For a comic book movie, one of the most critical elements may very well be the costume designfans love to see their beloved character looking just like how they did in the comics. But since adapting the concept from comic book to film renders a 100% accurate look impossible (not to mention that the source material itself oftentimes have many different variations of the character), the job of making the character’s appearance unique yet appealing to fans falls to the Costume Designer.
In a recent interview with People’s Choice, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Costume Designer Michael Wilkinson talked about how the new look for Batman and Wonder Woman came to be, and the process each costume design had to go through, and what special details have they included in the new set of designs that fans should closely look out for.
“To get ready to design the costumes for Batman v Superman, I really did my homework,” said Wilkinson. “I immersed myself in the long histories of these iconic characters Superman [Henry Cavill], Batman [Ben Affleck], and Wonder Woman [Gal Gadot] I studied how they have been portrayed over the last 75 years on film, on TV, in comic books, graphic novels and video games.”
“We tweaked the Superman suit only slightly from our suit from Man of Steel,” he added. “We streamlined plus sharpened the details of the costume a little to suit the more earthly (less alien) context of this film. The Batsuit is a complete 180 degree turn from the previous film incarnations our Batman’s power comes from his incredible physical strength and fighting skills, not from armor. The director Zack Snyder wanted him to look as much like the comic book version as possible to be respectful to the original source. As for the Wonder Woman suit, well she has never been seen in a film before, so there was nothing to compare it to! There is of course the costume from the TV show. Zack wanted our character to be a fierce and intimidating warrior gritty, battle-scarred and immortal.”
Wilkinson also revealed that fans should have a keen eye, because they have incorporated details into the new costumes of Superman and Wonder Woman.
“Zack had a great idea to have some Kryptonian script subliminally included in the details of the suit, so we made that happen. There is ancient Greek script on Wonder Woman’s weapons too. My favorite details of the Batsuit are the brass knuckles on the gloves.”
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on theaters March 25, 2016.