The DC Comics superhero Superman is the most iconic superhero around, but that hasn’t stopped his fellow superhero Batman from taking center stage in the public consciousness. With a slew of highly successful movies and an endless list of critically acclaimed graphic novels to his name, Batman is now arguably the most prominent superhero in today’s modern age. Parent company Warner Brothers is set to change that perception with the big budget film Superman, Man of Steel, scheduled for release in 2012.

The previous Superman movie, Superman Returns, was largely unsuccessful because it eschewed an action oriented tone in favor of a more personal and human approach. In an effort to change things, producers of the movie have hired noted director Zach Snyder, famous for his stylistic action scenes in movies such as Dawn of the Dead, and 300. The British actor Henry Cavill has been cast as the new Superman, and he will be joined by supporting actors Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, and Diane Lane.

Superman has not always had the strongest roster of enemies, which is why most Superman t-shirt designs focus on the Man of Steel himself. The new movie will again see super villain General Zod, played by Michael Shannon, as the antagonist. General Zod has already been used in the Christopher Reeve Superman movie series, so comic book fans are taking a considered approach when it comes to judging the new movie.

Superman has had many comic book artists illustrate his adventures, none more famous than superstar artist Jim Lee. The Jim Lee Superman, featured in the comic book series Superman For Tomorrow, can often be seen in most Superman t shirt designs. Other notable Superman artists include Alex Ross, whose ultra realistic painting style is well regarded in the comic book community. Superman shirts featuring the iconic S symbol are also very popular.