Costume Designer Talks “Dawn of Justice”

With Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” setting the stage for the DC Cinematic Universe, the film’s costume designer Michael Wilkinson had to think ahead in terms of design. Not only does his looks for the characters have to hold up in this movie, they have to form the basis for a whole franchise of films.

On top of that, quite a few of these characters have never been adapted for live-action before and each one has to be interesting enough to launch their own franchise. It’s a tall order and in a new interview with People’s Choice, Wilkinson said he researched all these character portrayals over the last 75 years in all kinds of formats.

He also conducted an exhaustive search for new materials and technologies to come up with original ways of portraying these characters:

“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.”

Wilkinson also joked that Jason Mamoa’s Aquaman costume “really became part of him” and that the actor didn’t want to remove it.

SPOILERS AHEAD

Meanwhile, Heroic Hollywood has apparently revealed a key plot point from the film. The site claims that Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor will, at some point in the movie, not only know who Clark Kent is but will also kidnap his adopted mother Martha Kent.

“Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice” opens on March 25th 2016.