12:02pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Ben Affleck's 'Batman' Costume: It's a Good Thing Bruce Wayne Has a Butler
It takes more than dedication, a desire for justice and an inherited fortune to become Batman. Apparently, "patience" has to be part of the recipe as well, at least when it comes to putting on the costume.
As revealed in a Fashionista article about the costumes of TV and movie superheroes, it takes roughly 25 minutes for Ben Affleck to get into his Batsuit for next year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — and that's with assistance.
"It does involve multiple costumers," admitted costume designer Michael Wilkinson, adding that turning the actor into the DC Entertainment superhero is "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."
Creating the new Batsuit, revealed Wilkinson, included input from Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder, who apparently wanted to address one of the problems with Batmen from previous movies: namely, the Dark Knight's inability to turn his head.
"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," said Wilkinson, adding that the rigidity of the cowl and neck-pieces was "one of the first things that Snyder mentioned to me in one of our initial meetings." This time around, promised Wilkinson, "a lot of incredible engineering went into the development of the new black cowl."
The designer is ready for fans to pass judgment on his work when they get a good look at the new Batman, he said. In fact, he's looking forward to it. "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."
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be released on March 25, 2016.