How Much Did the “Shazam” Movie Costume Cost? $1-Million

If you’re getting excited about the upcoming #Shazam movie, Shazam’s #costume cost $1-million, each. Yes, they made 10 of them for Shazam actor Zachary Levy to wear.

Why the high price tag? Professional costume designer Leah Butler explained how each suit was made:

“The exterior suit is a spandex suit that goes over a musculature suit, and each muscle has been sculpted on the body of Zach so it accents and highlights his shape and size.”

Additionally, there is a lot of electronics as the suit’s lightning bolt and gauntlets light up. Butler said,

“There is actually a battery in the back – we luckily had a cape to cover it all up or I don’t know where we would have put all that stuff – and it is remotely lit through a switchboard operator.”

“There is wiring throughout the costume. It’s a 26-volt AA rechargeable battery. It lasts about two hours at full charge.”

Naturally, most of the cost came from the labor in making the suits. As Butler described,

“It took 16 weeks to build the costume. We had to scan Zach’s body and start building the costume even before he started his very strict regime — his diet and working out.”

A physical copy of Zachary Levi’s body was sculpted by a professional sculptor who was hired, as were seamstresses and various manufacturers.

Professionally-made costumes aren’t cheap.




“The Masked Singer”: Who’s Behind the Mask?

#Fox TV has started a new singing competition show featuring celebrities concealed by elaborate #costumes & #masks! Entitled #TheMaskedSinger, #cosplayers, #fursuiters & #costumers should definitely take a look! You might be inspired to recreate some of the amazing costumes being worn by the performers.



Hat Worn by Harrison Ford as “Indiana Jones” Sells for Over $521,000

Quite possibly one of the most famous hats in cinematic history, the fedora hat that was worn by Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in #RaidersOfTheLostArk sold for a record breaking £393,600 (or $521,362) during a Prop Store auction in London on September 20, 2018.

The hat was originally designed by costume designer Deborah Nadoolman and was made by the Herbert Johnson Hat Company. It was then treated with dust and bleach to give it a slightly battered, weathered and well-travelled appearance. (Many #cosplayers & #costumers know all about weathering!)

It’s unique markings meant that it could be screen-matched with many of the film’s most famous moments.



Original Film-Worn “Iron Man” Costume Missing

The Los Angeles Police Department (#LAPD) is investigating the disappearance of an original #IronMan #costume worn by Robert Downy, Jr. in the 2008 movie. The missing costume is valued to be worth $325,000.

The costume is believed to have disappeared sometime between February and April of this year from a prop storage warehouse located in Pacoima, California. It was first reported missing on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, though it’s not immediately clear who first reported the theft.

Marvel referred questions about the missing costume to Walt Disney Studios, but Disney has not yet issued a statement.


Wil Wheaton Wore a “Star Trek” Costume to See “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

Life imitated art Thursday (Dec. 14, 2017) when actor Wil Wheaton wore a #StarTrek #costume to a screening of “#StarWarsVIII: #TheLastJedi”! He also tweeted about it:


Wil Wheaton dressed in a “Star Trek” costume at a “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” screening.

Wil Wheaton & friends at the “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” screening.

Wil Wheaton, who starred as Wesley Crusher in “Star Trek: #TheNextGeneration”, appears as himself regularly in the long-running sitcom #BigBangTheory, in which he did wear a “Star Trek” costume to a screening of “Star Wars VII: #TheForceAwakens”.