The Hollywood Reporter had the chance to gain some insights on the suit Ben Affleck will be wearing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Affleck is taking over the role of The Dark Knight for this new series of films and, with this being a new cinematic take on the character, it sounds like Zack Snyder and his team wanted to make sure to learn from the mistakes of past costumes.
First of all, the suit is no mere garment that Affleck can just slip on and off. Costume designer Michael Wilkinson revealed that it takes 25 minutes, and six different people, to get Affleck suited up. "It does involve multiple costumers," he says, before adding that it's "not the sort of thing that I could just sit in Ben's trailer and he gets into it himself. It's a six-handed operation."
But in terms of Snyder's concerns, he wanted to make sure that Bats could, you know, turn his head. The Nolan films did a great job with this as the series wore on, but the older Burton/Schumacher films? Not so much.
According to Wilkinson, this was one of Snyder's first concerns when they began designing the suit. "It’s a very important thing to Zack that the Batsuit would be comfortable and very flexible but then would be able to perform in a very natural and forceful way," the designer says. "A lot of incredible engineering went into the development of the new black cowl."
Of course, Wilkinson knows his design will be scrutinized for years to come, thanks to a rabid fan base that will dissect every inch of these films. Does that worry him? Or bother him? Not at all. "It's no longer a designer in his workroom pushing a costume out into the world and that's it," he said. "There's a real sense of conversation and engaging in a dialogue about this stuff." The report says he's looking forward to that conversation.
So, speaking of that conversation, how about it, folks? What are your current feelings on Batman's new look in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice?