Custom Superman Returns Costume Replica 4


superman returns flyingAh, my first suit: the custom Superman Returns costume replica. I got this in 2006 when I just decided one day that I really wanted a great Halloween costume, not just one that you can buy in any store. So, off to eBay!

After a quick search (sorted Highest Price first, obviously), I found a custom Superman Returns costume replica that could be made to my measurements and included everything! Oh man! Gotta have it!

Once it arrived, though, I found that the bodysuit was excellent, the cape was pretty good, and the undies were spot-on. But — the rest was terrible. The chest emblem, belt, and boots were basically made out of pleather and did not look accurate at all. 

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So, more buying. Looking at the chest shield from the movie, one can see that the emblem has a lot of detail, which turns out to be a bunch of little “S” indentations across it.  OOOHHHHH!

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From an official display costume

Another quick eBay search got me what I needed, and I found a great-looking Superman Returns chest emblem along with belt – both from the Bronze Armory:

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 Attaching the emblem was a bit of a challenge, but we went with good ol’ E-6000, which is kind of a rubbery, bendable glue that holds for years and years, and kind of goes with the flow. A great glue!

The boots from the movie have a certain almost tennis-shoe look to them and I wanted to match that. I looked all over the place for Superman Returns boots, and finally found them through some obscure search. I can’t really remember where or how I got them after that, but here they are: 

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 They even have the little “S” on the back!

With that, the suit is really complete.  Here’s a good look at the whole suit – even a video – and recent pictures! Let me know what you think!


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4 thoughts on “Custom Superman Returns Costume Replica

    • Super J Post author

      Hey — thanks for the comment! I think you’re actually the first commenter so CONGRATS! 😉

      I actually didn’t make the cape myself, that came with the blue spandex part. BUT, I think it is actually pretty straight-forward as far as capes go.

      It’s made of a thick vinyl material to give that Superman Returns look, although I think they used a different fabric. If you spread the whole thing out, it’s pretty much a full half-circle of fabric (it’s a lot of fabric) with about a 60″ radius. The cape wraps around a metal C at the collar, and has straps to go under the arms and buckle in the back to hold it on.

      The cape weighs 8-10 lbs on its own – I would NOT recommend this material! I actually plan on making a new cape that is much lighter and would flow more like a cape, but achieve the same look. Still doing research though …

      You can subscribe up at top-right to be notified once I finish that!