Justice League costume designer on what to expect from The Flash's big screen redesign

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Jun 27, 2016, 11:28 AM EDT

Between decades of comic lore and the hit CW series, fans are already somewhat familiar with the look of The Flash. But he’ll be getting a bit of a high-tech redesign in the upcoming Justice League flick — and here’s how it’s coming together.

The film’s costume designer Michael Wilkinson chatted with Comic Book about the direction they’re taking the big-screen Barry Allen (played by Ezra Miller) and noted they’re trying to take a practical spin on super-speed by making the suit aerodynamic (in the sense of an airplane wing or fan blade).

Check out an excerpt from his comments below:

"Okay, so when Zack and I started talking about Flash, he loved the idea that because this is the first time we're establishing this character in our cinematic universe, that's it's kind of like a prototype suit. He's discovering his powers, he's working out what his thing is, and he is testing things. Some things work, some things don't work. Some things are in development. And so this suit is incredibly beaten up. This is a suit that's being assembled. If you look this way, that is the full suit how it appears in the movie.

It’s a prototype suit. It's something that is designed to protect him when he moves incredibly fast through space. And so we studied aerodynamics and vehicle design. What moves through space the fastest? We have this sense of rigid pieces at the front that deflect towards the back....There's a sense of a blade like in a plane wing here, and then venting back here. So it all feels very aerodynamic. He's testing different materials. You can see smooth materials like tech materials. We figured he's an incredibly smart, resourceful young man."

This being a Zack Snyder movie, it’s no surprise he’s putting his own spin on the costume (which we already gleaned a peek at in Batman v Superman), but it’s at least interesting to hear the reasoning behind it all. Now, let’s just hope Snyder can figure out how to make the character fun.

Justice League is set to open Nov. 17, 2017.

(Via Comic Book)