A Closer Look at ‘Batman v Superman’ Costumes

A Closer Look at ‘Batman v Superman’ Costumes

By Ashley Roth Feb 19, 2016 01:30 PM
Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

Costume designer Michael Wilkinson, who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Costume Design for the 2013 film ‘American Hustle,’ is currently in London working on designs for ‘The Justice League Part One,’ and in a recent interview the designer shed some light on the creation process of creating superhero costumes for Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.’

Opening up about the inspiration behind Ben Affleck’s Batman suit, Wilkinson told CBM, "When I was talking to the director Zack Snyder, he really wanted to go back to how it’s being shown in the comic books cause when you think about Batman in the last twenty years from the films, it’s sort of really stepped away from the really simple, powerful, intimidating silhouette of Batman in the graphic novels, and so, we wanted to return to that and we wanted to do a Batman that’s a little bit older, he’s been fighting crime for twenty years on the big bad streets of Gotham and so his costume is shredded and it’s ripped and it’s torn. It’s distressed; it’s got bullet holes in it. We wanted to say, ‘this Batman doesn’t really need gadgets or armor,’ his intimidating strength is his real power. Incredible, burly silhouette is what really, and his incredible fighting skills of course, he doesn’t need the armor and the gadgets so much."

As for Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman costume, Wilkinson revealed it was important make the character look like a warrior. "That was the most important thing for us. We wanted her strength, her power to be tangible. We wanted her to stand next to the two male counterparts and be very much their equal. So, she brings something very different to the table and she has this incredible power and strength and she also combines that with a grace and compassion and a majesty that makes her special. It makes her incredibly powerful. And working with the beautiful Gal Gadot was an absolute pleasure. She’s one person that’s as beautiful on the inside as she’s on the outside, so she made my job very easy."

Wilkinson also explained Henry Cavill's Superman suit is "a little bit different" than what we saw in 'Man of Steel' thanks to new technology. "The one thing I love about my job is that we get to explore new costume technologies and new ways of making costumes," he said.

Fearing the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on Superman, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs. With Batman and Superman fighting each other, a new threat, Doomsday, is created by Lex Luthor. It's up to Superman and Batman to set aside their differences along with Wonder Woman to stop Lex Luthor and Doomsday from destroying Metropolis. ‘Batman v Superman,’ arriving on March 25, also stars Amy Adams, Jason Momoa, Jena Malone, Lauren Cohan and Jesse Eisenberg.

Tags: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Jesse Eisenberg
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