‘Superman: Man of Steel’ Suit Design Reveals Neo-Medieval Back Story for Krypton

Costume Designer Michael Wilkinson offers new insight into Kal-El’s home planet in Zack Snyder’s DC Comics adventure.

Krypton gets neo-medieval back story in Man of Steel
Krypton gets neo-medieval back story in Man of Steel
We've all seen Kal-El's suit as it looks in director Zack Snyder's upcoming relaunch Superman: Man of Steel. Costume designer Michael Wilkinson was at this weekend's 5D | FLUX conference at USC, where he was giving a seminar on the new paradigm for World Building and virtual production. He took a moment out of his schedule to explain the blue chain mail look of Superman's new red and blue costume.

The designer revealed that in Superman: Man of Steel, we will get an extensive "neo-medieval" backstory on Kal-El's home planet of Krypton, and mentioned that everyone on the planet wears a suit much like the one we've already seen. The film will also delve into the mythology behind the iconic S that Superman wears on the front of his costume.

Here is what Bill Desowitz revealed on his blog Immersed in Movies.

"Wilkinson explained that since they created a 'neo-medieval' back story for Krypton (which included the creation of a new language), it made sense to utilize the suit design as part of the mythology. 'Everyone on Krypton wears this suit,' he suggested. Using ZBrush and rapid prototyping, Wilkinson came up with the blue/gray color and chainmail look. 'It has function and purpose and a logic to this fantastical world,' he added."

To read more about the Superman: Man of Steel discussion at 5D | Flux: Click Here!

Man of Steel was released June 14th, 2013 and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Antje Traue, Harry Lennix, Richard Schiff. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.

Sources: Bill Desowitz

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  1. Brizzy

    @addictionnonfatel I like it! He is going his own way with it, which I absolutely love.

    3 years agoby @BrizzyFlag

  2. ZanyZap

    @addictionnonfatel Oh thanks for the scoop.

    3 years agoby @zanyzapFlag

  3. ZanyZap

    THE GLASSES HIDE HIS IDENTITY. He'll have to really ruffle his hair now, if he wants to stay hidden from the world and stuff.

    3 years agoby @zanyzapFlag

  4. Sean

    @addictionnonfatel That's fine with me. I don't think it woud be a bad thing, that Clark Kent doesn't have on glasses in the Man of Steel movie.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  5. Jay.A.Ottley

    @addictionnonfatel Hmmmm this shall be interesting because well when he has his black rimmed big frame glasses on well his clark kent and when his donning the suit with the S on it's chest his well Superman, which is clark kent minus the glasses.

    Its rather obscure and possibly the equivalent to Peter Parker or Bruce Wayne going to work in their alter ego costumes

    3 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  6. bipolarmassive

    @themoviefanatic@Brizzy@zanyzap@jayaottley@Cengiz-Doganay@mieko-siede This just in, director Zack Snyder has gone on the record saying that his version of Clark Kent will not be donning the Black Framed Glasses....I don't know about you guys, but like this!

    3 years agoby @addictionnonfatelFlag

  7. ZanyZap

    I wonder why Batman wears his customized cowl w/ ears...

    3 years agoby @zanyzapFlag

  8. Cengiz Doganay

    dont thin it will be diseppointed..there are such an amasing wisual effekts added new movies on screen :) the point is why there are not any new wews added idas and all follows the certan subjekts. such as avatar2-prometheus and extr...I think there are trust isues on our minds and no one toke risks with new subjekts.. like just an market isues :)) will watch it ofcourse.. I grow up with superman

    3 years agoby @Cengiz-DoganayFlag

  9. Mieko_Siede

    The 'S' means "Super" to us. But for the House of El it is their crest. It's more of a symbol than an actual character.

    3 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  10. Jay.A.Ottley

    @zanyzap But like doesn't everyone like totally know that like duhhhh

    3 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  11. ZanyZap

    "The film will also delve into the mythology behind the iconic S that Superman wears on the front of his costume." It stands for "Super."

    3 years agoby @zanyzapFlag

  12. Brizzy

    Nice, nice.. Still sounds amazing, no problems yet... This could really turn out well. And god, I really do hope it becomes like a Ironman 1 type of thing in the end, teasing about the Justice League movie. One can dream..

    3 years agoby @BrizzyFlag

  13. Sean


    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

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