P:R Redesign: Marco Antonio Laranjeira’s Supergirl!

Note: Another new artist to P:R today, as Marco Antonio Laranjeira takes on DC’s Supergirl and gives her a drastic but practical makeover. Pulling from some of the same ways of thinking as Jamie McKelvie’s Captain Marvel, Laranjeira ups Supergirl from someone looking like she’s trying out being a superhero to someone looking to get her hands dirty. – Chris A.

Here’s what Marco said about his design:

This Supergirl redesign was based in the Man Of Steel movie and the “New 52″ Superman, with an almost alien army styling. I quit the cape, because capes are not practical, and she is a teenager, not a krypton goddess. The long hair had to go too. i believe long hair in a battle is just something annoying and disturbing. I’m also a great fan of the ginger Supergirl, even though she was not the real-real Supergirl.

36 comments on “P:R Redesign: Marco Antonio Laranjeira’s Supergirl!
  1. I like how this takes the sort-of-ok movie costume and lightens its tone somewhat and makes it more interesting. I also like the short red hair and general re-imagining of the character… except for one thing: the bare thighs and arms.
    It’s not just subjective (I tend to dislike female outfits which are a little too… ventilated).
    But also, objectively, if it is indeed supposed to be a Kryptonian army uniform, why the exposed sections? Sure it’s ok for Earth, where she’s invulnerable… but if I recall correctly, Kryptonians are perfectly normal, non-impervious beings on their home world… so why would they wear bathing-suit cut uniforms into battle?

  2. It’s relatively modern and reads young at the same time, instead of looking like a teen girl as idealized by middle-aged men. It will be out of style by this time next year (in fact, I’m pretty sure that most of this look has already expired in that regard), but that’s actually a selling point, given the character’s age.

  3. That’s a great design. Hell, change the colors up and give it to Power Girl if it’s too extreme for Supergirl.

  4. If those thigh-high socks went all the way up I’d call it perfect. As it is, since I’m *almost* resigned to Supergirl never, ever getting to wear pants, it’s pretty terrific. And the short hair is awesome!

  5. What Thomas said. And she’s still in darn near the ‘classic’ brokeback pose- her butt and chest are both pushed out on display, she’s turned at an awkward angle, and where is her other arm?

    Seriously, I think comic book artists should be required to hold a post for at least a minute before they try and draw it.

  6. I really love the overall look of this design! I would’ve added a few more elements if this was my design. I would’ve carried over the yellow trim onto the boots like they are on the gloves. I think I would’ve also delineated the chest emblem and where the red and blue areas meet on the chest with the yellow trim as well — to make them stand out more. Since the designer incoporated the black elements with the stockings and gloves, I would’ve like to have seen that carried over the the face or head in some way. Finally, I think Supergirl’s blonde hair would’ve worked better with this costume than the red the designer went with.

    Just an aside, the split and trim accent on the legs reminds me of 70s running shorts. Don’t get me wrong, I think it works here!

  7. Love it. Especially the red hair. It’s in keeping with the red and blue motif of the superman costume motif. I think it’s bold.

  8. I like the drawing and some of the individual elements, but the thigh highs on a teenager have to go. I’m not going to talk about too much skin showing, because while I think that’s a problem, I also know many teenage girls would go for short shorts if left to their own devices.

    But the black stockings call to mind lingerie, and the boning in the top makes it look like a corset.

  9. I really like this design, though I’m not sure about it for Supergirl. Instead, it feels like a far superior re-design of Captain Marvel’s current outfit. I’d probably cover up the bare legs, but keep the bare arms.

  10. “Seriously, I think comic book artists should be required to hold a post for at least a minute before they try and draw it.”

    I think you should be required to compose a grammatically correct sentence before you’re allowed to snark on the internet. I guess no one’s going home happy.

    This is a terrific drawing and design. If only the editors at DC weren’t all Heroes Reborn at the moment, perhaps this design would work for them. Cheers!

  11. not convinced on the legs, particularly with what you were saying about the army thing. And I would have given her a half cape, or something that gives some kind of allusion to the cape. But other than those things which are just personal taste, I’d be happy to see this show up in the comics next month

  12. The page loaded; I saw the upper body and thought “yes!”. Then I scrolled down a bit, saw the legs and thought “no!”

  13. Those super shorts make pipping come back in fashion… don’t care much for all this supposedly feminist puritan propaganda, the pose is exaggerated true but skin exposure should never be an issue, heck, in krypton going around naked could be the latest fad.

    Seriously though, not an uniform, shoulda gone with the 70s gym class /movie kryptonian hybrid, it could be badasssss…

  14. I’m going to echo the popular sentiment here, and say I’m really into this art, and costume itself from the waist up– then it kinda goes awry from the waist down.

    Maybe it’s the thigh-high ‘socks’, or the shorty shorts that are cut like 1970s girls’ gym shorts (if you’re old enough, think: Chrissy from Three’s Company)– or the combo of all of it, but it’s just a bit too sexy. Connect those shorts and the socks, and it’s a definite win.

    Having said that, I really like the militarized look here.
    I’ve always dug the idea that Superman would purposely go the opposite way, the LAST thing he wants to look like is a soldier or a warrior… *cough Jim Lee cough*

    But by contrast, that style is really logical and striking on all the other assorted Kryptonians in the DCU

  15. It’s a very well thought-out, very cool-looking costume. As usual, a couple of people here are complaining that she’s showing too much skin, but I think she’s showing exactly as much skin as an attractive teenager called Supergirl is likely to show.

  16. I don’t mind the bare legs, its a Supergirl tradition that goes back to the first appearance, but, man when is piping going to go away as a superhero trend. And thanks Jim Lee for the priest collars on everyone.

  17. As a design in a vacuum, I like it. Well, the top half.

    For Supergirl? Not a fan. Part of what works is the design is aggressive. It’s someone who has spent a long time hitting people in the face, with hints they hit people in the face professionally and rather like it.

    Kara’s a teenager who just lost everything she ever cared about, with a long lost cousin the only link she has to her culture. She’s also generally (not universally) depicted as going just as far as Kal in the whole selfless heroism bit, which doesn’t quite jibe with the “No, I WANT you to try something. I haven’t hit anyone all day, and my fist is itchy” this has going.

    Now, Power Girl? Well, it’d still probably want some changes for that, but the basic feel is closer.

  18. I like this one alot, though it seems to similar to the new Captain Marvel costume.
    I like the hair and the color sceme alot but i’m not sure about the bare legs.
    Maybe if you extended the boots and cover the legs with blue. Maybe add some red around the middle.

  19. I like the legs, they’re very teenage, but the militaristic top doesn’t sell me. It doesn’t feel like Supergirl. It’s too harsh and lined to be someone tied to a person like Superman

  20. I really don’t understand the negativity towards exposing super heroine outfits, especially one as tastefully done as this. Practicality? They have super powers, they aren’t gearing up for Afghanistan… there’s no need for practicality. Using a fantasy genre to show images of people’s fantasies, be them super powers or super beauty, is not a bad thing. The men are in the exact same position, wearing skin tight outfits revealing physiques most cannot approach. And costumes like Wolverine’s classic look… were short sleeves practical? Or were they a good way of showcasing his arm hair, adding to his wild man ascetic and furthering his character design? I’m not defending overly sexed up costumes like Starfire (though I do see nothing wrong with it, I at least understand and can appreciate the opposition), but seriously, shorts, a tee shirt that shows no cleavage and has elements of armor to it, large gloves and boots… that’s ripe for criticism of showing too much skin? The average girl wears less than that going out in January.

    Comics are supposed to be visually breathtaking. Sometimes, beauty is a part of that.

    Specifically, I think this is an awesome redesign, and looks like Super Girl fused with 90s Super Boy… which I like.

  21. Well said, Casey.
    Not sure anyone else has said this yet, but it’s a bazillion times better than DC’s current Supergirl look. Not sure if she’s wearing a skirt or shorts given the pose, but I hope they’re meant to be shorts.
    I like the glove/gauntlet idea, but would tone down on the bulkiness of them. with the black under-trimming, the thing that doesn’t sell them for me is that they have solid seams, unlike the rest of the costume, which has piping and layers, etc. Plus I’m not sold on black for SG.
    The other thing I’d say is the hair is a bit too Carol Danvers, but the long-hair Supergirl makes for a nice contrast to the short-hair Powergirl.

    Can’t wait to see more from this creator!

  22. Casey: I really don’t understand the negativity towards exposing super heroine outfits, especially one as tastefully done as this. Practicality? They have super powers, they aren’t gearing up for Afghanistan… there’s no need for practicality.

    As I wrote before, I don’t think it’s a question of practicality, but logical consistency. If this, as the artist has suggested, is supposed to be a Kryptonian army uniform, made on Krypton for Kryptonian soldiers who are just as vulnerable as we are on their home planet, having any sort of gap in the material makes no sense. Of course, it may be that this SG altered her uniform, upon arriving on Earth where she doesn’t have to worry about physical harm so much. But why would a more military, gung-ho Kara decide to literally cut off the whole leggings part of her costume, leaving only a kind of short short? Besides, by the piping and general look of the costume, it doesn’t look altered in any way (but I guess that’s open to interpretation).

    CaseyThe men are in the exact same position, wearing skin tight outfits revealing physiques most cannot approach. And costumes like Wolverine’s classic look… were short sleeves practical? Or were they a good way of showcasing his arm hair, adding to his wild man ascetic and furthering his character design?

    Again, not practicality, but consistency. Short sleeves make sense for Wolverine for the reason you mentioned, but also because he’s got regenerative powers. Theoretically, he could go around in a speedo if he wanted to. But he doesn’t. It seems to be a growing trend in comics now to strip female characters to the bare essentials, while the male heroes get more and more armoured. I’d love to see Wolverine or or Superman strutting around in short-shorts or semi-bare-chested. The only hero I can think of who has always dressed like that is Hulk, but even that seems to have changed (has he been given a suit or armour in Marvel Now? I’ve only seen promotional images.)

    Either way, to sum up: I can’t speak for most people here, but I personally don’t like overly exposed costumes (for either female or male characters) when either A) they’re not logically consistent with the character’s back-story/powers etc, or B) when their sole purpose (combined with ridiculous and painful-looking poses like the one featured here) is to provide sexual titillation and objectify the character. Just my two eurocents :)

  23. Gotta love all the decaying elders talking about how out of style the shorts are, when one step outside near any sort of campus on a warm day will reveal roughly one quarter of all girls wearing those shorts. That said, the don’t go with the top very well and aren’t frivolous enough for Supergirl.

  24. Marco, I love this design from head to toe.
    I totally see the kickass field hockey captain, but I also see a soft, beautiful side to her. The spandex under her boots / bracers are a great balance of comfort and function, not usually seen in female costumes. Usually comfort is sacrificed for sex appeal (ie. 3-inch heels on many heroines).
    The boy shorts are much cooler than the pleated skirt.
    The red shoulders / collar are a worthy successor to the classic cape, and integrates well with the “S” symbol.
    Very difficult to re-invent the Kryptonian wheel, but you nailed it.
    PS. Love the Danvers ‘Do.

  25. At no point does the designer say this is an actual Kryptonian military uniform. He only says that it’s based on a couple of other costumes which have an “almost alien army styling.” If nothing else, take note of the “almost.”

  26. CJEH: And she’s still in darn near the ‘classic’ brokeback pose-her butt and chest are both pushed out on display, she’s turned at an awkward angle, and where is her other arm? Seriously, I think comic book artists should be required to hold a pose for at least a minute before they try and draw it.

    I think that might be the most distracting thing actually. It seems the consensus amongst some commenters here seems to be that because teenage girls who don’t know how to dress for the cold wear short shorts, an alien girl with a military background would obviously do the same, so there seems to be little point arguing against them at this point. The ridiculous and objectifying pose certainly draws attention to them though. Give her some dignity (better pose, some armour on her legs too) and I’d have no qualms with the design at all.

  27. Actually, I dislike it for exactly that military aspect. Superman and Supergirl aren’t soldiers by their very nature, adding military elements just hurts their characterization

  28. Casey: The men are in the exact same position, wearing skin tight outfits revealing physiques most cannot approach.

    Men in comics aren’t sexualized. Women in comics are drawn as male sexual fantasies, men in comics are drawn as male power fantasies. It’s not the same thing. Unrealistic on both fronts? Yep, you bet. However it’s the fact that male characters are drawn as who most male comic fans would like to be like, female characters are drawn as who most male comic fans would want to sleep with.

    This is far from the exact same position.

  29. Love the haircut. I could see this having a lot of fun variation – including a short cape, pants, long-sleeved, classic Supergirl skirt, white/red/gold “Power Girl” version.

    Ditch the socks and forearm parts though.

  30. I love the hair, the colors, and that the outfit is slightly more armored/guarded. The only thing I would change would be to get rid of the booty shorts, and just give her regular pants. Unless the point of them is to give plenty of opportunities for panty/crotch shots.

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