Speaking to People's Choice at the MAGIC Fashion Convention in Las Vegas, costume designer Michael Wilkinson talked about the costumes of his upcoming film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
“To get ready to design the costumes for Batman v Superman, I really did my homework,” said Wilkinson. “I immersed myself in the long histories of these iconic characters — Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman — 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.”
When it comes to Superman himself, Wilkinson says his look didn't change much from Man of Steel.
“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.”
On the other hand, Batman and Wonder Woman’s costumes required ground-up design work.
“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.”
As for his favorite parts of each costume, for Wilkinson, the devil is in the details.
“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.”
And, speaking of the actors he worked with, Wilkinson said the actor who most loved his costume is one we haven't seen much of just yet - Jason Momoa, who plays Aquaman in Batman v Superman.
"It was pretty hard to get Jason to get out of his Aquaman costume. It really became part of him."
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters March 25, 2016.