Ironhead Studio Founder Jose Fernandez Talks About Creating Superhero Costumes


Ironhead Studio founder Jose Fernandez talks about the process behind creating those iconic superhero costumes.

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Adam Savage’s Tested was at Monsterpalooza 2017 to check out some of the latest happenings in the world of horror. One of the most prominent names in costume design was also there—Ironhead Studio.

Tested was able to interview the company’s founder, Jose Fernandez, and get an exclusive on their process of creating those amazing, iconic costumes. And Fernandez talked in depth about one of the most famous costumes in his arsenal—Batman’s suit and cowl from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Costume design has come a long way. These days, it’s not only art, but science, as Fernandez incorporates various technologies to create the look and feel of what each film is targeting. He also draws on outside sources for some state-of-the-art materials.

A visit to Ironhead Studio’s site and you’ll see that Fernandez has been involved in various visual-effects-heavy blockbuster films made from the 1990s to the present. However, his specialty is definitely creating superhero costumes.

Making those costumes look great is only one of the team’s talents. The studio also makes the costumes functional. Batman’s cowl in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the first one on film (sans any films before 1989’s Batman) to allow the actor to move his head.

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It’ll be interesting to see what other upcoming projects are on the horizon for Ironhead Studio. What we do know is that they were involved with Black Panther’s design for 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. It’s unknown if they’re involved in the hero’s 2018 solo film.