Costume Designer for Man of Steel Sequel Talks Shop

Michael Wilkinson recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss his costume designs for the recent film American Hustle.  During the interview, Wilkinson answered several questions about his work on the upcoming sequel to Man of Steel.  When asked about what it was like working on such iconic characters, such as Batman and Wonder Woman, Wilkinson said, “It’s incredibly thrilling.  I love going to work every day.  We’re so excited about creating the next Batman and Wonder Woman for the 21st century.”  Wilkinson continued, “It’s great to think about making these characters relevant and really resonate with audiences today.  It’s such a thrill to be working with our director Zack Snyder.  He’s creating such an exciting universe for this film.  I think it’s something we’re all going to be really proud of.”

Most of the interview pertains to his work on American Hustle which earned him an Oscar nomination, but below is a compilation of the questions directly about Batman vs. Superman.

What can we expect from those Batman vs. Superman costumes? Will you stay true to the original designs for Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman?
I’m not really at liberty to talk about the details of everything, but suffice to say we really respect the histories of all of these characters. We’re all very reverent about the iconic graphic nature of these characters and their costumes. We see ourselves as part of the natural lineage of how these characters are being portrayed through out the ages and our goal is to create something relevant and exciting for today’s audiences and something that works for this thrilling cinematic universe that our director Zack Snyder is creating.

What kind of research are you doing? What’s the process like when you’re designing something so iconic?
You really dive into the source material. We’re looking at all of the different ways these characters have been portrayed over the ages. We’re looking hard into Zack’s script and working out what makes sense as far as telling the story — who these people really are and what they represent, how to make sense of them in today’s world. It’s an interesting, multilayered design challenge.

When do you think the public might get their first peek at the costumes?
Ooh! Our film just got pushed. It’s now not being released until June or July 2016. I don’t know. We’re been having some interesting camera tests and photo shoots so far. I’m not exactly sure what dates we’re going to get them released, but I’m sure Warner Bros. has it all worked out.

With principle production already underway hopefully it won’t too long before we get a glimpse of Wilkinson’s new iteration of Batman, Wonder Woman, and a brighter Superman.

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Source: Entertainment Weekly