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Ben Affleck’s Batman Solo Film Might Connect With Justice League

While chatting with Ben Affleck on set (you can read the whole interview elsewhere on this site), he finally confirmed that he will be directing his own Batman standalone film and talked about it briefly. He explains that the reason why he’s now an executive producer on Batman v Superman is because “I’m directing one of the movies.”

So there’s sort of this cross pollination of story and characters and I don’t want to give any of that stuff away, but it basically means that there are some things that might happen in my Batman that are affected by, I mean, here we are in the police station in Gotham City. There’s a potential that something like this might exist in that story. So it’s a creative way that DC came up with of kind of being a filmmaker-driven company and entity and also making sure that the right hand knows what the left hand is doing and so that there’s collaboration and supervision. So that somebody doesn’t go sailing off, causing problems for your movie with their movie. You know, in a way, it’s also a kind of a courtesy. You know what they’re doing, one hand knows what the other is doing, and I get to weigh in on stuff that impacts the Batman stuff.

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JK Simmons Plays a More Traditional Commissioner Gordon

A couple weeks back a photo made the rounds showing actor J.K. Simmons working out in the gym. He was jacked to the max and sporting a huge white beard. Will we be getting a much different Commissioner Gordon than we’ve seen in the past? Has Zack Snyder reimagined the character?

I don’t know. Wait till you see him. I think he looks, he has hair and the mustache and honestly he came to us and we had seen photos of him being fit with the wig and the mustache. But then we saw him like just two days ago. This is his first day shooting today. You guys are here for his first day. And he looks like Commissioner Gordon from the comics. So he’s really as buff as he did. So it’s really impressive.

I saw him on set filming the scene I’ve described and J.K. Simmons looks more like Commissioner Gordon from the comics and animated series than anything else in this film. It should make longtime fans happy, and his delivery was perfect. Although I still can’t believe that J.K. Simmons would be training so hard if there weren’t a scene that required it. I could be wrong.

The Costumes of Justice League

One of the things unique to this film is that all of the superhero costumes were created in-house at Leavesden instead of being outsourced, keeping a level of quality control which would not be accomplished otherwise. Michael Wilkinson has been tasked with producing outfits for 200 speaking principal actors in the film.

Wilkinson, who was nominated for an Oscar on American Hustle, is the costume designer on this film. He worked on both Batman v Superman and Man of Steel, and also has a long history working with Zack Snyder on 300, Watchmen and Sucker Punch. Just like the concept art in the war room, the costumes on display in the costume department don’t look drastically different from what we’ve seen before. For the most part they are just as dark and colorless as what we saw in BvS.

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For the Atlantans, like Aquaman, Wilkinson wanted their wardrobes to feel like they were from a very ancient culture. He referenced bioluminescent sea creatures, haute couture fashion and some of the old comic book images in creating the look. For the most part they look gold, although some parts of the costumes have a greenish tint. But it’s almost like they were embarrassed to give Aquaman green tights. Willem Dafoe‘s character Vulko is “of another generation” and his look in this film should tell you that. His wardrobe is more bronze and aged in color, and the character sports a cape. Amber Heard‘s character Mera was described by Wilkinson as “badass” and sports a yellow green necklace that expands below her underarms. Wilkinson revealed that Aquaman will have more than one trident in the film, although he wouldn’t say how many.

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Cyborg‘s costume will be created digitally but Wilkinson is still involved with designing the look. The idea behind Cyborg’s look is that he was created using Apokoliptian technology, so the details behind the technology feel alien instead of “nuts and bolts and screws.” A glowing red light comes from within his chest, and he of course also has a glowing eye. Cyborg will have gaps in his body that show completely through, adding to the illusion that he may be more machine than man. The design for this character looks very reminiscent of Pacific Rim.

We saw some concept art showing a moment when Cyborg discovers he has the use of a gun arm. Ray Fisher‘s face will be the only practical part of the character, although it doesn’t appear that they were shooting his facial performance on set when we watched filming. The character will also have an undercover look — a hoodie and running pants — which probably helps to cut down the CG budget of this film.

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Wonder Woman‘s look is pretty similar to the suit designed for Batman v Superman. Wilkinson says the reds of the suit have been enriched a little, though, and that the color is now more of a “very rich blood red.” Zack wanted the suit to have grit and reality. It’s a suit she’s been wearing for all 5000 years of existence, and it has the scars of battle. Up close you can see a lot of this detail that maybe wasn’t seen in BvS. New to this film, Wonder Woman will sport a cape which in look has been inspired by an eagle, featuring royal blue on the outside and grey silver on the inside.

To give you an idea of how much work goes into creating not just the costume but duplicates, Wilkinson revealed that they have created 13 copies of the Wonder Woman outfit for this film. Four or five are for Gal Gadot, plus two or three for each stunt double and a couple extras “just in case.”

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