Dark Knight designer talks costumes
Moviehole has an interview with Lindy Hemming, the costume designer from “The Dark Knight.” From the screenshots and trailers I’ve seen so far, I really love what she did with Heath Ledger’s Joker. the throw-back, retro clothes and the hodgepodge makeup and scruffy/greasy hair make him look really insane and not just some really goofy, totally unbelievable comic book character.
She had some interesting things to say about this particular costume in the Moviehole article, which also included the sweet picture to the left. The more I hear about The Joker (from Heath’s performance to the makeup and everything in between) the more excited I get to see the character finally come alive on the big screen.
Bowdrie: What inspiration did you get when designing for The Joker?
Lindy Hemming: Ooh, Iggy Pop, John Lydon and Pete Docherty. It’s a punky, New Romantic feel.
It’s like the Artful Dodger from Hell feel to me.
Bowdrie: What kind of person would dress like that?
Lindy Hemming: Heath is.. I cannot.. He will be fantastic in this part. Um, it’s a 60’s feel.. A 70’s jacket.
Bowdrie: What can you tell us about the clown masks all around us?
Lindy Hemming: The Joker inhabits this lowlife world where he recruits criminals for his gang. They find an ancient box of masks which they play around with… Anyone can be in The Joker’s gang because you don’t know who is in it.
First off, Iggy Pop is from my hometown (Muskegon, MI, woo!) so to hear that he was a major inspiration for this costume is awesome. Hemming definitely did a great job with The Joker.
Although I’m clearly pumped about her Joker costume, I want to reserve judgment of her overall job on the flick because I have yet to see a finished-product shot of Harvey Dent/Two-Face (Aaron Eckhart), the problem being that Tommy Lee Jones’s Two-Face in “Batman Forever” was so terrible. I have found this concept art of the new Two-Face:
If the final product is anything like this, I think it would fit the realism of this movie perfectly. Jones’s Two-Face was goofy and cartoonish; that would absolutely not fly in a movie like “The Dark Knight.” From early reviews, I’ve heard that Two-Face is gruesome; Gruesome would work. After all, the storyline is that he fell in a vat of radioactive acid or something like that. I can’t imagine that would result in anything less than gruesome.
So if this concept art is any indication, I think the Two-Face design will live up to my expectations, in which case this film will probably be home to the best costume design in comic book movie history.
I can’t express to you just exactly how excited I am to see this in less than two weeks.