Wednesday, March 12, 2014

"It All Comes Down To The Crotch" Woah, Michael Wilkinson!

Photo: Warner Bros.

Here we thought Michael Wilkinson had shared the best details about working with Henry, when he chatted with us last week. He called Henry "a true gentleman" and said he was "very smart." Fast-forward to today, when he's talking big muscles and superhero crotches with Esquire magazine:

ESQ: How do you navigate creating the crotch of a superhero suit?


MW: When you're designing superhero suits, it all comes down to the crotch. And if you're doing a female superhero, the bust. You have to present things in an appealing way but something that's not too confronting and has the right tone for the film. It's something where you have to use all of your costuming skills to find that balance. I think having done 300 I'm pretty much an expert on codpieces. I remember on that film we had five different shapes and we gave them all names. For example, we had "the spider." We had "the donkey." We had all different shapes for different fellows.

ESQ: Of all the male actors in Man of Steel, who had the biggest muscles?


MW: That's a very challenging question. We had some pretty impressive stunt guys. I must say Henry worked so hard. You saw the scene where he has his shirt off on the oil rig. He looks incredible. So I think Henry has to take that prize home.

Photo: Warner Bros.

That's right! - Supes is the man. We're still trying to figure out how to incorporate the crotch question into our next interview. Remember the full body digital scan process we told you Henry had to take his clothes off for? Wilkinson goes into detail about that as well:

ESQ: What sort of measurements are involved in creating a superhero's suit?

MW: It's incredibly elaborate actually. We started the process by digitally scanning Henry Cavill. It's probably the most humiliating thing an actor can through. They have to get into their underwear, put a stocking cap over their head, and stand with their legs and arms apart and have this laser scan them from head to toe. You end up with a 3-D model of the actor in your computer that you can then measure from. We ended up outputting a lifesize model of Henry Cavill, which we started sculpting on.

Check out the pics of the end result here and READ THE REST OF THE INTERVIEW WITH ESQUIRE. Wilkinson has much more to share, don't miss it.

As we were first to report, the Batmobile is now finished  -- but the Batman vs. Superman script is still in the works according to Jeremy Irons. The British actor who will play Alfred in the film, chatted with Absolute Radio (via ManofSteelFanPg) about working with Ben Affleck and more.    


Today we also got an update from Ben Affleck's trainer..

Quick Update: Met up w/Batman and Operation Biggest/Leanest/Baddest Batman Eva is on schedule!

All we have to say is.. bring it Batman! - with filming getting close, we are ready to bring you the latest as it happens. Stay tuned.

Finally, you remember this picture..


It's from Henry's screen test for 'Superman: Flyby.' You can now own the metallic body armor prototype created during pre-production, but it's not gonna come cheap! -- it will go on the auction block Saturday, with a starting bid of $5,000. Interested? place your bid! (via).


9 comments:

  1. "It All Comes Down To The Crotch." Can I get an AMEN? YEP. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxO HENRY! He's a f. DREAMBOAT. <3 <3 <3

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    1. I'll for sure AMEN the dreamboat comment!!!!! What is it about this man that makes us so obsessed?! Oh, I guess i could name a few things...;)

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  2. If the script is still being written that may be a sign of a major rewrite by Affleck's writer. Good thing probably. It sort of sounds like the script they had last fall was maybe not so great.

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    1. Puh-leeez, don't put the focus on Batman in this so-called MOS sequel! just the fact he's referred to as Affleck's writer scares me!

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    2. I don't like it either, but this is not an MOS sequel. It's a Batman/Superman film and, depending on how much screen time WW gets, it could morph into a Trinity film. Yeah, Affleck's camp taking over is scary but it is what it is. I wouldn't be surprised if Affleck basically co-directs with Snyder.

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  3. In reading Mr. W's description of the costume process, he says they measure every inch..and muscle... of Henry's body AND then because the tight fabric makes the muscle definition less noticable, they have to build fake muscles on. My question is: Why does he put himself thru the tortuous process of developing all that muscle mass, if it all comes down to being in the suit anyway? I mean I enjoyed those shirtless scenes as much as any gal, but...

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    1. How would the suit help him in the shirtless scenes? And he still has to be built in order for the suit to look any good. They're helping define what's already there, not putting in "fake muscles."

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  4. The young Bruce Wayne TV series looks awesome!

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  5. Wish Bruce Wayne wasn't a teenager in the new TV show. If it's a hit maybe they'll age him fast and there will be a full-on Batman TV series.

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