Superman Returns cape material?

Discussion in 'DC Costumes and Props' started by Lukes Roommate, Jul 19, 2006.

  1. Lukes Roommate

    Lukes Roommate Well-Known Member

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    Like the topic says ;)
     
  2. dualedge

    dualedge Sr Member

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    <div class='quotetop'>(Lukes Roommate @ Jul 19 2006, 09:18 AM) [snapback]1283744[/snapback]</div>

    Not sure I remember the specifics well but I'm sure somebody here will chime in.

    I know they used three different types of cape depending on the scene. There was a heavier wool cape that I believe underwent some kind of treatment... rubberizing or whatever. That was used mostly for walking scenes I believe. For flying scenes they used a cape with a cotton cloth base and for the high-speed flying scenes where they wanted the cape to flap more, they used one made of a polyester material. I don't believe any of the capes were an off-the-shelf material though.

    I think I read this in the 'making of' book... that was the general info anyway. I've read so many articles about it I can't keep track of what I read where.
     
  3. Lukes Roommate

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    Hmmm, interesting.

    Well, I just need something that will shield me in case my attempt to fly off the roof doesn't work.

    Is the 'making of' book the movie guide one?
     
  4. LogansRunner

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    I'm pretty sure one side of the cape was dipped into a coating thing, to create the appearance of that vinyl surface. I have an article that talks all about it, I believe it says what materials it was made of too.
    EDIT: Here's what is says about the cape.
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    Here is the rest of the article.
    http://www.moviehole.net/news/20060515_set...eturns_pt6.html
     
  5. dualedge

    dualedge Sr Member

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    <div class='quotetop'>(LogansRunner @ Jul 19 2006, 09:53 AM) [snapback]1283764[/snapback]</div>
    Yeah, that's about the same thing I read but I think what I saw was a different interview with the costumer... her name is Louise Mingenbach and she's done a few interviews here and there. The high-speed flutter cape is the one that was polyester.

    I'd search the major sites like Super Hero Hype, SciFi, EW, etc. for her name and that might help turn up some info.

    The movie guide is the one I'm thinking of. It has one page on the costumes and gives an example of the 60 some odd costumes they used in the movie like the one with longer sleeves used for raised-arm flying scenes. The sleeves were longer so the cuff would always be in the right place on the wrist when Routh raised his arms. Kinda crazy the lengths they went to.
     
  6. Lukes Roommate

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    Cool.
    Mucho thanks for the article link.

    Me thinks going the route they took might not work for little ol' me, may have to come up with a facsimile that looks close....if I even get to doing this thing.
     
  7. Kal-ElofKrypton

    Kal-ElofKrypton Well-Known Member

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    If you can make a good cape please share because I need to have a replica of Returns suit and you can't have it with out a great cape.
     
  8. Kris

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    "Milliskin, a type of cloth, was used as the material of Superman's suit. Unfortunately, this cloth restricts movement when new. Worse, it sags after being worn and becoming comfortable. As a result, 80 suits, 100 capes, 30 boots and 90 belts were made."

    According to IMDb
     
  9. Lukes Roommate

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    Mmmmmm 100 capes.
    That's a lot of screen used capes...
     
  10. NakedMoleRat

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    I was thinking of doing a poly cape with red plasti-dip from a spray can on the outside?
    Waddaya think?
     

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