Okay, I have a quick question. Everyone knows Superman's skin is bullet proof. You could stand there all day shooting him and he's just brush them off. But my question is: Why doesn't anything effect his costume? Anytime someone shots him, whether it's comes, movies, video games, live action TV, or animation, the costume isn't effected by bullets. How is this possible? If his skin is bullet proof, why would he need an indestructible costume?
Qustion about Superman's costume
@TheCannon: The old explanation was that his body created a protective field around his clothes, which kept them from ripping.
As for why he has armor: It helps to heal him, it takes up less space than his old one, it looks cooler, it connects him to his heritage, and it protects him from threats that are worse than bullets--like Darkseid and Doomsday.
I know this is an old post. I was looking for some information on topic my friend and i were talking about at work. That Superman was not actually Bullet proof. He actually has telekinesis powers that blocked everything just before hitting him. Which he was not aware of it so it worked like Spidey Sense. Which would make since, since his cloths never got torn. And in cartoon movies he becomes aware of this but I been trying to see if this power he got in the comics.
There are currently two theories about that:
1. Because of the charge yellow sunlight gives kryptonian physiology, and thus activates their powers and enhances all physical abilities to godlike levels, that Superman natural bio-electric aura is also way beyond anything on Earth, and that it is that aura, that stretches only a few millimeters off the skin, when any fabric lies within that aura it gains a portion of Superman invulnerability. Much like a force field.
2. Superman ability to make his suits also near indestructible came from a psionic ability, more precisely tactile telekinesis, just like that of Kon aka Superboy, only without Superman having nearly as much control over it.
Although in the New52 that wasn't as clear. The suit was made from a near indestructible kryptonian material. In fact initially they said that the suit was actually indestructible, but during one of Lobdell stories he faced against a being from another dimension and his suit got almost totally trashed but Superman himself only suffered some bruises. The good thing about that suit was that it seemed to be able to channel Superman bio-energy and repair itself. And that was what made it durable. His normal clothes/suit in the beginning of the New52 during Morrison run did appear to show some of the hypothesis 1 and 2 characteristics, because they took bullets and much more and still they seemed to suffer little if any damage at all.
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