Justice League is looking to revolutionize the DC Films universe. Following up on Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the pressure is quite heavy on Warner Brothers to create a film which all moviegoers can appreciate and create enthusiasm for the world they’re building.
Several aspects of Justice League will be different from the previous two entries to the DC Films universe, and one of those is the costumes on our heroes. Batman is receiving some major alterations while Wonder Woman has underwent some minor changes. The Flash’s suit is vibrant and satisfying and details on Cyborg’s look have been revealed.
The only hero absent from the costume displays was Superman. Could we be seeing the black Superman suit? Perhaps the suit is unchanged? Those are the only questions we have regarding super hero costumes in Justice League and, for now, we’re going to put them on the back burner as we run through the costumes we did see while on the London set of Justice League over the weekend.
Batman will wear not one new suit, but two.
The first suit’s major changes come from the color and armoring. The suit sports the same logo across the chest but sees a change from the completely gray tone seen in Batman v Superman. The suit actually has a significant blue tone to it. It’s not overwhelming and still has a darker, gray look to it, but the suit seen in some of Batman’s older comics is definitely starting to shine through with the color scheme.
Also added is some padding and armor inside of the suit. Bruce Wayne will have some extra protection around his shoulders and sees some new seaming around the core areas.
“I designed this thing based on a Samurai,” Wilkinson says of the new Batsuit. “We borrowed it from Bruce Wayne's history too, so it has a connection with Asian Martial arts in Japan. So I thought that would be perfect. We modernized it to the Wayne Tech aesthetic here. We changed the straight shank of the blade from last time. It's something a little more aggressive.
Then, there’s the “tactical Batsuit,” as costume designer Michael Wilkinson calls it. It is more protective and has a more intricate design then the normal Batsuit which Batman was wearing in the scene we watched filming. It is more protective, with even more armor and straps along the abdominal area holding them in place. It also features braces on the left arm and leg, possibly signifying Batman’s aging, but could also just serve as extra protection or strengthening.
On the cowl of the suit is a new pair of goggles which Wilkinson says is to offer the glowing look of Batman’s eyes which was always captured in comics. The goggles don’t have lights themselves but will reflect those from the set into the camera to provide the effect.
Wonder Woman’s costume is mostly unchanged from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Wilkinson says that Wonder Woman’s costume is the same one she has been fighting in for "5,000 years." However, there are some slight modifications we can expect in Justice League. Most are for the comfort of Gal Gadot as she puts the costume on and moves around in it on set but some are in the outfit's color scheme.
The red of the torso is a bit more vibrant and the same can be said for the blue of the lower parts. Two different shades are present, with a brighter blue in the higher up and more centered areas and a darker scheme surrounding the lower and outer edges. Battle scars are present all over the outfit which Wilkinson says “tell her stories.”
Seeing Gal Gadot wear the outfit was one of the best moments of the entire set visit. Though the changes are quite simple, it’s clear that Gadot is the embodiment of Wonder Woman for the current generation of films and fans.
The Flash’s suit is made up of 148 different pieces and took about eight months to create for good reason: it looks great - not only on a mannequin, but also on Ezra Miller.
The suit has a very vibrant red with a golden yellow Flash symbol at its heart. The neck of the suit is complete with a layered, flexible look of red cross pieces and the suit as a whole is widely broken up into different shapes. All around it is some wiring which adds the DC Films grit to the suit. Even Barry’s feet come complete with specially designed Flash shoe which have logos on both sides, their bottoms, and in the soles.
Wilkinson says the suit is “designed to protect him he moves incredibly fast,” and says it may be simply a “prototype suit” as Barry tests things out.
“We looked at all the ways Flash has been drawn over the decades,” Wilkinson explains. “We looked at what makes sense for the universe that Zach is creating in the script. And we just thought this idea of someone who is just trying to work that out.”
Bonus: the suit features a Wayne Tech logo. No one was willing to comment on whether or not Bruce would beyond, “Obviously Wayne has certain resources and he and Alfred have certain abilities and so they're working on a lot of things to help the team as they come together.”
Ray Fisher’s portrayal will be almost entirely CGI. The actor’s face will be present but the rest of his body will be added in using motion capture effects.
On set, Fisher wears a multi-colored motion capture suit with an orange light attached the middle of his chest and another over his eye.
The finished product will look completely different, though. There will be some empty space added to Cyborg’s arms and a completely metal body. The suit looks like we have previously seen in concept art with a chrome body but the art shown in the design room reveals the evolution of Cyborg’s suit. Not only will we see a weaponized Cyborg flying into battle with an extra arm ready to go but he will also learn how to use the gun attached to his arm according to Wilkinson.
The gun is illuminated with a blue light and has a square shape to it as it extends across what would be Cyborg’s forearm.
Cyborg will also be seen wearing civilian clothing several times through the film.
“We wanted to make it feel like it was a very ancient culture,” Wilkinson says standing next to Aquaman’s scaly, head to toe costume and Trident.
The costume is almost completely green and gold with scales and fish-like designs consuming it. “The scales, the different language, the details, the illustrators for a long time coming up with all of this artwork from every different angle,” Wilkinson explains.
Much of the suit’s lower half is made of polyurethane which allows Momoa to move around comfortably. It has a dark green coloring with golden imprints stamped in a pattern throughout.
Aquaman’s belt features his logo centered on both the front and back sides. His trident in the costume shop stands about 7-feet-tall and has five points, however, a Trident with three ends was on display in the art room. It may belong to Aquaman or it may sit in the hands of the Ancient Atlantean King.
There will be multiple Aquaman outfits in the film. In addition to the armored, scaly outfit, concept art showed a heavily tattooed Jason Momoa standing on land in jeans and another costume, similar to the main display was nearby with no upper half. The pants, however, were different from the others, lacking the Aquaman logo and a different scaly design.
Wilkinson and the others nearby were not ready to comment on whether or not the suit was made with underwater shooting in mind, though the very blue concept art showing Aquaman in Atlantis certainly suggests it would have to be.