Oscar-nominated Michael Wilkinson talks ‘BvS’ costumes

Michael Wilkinson, most recently famous for his Academy Award-nominated wardrobe creations for American Hustle (starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Bradley Cooper), is also the well-noted costume designer for Batman vs. Superman (he also has costume design credits for other Zack Snyder films like Man of SteelThe Watchmen, and 300). Entertainment Weekly got a hold of him to talk about — among other things — plans for the heroes’ outfits in the upcoming blockbuster which was just pushed back to 2016:

What can we expect from those Batman vs. Superman costumes? Will you stay true to the original designs for Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman?
I’m not really at liberty to talk about the details of everything, but suffice to say we really respect the histories of all of these characters. We’re all very reverent about the iconic graphic nature of these characters and their costumes. We see ourselves as part of the natural lineage of how these characters are being portrayed through out the ages and our goal is to create something relevant and exciting for today’s audiences and something that works for this thrilling cinematic universe that our director Zack Snyder is creating.

What kind of research are you doing? What’s the process like when you’re designing something so iconic?
You really dive into the source material. We’re looking at all of the different ways these characters have been portrayed over the ages. We’re looking hard into Zack’s script and working out what makes sense as far as telling the story — who these people really are and what they represent, how to make sense of them in today’s world. It’s an interesting, multilayered design challenge.

When do you think the public might get their first peek at the costumes?
Ooh! Our film just got pushed. It’s now not being released until June or July 2016. I don’t know. We’re been having some interesting camera tests and photo shoots so far. I’m not exactly sure what dates we’re going to get them released, but I’m sure Warner Bros. has it all worked out.

So there you have it. Not much to go on, but if there are camera tests and photo shoots, you can probably bet they’re on someone’s computer right now, and they’re contemplating uploading them to the Internet. Now, all we do is wait.

Read the entire interview here. It’s really interesting!

Source: Entertainment Weekly