The Batman v Superman costumes promise to be like nothing we have seen in other superhero movies and they will be created from scratch.
Erase everything you think you know about Batman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman. Batman v Superman costume creator Michael Wilkinson is using his vast imagination to come up with amazing designs that will move the DC Entertainment franchise forward.
Wilkinson has a big responsibility in this job. Not only does he have to come up with something that represents the comic books and characters, he has to keep fans happy, which is a huge challenge.
We know what Superman’s costume looks like, although there are subtle changes to Henry Cavill’s costume for Batman v Superman. After all, we can’t expect the same innocence Clark Kent shows in Man of Steel to return for the sequel and so his costume must reflect his growth.
When it comes to the other Batman v Superman costumes, not much has been revealed. We got a first look at Ben Affleck’s Batman scowl when director Zack Snyder shared these photos of his Caped Crusader on Twitter.
Since this reveal we haven’t seen a thing, not even when the Batman v Superman production was filming in the streets of Detroit. The last time we saw Batman on the big screen he was portrayed by Christian Bale in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.
Wilkinson explained how he came up with the new Batman v Superman costumes, during an interview with Fashionista via Screen Rant. The designer has to make Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) — the three central characters — work in unison.
“(Zack Snyder) really wants these characters to connect directly to our world. So if you were walking down the street and you came across Superman or Batman — of course it would be startling and powerful — but it could actually happen in our world rather than in a stylized version of our reality.”
“It’s no longer a designer just in his workroom pushing a costume out into the world and that’s it. There’s a real sense of a conversation and engaging in a dialogue about this stuff…People have a lot of complaints about (Aquaman’s) orange skin and the green tights and that whole thing.”
As far as the problems with the rigidity of the scowl that other productions had to overcome, Wilkinson says the costume for Batman v Superman won’t have to deal with that, thanks to Snyder’s vision.
“That’s actually one of the first things that Snyder mentioned to me in one of our initial meetings… It’s a very important thing to Zack that the Batsuit would be comfortable and very flexible, but then would be able to perform in a very natural and forceful way. So a lot of incredible engineering went into the development of the new black cowl.”
Fans have been debating ad nauseam what the differences in the Superman costume are for Batman v Superman. We were able to get a good look at Henry Cavill when he flew some aerial scenes in Chicago last fall and his physique was even more impressive, if that’s possible.
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