‘Batman vs. Superman’ Costume Designer Talks ‘Relevant’ Wonder Woman

Published 1 year ago by , Updated August 29th, 2014 at 7:32 pm,

Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman may have been pushed back to a 2016 release, but that doesn’t mean we’re about to stop talking about it. The most recent updates have been mainly rumors: Will traditional Justice League member Cyborg appear? Could the Batsuit reveal be coming soon?

The various rumors surrounding the new look of Ben Affleck’s Batman include the possibility of at least two suits, with the design’s inspiration said to be based on any number of different incarnations of the Dark Knight. We also know that Superman’s suit is being re-designed, but we haven’t heard about the look of our new Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot.

The film’s costume designer, Michael Wilkinson (Academy Award nominee for American Hustle) spoke to The Wrap (via CBM) at their pre-Oscar party about his approach to the new looks for DC’s Big Three superheroes. You can watch the full video above.

Wonder Woman New 52 Origin Story Batman vs. Superman Costume Designer Talks Relevant Wonder Woman

Wilkinson confirmed that he designed the new Batsuit, along with Superman and Wonder Woman’s outfits – and when told about the positive early responses, he said:

“I’m designing the new Wonder Woman costume, I’m tweaking the Superman suit. So yeah – I’m glad [to be hearing] good buzz about it.”

Wilkinson was asked about his approach to such an iconic character, and said:

“It’s a thrilling and slightly scary prospect of course. It’s so important to get her right. She really deserves to be presented onscreen in her full glory, so what I do is look at the history of the character has been presented on the big screen, small screen, comic books, and graphic novels; we process it all. Then we kind of put that aside and work out what is right for our film, for the cinematic universe that our director Zack Snyder is putting together. We try to create a Wonder Woman relevant for today’s audiences.”

A “relevant” Wonder Woman presumably means a character somehow in tune with more modern sensibilities about who the character is and what her motivations are, along with what she wears. Given the explainable, functional nature of Superman’s costume in Man of Steel, it stands to reason that the same approach has been applied to Wonder Woman.

Still, when asked if the Amazonian’s traditional armor design was still a practical choice, he replied “Absolutely!” Wilkinson elaborated:

“I mean, you just have to look at the Gladiators from ancient Rome, they did their thing… with the shield and everything. Yes, it works for ‘Thor’ and ’300,’ so let’s see what happens.”

Various Wonder Woman Costumes Batman vs. Superman Costume Designer Talks Relevant Wonder Woman

The notion of putting Gal Gadot in a breastplate and skimpy unitard seems antithetical to providing fans with an updated Princess Diana, one of the very few prominent female comic book superheroes, who is finally coming to the big screen. The ongoing comic book movie boom itself has a dearth of women heroes, so many fans were hoping to see Wonder Woman as the badass she is, perhaps even a version close to the vengeful, bloodthirsty Queen of Themyscira who goes to war against Aquaman in the Flashpoint series.

We can only hope that Wilkinson and Snyder do their best give us a Wonder Woman the modern world needs and deserves, and move away from the pandering and somewhat exploitative approach which Wilkinson might be alluding to here. We’ll know for sure when the first look at Wonder Woman’s design hits the web.


Batman vs. Superman hits theaters on May 6, 2016.

Source: The Wrap [via CBM]

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  1. The current Wonder Woman comic book is Wonder Woman 52 and the look is the silver double W and two stars pants…dark red top…this is what the current designer should be doing.

    Golden Age is the Eagle and Wonder Woman CBS is the Eagle…not sure what age it would fit in…outdated.

    • Again, I was talking about using the exact same suit, but the same concept as the Wonder Woman costume of the 1970′s, as with Super Friends, etc.

      Also, a big movie like this is not going to be made just for comic book fans. It has to please the general public as a whole, and more are probably familiar with the classic costume, which is still similar to what is was used in the Keri Russell animation from 2008,

      • Keri Russell’s Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman 52 combination…would also be a good idea.

        As for the 1970s’ what would it be?

        • Well yeah, both of those are still the one piece strapless swimsuit look. The ABC costume was the same as Super Friends and most of the comics from the 1960s and 70s, and some 80s too. The CBS costume was also the eagle but a little more elegant with thinner lines of the belt and eagle wings (instead of being solid breast cups). Also the tiara was slimmed down slightly and the bracelets went from the lead-colored “Feminum” to a gold matching the rest of her costume. Finally, the stars were no longer all different sizes covering her bottoms completely, but were all a standard, smaller size along the top half of them only.

          Super Friends started before the series but was running concurrently still throughout and thereafter. I even think they used the “spin transformation” in one episode to mimic Carter’s (I think brilliant) idea for the change from Diana to WW.

          I wouldn’t mind using the “WW” instead of the eagle breastplate or altering the stars configuration, but I’m against them completely changing the costume. I also tend to prefer the tiara pointing upward like most tiaras do, instead of in both directions in a diamond shape, but that’s just my opinion. I don’t like it covering her entire forehead. They can keep the basic look but just make the material more thick, sturdy and real as they did in Man of Steel.

          • All CBS costume is own by Donfeld or bought by CBS…or Donfeld had a relative wh9 inherit the rights to physical Wonder Woman costumes…Warner Brothers may also own Donfeld’s costume on both ABC and CBS….

            The current designer should considered the physical appearance of Gal Gadot…she is now current actress to play Wonder Woman with the approval of DC comics and Warner Brothers…I wish her the best of luck…the designer must consider what will make her look beautiful.

            ABC and CBS Costume from 1970s’ is 40 years past…it is time a updated Wonder Woman look and maybe other costumes for Winter Wear, Fall Wear, Rain Wear…hot Summer Wear she could wear a bikini…instead on piece costume.

          • I agree with your comments about the eagle wings and the tiara. But there is one factor about the Wonder Woman costume that I hope no one ever changes, and that is her pants.

            A couple of years ago, there was talk of “updating” her look in a new series starring Adrienne Palicki. Now, of course Adrienne is beautiful, but she was shown sporting the WW costume wearing LONG PANTS instead of her original star-spangled shorts. That would, I submit, ruin the overall Wonder Woman look.

            I realize that the original Wonder Woman comic strip introduced her with her red white and blue costume, but with a short skirt instead of pants or shorts. After a few episodes of her in this getup, WW reverted to wearing the patriotic shorts for the rest of her comic book incarnation. And I believe that when Lynda Carter played WW on her ABC show, she wore the star-spangled shorts throughout the series.

            To unleash a “new” Wonder Woman wearing long pants would, in my opinion, be a mistake. Part of WW’s appeal has always been the dichotomy between her super strength and her feminine appeal.

              • I don’t get you on the climate issue. Gal Gadot is not a real Amazon and while winters in Israel are cold, it’s not Siberia, but so what? They can use a movie set with fake snow if needed.

            • I agree with you completely Dan. Much of the outcry was about Palecki’s pants, although the fact she seemed more sexualized like an “exotic dancer” or escort cheapened it too. I am all for keeping the Wonder Woman most of America knows and loves, just like with Superman, Spider-man, Batman, etc. They modified those costumes slightly, but never drastically. Why should Wonder Woman be any different.

              As to the other comments, only once did she were the white pants when riding horses, which was fine for that, but it was only one episode in the first season of three years. Otherwise she always had her traditional outfit in each episode, although at times she’d use her motorbike outfit or diving outfit, which again was cool, but were specialty cases or exceptions.

              Also, Cathy Lee Crosby’s Wonder Woman was largely panned for not resembling the comic Wonder Woman whatsoever. Lynda’s was a breath of fresh air and just what people wanted after that. And, FYI, the pilot of the Carter series did have her first wearing the skirt when her mother presents her the costume (a nod to the original costume design), and she explicitly says it can be removed if cumbersome, at which point she reveals the traditional shorts underneath.

                  • Cathy Lee Crosby’s Wonder Woman is on DVD and released in 2012…from ABC and Warner Brothers.

                    • LetBeReality, where are you getting your facts from? Could you please post or send a link? I was around when the show first aired and have even met Lynda Carter. Crosby was signed to do a pilot for a TV series, meaning she made that movie agreeing to launch a series. Lynda Carter never threatened to quit playing Wonder Woman nor asked for the Wonder Woman costume to include long pants. And it was always filmed in Los Angeles, all three seasons.

                  • There is a reason after that 1974 movie that they decided not to pick it up as a series and go with an actress who wore the traditional costume with the traditional hair & overall look that everyone knew. Crosby looked more like a super sleuth than a superhero.

                    • ABC asked Cathy Lee Crosby to be Wonder Woman in the ABC tv movie Wonder Woman in World War 2 for 1975…she said No.

                      Lynda Carter was second or third choice.

  2. WW is a Warrior not a swimming suit model. She needs to be dressed for Battle not walking down a runway. Diana is a Greek Amazon and needs to be dressed for the occasion. The swimming suit needs to go.

    • Wonder Woman is not pretty to be swimming suit model…Carlton????? I think Wonder Woman is a knock out babe.

  3. this guy is full of it… they always get superman wrong.

    case in point superman returns, man of steel,real life.
    all the animated series. except superman:unbound, brave and the bold.

    even kirk allyn’s superman had his s on the front and cape…

  4. Not sure about the hooker boots, and I wish the costume was a little brighter in color, otherwise I like it.

      • The boots they propose in the photo just released are solid black and up to the thigh. That looks a little silly (Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman”). I like the traditional red boots with white stripe down the center that hit just below the knee, as Lynda Carter had. You could see more leg with Lynda.

        • Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman was wearing 1941 style red and white stripe boots..

          Current brown boots is what the Greek Amazons wore…is boots were created by them nor was then viewed as a hooker boots but for harsh winter in combat.

          • Which is why they are inappropriate. The DC Amazons are not the Amazons from myth.

              • That Hippolyta was killed by the Greek strongman. This is not the same woman, they just used the same name.

                It was you who used the term “hooker boots,” not me, so actually read what wrote. I said that the boots aren’t appropriate because WW is not purely straight of Greek mythology.

                • It is the same Greek Hippolyta stated so by William Moulton Marston. He used Queen Hippolyta and Greek and Roman gods, goddesses straight from Homer Iliad which was written 400 BC. William Moulton Marston is the creator of Wonder Woman 1941..73 Years ago.

                  • I know who William Moulton Marston is and its only the same name. Hippolyta and Penthisilea were both killed and those Amazons are not the same as the DC Amazons. The Amazons of myth were brutal, vicious warriors. The DC Amazons are an enlightened society with science and technology that makes contemporary Man’s World look like it’s still in the Middle Ages.

                    • The DC Amazons are an enlightened society with science and technology that makes contemporary Man’s World this was only in the Golden Age when it was written William Moulton Marston and the Greek Amazons were for Peace, Love and hate Nazis…through most 2010 before Wonder Woman 52 made her savage barbarian…Zeus is her great grandfather and father.

          • No, in the original 1940′s Wonder Woman comics she had a skirt and sandals.

            • Sandals were from 1947 after William Moulton Marston had died which Wonder Woman had wore.

  5. You need to take another look at the Gadot pic then. The boots come way past her knee. I’m talking about the ones that come just about to the knee.

    • the boots come little pass the knee…I do not need your command or your judgemental attitude about beauty.

      • I hope you’re not talking to me buddy. You’ve been the only obnoxious user I’ve encountered here who thinks he knows everything. Traditionally, Wonder Woman and most classic superheroes do not have boots up their thigh, otherwise known as “hooker boots”. So yes, I was right about the photo so I don’t need to read any more pissy little comebacks from you. But hey, thanks for playing! : )P

      • LOL, yeah whatever buddy. Keep being obnoxious and laughable as all your past responses have been.

  6. Well now that we know what the costume looks like it’s clear the designer didn’t pay any attention to the history of Wonder Woman he so claims. This is an awful adaptation. Apparently he had extra Xena costume material left over. Nothing is more exciting than hues of black, grey, and brown.

    • I completely agree Chris! It’s amazing how so many classic graphic drawings and illustrations (including ones here on Screen Rant) portray her in mostly the same colors or appearance, or at least acceptable. Yet for this big screen debut, decades in the making, they just can’t seem to do it in real life. Nope, can’t make her look recognizable whatsoever. If they do, people might recognize her as Wonder Woman. They should just film it all in black and white and change all the costumes then run a contest to see who can guess what superhero they’re supposed to be, LOL.

  7. @Letsbereality
    It’s all irrelevant. Those are not the same Amazons and not the same Hippolyta because as you state yourself, that Hippolyta is dead.

    • William Moulton Marston stated so Queen Hippolyta and the Greek Amazons were model after the Homer’s Iliad in 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, until death from cancer.

      • It doesn’t matter. Look at the evidence.
        1.a. The Amazons of myth were barbaric and ruthless.
        1.b. The DC Amazons are an enlightened, utopian society.

        2.a. The Amazons of myth were aggressive in war
        2.b. The DC Amazons learn the art of war for defensive purposes

        3.a. The Amazons of myth held men captives as slaves.
        3.b. The DC Amazons avoid all contact with men.

        4.a. There is no evidence that the Amazons of myth were more advanced in science and technology than their neighbors.
        4.b. The DC Amazons’ science and technology is beyond contemporary man’s imagination.

        • To Turks who own Themysica they believe Queen Hippolyta and Greek Amazons were real on gold coins they have found with Queen Hippolyta and Theseus name on them they are worth over million in British Sterling.

  8. thanks for sharing

  9. why are u trying to put wonder women in pants she is a amazon they didn’t have pants back then. u done fd it up shes a warrior princess and goddess from mnt Olympus and they didn’t wear pants period even the men didn’t wear pants

    • Trousers first enter recorded history in the 6th century BC, with the appearance of horse-riding Iranian peoples in Greek ethnography Republican Rome viewed the draped clothing of Greek and Minoan (Cretan) culture as an emblem of civilization and disdained trousers as the mark of barbarians.