The pattern that covers Superman’s (Henry Cavill) suit looks to me like it’s supposed to give the impression of those bumps you see on steel steps; kind of a literal “man of steel”?
Jor-El’s (Russell Crowe) suit is kind of cool, I guess. It’s not supposed to be an inspirational outfit, and it has the look of ceremonial robes. The filigree on the shoulders and the chest plate is interesting. Also, notice how dull the color scheme is: brown and grey.
General Zod’s (Michael Shannon) costume is going to be completely CGI-generated (just like the horrid Green Lantern costume), so he wore a gray motion-capture suit, just like Ryan Reynolds. Another bad sign…
But there is still time to set things right; Man of Steel doesn’t open until June 14, 2013.