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.
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.”
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.