This past week, costume designer Michael Wilkinson took some time to chat with the People's Choice blog about his work on [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870), particularly surrounding the primary trifecta of the DC Universe: Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.
When it came to inspiration, Wilkinson hit the books, and didn't skim the details:
To get ready to design the costumes for Batman v Superman, I really did my homework. I immersed myself in the long histories of these iconic characters — Superman [Henry Cavill], Batman [Ben Affleck], and Wonder Woman [Gal Gadot]— 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.
But beyond that, the designer revealed easter eggs that fans will notice as part of two new costumes, the now-iconic outfits of our heroes.
Zack had a great idea to have some Kryptonian script subliminally included in the details of the [Superman] 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.
The intricate designs of the film stretch far beyond the texture of Batman's armor, and it's going to be exciting to see what kind of functionality each suit provides -- especially with what Batman's known to carry on the regular.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice premieres on March 25th, 2016.