DC Comics simply cannot leave bad enough alone. The Powers That Be are simply compelled to keep making things worse.
Now, in a mind-boggling move, Superman has been given back the silly T-shirt and jeans he was forced to wear when the failed “New 52” started, and Wonder Woman has… well, it’s hard to tell what’s new with her latest get-up, since her look has been changing so much lately. Let’s just settle for saying it’s as bad as the first time they put pants on her.
Not as bad as Superman’s crappy duds, but still.
And let’s not even start on the Man of Steel’s haircut.
Here is the first look at what Melissa Benoist will be wearing when she appears as the title character in CBS’ upcoming SUPERGIRL pilot. It’s clearly a version of the fighting togs worn by Henry Cavill in Man of Steel.
And I think that’s the point: DC Comics/Warner Bros want to establish a brand, and so they have to have a consistent look. If Supergirl’s uniform were all bright and cheery, that would conflict with the established grim-and-gritty feel of Superman’s look. Let’s just hope that Kara Zoe-El doesn’t go around casually breaking necks whenever it’s convenient, like her cousin.
Director Zack Snyder shocked and delighted Comic-Con International: San Diego this morning (or so I hear, because I’m not there!) with teaser footage from the still-filming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice — and the reveal of Wonder Woman!
While the 20 seconds of film footage are not available, the image of Gal Gadot in all her Amazonian glory is. What do you think? Works for me!
After so many misfires onscreen and on the page, I think somebody (Michael Wilkinson, to be exact) got a modern Wonder Woman costume right! And Gal‘s glare looks pretty convincing, too.
The first glimpse of Henry Cavill back in costume as Superman for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has come courtesy of newspaper USA Today.
There are no noticeable changes to the red-and-blue jammies, but to me Cavill’s hairline looks… odd. When I saw this, the first thought that leaped to mind was: “Don’t you think he looks tired?” (Am I right, Whovians?)
This is how Matt Ryan will look as John Constantine in the upcoming CONSTANTINE pilot. I think he looks just about perfect, but the shirt should be smudged and stained, the coat more rumpled — and there should definitely be a cigarette dangling from his lip.
Oh, but the cigarette is actually a sticking point with the network! The producers want to portray a corrupt and doomed Earth rotten with demons and unleashed hellspawn that is protected by a selfish dark magician who only barely qualifies as being on “our” side? No prob. You want him to smoke? What, what, WHAT?!?!
Executive producer David S. Goyer summed up the controversy over accurately portraying Constantine’s well-known filthy habit to IamROGUE thusly:
“That’s a tricky one on network TV. We’re negotiating right now.”
As for Ryan’s overall look in the pilot for the prospective NBC series, Goyer issued the following statement:
“I’ve been a fan of John Constantine since he was first introduced in 1985. This Constantine, envisioned by [director] Neil Marshall and embodied by Matt Ryan, looks like he sprang directly from the comics’ covers. Fans old and new are going to be in for a treat.”
The costume designer for the upcoming Batman vs. Superman (working title) movie is Michael Wilkinson, the same guy who came up with the textured supersuit for Man of Steel, Babydoll’s schoolgirl seifuku in Sucker Punch, the high-tech bodystockings of TRON: Legacy, the realistic superhero costumes for Watchmen and the minimalist battle togs in 300.
In addition to making some fixes to Superman’s (Henry Cavill) uniform and creating something new for Batman (Ben Affleck), Wilkinson — a frequent collaborator with director Zack Snyder — also had to design some version of Wonder Woman’s (Gal Gadot) classic star-spangled costume that would feel new but also respect her 70+ years of history. Wilkinson told TheWrap that the process was a “thrilling and slightly scary prospect.”
When Grant Gustin (GLEE) makes his costumed debut as DC Comics’ Flash, “the fastest man alive,” in THE FLASH, the live-action pilot ordered by The CW, this is what he will be wearing.
From the neck up, it looks similar to the usual Flash costume, though the red is much darker, and the material looks leathery — which does not thrill me because it reminds me of the dreaded Daredevil movie! Ugh. The lightning bolts on the ears are a marked change from the wings Flash sports on the comics page.
The super duds were designed by Colleen Atwood, who won Oscars for Alice in Wonderland (2011), Memoirs of a Geisha (2006) and Chicago (2003), so she knows her stuff! And it least it looks nothing like the abomination that was Green Lantern’s costume back in 2010. Or even Wonder Woman’s fighting togs in her abortive new TV pilot — or even her comic book redesign.