Patrick Tatopoulos (production designer for BVS and the upcoming Justice League) had a key role as collaborator for Zack Snyder back when the director was just beginning to design the visual language that would define the DCEU as a whole.
They started working together in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, where he got a change to give the cape crusader a new look.
“Zack told me a couple things, [..] A Batman that’s tough, bold, stronger, a little older. It started to define some things. It didn’t feel like an elegant, sleek thing. It felt like the guy was brutal — like brutalism, in architecture. This is why the Batcave is made of blocks, the glass house is very blocky.”
In Justice League, the production designer got the chance to further explore Ben Affleck’s Batman and his visual aesthetic, but for him, the most exciting aspect of making the film was the ability to build whole aesthetics around the rest of the members of the League.
“The great thing about Justice League was more about: ‘What is the palette for Flash’s world? What is the palette for Wonder Woman’s world? What about the world of Aquaman?’”
Tatopoulos noted that among their visuals (of the League) there were very sharp contrasts.
“There’s Flash as a guy, a regular dude. He’s goofy, he’s crazy, and his world is a world we should be able to relate to. And then you have the world of Wonder Woman, and I don’t want to take too much credit for that: the movie has been done, beautifully designed and directed. But there is this ancient civilization, that’s got its own golden and bronze-y textures. There’s Cyborg, who’s a real man, so this world is a world you should be able to relate to, before he becomes what he has become.”
Part of the challenge about Justice League, was to work with the characters around their own solo movies.
“You got Aquaman, underwater, there’s those very deep greens. The movie is being done now, but we actually had to create a look for it prior to that.”
Based on what we’ve seen from the trailers, we can assume that whatever it is for us in theatres when Justice League premiers, will prove to be a collision of worlds.
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The League will unite this November 17.