If you want a sneak peek at what Wonder Woman will look like when it comes to the big screen in June, look no further than the pages of recent DC Comics. While some of the inspiration for the look of Themyscira was taken from more classic runs by artists like George Perez, who largely established what the hidden island nation of Amazons would look like for modern generations, images of modern artists peppered the walls of the costume design department we saw on a set visit for the film.
As costume designer Lindy Hemming took ComicBook.com and other journalists through her department, with images of every character in the film covering seven foot tall walls arranged as four long hallways scene by scene, it was impossible not to spot some notable comic book panels and covers amongst the work. Perez, Phil Jimenez, Yanick Paquette, David Finch, and Cliff Chiang art was all on the walls, often directly next to individual designs of things like the armor of the warrior women, the look of throne rooms and weapons, and multiple looks at Diana herself.
"I do use panels. I think what you do is, you just look and them and look at them, and then you get the essence of it. But for instance, I developed a headdress for people, which has come exactly from, the, you know the comics," Hemming said while pointing out one image. They often used the comics as inspiration, then pulling in elements to make things work better in the real world. "Okay, so, she wears that. That's a part of her costume. Her tiara, right. We've made it that warriors have sort of a tiara shaped thing so that it doesn't look so weird like one person's wearing a tiara. You know? Things like that."
She worked closely with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice costume designer Michael Wilkinson, as well, who brought the fully realized Wonder Woman to screen in that film. Hemming's job, then, was to sort of reverse engineer from that design as well as the DC Comics artists into an entire world of Themyscira. Hemming pointed out that some of the most recent work, like that of Finch, came after Wilkinson's costume design, and reflected it. "You can't avoid what you see, can you? You are influenced by it."
The fully realized Wonder Woman costume doesn't come without some changes to Wilkinson's design either - it's cleaner, sharper, and more colorful because it's the beginning of her journey. Diana hasn't been "traveling around for a hundred years" like she has in BvS, Hemming explained.
So, head to your local comic shop, ask for some Perez, Jimenez, Chiang books and others, and you'll get a good idea of how Wonder Woman will look in a couple of months.
Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot as Diana, Princess of Themyscira, is in post-production now for a June 2, 2017 release.
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot, Steve Trevor, played by Chris Pine, crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers...and her true destiny.
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