Batman V Superman Costume Designer Talks About His Inspirations

This year is almost at an end which means Batman V Superman is right around the corner. The upcoming Batman/Superman film is by far one of the most anticipated and hyped movies of all time. It’s no surprise that every DC fan out there is clambering for any kind of inside scoop surrounding the film. We are very lucky that costume designer Michael Wilkinson is not a tight-lipped individual. During a recent interview with People’s Choice he opened up about his take on the look and feel of Batman V Superman. Wilkinson also spoke on his in-depth research into making these iconic heroes look as authentic as possible.

“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. As for the Wonder Woman suit, well she has never been seen in a film before, so there was nothing to compare it to. Zack wanted our character to be as fierce and intimidating warrior, gritty battle-scarred and immortal. There is ancient Greek script on Wonder Woman’s weapons too. My favorite details of the batsuit are the brass knuckles on the gloves”


Wilkinson also mention Jason Mamoa’s addiction to the Aquaman suit.

“It was pretty hard to get Jason to get out of his Aquaman costume. It really became part to him.”

Be sure to check out Batman V Superman when it comes to theatres March 25, 2016.

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