Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice costume designer Michael Wilkinson shares insights and secrets about Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman's (Gal Gadot) distinctive new costumes.
"For Batman, it was really important for Zack that we created a whole new Batman," Wilkinson told DC All Access. "And he said, 'The most important thing for our Batman is that he comes across a real hulking, big guy.' He's super-pumped up. He's going to be even bigger than Superman's silhouette. So his strength is not through armor and gadgets and things, it is that he is a tower of muscle. Zack Snyder is a huge fan of Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns and we looked a lot at that silhouette." Adding that Ben Affleck's Batman cowl has full-range of motion.
"So with Wonder Woman, Zack talked to me about creating a character who has an incredible power and strength," he explained. "Her presence as a warrior is completely legitimate and unquestionable. But at the same time has a grace and elegance of the Amazonian culture. It is quite a formal culture, fighting is very disciplined, so we wanted that majesty for her look."
Listen to Wilkinson's comments in the video below, which include concept art of each superhero costume.
In Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice opens March 25, 2016.