Wonder Woman’s Golden Eagle Armour is going to debut on the big screen but it has some stark similarities to Christian Bale’s iconic Batsuit.
The key ingredient to make a superhero… A superhero is a costume. Cape, cowl, colour, shape, fit, all adds heavily to define the character. Be it Superman’s red underwear, Iron Man’s armour, or Thor’s red cape – the other aspect becomes synonymous to the character. Or in some cases, as superhero costume designer Edna from The Incredibles would have said, “No capes!”
Since the golden age of comics costumes reflected the state of a character like Superman’s black suit signifies the death and resurrection of Kal-El, Captain America’s tattered dark suit signifies he’s gone rogue, Spiderman’s homemade suit signified his childlike innocence and so on.
Wonder Woman’s Golden Eagle Armour
Wonder Woman’s golden armour will debut in WW 1984 on the big screen. The armour first came up in 1996, the third issue of Elseworlds: Kingdom Come. Diana wearing it in the comic shows the stakes are really high. She dresses the part to embrace the soldier side of her. The armour is a symbol of war. When she dons it, she is invoking the Spartan side entering the battle.
Diana seldom wears it but when you see her suited up, know that she means business. Various further iterations of the character use it as a weapon in the war.
But The Batsuit First
The suit is golden in colour complete with wings and a beaked helmet. Bringing the iconography alive on the big screen in Wonder Woman 1984 is costume designer Lindy Hemming. She previously worked on Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. She put together Christian Bale’s iconic Batsuit.
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The Batsuit showcases the journey to find the ‘perfect’ suit for the caped crusader. It was a long-running joke in the DC universe that batman cannot move his neck. The stiff black rubbery suit has been criticized over the years. Nolan and Hemming took the criticism seriously and created the functional suit.
Wonder Woman 1984 costume designer Lindy Hemming previously worked on Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy where she put together Christian Bale’s iconic Batsuit.
Bale’s Batman was all about stealth and Ninja fighting style. The aesthetic took multiple shades of black to create the look with only the utility belt left in a different colour. Further, the new Batsuit gave Batman new agility that was unseen in previous iterations. The cowl especially was designed in a menacing way that scared the bad guys, gave audience chills and Christian Bale the room to move his neck.
The suit is really a combination of aesthetic and functionality.
In the Year 1984
While designing the Wonder Woman’s armour Lindy Hemming referenced Ancient Roman Soldiers for the inspiration especially for Diana’s shield. “In the light it’s (the armour) always liquid, moving. There’s a feeling of non-flatness…. Because in the comics, she does fight her mightiest battles in the golden suit.” she told EW.
Watch: Wonder Woman 1984 Golden Armour explained
Hemming, many Bond and Batman movie veteran, still had the lingering thoughts of the Batsuit. She told Total Film magazine recently,
“It’s like the Batsuit, or anything: all small parts. An armadillo-like articulation means that the person can move and twist and turn and it will return to its previous position.”
But wearing it wasn’t a pleasant experience she confirms, “Having said that, it was not pleasant to wear – and no armour of any kind is pleasant to wear!”
How director Patty Jenkins is going to showcase Batsuit-Esque Wonder Woman’s Golden Eagle Armour is still unclear. Given that Diana dons it for war and given her nemesis in the movie is Cheetah. Played by Kristen Wiig, she is a fellow historian, Diana’s friend who eventually turns into Cheetah. A showdown between the two is inevitable. But for that Diana’s original blue-red-white costume is enough.
So, what does the costume can really do or stands for is yet to be seen. Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman 1984 hits the theatres on 2 October 2020.