SpaceX Astronaut Suits Were Created By The Batman Costume Designer
Elon musk’s brainchild SpaceX and NASA achieved a historic launch this week, sending two astronauts to the International Space Station. But the suits worn by the astronauts weren’t like the ones we’re used to seeing. They were sleek, futuristic and 100 per cent badass. It almost felt like one of those suits you’d see in a sci-fi movie, the ones that add to the futuristic appeal of the film, but have zero functionality if it were to be actually used in space. But Musk wanted a suit that looked like it belonged in a movie, but would also be a full-fledged, working spacesuit. That’s where Jose Fernandez comes in, the man who created the SpaceX suits used on this historic mission.
Fernandez is a costume designer and has been responsible for superhero looks in movies like Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Tron, Iron Man 2, The Amazing Spider-Man and Captain America: Civil War. According to a Forbes report, Musk approached Fernandez in 2016 and hired him to a sleek and stylish space suit.
“I didn’t know what SpaceX was, and I thought it was a film,” Fernandez said.
“(Musk) kept saying, ‘Anyone looks better in a tux, no matter what size or shape they are,’” Fernandez told Forbes, “and when people put this space suit on, he wants them to look better than they did without it, like a tux. You look heroic in it.”
Musk has always admired movies, especially superhero movies. He even made a cameo in Iron Man 2. And Musk’s love for cinema lead him to right man for the job to make the coolest space suits for this special project.