It took may talented people to bring Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to the big screen, and Constantine Sekeris was one of them. Sekeris, a hugely talented concept artist, was one of many artists who were brought in to design costumes for Costume Designer Michael Wilkinson and assist in bringing the iconic characters of the film to life. Below, you will see a gallery of alternate concepts that Sekeris has shared online for just a few of the film’s major players, Doomsday, Wonder Woman and Batman.
Though only on screen for a short period of time, a satisfactory design for Doomsday proved most challenging for Sekeris. The character needed to evolve from a newly conceived creature to a fully-mature incarnation of the alien in a short period of time. What Zak Snyder wanted to see was a creature that was forming at such an exaggerated rate and to such great proportions, that it was literally bursting out of its own skin. A creature so formidable in malevolence and power, that it would truly test the mettle of not just one, but all three of the film’s heroes.
When it came to Wonder Woman, it only made sense that the Warrior Princess would be adorned in practical, functional armor very much like the Roman gladiators wore in battle, only Sekeris gave it much more style. Though they are a race of warrior women, the Amazons were not without their vanity. Taking this into consideration, Sekeris’ design of light weight armor is visually impressive, yet it possesses a weathered and battle-scarred look from countless skirmishes from centuries gone by.
In an October 2015 interview with DC All Access, Wilkinson explained in great detail the direction that he and Sekeris were given for Batman’s costume designs and the importance of the details in the costume by director, Zak Snyder:
“For Batman, it was really important for Zack that we created a whole new Batman,” Wilkinson explained. “The most important thing for our Batman is that he comes across a real hulking, big guy. He’s super-pumped up. He’s going to be even bigger than Superman’s silhouette. So his strength is not through armor and gadgets and things, it is that he is a tower of muscle. Zack Snyder is a huge fan of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns and we looked a lot at that silhouette. Zack really wanted the costume to look like it had been around for a long time,” Wilkinson elaborated. “From head to toe there’s wear and tear, there’s scratches, there’s bullet holes… There’s all sorts of signs that he’s been out there on the streets for a long time.”
I always love seeing alternate designs for characters. It’s great to see what character could have looked like in a film had they gone in a different direction, but I’m glad that the used the design that they did for Batman. These designs are good, but in my opinion, they rely too much on the armor and not enough on the man beneath it. He definitely doesn’t come off looking physically “hulking” enough and is too reliant on the armor.
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Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
Directed by Zack Snyder, the film features Oscar-winner Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent and also stars Oscar nominees Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, and Laurence Fishburne as Perry White; Oscar winners Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and Holly Hunter as Senator Finch; and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.
Justice League smashes onto theater screens on November 11, 2017.
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