Costumes are a big deal in movies, especially in the superhero genre. The reaction to the Shazam costume has run the gamut of horrible to great. I personally think its great, especially since it seems like it is going to match the tone of the movie.
The film’s director, David F. Sandberg went on the Film Riot Podcast and said that the costume went through many iterations, even after they started filming the movie.
“Yes, there were a few iterations,” Sandberg said. “And you sort of have to keep changing stuff even after we started shooting because you realize things… You shoot the first scene and Zach (Levi) is like, ‘You know, I can’t move my hands properly with these gauntlets.’ So, we had to redesign that, or like the boots kept falling apart so it’s like, ‘Oh well, I guess we have to do something different there,’ It was sort of a constant process of updating and making it work better.”
The changes weren’t just for Zachary Levi’s comfort, they were also made to make it look better on camera.
“You shoot the fabric [with] different lights,” he said. “Before you even have a costume, you test fabric samples with different patterns on them and all that. His lightning bolt lights up, so there was a lot of test to get that right.”
It is better that Sandberg kept tweaking it as opposed to just sticking with something that didn’t work. There have been some truly awful superhero costumes, (#BatNippleSuit) and so it is a good thing that the production was willing to refilm things or slow down to recreate and resize things to get it perfect. Some things, like the shorter lightning bolt was so that Levi could bend over. So while a longer bolt might have looked better, the actor’s comfort and mobility superseded that.
Do you like the final outcome? What would you have done differently?
Source: Film Riot Podcast Via ComicBook.com