90′s style, which is not a good thing.  I agree with these winner and losers for the most part. I am ok with Supergirl except for the boot extensions and the red vagina plate. If you want to give her trunks, give her trunks.  On Superman: I don’t like the armor look and I would be ok with the lack of trunks if the belt was yellow.  The spacey design of his boots makes him seem more generic instead of the iconic figure that he is. The Action Comics version is cool since it is early days it makes sense to me. 

  • Jackie

    Kind of miss Nightwing’s finger stripes; they looked really cool!