Batman v Superman costume designer on 'fierce' Wonder Woman, comic-inspired Dark Knight

The buzz-meter shot through the roof with the San Diego Comic-Con trailer for Batman v Superman, but we’re still jonesing for fresh intel.

Costume designer Michael Wilkinson chatted with People’s Choice about the in-depth process of creating the look and feel of Zack Snyder’s ambitious sequel. From Superman to Batman to Wonder Woman and even Aquaman, Wilkinson has a hand in putting all their suits and gear together. He said there have been minimal changes to Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel suit, but noted Ben Affleck’s Batman suit is predicated on physical power. As for Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, she sounds positively fierce.

Check out an excerpt from his comments below:

“To get ready to design the costumes for Batman v Superman, I really did my homework. I immersed myself in the long histories of these iconic characters. I studied how they have been portrayed over the last 75 years on film, on TV, in comic books, graphic novels and video games. I studied what they mean to people, what they stand for, why they are important. I started an exhaustive search for new materials and technologies — original ways of portraying these characters that would be unlike anything audiences have seen before. I wanted the costumes to help make the characters inspirational and relevant to modern audiences.

“We tweaked the Superman suit only slightly from our suit from Man of Steel. 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…. 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.”

But, that’s not all. Wilkinson couldn’t say much about Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, but did tease that it was “pretty hard” to actually convince the actor to take the suit off, because he liked it so darn much. He added that the suit “really became part of him” once they finalized the design. As if fans weren’t already keyed up to get a peek at the full Aquaman suit.

What do you think of the look of the film, considering all we’ve already seen? Visuals have never been a problem for Snyder, though. It’s typically the story stuff in between where he runs into problems.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens March 25, 2016.

(Via People’s Choice)

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